CoreNet Global Summit, Seattle 2017
Seattle | 5 - 7 November 2017 | Washington State Convention Center
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Adrean, Lee

Former CFO of Equifax, Inc.; Member of the Board of Directors, Vantiv, Inc., Equifax, Inc.

Lee Adrean served as a public company chief financial officer for twenty years, in both Fortune 500 and midcap companies and in a variety of industries, most recently for eight years at Equifax Inc. in Atlanta.  Mr. Adrean previously spent eleven years in strategy and general management consulting with Bain & Company, a global consulting firm.  Mr. Adrean currently serves on the boards of two public companies, Vantiv Inc, a leading US transaction processing company, and West Corporation, a leading provider of technology-enabled communication services, and on the board of a private equity-owned company, the Serta Simmons Bedding Company.   

Arkesteijn, Monique

Assistant Professor Real Estate Management, Delft University of Technology

Ir. Monique Arkesteijn is assistant professor of Real Estate Management at the Department of Management in the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology. She started at the faculty as a student in 1986 and was one of the first MBE graduates in 1993. She had various positions as project manager and consultant at Starke Diekstra, in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles, and as partner at Diephuis Stevens. She re-joined the REM section of Hans de Jonge in 2003 after finishing a MBA and a travel around the world. Since 2013 she is team leader of the REM section and as such a member of the department’s daily board. Her research topics include CRE strategies, CRE alignment and measuring added value for both corporate, public and semi-public organisations. Monique is in the last phase of her PhD study on preference-based accommodation strategy design. Currently she is board member of CoreNet Global. Monique is the (co-)author of Designing an Accommodation Strategy (2009), The power of pluralism for urban strategies (2012) and the award winning paper in the Journal of Corporate Real Estate on Designing a preference-based accommodation strategy: A pilot study at Delft University of Technology (2015). 

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Barrera , Theresa

Director, Human Resources, Mazda North American Operations

Theresa Barrera is the Director of Human Resources for Mazda North American Operations, providing strategic HR consultation, direction and oversight to leadership.   Barrera is responsible for HR Business Partner activities, and oversees the company’s pay and performance programs, benefits, Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) and flexible work practices.   Barrera’s work focuses on solutions that optimize people, structure, processes and culture, while achieving business results. 

Beavers, Cindy

Client Collaboration Consultant, Steelcase, Inc.

For over 100 years, Steelcase has brought human insight to businesses by observing how people work, wherever that may be. In Cindy’s role as Client Collaboration Consultant, she shares these insights with leading global organizations to better understand how these can be leveraged as a competitive advantage in our interconnected world. In doing this, Cindy helps customers solve workplace issues including: enhancing collaboration; real estate optimization; attracting, developing and engaging top talent; building brand and culture; and improving wellbeing at work. Cindy has been at Steelcase for nearly 12 years and is a graduate from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics.

Beebe, Douglas

General Manager, Real Estate & Facilities/Corporate Security/Fire Services, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Douglas Beebe is General Manager, Real Estate & Facilities/Corporate Security/Fire Services for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), headquartered in Plano, Texas. He is responsible for Toyota’s U.S. real estate portfolio consisting of 150 locations. Services provided include facilities management, workplace strategy, and operational security and fire services. For the last three years, he was the Site Management Project Executive for the new North America headquarters in Plano, Texas. He was responsible for the construction, project delivery and team member moves to Texas.

Billing, Michael

Managing Director, JLL

Michael Billing is a Managing Director at JLL and serves as the firm’s Global Lease Accounting Lead. He is a Certified Public Accountant responsible for all activities related to lease accounting, including education, process and technology implementation, and client strategy development and execution. He has held numerous accounting and finance leadership roles such as Director of Finance, Budgeting and Forecasting Manager and Infrastructure Controller.  With more than 20 years of experience, Michael helps CRE teams with lease accounting, global real estate portfolio strategy, asset financial structuring, occupancy strategy, headquarters relocation and real estate governance.  Michael has an MBA from Northwestern University and is a U.S. Navy and Gulf War veteran.

Bloch, Gavin

Director of Strategic Facilities, Fannie Mae

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Brower, Tracy

Principal, Applied Research + Consulting, Steelcase, Inc.

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

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Calhoun, Chris

Vice President and Group Manager, T. Rowe Price

Cegielski, Kurt

Co-Founder, RedBrick Health

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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Cho, Helene

Learning and Development Consultant, Synergy Consulting & Training

Helene Cho is a dynamic speaker, certified coach, and author who assists individuals and organizations to thrive. She specializes in leadership development, change management, mindfulness at work, and life-work balance.

She has over 25 years of experience in her field. She started her consulting company, Synergy Consulting and Training, in 1993 after successfully serving in leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies for 13 years.

She has worked with over 1000 teams to assist them in being effective and results oriented. Helene specializes in working with individuals as well as facilitating group workshops and retreats.  She has coached over 5000 clients in diverse industries and positions.

Helene holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. She has lived in Asia, Africa, and Europe giving her a rich cultural and professional experience base. Her book, Hamster on the Wheel; Cultivating Life-Work Balance was published in 2010.

She has practiced and taught vipassana mindfulness and meditation since 1991.

Her community work has included serving as a Board Member at the Crisis Clinic and Association for Talent Development, Volunteer at Children’s Hospital and Center for Spiritual Living.

Chung, Myra

National Manager, Real Estate and Facilities, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Myra Chung is one of Toyota’s Real Estate and Facilities’ Senior Managers with current responsibility for workplace strategy, project development and real estate for their 9M+ square foot portfolio. Myra spent her early career in commercial interior design and has 20+ years of experience on the client side working in corporate real estate & facilities. She has been at Toyota for 18 years. Over the past several years, Myra and her team have been working on an integrated workplace strategy initiative, which has been used to support the relocation of Toyota’s North American Headquarters to Plano, TX.

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 1.6M SF campus in Plano, TX.

Clark, Ed

Associate Partner, ZGF Architects LLP

Ed Clark is a sustainable designer at ZGF Architects who focused on the interface of building occupants and high performance building strategies. Ed revels in building science and leans heavily upon guidance from natural systems to apply the most applicable solution for every project, pushing for innovation without reinventing the wheel. Recent efforts have focused on the creation and implementation of tools to evaluate circadian resources within the architectural context as well as expanding the application of materials transparency initiatives within the architectural practice.

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Claudel, Matthew

Head of Research, Beco / MIT DesignX

Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher and writer, focused on architecture, innovation science, technology and art. Matthew has been published widely, and co-authored two books: Open Source Architecture and The City of Tomorrow with Carlo Ratti. Matthew has given a Talk@ Google, taught at the Politecnico di Torino e Milano, lectured at the Harvard Business school, and was featured in the BBC Future series. He is a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper,’ serves as a part of the United Nations' Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network, and is an active protagonist of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89plus. Matthew is currently co-affiliated between the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science & Policy for his PhD, and is on the leadership team of DesignX, a new initiative in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning that accelerates innovation for the built environment. He studied architecture at Yale, where he received the Sudler Prize, the highest award for creative arts.


Collins, Brian

Senior Manager, Real Estate & Facilities, Microsoft Corporation

Based in Redmond, Wa. Brian is responsible for Operationalizing Microsoft’s ‘Workplace Advantage’ (WPA) Program; defining and integrating the implementation of WPA across several multidisciplinary CRE groups (including Capital Projects, Occupancy Planning, Change Management and Integrated Facilities Management & Services) in Microsoft’s 14m sqft regional portfolio.

Brian joined Microsoft 1995 as the Facilities Manager for the Dublin campus, and in his previous roles with Microsoft he was responsible for The Global Workplace Strategies Group; defining and driving the ‘Workplace Advantage (WPA)’ program; including Workplace research, knowledge management, change management project consulting across Microsoft’s global portfolio. He was also Area Portfolio Manager for RE&F in Central & Eastern Europe, and Facilities Manager for EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) where he coordinated facilities activities over 160 locations in 50+ countries.

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Cruickshank, Calandra

Founder and CEO, StateBook International, Inc.

Calandra Cruickshank is founder and CEO of StateBook International, the first online platform providing location intelligence for business and community growth. Companies use StateBook's data and mapping solutions for portfolio strategic planning and locational transaction activity. StateBook provides standardized data, comparable for every U.S. community, around workforce, incentives, utility rates, taxes, and more. 

Cruickshank is a member of Corenet, the International Economic Development Council, the Utility Economic Development Association and IAMC. She received a Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and now spends time between New York City and her home in the Catskill Mountains.

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De Leo, Blase

VP, Brand Engagement and Training, Mazda North American Operations

Blase De Leo leads Mazda North American Operations’ (MNAO) brand engagement and training efforts. His primary focus is cultural transformation, fostering a company-wide customer centric mindset and driving brand engagement both internally and within Mazda dealerships nationwide. MNAO’s Brand Engagement and Training Division is comprised of teams responsible for employee engagement, brand engagement, customer experience, and dealership and employee training.  De Leo has held numerous field operations roles and corporate positions at MNAO, as well as working in the retail automotive environment responsible for six dealerships.   He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Ohio State University. 

Dukes, Elizabeth

CMO & Co-Founder, Ioffice, Inc.

Dyer, Wayne

Global Account Director, Chevron, Sodexo

Wayne Dyer is an accomplished Facilities Management professional with over 35 years of experience in operations.  He has led work for many global organizations including Alcatel Lucent, Fannie Mae, Alstom, Fidelity National, Zurich/Farmers and, most recently, Chevron.

In April of 2016, Wayne was appointed Global Account Director for Chevron. He oversees seven direct reports and 400 front line employees that support Chevron operations in the US, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Wayne attended Greenfield College, where he earned his degree in Journalism. He resides in Abington, MA.

Elliot, Stewart

CEO, Modo Labs

Stewart is the CEO of Modo Labs, and has been a business leader in software technology for 20 years.  In particular, Stewart has deep mobile software and strategy experience, working directly with the leaders in the Financial Services, Automotive, Travel and Hospitality, and University markets, to help conceive, develop and deploy world-class mobile solutions.

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Ewert, Michael

Head of Business Intelligence and Business Solutions EMEA, JLL

Michael excels at helping deliver tangible outcomes from owned and leased real estate using sophisticated data and analytics strategies for EMEA’s best companies.

Currently, he’s the Head of Business Intelligence & Business Solutions, EMEA at JLL, helping clients increase efficiency and deepen their insight into their portfolios leveraging our Center of Excellence and JLL’s big data and analytics platform ‘RED’. In his role he is leading various innovation initiatives to adopt JLL's portfolio services and technology to the changing ecosystem and identify the right partners to establish applications and products leveraging artificial intelligence, IoT & Big Data.

Freeman, Mark

Senior Manager of Global Dining, Microsoft

Funk, Kelly

Senior Workplace Strategist | Senior Associate, Interior Architects

Kelly has developed comprehensive solutions in portfolio planning, workplace design, and organizational transformations for a diverse range of organizations. Working with Fortune-ranked companies to prominent public sector institutions, her experience scales progressive workplace research to bottom line analytics and business cases for change. Using data-centric strategies, Kelly integrates a company's culture, identity, technology platforms, processes, and protocols to craft memorable, immersive experiences. Kelly recently completed NYU’s Data Visualization certification and is currently enrolled with UC Irvine’s Predictive Analytics program. Kelly is an active speaker at international industry and non-industry conferences and is a regular contributor to Interior Architects’ blog.


Gadgil , Anand 

Global Manager of Operations Support, Chevron

Anand Gadgil, Global Manager of Operations Support for Chevron, is responsible for leading the centralized global services for Chevron’s Business and Real Estate Services (CBRES). Anand’s team provides tactical and strategic services across Facility Security, Operations, and Customer Service.  He is responsible for the management of CBRES’s global FM vendors and for providing strategic direction on global standards and best practices.

Anand has an extensive background in operations, project management, and real estate through roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and ExxonMobil. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Engineering and Management Institute and his Executive MBA from the University of Houston.

Gaudette, Roger

Director, Dearborn Campus Transformation, Ford Land

Roger G. Gaudette is Director, Dearborn Campus Transformation, for Ford Motor Land Development Corporation (Ford Land), the real estate arm and wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company.

As Director of the Dearborn Campus Transformation, Gaudette is responsible for leading the master planning efforts focused around the Company’s Dearborn Campus.  Master planning activities include, review of current facility conditions, campus environment, and work place strategy /technology.

Prior to this position, Gaudette was responsible for preparing corporate properties for development and/or sale.  One project is the development of Fairlane Green, a 1 million-square-foot green retail and recreational center built on a former landfill in Allen Park, Mich. 

Gaudette was also the manager, engineering and construction for the Ford Rouge Center responsible for construction, utility, environmental and industrial services for the 1100-acre complex.  He oversaw the massive renovation of the Ford Rouge Center including construction of the new Dearborn Truck Plant with the world's largest living roof and Rouge Visitor Center.  He contributed to many innovative environmental solutions for storm water treatment and management through the installation of the 10.4-acre living roof, porous parking lots, bio-swales and soil-cleansing landscaping.

Hired by Ford Motor Company in 1984, Gaudette has managed many commercial and industrial construction projects for Ford throughout the United States and Canada including the Fairlane Green retail center and Detroit Lions Training Facility, in Allen Park, Mich., the TPC of Michigan in Dearborn, Mich., and The Great Mall of the Bay Area in California.

As Ford Motor Company's strategic and operational real estate resource, Ford Land plans, acquires, constructs, manages, develops and disposes of all corporate real estate worldwide. 

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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Gray, Whitney

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Delos

Dr. Gray oversees health research and development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design.

She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, with research interests that include the development of innovative and sustainable design strategies, processes, and products.

Dr. Gray co-founded the NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable, supports AIA, ULI, and EDRA. She received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, BA in Public Health Studies from The Johns Hopkins University, and the first public health professional to become LEED AP.

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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Haines, Ryan

Principal, Gensler

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. 

Heidelberger, Suzanne

Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate & Workplace Enablement, American Express

Suzanne Heidelberger is the Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate & Workplace Enablement for American Express.  Her team delivers creative solutions to transform the company’s real estate and workplace strategy to provide a safe, productive and engaging place for American Express employees to thrive. With nearly nine million square feet of real estate space across 41 countries, the team manages a range of global services, including design and construction, facilities management and workplace enablement.

Prior to joining American Express, Suzanne spent several years at Deutsche Bank, where she was Managing Director and Global Lead of Real Estate and Transaction Management, based in New York and London. There, she led efforts to optimize Deutsche Bank’s global footprint and worked with all lines of business to achieve superior financial results.

Earlier in her career, Suzanne led real estate for one of the world’s largest law firms: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; served as Vice President of Finance, Strategy and Transactions at J.P. Morgan; and was an analyst at both Apollo Real Estate Advisors and Ernst & Young.

Committed to the development of real estate professionals, Suzanne has served on the Global Board of Directors of CoreNet Global, was President and Chair of the New York City Chapter, and served on the organization’s Learning and Women’s Committees.  In addition, she is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, serves on the board of the Regional Plan Association, and is a member of the Cornell Real Estate Council and Cornell Hotel Society.

Suzanne lives in New York City and enjoys traveling, meeting new people and solving puzzles.

Hendrix, William Hodges

Associate Vice President, Principal, Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA)

William Hendrix, AIA, LEED AP, is an Architect, Urbanist and Principal in HGA’s Corporate Studio in Washington, DC. His 32-year career has focused on large-scale impactful corporate, urban mixed-use and government projects nationally and internationally. Influenced by both a practical and academic background, he lectures, teaches and serves as a jury critic on architecture, urban design and future trends at leading universities, including Catholic University of America Graduate Studio, University of Maryland, and George Mason University Masters of Real Estate Development Program. William has received numerous national and international awards and fellowships and has been published widely in industry journals.

Ho, Ho-Chun

Global Head, Data Governance and Management, JLL

Hughes, Patricia

Facilitator/Leadership Development Consultant, Trillium Leadership

Pat Hughes is an enthusiastic facilitator and leadership development consultant who has worked for the past 25 years with individuals, organizations and communities to increase their leadership capacity.  Pat owns Trillium Leadership Consulting in Seattle, where she provides customized leadership programs, leadership and executive coaching, and facilitation services.

Pat recent clients include Neighborhood House, Sound Transit, Seattle Children's Hospital, Northwest Association of Independent Schools, Horizon House CCRC, Efinancial and the Woodland Park Zoo. 

Pat is also a Senior Partner at the Center for Ethical Leadership.  She is the author of the Center’s best-selling book Gracious Space: A Practical Guide for Working Better Together, and the lead author of Courageous Collaboration with Gracious Space: From Small Openings to Profound Transformation.

She previously served as the Director of Curriculum Development for the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle, and the director of the Leadership Institute in Redmond, Wash., (now Leadership Eastside). 

Pat holds an M.A. in Organization Systems Renewal from Antioch University with an emphasis on leadership development, and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of New Hampshire with an emphasis on women's economy in developing nations.

In her personal time, Pat enjoys hiking, skiing, cycling, kayaking, reading, gardening and bird watching.  She lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with her husband and daughter.  

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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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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Kamouri, Anita

Vice President & Co-Founder, Iometrics, Inc.

Anita is Vice President and Co-founder of Iometrics, Inc., an Irvine, CA-based firm helping clients develop, implement and evaluate workplace strategies for over two decades. With a background in human resources and organizational effectiveness, Anita facilitates workplace strategy innovation, cultural transformation, and human capital impact evaluation, drawing on data analytics to unlock insights about workforce trends and the development of next-generation workplace solutions.  Anita is a member of IFMA and CoreNet Global. She is a regular speaker at industry conferences and a published author on topics related to the application of innovative approaches to workplace strategy. 

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Kelly, Christopher

Co-Founder & President, Convene

Chris is the co-founder and president of Convene, a “workplace-as-a-service” platform. Convene operates a network of full-service meeting and event venues and partners with landlords to infuse hotel-like services and amenties in commercial office buildings. Serving 70% of New York’s Fortune 500, the company has 13 locations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC., with locations in Los Angeles and Chicago coming soon. Chris is an active thought leader and industry spokesperson, and has spoken at WORKTECH, Cornell Baker School of Real Estate, NYU Shack Institute of Real Estate and MIT Center for Real Estate. He has been recognized as a Top Entrepreneur by Crain’s New York Business, a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® awards and is the only person to have been twice recognized on Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs.


Kelly, Stephen

Chief Human Resource Officer, AVANADE

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. A nine-year veteran of CBRE, Spencer had previously served as Executive Managing Director in the company’s Capital Markets division. 

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

He serves as principal external spokesperson on real estate issues in the Americas region and has considerable media experience, providing market commentary for many national television, newspaper and internet outlets.   He is one of the most active and well-known speakers in the U.S. Commercial Real Estate industry.  

Spencer joined CBRE in 2007 to lead the U.S. Eastern Division of the Capital Markets platform. Since then, he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility. As a part of senior management for the Capital Markets platform, Spencer provided leadership for several areas in the United States and Latin America. Spencer provided additional oversight of Retail, Auction and Investment Banking in the United States. He also directly serves a number of major clients.

Prior to joining CBRE, he was a principal at Stifel Nicolaus (formerly Legg Mason Capital Markets), a leading investment bank serving the real estate industry, where he played a significant role in M&A, IPO and private capital-raising activities. Before that, he served as assistant general counsel at the Witkoff Group and was an attorney at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. Spencer resides in Owings Mill, Md. with his wife and three children.

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Lievois, Jim

CFO & Sr. Vice President Finance, Administration & IT, Mazda North American Operations

James Lievois is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer responsible for directing business strategy, financial planning, treasury, accounting, tax, administration and information technology for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) – including U.S., and Mexico operations.  Lievois has more than 33 years in the automotive business. He held several management positions at Ford Motor Company before moving to MNAO. Born in Detroit in 1957, Lievois graduated with a B.A. in Marketing from Michigan State University in 1980 and received an MBA with an emphasis on finance in 1982 from the University of Detroit. 

Macnee, Stephen

CEO, Serraview

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Marsh, Melissa

Founder & Executive Director, PLASTARC, Inc., Senior Managing Director - Occupant Experience / Savills Studley

Melissa Marsh is the Founder & Executive Director of PLASTARC, a social research, workplace innovation, and real estate strategy firm dedicated to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from 'square feet and inches', to 'occupant satisfaction and performance.' Melissa also leads the Occupant Experience discipline at Savills Studley, which leverages the tools of social science and business strategy to help organizations make more informed, data-driven, and people-centric real estate decisions.

With a background in social science and a Masters of Architecture from MIT, Melissa is an active provocateur and contributor to many professional and research communities associated with the built world, including the AIA, CoreNet Global, IFMA, EDRA, and more.

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Mathew, John

Director, Global Real Estate Strategy, Merck & Co.

An accomplished transformation leader with the vision and leadership insights to strategically plan, direct and control operations to capitalize on innovation, process efficiency, external partnerships and customer centricity. Proven track record of delivering productivity through trusted relationships with Senior Management at Merck and partner organizations across the globe.  Expertise in providing cross-cultural leadership and recognize industry trends to define strategic direction to improve profitability, innovation, and procurement excellence.  Successfully developed and implemented cross-functional transformational initiatives and operating models that support corporate objectives while driving cost out of operations.  

Matthaei, Emilio


Emilio is CEO of LEVERTON. As a passionate data strategist, entrepreneur, ex-banker and researcher – Emilio revolutionizes how individuals work with data and documents. LEVERTON develops and applies disruptive deep learning technologies to extract, structure and manage data from corporate documents in more than 20 languages. Our platform empowers corporations and investors to be more efficient and effective with their data & document management.

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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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Medina, John

Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington School of Medicine, University of Washington

Dr. John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist, has a fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School" -- a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. His latest book is a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators: "Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five." Medina is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Messick, Guy

Director of Design Intelligence, IA Interior Architects

Miscovich, Peter

Managing Director, JLL Consulting

Peter J. Miscovich is an executive management consultant who develops corporate strategies and workplace solutions for global Fortune 100 client organizations.  Integrated enterprise solutions include emerging technologies, digital transformation, performance improvement, digital talent strategies and workplace transformation. Peter serves on the Accenture Technology Vision Board and the CERES Presidents Advisory Board - leading “think tank” policy research organizations focused upon “complex systems transformation”. 

Previously, as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Advisory practice and a Partner with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice – Peter has focused upon Corporate Strategy and Workplace Transformation for more than twenty years. 

Peter holds degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology Executive Leadership Development and Transformational Change programs.

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Morris, Laura

Managing Principal, Perkins+Wills

Laura Morris is a principal for Interiors and Planning + Strategies in Perkins+Will’s Washington, DC office. With more than 20 years in the design and real estate profession, Laura has worked on both sides of the client table, managing and designing projects for small and large corporate and government clients, as well as working on the client side in project management and strategic portfolio planning.

As a former real estate manager for MCI and Sprint, Laura understands how large corporate real estate organizations function. She has worked with prominent clients to help them maximize their real estate portfolio and develop a workplace strategy to support business goals. She has extensive experience with program­ming, planning, workplace strategy, design, project management, and project delivery.

Moyer, Monique

Senior Managing Director, Global Workplace Solutions, CBRE

Monique Moyer, Senior Managing Director, Global Workplace Solutions provides executive sponsorship to CBRE’s Bay Area clients. Monique is part of the West Division leadership team delivering great client outcomes, employee satisfaction and alignment between business and real estate strategy. She provides clients with valued guidance in the disciplines of account leadership, operational performance, strategic planning and facilities management. Monique chairs CBRE’s Energy, Oil and Gas Industry Sector committee.

Monique has a wide base of experience in property and asset management, development negotiation and entitlement, capital markets, and public pension policy. She is known for her leadership, problem-solving and transparency.

Mullenix, Ryan

Partner, NBBJ

Ryan Mullenix is a partner at NBBJ and a co-leader of the firm’s workplace design practice. In his role, Ryan is a strong advocate for data-driven design, a process that uses custom algorithms to link geometry with data to augment both human and building performance. Ryan has led the design of numerous award-winning projects both nationally and internationally. His work and expertise have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, San Jose Mercury News, Newsweek, Quartz, Bloomberg News, Recode, BBC, CNBC and National Public Radio.


Nadeau, Jerry

Head FM Operations Americas, Novartis

Nadeau, Jerry

Head FM Operations Americas, Novartis

Paris, Julie

Wellness Program Specialist, Akamai Technologies

Patterson, Kathy

Head of Data Governance, AM Region, Corporate Solutions, JLL

Payne Cooper, Julia

Vice President, Senior Workplace Specialist, HOK

Julia Payne Cooper is a workplace strategist with nearly 15 years of strategic planning experience and more than 25 years of design experience. She has helped develop data-driven planning and property solutions through processes that engage with both leadership and employees, in order to link work process, technology, human resources, and organizational goals to design decisions. Throughout her career, Julia has developed a variety of workplace typologies and design solutions for a range of client types in multiple locations across the United States and overseas.

Pitts, Jeff

Director, The Coca-Cola Company

Prasad, Sean

Senior Vice President Enterprise Solutions, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Sean Prasad is a seasoned real estate executive whose career spans more than 28 years solidifying strategic growth initiatives for organizations. He has an impressive track record for developing and leading high-level initiatives globally. Sean has a vast range of industry experience in Technology, Manufacturing, Clean Room, Data Center, Telecommunications, Bio-Technology and Retail. He is a well-respected industry thought leader. Sean is a Principal member of the Cushman & Wakefield team responsible for developing new client solutions for corporations based in the Western U.S. In this role, he is responsible for developing new multi-year, multi-geography account relationships for major clients in the west. Sean has a resume of prominent executive leadership roles working for globally recognized brands. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at T-Mobile. He also served as the Director of Workplace and Corporate Services at Logitech. Additionally, he was the Director of Global Facilities at JDSU, Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities for internet start-up, and held a variety of key positions on the workplace resources team at Sun Microsystems. Sean is also very active in the community. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Washington State Special Olympics and the Washington State CoreNet Global Chapter.


Robinson, Craig

CEO, Global Corporate Services, Newmark Knight Frank

Craig Robinson is the CEO of Global Corporate Services for Newmark Knight Frank. He leads the firm’s integrated offering and solutions for occupier clients around the globe, including sales, operations, strategic acquisitions and overall platform growth. Craig also advises a VC firm that invests in real estate technology.

Prior to NKF, Craig was President of U.S. operations for Colliers International where he had responsibility for $1B+ in revenue, 5,600 professionals, and all day-to-day aspects of the business. Before Colliers, Craig was President of Corporate Services for Cassidy Turley (now Cushman & Wakefield) and held senior roles at CBRE/ Trammell Crow Company.

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Rudolf, Tomasz

CEO, The Heart

Tomasz Rudolf is Founder and CEO of The Heart, European Center for Corporate-Startup Collaboration. He has almost two decades of experience driving innovation processes in large corporations, including 3M, Mastercard, Saudi Aramco, P&G. The Heart is a single point of contact for corporate innovation leaders who want to engage with ready-to-scale startups in Europe and Israel.


Sargent, Kay

Senior Principal, Director of WorkPlace, HOK

A recognized expert in workplace design and strategy, Kay has spent more than 30 years optimizing global real estate portfolios and creating innovative work environments for Fortune 500 companies. As director of HOK’s WorkPlace practice, Kay helps companies identify their unique organizational DNA, align space with business goals, and develop and deliver the workplace of the future across continents. Kay serves on the CoreNet Global Board and the National ASID Foundation Board of Trustees. A co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evolutionaries community and founding member of Upward’s DC chapter, Kay is also on the advisory board of Work Design Magazine.

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Seitz, Julie

Global Director, The Coca-Cola Company


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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, Randy

Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities, Oracle Corporation

Randy Smith, Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities, for Oracle Corporation, started his real estate career upon joining Oracle in 1989.  He is currently responsible for real estate and facility operations for Oracle’s global portfolio of approximately 25 M square feet.

Randy graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a M.S. in Civil Engineering: Infrastructure Planning and an A.B. in Human Biology: Land Use Planning.  

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Spies, Rupert

CEO, Rupert Spies Consulting

Rupert Spies is the founder and owner of Rupert Spies Consulting. Through his company, he provides consulting, training and development expertise on restaurant and hospitality management related topics for global companies, service organizations and non-profit organizations.

Rupert’s deep understanding of the subject comes from extensive academic and real-life experience, including teaching at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University for 30 years, where he developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses on food service and hospitality management, including restaurant operations, supply chain management, catering management, and strategic hospitality planning in sports. His international teaching experience also includes stints in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. Prior to teaching at Cornell, he worked as chef and manager in food service businesses ranging from high-end restaurants, including one with a Michelin star, to large-scale cafeterias in Germany, USA and the Netherlands.

Rupert’s passion for teaching is apparent in the numerous teaching and advising awards he has received.  Additionally, through his dedication to supporting the service industry, he has served on advisory boards and Boards of Directors for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.   

His interest in innovative and cutting-edge food service industry practices also led to his research and authorship on NASA food systems for Mars explorers and on the German restaurant and US catering industries.

He has lectured on hospitality related topics in the US, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Japan, and Switzerland.

Rupert received his education at the Technical University, and University of Applied Sciences – Business Administration in Berlin, Germany, and studied at Cornell University on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Rupert enjoys international travel, hiking and biking the Finger Lakes and spending time with his family.

Spilger, Alex

Senior Vice President, Global Occupier 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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Stanley, Lisa

CEO, OSCRE International, Ltd.

As OSCRE’s CEO, Lisa drives strategy and executive level relationships for the organization, working with the board of directors to expand understanding and implementation of OSCRE Standards and effective data governance with a variety of constituents including corporate real estate end-users, investment firms, service providers, software developers, consulting firms and other member-based associations. As an organization, OSCRE is committed to providing the tools to transform the way digital information drive the real estate business, with a strong focus on emerging technologies, including blockchain, and machine learning.

Lisa joined OSCRE as CEO in 2013 to lead the organization into new territory. She brings over 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry in strategic planning, information technology solutions, finance, property and asset management, and effectively managing change in dynamic real estate environments. With strong media attention on how data is driving business processes, the discussion of standards, data governance and the value proposition for implementing change is most relevant.  

She believes that the advancing emerging technologies (ET) will significantly impact real estate, and is committed to constructive collaboration to address the impact ET will have in the real estate industry.

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Stanley, Lisa

CEO, OSCRE International, Ltd.

As OSCRE’s CEO, Lisa drives strategy and executive level relationships for the organization, working with the board of directors to expand understanding and implementation of OSCRE Standards and effective data governance with a variety of constituents including corporate real estate end-users, investment firms, service providers, software developers, consulting firms and other member-based associations. As an organization, OSCRE is committed to providing the tools to transform the way digital information drive the real estate business, with a strong focus on emerging technologies, including blockchain, and machine learning.

Lisa joined OSCRE as CEO in 2013 to lead the organization into new territory. She brings over 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry in strategic planning, information technology solutions, finance, property and asset management, and effectively managing change in dynamic real estate environments. With strong media attention on how data is driving business processes, the discussion of standards, data governance and the value proposition for implementing change is most relevant.  

She believes that the advancing emerging technologies (ET) will significantly impact real estate, and is committed to constructive collaboration to address the impact ET will have in the real estate industry.

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Venable, Tim

Senior Vice President, CoreNet Global

Tim Venable is Senior Vice President for CoreNet Global. He leads a team that delivers a wide range of knowledge-based services for association members, including transformational and survey-based research, benchmarking, Discovery Forums, the online Knowledge Center and the Executive Leaders Council, among others. He formerly served as Editor of LEADER magazine, the official publication of CoreNet Global. 

Venable joined IDRC (one of CoreNet Global’s predecessor organizations) in 1989 and spent more than 10 years writing for Site Selection magazine, its official publication. During that span, he wrote hundreds of articles on corporate real estate, site selection and economic development. Before joining IDRC, he worked in retail real estate and site selection for Jackson, Miss.-based JFM Inc., a convenience store franchiser, and for two state-level economic development agencies – the Mississippi Dept. of Economic Development and the Mississippi Research and Development Center.   

He joined The IDRC Foundation, the research and learning arm of IDRC, in 2000. CoreNet Global was formed in the 2002 integration of IDRC and NACORE.  

Venable earned a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1984. He received a bachelor’s degree in American History, with minors in Political Science and French, from Troy State (Ala.) University in 1982.

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Walters, Mike

Principal, Campus Energy Market Leader, MEP Associates LLC

Mr. Walters provides consulting and project leadership to clients who contend with the complicated decision-making inherent in large-scale, campus environments often focusing on maximizing the value streams of efficiency and conservation. Beginning his career as a building systems engineer, he has distinguished himself as a national leader in the development, verification, and implementation of sustainability and energy-efficiency strategies and technologies at both the building and district scales.

Weikal, Steve

Head of Industry Relations | Founder, MIT Real Disruption technology conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Steve Weikal is Head of Industry Relations at the MIT Center for Real Estate, responsible for managing relationships between the Center and its global network of industry partners and nearly 1100 alumni of the MIT Master’s in Real Estate Development (MSRED) program, in 43 countries. He is also a lecturer and researcher, focused on innovative new technology and business models that disrupt the traditional ways of developing, transacting and managing real estate. Steve is the Founder of Real Disruption, a successful series of conferences discussing the impact of emerging technology on the real estate industry. He sits on the advisory boards of three real estate technology start-ups.

Steve holds a Master’s of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) and Master’s in City Planning (MCP) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. He is a licensed attorney, a licensed real estate broker and a LEED Accredited Professional.


White, Chris

Executive Vice President, Market Leader, Savills Studley

Wilkinson, John

Executive Director, Global Real Estate Services, Merck Sharpe & Dohme Corp.

John leads Merck’s global real estate services team which is responsible for partnering with the business areas to develop global real estate strategies, the management of the company’s workplace of the future program and the execution of all real estate transactions. 

Since joining Merck in 1999, John has held positions of increasing responsibility within, strategic facilities and capital management, research business operations, manufacturing network strategy and global real estate.  John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Lehigh University.  He is also a certified Merck Six Sigma Black Belt. 

Wilson, Lindsay

Executive Managing Principal, Interiors Market Sector Leader, Corgan

Lindsay Wilson is an executive managing principal at Corgan, a global architecture and interior design firm, and leads the company’s Interiors practice. During her 20-year career in workplace design and strategy, Lindsay has worked with countless clients to develop design strategies that create highly effective and beautiful workplaces where her clients and their employees thrive. Corgan carries award-winning technical expertise in aviation, commercial buildings, interiors, healthcare, education and critical facility design. Founded in 1938, Corgan is one of the largest U.S.-based design firms focused solely on architecture and interior design, and employs more than 600+ professionals in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Phoenix, Beijing and Hong Kong.