Orange County, CA | October 20-22, 2019
Sara Anderson is Director of Real Estate Management at Genentech and a seasoned CRE professional with over 25 years experience. She excels at building relationships with clients, contractors and design teams to ensure the project meets the financial, cultural and real estate objectives. In addition to her work accomplishments, Sara is a proud mother of two and will be joined onstage during the discussion by her son, Dylan (age 12).
Beatriz Arantes leads WorkSpace Futures research for Steelcase EMEA out of the Learning + Innovation Center in Munich, where she works with teams across the organization to integrate user-centered insights into product and service development. An environmental psychologist by training, Beatriz has spent the last 15 years researching topics such as national culture, neuroscience, and wellbeing at work, with the goal of designing meaningful and healthy workplace experiences. A Brazilian national and global citizen, she has enjoyed living in 9 countries.
Dr. Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces where she leads an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners in innovative research projects and distribution of state of the art information regarding the development and implementation of healthy workplaces. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, where she has taught courses in management, organizational behavior and leadership to graduate and undergraduate students for 34 years. She has 42 years of experience founding and leading two organizational consulting firms. She is a nationally recognized expert in management practices and job design.
As a Content and Activity Designer, Katie approaches her role as both strategist and storyteller. Working mostly with corporate clients, Katie begins a project by absorbing all the information she can about a client, and then synthesizes and interprets her learnings to create memorable narratives. She advocates for both story and design, working with the client and ESI Design’s interdisciplinary team to realize engaging, meaningful experiences. Prior to joining ESI Design, Katie worked as a Content Strategist for another leading exhibit design firm, where she developed content for films, interactive experiences, and data visualizations for clients ranging from AT&T to the government of Kuwait.
David is Manager of Corporate Solutions Research for the Americas at JLL. He advises corporations formulate their real estate and workplace strategies and helps them understand market dynamics across the globe. David provides research on real estate development, economics, and policy conditions covering a variety of sectors, including office, retail, and industrial.
Once a beer server in San Diego, David has conducted economic impact analyses of local beer markets and studied craft beer lobbying efforts. He created JLL’s Craft Beer Guidebook to Real Estate, which was cited by The New York Times, San Diego Union Tribune, Columbus Dispatch, and other outlets.
Tracy Barnett, MCR, is a 25+ year corporate real estate industry veteran. The most recent, and rewarding, years of her career she has been responsible for leading national teams delivering Workplace Services. Tracy has been fortunate to work with many notable clients such as Nike, The Coca Cola Company, Capital One, T-Mobile, Micron, FMC, Dell, Oath, Bank of America & Wells Fargo. She has been an active member of CoreNet Global for 10+ years.
With a geomatics background in academia and the public and private sectors, Françoys Bernier is currently Regional Director, Corporate Services, Strategic Management and Communications, at Public Services and Procurement Canada. He is the director responsible for the Montreal office transformation project, the first activity based workplace of this size in the government of Canada. Since the transformation in January 2018, the 400 employees, managers and executives have been working in an activity based workplace with no assigned positions. Throughout his career, his focus remains to explore the relationship between space and people.
Didhiti Bhoumik is a Senior Director at McCarthy Tetrault, she holds integrated leadership responsibility for Corporate Real Estate, Vendor Management Office, Project Management Office, and Conference and Event Services. She led the delivery of three independent multi-million dollar office relocations launching innovative hybrid workplace environment; making McCarthy Tetrault the first law firm in North America to be leading edge in terms of work space and technology adaptation.
Didhiti completed Advanced Management Development Program in real estate from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and serves in the Board as Corporate Secretary for CoreNet Global Canadian Chapter.
Over the last few years Fannie Mae has embarked on a journey of change and transformation as it has moved to being a customer-centric organization that embraces lean management principles that we call WOW – a new Way of Working. Gavin, and his team are working on providing physical environments that are aligned with WOW. He is currently working on delivering approximately one million square feet of workplaces that are aligned with WoW in locations around the country.
Gavin has over 25 years of experience in corporate real estate and previously was a Principal at Jacobs where he worked internationally with a team that facilitated the development and delivery of new workplaces that support their business goals. Clients included: IKEA, AbbVie and Sanofi. He has worked on projects in cities as diverse as Bucharest, Dubai, Vienna, London and Singapore. Gavin was a finalist for the 2013 CoreNet Global Innovator’s Award and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. He also holds the Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate (SLCR) and Master of Corporate Real Estate with Honors (MCR.h) credentials from CoreNet Global.
Sonja Bochart has over 20 years of experience as a health and wellness focused project designer and biophilic design consultant. Her portfolio includes higher-education, healthcare, cultural, and corporate design, including projects meeting LEED, LBC and WELL Building Standard certification. Sonja focuses on design that support both human and ecological health and well-being, leading immersive and experientially based biophilic design project team workshops. She attests that well-designed projects not only respect and support our communities and their surrounding environment; they can promote human physical and physiological health benefits and create places of wellness - for the mind, body and spirit. Sonja is a principal at Shepley Bulfinch.
Del is President/CEO of Boyette, an economic development and location analysis firm he started over 13 years ago. He has served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; led economic development programs for the State of Georgia, and started and led the Comprehensive Incentives Management Services Practice at Deloitte.
Del served on the CoreNet Global Board of Directors for eight years, participated in Corporate Real Estate 2020, has served as a judge for the Economic Development Leadership Award and Corporate Real Estate’s Global Innovators Award, and has received the CoreNet Global Luminary Award. Del is affiliated with CoreNet Global's New England Chapter.
Joel Brenner joined Warner Media, formerly Time Warner, in 2013 as the VP and Head of Global Project Management. In this role, Joel has led the project team for 30 Hudson Yards, directing all aspects of the 1.4m SF project including paving the way for Warner Media’s successful occupancy, which entailed moving over 4,000 employees completed in May 2019. Joel has also previously worked with Goldman Sachs, Soros Fund Management, Citigroup and Deloitte.
Director of Research at HDR, Dr. Brittin trained as a public health scientist, and has a design and business background as well. Jeri believes that design can and should be leveraged to achieve outcomes that matter to people and organizations. Jeri’s portfolio focuses on wellness and behavioral outcomes in environments ranging from workplaces to community settings. She maintains an active national and international collaboration network, and engages in national and local service around design and health. Dr. Brittin is compelled to bring science and design together, addressing the inherent tensions, and believing that each has much to offer the other.
Christelle Bron is part of the Strategic Consulting Group at CBRE. Ms. Bron brings 20 years of experience as a real estate client service professional to her position. Combining management consulting experience with real estate expertise, she offers a strategic and multidisciplinary approach to solving her corporate clients’ real estate challenges that delivers innovative, actionable and value-added solutions.
Over the past 5 years, Christelle and her team - in partnership with prestigious Universities such as Cornell and Columbia - have actively researched, developed and tested unique predictive analytics and robust optimization models, which provide a truly proprietary way to solve for the supply/demand equation.
Innovative leader with demonstrated ability to deliver results and transform business operations. A firm believer in celebrating at least all five senses, his passion is to align strategic initiatives with the power of place in order to unleash people’s potential. He is currently at the forefront of that experience at T. Rowe Price in Baltimore, Maryland where he is part of the Corporate Real Estate & Workplace Services team actively involved in developing transformational change across the Firm. In partnership with Human Resources, Technology, and Brand, the Workplace Services team is Creating Remarkable Experiences to support the Firms strategic plan.
Trey joined Fischer in 2002 and spent the first 10 years specializing in strategic alliance management and tenant representation services, whereby his client list included the representation of several Fortune 1000 clients. He has since become the product manager for Visual Manager within the Fischer Solutions organization. He is responsible for managing key areas of the company including development schedules, client implementations, budgets, intellectual property, new feature specifications and quality assurance. His expertise includes information analysis, relational database management, reporting, and information distribution.
Chambers is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of KDC’s Atlanta office including the Dunwoody Master-planned Park Center project and new development projects. He has over 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate, development, law and banking industries. Prior to joining KDC, Chambers spent two years with Jamestown in Atlanta, GA and nine years with Cousins Properties (NYSE:CUZ) in Atlanta, GA, and Austin, TX, developing office, retail and mixed-use projects across the U.S. Prior to joining Cousins, Mr. Chambers was a real estate lawyer in Atlanta with the firms of King & Spalding and Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs.
Candy Chang is an artist who believes our shared spaces can play a vital role in our emotional health and kinship. Through the activation of public spaces around the world, her work examines the dynamics between society and the psyche, the threshold between isolation and community, and the role of public rituals in contemporary wellbeing. A leader in participatory public art, her work lies at the intersection of contemplative practice and the built environment.
After studying architecture, design, and urban planning, Chang worked with communities in Nairobi, New York, Helsinki, New Orleans, Vancouver, and Johannesburg, where she created low-barrier participatory public experiments to pursue more inclusive forms of democracy. After struggling with grief and depression, she channeled her emotional questions into her work. Her participatory public art project Before I Die reimagines the ways the walls of our cities can help us grapple with mortality and meaning as a community today. The Atlantic called it “one of the most creative community projects ever,” and over 5,000 walls have been created in and over 75 countries, including China, Iraq, Argentina, Nigeria, and Kazakhstan.
She has continued to pursue new mediums to de-stigmatize discussion of mental health. Her award-winning interactive mural The Atlas of Tomorrow draws upon psychology and the I Ching to transform a building into a device for philosophical reflection. Her most recent work, A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful, collected over 55,000 anxieties and hopes from visitors at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. She often collaborates with James A. Reeves on the role of ritual in an age of distraction. Their work can be found at Ritual Fields.
She is a recipient of the TED Senior Fellowship, Urban Innovation Fellowship, and Tony Goldman Visionary Artist Award. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, one of the Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design by Impact Design Hub, and a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine. Her work has been exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Venice Architecture Biennale, New Museum, Tate Modern, and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She is an international speaker on community, creativity, and emotional health, and her TED talk has been viewed over five million times.
Erwin Chong is currently the Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration for DBS Bank Ltd. DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 250 branches across 15 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is a market leader in Singapore with over four million customers and also has a growing presence in the three key Asian axes of growth, namely, Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
Erwin manages all corporate real estate owned or leased properties across all markets and regions the bank operates in, and manages a team of 80 professionals in Real Estate strategy and transactions, project management and facilities management. Erwin was previously with Citi, for 9 years, and was the head of its Singapore Corporate Real Estate team. Prior to Citi, Erwin was a project manager with Jones Lang LaSalle in Singapore.
Brian leads Microsoft’s Workplace Employee Engagement, Supported Employment and Change Management Programs which help staff prepare and adapt to new workspaces at corporate headquarters.
Brian joined Microsoft as Facilities Manager for the Dublin campus, and in 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 where he coordinated facilities activities over 160 locations in 50+ countries.
Michael Davidson is the Head of the Global Corporate Real Estate Portfolio at JP Morgan Chase and Co. (JPM), encompassing 45 Million square feet (sf) across 456 Locations, supporting ~215K employees, with a $2.7 Billion Annual Operating Plan. Davidson is an appointed JPM “Community & Civic Ambassador” and joined the Firm in 2010.
Currently focused on the JP Morgan World Headquarters Strategy & Integrated Workplace Experience in NYC, Davidson leads the development and delivery of JPM’s real estate and location strategy across the Americas, EMEA & Asia, including the technology, design, construction and change management supporting the Firm’s reimagined workplace experience, to attract and retain talent and energize the integration between Real Estate, Technology and HR.
Gary Demasi is responsible for developing overall direction for Google’s global data center location strategy, including managing end-to-end delivery of global data center capacity. Gary manages a global team of specialists in data center site selection, expansion, energy strategy, renewable energy, and negotiations. He is responsible for making strategic recommendations to Google senior leadership regarding both new location decisions as well as strategic expansion.
Gary has over twenty years of strategy development experience covering a wide range of industries and operational areas. Gary has personally directed comprehensive location strategy analyses, detailed site selection due diligence, and deal negotiations for several multi-million-dollar technology projects, on four continents, in support of Google-owned data center campuses, as well as extensive contract negotiations with third-party data center vendors. In addition, Gary participated in the founding of “Google Energy, LLC” and under Gary’s management, the team has secured over 3 gigawatts of renewable energy under long-term contracts, globally, making Google the largest corporate buyer of renewables in the world. In 2019, the company announced that for the second year in a row, it purchases as much renewable energy as the company consumes across all of its operations around the world.
Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
With over 20 years’ experience leading corporate real estate organizations of Fortune 500 globally operating companies, Nina is leading IBM’s Global Center of Competency for Building Optimization. Nina helps clients leverage modern technologies to drive optimal asset use and investment and create value in the workplace. She designs unique client solutions using Internet of Things, machine learning, and deep data analytics. Prior to joining IBM, Nina lead the corporate real estate organizations at Southern California Edison and AECOM. Currently, Nina is the President of the Southern California Chapter of CoreNet Global.
Amy Dittoe is Vice President, Portfolio Solutions. She operates out of Cushman & Wakefield’s Downtown Los Angeles office as Portfolio Solutions specialists servicing the Global Occupier Services platform, which provides clients with strategic real estate advice, real-time global technology platforms, cost optimization, risk mitigation and exacting integrated service delivery for efficient, measurable performance.
Serving as Client Leader, Owner and Board Member at BHDP, Patrick is an expert in strategic design of the workplace and is nationally recognized for connecting organizational culture, work process, and technology improvement to the design of space. He is passionate about working collaboratively to improve the efficiency of work, the effectiveness of the workforce and their experience in the workplace. He has facilitated research efforts with Rex Miller resulting in the recent publication of two books: Change Your Space, Change Your Culture and The Healthy Workplace Nudge.
Regan Donoghue is a regional workplace manager southwest lead for Newmark Knight Frank's Workplace Strategy and Human Experience team. Regan works directly with partners going through critical decisions that require a deep level of leadership strategy and creating a connection to their culture and employee experience.
Ms. Dunsmore works at the intersection of People and Place helping organizations navigate the people and process changes that accompany any space changes. Whether it's moving locations, consolidating headquarter functions, working in open plan, or implementing telework, Madeline develops change management and communication strategies for organizations to thrive during transformation. She leads the Change Management practice within the Workplace Strategy and Human Experience team and enjoys learning new tactics and approaches to the people side of workplace change.
Angie is a Managing Director at The Lamar Johnson Collaborative (formerly known as Forum Studio) and Director of Advance Strategies, bringing over 20 years of leadership and expertise in workplace strategy, facility planning, and change management consulting. She focuses on ensuring the built environment supports varying work styles, wellbeing strategies, the latest technological advancements, and balances the business needs of a multigenerational workforce. Angie is a national speaker on today’s topic and the influence environments can play in improving employee engagement while positively impacting company objectives. Angie is a CoreNet Global member, a Director on the CREW Network Global Board, a ULI member, and a member of IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries council.
Erica Eaton leads the Business Development & Strategy team at Comfy, a leading workplace experience solution provider. Erica brings her decade's worth of expertise in the buildings technologies industry to shaping Comfy’s go-to-market plan and product roadmap. Her team builds strategic partnerships with various stakeholders across the commercial real estate market and technology partners. Prior to Comfy, Erica spent over eight years with Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency business where she led open innovation and managed strategic initiatives to achieve business growth.
Currently, Mr. Edwards serves as Vice President and Head of Workplace Solutions for Humana where he reports directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer. He is responsible for enterprise workplace delivery which includes workplace strategy, facilities and construction management, aviation operations, transactions and lease administration, and a number of workplace services to ensure that Humana’s workplace environment is a strategic enabler to supporting the growth of the organization. Mr. Edwards holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from NC State University. He currently serves on several civic and non-profits boards where he lives in Louisville, KY.
Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson is a director of design for the Charlotte Community Practice Area at Little, an industry leading architecture and design firm with more than 400 professionals in five locations. With more than 20 years of experience, Tomas is currently focused on projects that fuse typological redefinitions, environmentally conscious design and leading-edge technology and innovation. He has shared his insights at events around the globe.
Karen Ellzey is the Executive Managing Director of Consulting for Global Corporate Services. The team delivers tailored solutions to occupiers of commercial real estate (including corporations, public sector clients, and health care institutions) through a team of consultants and client strategists. Karen brings over 20 years of consulting experience to her role. She specializes in delivering corporate real estate solutions focused on CRE organization design, process design and optimization, portfolio strategy, and occupancy cost solutions to a diverse array of public and private-sector clients. Karen oversees a team of consulting practice areas including Portfolio Optimization, Workplace Strategy, Public Sector Consulting, Labor Analytics, and Economic Incentives. She also leads a team of Global Client Strategists who specialize in meeting the diverse needs of CBRE’s corporate outsourcing clients.
Bryan Ezell specializes in managing and deploying Savills client-facing technologies and digital brokerage platform. As co-product manager of Knowledge Cubed, Savills data management, visualization and analytics platform, Bryan is focused on executing a digital transformation of the Savills real estate services platform. Bryan has provided technology solutions for clients including the development and implementation of customized real estate software, data integration, analysis and visualization services. Bryan is part of a team that won the 2017 CoreNet Global H. Bruce Russel Global Innovator’s award for Savills Knowledge Cubed platform, which was heralded as a game changer for commercial real estate occupiers.
Jane is the former global Accenture Workplace Solutions Business Integration & Strategy Enablement lead. After a long career in communications and change management career, her current focus is on workplace-related user experience strategies and programs. Jane works with service teams to ensure that people who manage spaces are providing excellent experiences to employees and visitors, in line with an organization’s brand. Jane holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and lives in Chicago, IL.
Linda Foggie joined Wells Fargo in 2015 as a VP of Project Management. Among dozens of projects delivered and under management, Linda led the 30 Hudson Yards team in every respect - from negotiation of the development agreement to a successful occupancy a year early. Wells will occupy over 500k SF, housing securities trading and investment banking functions. Previously, Linda was Director of Project Management at CBRE and a practicing architect.
Eleanor is Managing Director North America for Leesman, launching the first US office in 2016 in NYC. Eleanor is responsible for the strategic development of the Leesman brand in the Americas. She has a long-standing interest in how people and space influence and interact with each other and how we can better understand human needs in the workplace. Before joining Leesman, Eleanor ran her own business for 12 years in the art and design world. She is a regular presenter at industry conferences / Leesman research debriefs events & client executive forums – both public and private sector.
Shelley is currently on sabbatical spending time looking after her young 6 year old daughter, Molly. She has over 25 years experience giving CRE advice across the globe to a variety of clients. She is the former Head of EMEA Consulting at JLL, where she spent 14 years, after 8 years at CBRE in a similar role. She previously worked at PwC and Deloitte, starting life as an accountant, then becoming a management consultant. She is also a former member of the CoreNet Global Board, CBI London Council and Landaid’s fundraising and JLL’s charity committee as well as a founder Board member of CREW UK. Shelley continues to be a Board Governor of The Tiffin Girls School while on sabbatical. Shelley was named 50th on the Women’s Power List run by Property Week.
Kelly Funk, NCIDQ, is the Managing Director of the IA Philadelphia Office. Prior to this role, Kelly was Director of Workplace Strategy for IA’s NY Office. Kelly is a workplace innovation leader who has spoken at international conferences and industry panels including CoreNet Global Summits, SXSW Interactive, IIDEX, NeoCon, and Metropolis Magazine Think Tanks. She has been published in Metropolis Magazine, Architizer, and ArchDaily among others.
Stan has several passions in life ranging from the ever changing world of corporate real estate to his most personal passions of mentoring, coaching, and helping executives in all stages of their career. Stan has had the privilege of working for 3 Fortune 500 companies as well as being an entrepreneur. In 2016 Stan was acknowledged as one of the top 5 Corporate Real Estate Executives w/in CoreNet Global.
Currently, Stan works for Wells Fargo and has led their corporate strategic planning area for the last decade. Stan developed a team responsible for disposing of over 27M square feet leading to over $750M in corporate savings. Stan acknowledges being fortunate to work with a skillful team and wishes to have the opportunity to use his gifts of vision, inclusions, collaboration, and maximizing talent.
Dr. Gray brings over a decade of expertise as a global leader in the intersection of health and built environment. At Delos, she leads the Delos Insights team focused on conducting research to support industry adoption of healthy building practices. She led the development of the first case studies focused on the WELL Building Standard, and helped to launch over 100 educational and training sessions related to WELL in over 30 countries, reaching over 15,000 professionals. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University. Dr. Gray received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Stacy Green is the Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer, leading worldwide human resources with Sony. Green joins the studio with over 20 years of experience in human resources and cultural transformation, working with media and entertainment companies such as NBCUniversal, A+E Networks and Group Nine Media, as well as renowned beauty brand Revlon.
Lalonna is currently a consultant, serving as a Corporate Workplace Project Manager. In this role, she manages the integration of workplace strategies for a financial institution.
Formerly, Lalonna held the role of Sr. Space Planner at Cree, Inc. where she oversaw a team with global responsibilities for interior design, space planning, move management and IWMS. She led the workplace strategies efforts, aligned the corporate interior standards with company branding, managed vendor relationships, and was responsible for the operating budget for the Space Planning team.
Lalonna has a diverse background with over 20 years of industry experience in corporate interior design, facility planning and construction project management. Lalonna has strong expertise in leading teams through the planning and design process, the construction process and IWMS implementation. Lalonna also has demonstrated leadership in improving processes by evaluating systems and procedures to develop new methodologies. She has an established track record of building teams to improve efficiencies.
Lalonna is an active member of the CoreNet Global Carolinas Chapter and serves on the Membership Committee.
Matthias Grimm is the Head of Global Real Estate & Facilities (GRF) at SAP SE with authorized signatory. He also serves as Vice President where he has responsibility for close to 400 employees; overseeing a yearly operational budget of close to 700m Euro and investments exceeding 300m Euro every year.
His organization has global responsibility for the strategic, tactical and operational business related to Real Estate Management, Facility Management and Data Center Services.
Matthias joined SAP in 2002 and was leading the Facility and Real Estate Organization for SAP AG from 2003-2007. In 2007 the Global Real Estate and Facility Management Organization was established under his leadership.
Prior to joining SAP Matthias worked as engineer in several companies. Overall, he has more than 20 years professional experience in Real Estate and Facilities.
His Master Thesis was promoted in 1994 from the German Engineer Association with a price award.
In 2018 he was named “Corporate Real Estate Executive of the year” from CoreNet Global.
Tim Gustafson’s coaching philosophy centers around “helping others succeed”. Tim has been certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Tim has effectively managed, coached and led individuals and teams in multiple industries throughout his 30+ year career. His extensive experience has shaped his unique perspective on methodologies for successful leadership. Tim helps to create self-awareness through discovery, experiences, introspection, balance, accountability, goal-setting and developing intentional approaches to life.
Tim has been formally coaching for the last 12 years. In 2015, he founded Applied Leadership Coaching and has been coaching full-time since.
Bill Halter is Principal and Director of the Office Workplace Studio at Cooper Carry. He has spent the last 30 years specializing in the design of corporate and commercial office buildings while advancing the conversation around the “mixed-use workplace.” At Cooper Carry Bill has led the master planning and design teams for the 1.2mm SF mixed-use Midtown Union, the 1.8mm SF Park Center (State Farm’s mixed-use campus), the 240k SF Intergraph headquarters, the 275k SF Mylan Pharmaceutical Global Center, and more. Bill’s clients include MetLife, State Farm, KDC, Highwoods, Seven Oaks, Cousins Properties, JLL, Pope & Land, Hines and Granite.
As Executive Director of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, Ann leads the organization’s operations and investments in infrastructure. Previously, Ann was Executive Director of the North Fulton CID and a Senior Program Specialist with the Atlanta Regional Commission. Ann received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State University. In April 2015 & 2017, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Ann to the Board for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. Ann was named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Women Who Mean Business” in 2015 and “40 Under 40” in 2019.
Jon Hardin joined Fischer in 2012 as Chief Technology Officer, and is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of Fischer’s proprietary technology, Visual Manager™ and ManagePath®. Jon plays an integral role in the strategic and operational planning of the information and technology systems for Fischer to improve cost effectiveness, service quality and business development. Leading a growing team of topnotch developers and data analysts, Jon is essential in ensuring that Fischer’s technology continues to be the best real estate solution on the market.
Brian Harrington is the Chief Experience Officer of Hana, a subsidiary of CBRE that provides flexible space solutions for property owners and occupiers. Before stepping into this role, Brian served as Chief Product Officer for CBRE experience services offering. Brian is a senior marketing and product executive with experience in early-stage, high-growth and global service organizations including both public and private companies. During his tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing service, he oversaw all brand experience, member acquisition and engagement, public relations, policy and partnership efforts for this innovative urban brand. His expertise led him to be the featured speaker at numerous conferences.
Susanne Harrington has made a career of creating engaging, content-rich places that encourage people to think and interact. As a design strategist and president of Asterisk Group, she helps businesses, developers, and architects bridge the gap between left- and right-brain thinking to delight audiences, strengthen brands, and get people talking.
The child of an architect and a quilter, Susanne grew up understanding the relationship between art and science, and witnessing how design ideas can interact across two- and three-dimensional applications. These early experiences helped to shape her design approach, which seamlessly combines paper, pixels, and places to foster meaningful human engagement.
Susanne has an extensive background in the fields of publishing, corporate communication, identity development, experiential design, and wayfinding for complex environments. She recently presented a collection of her firm’s work at the 2019 Society for Experiential Design Global Design Conference in Austin.
I welcome life as a new adventure every day. I am grateful that I get to spend most of my time imagining how to make other people's lives better through the process of design. I love to collaborate with others. I whole heartedly welcome the opportunity to build consensus where there previously was none. I believe in the transformative power of design thinking and the potential it has to improve society.
I have been designing, creating and building for as long as I can remember, but I knew I specifically wanted to become an architect at the age of 16 when I designed my first house that was actually built. In order to understand how to become a better designer, I held jobs in multiple construction fields while in high school and college so that I knew what it actually took to build someone else’s ideas. At the age of 29 I started an architecture practice and real estate development firm, which we successfully operated until becoming part of Gensler and opening their office in Raleigh, NC. I was fortunate enough to work on projects across many practice areas ranging from single family residential, to cultural institutions, to large scale mixed use developments, to sports facilities, to university buildings to a wide variety of types of corporate workplace projects and office buildings both small and large. At the same time, I taught design and architecture classes at North Carolina State university as an adjunct faculty member. In 2015 I took a big personal leap to move my family cross country and leave professional practice to begin a career with the amazing team at LinkedIn, leading design and construction for all of their workplace projects globally.
When I’m not flying between time zones, I very much appreciate my time at home with my amazing family, coaching their teams and exploring Northern California together. When I find a little time alone, I spend it in my workshop building furniture, prototyping ideas and constructing the ideas that my kids imagine.
Jason M. Hickey, President of Hickey and Associates, LLC, a Global Site Selection and Investment Advisory Firm. Through a network of offices in key markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia, H&A represents a diverse set of companies constantly adapting to our global economy. Jason specializes in location selection strategies, alignment of foreign direct investment, public/private partnerships and global workforce trends.
Marco Hofmann is the Head of Line of Business Real Estate, operating out of the SAP Innovation Center in Potsdam. Together with his team he drives forward and develops innovation in his field while cooperating closely with customers and partners. Based on the SAP Cloud Platform, the team has released a cloud solution for corporate real estate and compliant lease accounting.
Lisa is a design leader in the transformation and innovation space for global clients across diverse industries. With a background in user experience and an interest in data-informed storytelling, her sweet spot is advancing strategy into reality. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from Wellesley College and a Master’s of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Dominic is an Owner / Client Leader on BHDP’s Workplace Team. Using his project leadership, research, and strategic capabilities, he leads large clients like Procter & Gamble, Dow Chemical, Iron Mountain and the GSA. He collaborates with various colleges within the University of Cincinnati to research, brainstorm, and innovate on the topic “The Future of Work”. He has recently co-lead an interactive architecture studio to leverage design thinking to create workplaces that are both innovative and functional. He is nationally recognized for crafting places and experiences that inspire people and deliver strategic results.
Josh is responsible for standard and outside code participation and authority having jurisdiction engagement for UL Environment. In this role he helps develop and track the environmental and public health programs/codes/purchasing programs that are being utilized and developed throughout the world. Josh has served on over 20 sustainable committees, including but not limited to USGBC’s Pilot Credit Committee and LEED Steering Committee, ASHRAE 189.1, 2012/2015/2018 NAHB National Green Building Standard, Fitwel Advisory Council, and he served on the original water and IEQ work group that developed the first public draft of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).
As co-product manager of Knowledge Cubed, Savills customer-facing data visualization and analytics platform, Doug is focused on executing a digital transformation of Savills global real estate services platform. Doug’s background in quantitative analytics, transaction execution, portfolio strategy, location strategy, site selection, workforce planning and business incentives gives him a global perspective across industries allowing him to develop tools that facilitate data-driven decision-making. Doug is part of a team that won the 2017 CoreNet Global H. Bruce Russel Global Innovator’s award for Savills Knowledge Cubed platform, which was heralded as a game changer for commercial real estate occupiers.
Melissa Jancourt, CID, LEED AP is a designer and strategist at HGA, where she co-leads Work|SIGHT, the firm’s national strategic planning group to original insights that support the creation of places for people and organizations to thrive. She engages clients and teams in translating business mission and operations into strategies that target improvements in employee engagement, health, and happiness—all critical components of well-being, in both the design process and the built environment.
Over the course of his career, Reg Javier has worked at the national, state and local levels. His work history includes over 25 years in agencies such as the State of California Employment Development Department, the San Diego Workforce Partnership, Workforce Investment Board, and the Boston based Public Consulting Group where he headed up national and international consulting in Workforce Development, Economic Development and Higher Education. In October of 2016, Reg joined the County of San Bernardino as the Deputy Executive Officer over the Economic Development Agency which houses both Economic Development and Workforce Development.
Anita is Vice President and Co-founder of Iometrics, a California-based firm helping global clients create great workplace experiences for over 20 years. With a background in Organizational Psychology, Anita applies survey research and analytic methods to create next-generation workplace strategies and measure the human capital impacts of workplace change. Anita applies her expertise to unlock insights about workplace solutions that will have a positive impact on the employee experience. Anita is a regular speaker at industry conferences and a published author on topics related to the application of innovative approaches to workplace strategy.
Caroline Kelly leads the Market Insights and Sensemaking team for Steelcase. She focuses on understanding work, worker and workplace through sensing, data analytics and behavioral prototyping. She has published and presented her work in a range of healthcare and environmental design journals and conferences. She has a Masters’ Degree in Industrial Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was a Research Assistant at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access and the Human Factors Lab at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
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 in 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. Michelle Kelly is a manufacturer’s representative for DIRTT Environmental Solutions - a whole new idea for interior built environments, that uses its proprietary 3D software to design, manufacture and install fully customized prefabricated interiors. Michelle is the current past-president of the CoreNet Global Washington Chapter.
As a Design Principal, James specializes in leading Jacobs’ global practice to deliver high performing workplace experiences. Promoting our position on knowledge driven design, James considers all aspects of design, integrating experience, performance data to provide engaging spaces with measurable outcomes. Industry involvement provides participation in thought leadership about design in his participation as a VP on the IIDA International Board of Directors.
Kirk Killian is President of Partners National Mission Critical Facilities, and since 1999 has advised corporate clients on hundreds of assignments in selecting and procuring self-operated and colocation data centers worldwide. As one of the first specialist firms focusing on this niche of commercial real estate, PNMCF’s clients include some of the largest banking, insurance, telecom, technology, airline, healthcare, and retail enterprises. PNMCF incorporates telecom network, utility, hazard/risk, engineering, audit/compliance, incentives, managed services, and facility economics into each client’s advisory/brokerage project.
Charlie Knuth leads the Commuter Research team at Scoop, the largest carpooling solution in the country, examining how the commute impacts individuals, businesses, and communities across the country. Prior to joining Scoop, Charlie spent over 10 years in the HR Practice at CEB, a subsidiary of Gartner, where he advised Fortune 1000 executives on how to maximize their return on talent and the overall impact of employee programs on business performance. He has spoken at industry conferences across the country, including GreenBiz and MIT. Charlie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Business Administration.
Serving as Client Leader, Chris brings 20+ years of experience in helping clients realize their business objectives through the impact of built environment. A trusted advisor, Chris is passionate about bringing his design-thinking skills and creativity to clients and developing work environments that drive effectiveness. Chris engages corporate leaders, HR directors, IT and facilities design groups of Fortune 500 companies to develop strategies that leverage the workplace to drive behavior, facilitate the work process and attain business objectives. Chris is ProSci certified in Change Management and passionate about developing a plan and helping leaders initiate new behaviors within their organization.
Bogdan is the Director of the NATO Headquarters Project Office and Transition Office (HQPO/TO). He leads the joint office responsible for the delivery of the new NATO HQ campus as well as the multiple transition projects necessary for the policy, procedural and operational transition and physical relocation to the new headquarters environment. Bogdan accumulated more than 20 years working on two continents and multiple business cultures as a business transformation leader with enterprise-wide project, financial, policy and operational experience.
Spike Lee is an award-winning writer, director, actor, producer and author who revolutionized the role of Black talent in cinema. In 2019 Lee won the first Oscar of his career for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, BlacKkKlansman, which also received nominations for Best Director and Best Picture. Widely regarded as a premiere African-American filmmaker, Lee is a forerunner in the “do it yourself” school of independent film. His debut film, the independently produced comedy She’s Gotta Have It, earned him the Prix de Jeunesse Award at the Cannes Film festival in 1986. Lee’s 1989 film, Do the Right Thing, garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film. His epic drama Malcolm X, received two Academy Award nominations. Other critical and box office successes have included such films as Red Hook Summer, Inside Man, 25th Hour, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled, and School Daze. He has also published six titles on his filmmaking career and most recently co-authored three children’s books with his wife.
As Senior Vice President of Structure Tone’s Global Services, Rob Leon is responsible for the management of top national accounts and international client relationships. Rob also acts as a brand manager by coordinating the market strategy for Global Services and provides steadfast leadership, not only among sectors, but across geographic regions to bring the global strength of Structure Tone together with local experience to each client and project in the US and abroad.
Amanda is a designer and strategist who works at the intersection of people, process and place. She helps organizations ask aspirational questions about the future of their work, then meet and even exceed those expectations using design thinking, data-driven simulation and hands-on implementation. To date, Amanda has worked with forward-thinking organizations across the healthcare, higher education, construction and financial industries.
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.
PollyAnna brings over 20 years of experience to STG Design and has been an integral part of the interior design department’s growth and development over the years. Her expertise in interior design has included a multitude of clients including those in technology, legal and corporate. As Principal, she is responsible for managing major interior design projects and production activities within the firm.
Noam Livnat is the co-founder and Chief Product & Innovation Officer for SpaceIQ, setting the company’s vision and strategy to lead the workplace digital transformation. He’s a successful serial entrepreneur who likes to combine sophisticated technology with compelling and intuitive user and customer experiences. His career includes designing and building complex, high-performance software products for companies including Izio (acquired by Versity), PayPal, and ChooChee (acquired by Deutsche Telecom).
Alan is the Founder and CEO of Werqwise. With over 20 years experience in Real Estate, Shared Workplace and HR industries, Alan learned that the office of tomorrow is not just about the space, it is about the people and how they work. From this, Alan created Werqwise to enable all people and companies to work wisely, empowering individuals and their workplaces by bringing workplace strategy into the shared workspace sector.
Since founding stok, Matt Macko has grown a team of passionate leaders in the sustainable real estate industry. Over a decade in, stok is poised to scale due to investments Matt spearheaded in culture, brand, and new services. Matt has developed robust tools to assess the residual value of investments in sustainability and is credited with co-developing new methods for stakeholder engagement. Recently, Matt co-authored “The Financial Case for High Performance Buildings,” a research report published by stok. Today, Matt is focused on driving innovation through new business models, scaling the brand, and attracting exceptional people to the stok family.
Neil is a five-time EMMY Award-winning producer, with a wealth of experience creating content for film, television, mobile, augmented and virtual reality audiences. Neil has overseen the production of more than 3,000 television episodes, 2,000 pieces of 360 videos and has created content for Disney, Coca Cola, ESPN, NBC Universal, and Showtime Networks to name a few.
A creative thinker with an extraordinary breadth of experience, Neil frequently advises a range of corporations, from Fortune 500 companies to innovative start-ups, helping them realize their ideas in ways that resonate with digitally-native audiences. During his career he has produced and directed award-winning projects starring the likes of Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, Burt Reynolds, Jamie Foxx, and Will Ferrell, among others. Since 2015 Neil has been a pioneer in content creation and real estate rights management in the augmented and virtual reality arenas.
Dr. Jane Mather is the Founder and Principal of Critical Core, an analytics and software company that applies advanced analytics to corporate real estate and workplace planning. She is currently working with SpaceIQ to extend Core Planning to the SpaceIQ platform so that planners can use these techniques on their own, making planning faster and easier and leading to smarter, better decisions. Dr. Mather's background combines the technical expertise of a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and many years teaching at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with more than twenty years of practical real estate experience in tenant representation, facilities management, investment strategy and real estate and workplace planning.
Steve McDaniel has 30+ years of experience in planning and design of research and teaching labs across the US and globally. Clients have relied on his command of the complex requirements of R&D environments to develop efficient, flexible laboratory facilities.
Steve’s work has won two AIA design awards, and he has served as a reviewer of laboratory construction grant applications for the NIH. He has lectured on flexible lab design concepts and has published articles in R&D Executive, Lab Design and American Laboratory Magazine.
As Group Manager for Microsoft Real Estate & Security, Patrick is accountable for all technology applications used by Real Estate & Security to manage Microsoft’s Global Real Estate & Security portfolio consisting of over 35 million square feet and 700 locations in 110 different countries around the world. Under his leadership, Microsoft has developed some ground-breaking CRE technology such as: an industry first fully functioning Data Warehouse; technology for managing building utilization, early adoption of FASB compliance for Lease Administration; mobile capabilities, inventory management and IOT integration for Facilities Management; full lifecycle management of Capital Construction Management, and the new Campus Link Mobile Application Platform.
Lisa leads Jacobs’ global Space Strategy practice, specializing in the delivery of workplace solutions that synthesize business needs, design and new ways of working with strategic real estate planning. Leveraging space use data analytics and benchmarks, Lisa identifies opportunities for exploration through an iterative design approach to deliver innovative solutions with measurable outcomes. Her expertise results in value creation through high performing, dynamic work experiences.
Disha is an accomplished professional who has embraced change and risk in her career. After receiving her Ph.D. in Material Science with a specialization in polymer science and nanotechnology, she joined View to help bring disruptive innovation to the real estate market. Now, as the first female executive at View, she is bringing her model of the innovation mindset to Human Resources. She is also a contributing author, public speaker, and holds several patents.
Jeanne is a workplace visionary and activist driving people to think differently about work, the future workplace and the future workforce. She is a founding Partner of Future Workplace, a HR Advisory and Research firm assisting organizations in re-imagining and re-inventing how they operate in the future workplace.
Tyler Meyr, Principal and award-winning designer with BatesForum,is a leading conceptual thinker with a diverse portfolio including built work in Los Angeles, London, Antwerp, St. Louis, and Istanbul. Tyler earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Tulane University and Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. Recent highlights of Tyler’s 20+ years of design leadership in urban design and architecture includes a National AIA Healthcare Award for Mercy Virtual and Pfizer’s R&D Facility.
Brady provides strategic design to clients by focusing his 30 years of professional experience on thought leadership, research and creative thinking. Brady’s is a Prosci accredited change leader, a CoreNet Global accredited workplace Master of Corporate Real Estate, and a 12 time top faculty teaching the MCR.w. Brady’s work includes writing, presenting, visioning, ideation, data integration and synthesis, and behavioral design. Strong communication skills coupled with an insatiable curiosity drive Brady to create results that have measurable outcomes for people within design. He has passion for learning, idea generation and maximizing all opportunities.
Mark Miller is a member of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Solutions organization. In his current role Mr. Miller leads a team that is responsible for engaging with Cisco’s customers and partners globally, helping them understand today’s workplace challenges and assisting them in the creation of their next-generation work environments. Mr. Miller has over 25 years of experience in business and technology consulting, solutions development, marketing and sales.
Rex Miller is an international award winning author, keynote, advisor and expert on organizational and team performance. His book The Commercial Real Estate Revolution won the CoreNet Global Innovator award and became a catalyst for the construction industry adopting more collaborative and trust-based strategies. His next book, Change Your Space, Change Your Culture addressed workplace disengagement, leading change and won the CoreNet Industry Excellence award. His new book,The Healthy Workplace Nudge completes a three-year research project on the future of workplace health and wellbeing. It is scheduled for release by Wiley in April of 2018.
Peter J. Miscovich is an executive management consultant who develops corporate strategy and integrated enterprise solutions for global Fortune 100 organizations.
Management consulting expertise includes enterprise workforce strategies and operational improvement solutions and integrated "digital" workplace transformation solutions.
Peter serves on the Accenture Technology Vision Board and the CERES Presidents Advisory Board - leading global organizations focused upon “innovation and complex systems transformation”.
As a former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Advisory practice and 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 focused upon Executive Leadership Development, Enterprise Transformation and Human Performance Improvement.
Rick Moeckel, LEED AP BD&C, DBIA, is VP & Shareholder and Institutional Business Unit Leader, managing projects in higher ed, life sciences and healthcare for Clayco, a national design-build company. Rick brings 18+ years of experience to the design-build industry. He’s proficient in all aspects of design and construction delivering complicated projects on time, on budget, and a strong advocate for innovative and collaborative project delivery. He holds a degree in Construction Engineering from MOWestern State University.
Michelle Myer is the VP of Americas Real Estate & Facilities, for Oracle, a Fortune 100 company. Michelle is responsible for a portfolio of >~9M RSF consisting of more than 200 offices (owned as well as leased) in the US, Canada & Latin America as well as a team of ~400 internal staff members.
Her organization provides site selection, lease negotiations, property management, space planning, facilities management, design & construction, data center operations, and project management services.
Michelle has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. She has been a member of Corenet Global since 2000 and has served the organization in many roles both at the Chapter and Global levels. She is currently the CoreNet Global Chair Elect; she was previously the CoreNet Global Treasurer from 2017-2019. Michelle holds the following designations: MCR, MCR.w, SLCR, CFM, RPA.
Sara Neff is Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. Sara took Kilroy from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 publicly traded real estate company on sustainability in North America by GRESB, and under her leadership the company recently committed to becoming the first carbon neutral real estate company in North America by the end of 2020. In 2018, KRC was named a finalist for the CoreNet Sustainable Leadership Award.
Newman is founder at Linnean Solutions, which provides environmental analytics & benchmarking for corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Linnean’s work is based in a regenerative model of both personal & professional development which drives us toward community resilience, ecosystem regeneration, and tools to understand the life cycle value and embodied carbon in our efforts. This work is embodied in regenerative development principles.
Bryon Olsen leads the Corporate Real Estate team for the North America geography for Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, brokerage, and solutions company. Bryon’s role at the company encompasses real estate strategy, transactions, and negotiations as well as workplace strategy, design, and construction of office space. Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees in over 500 offices and services clients in 140 countries worldwide.
NJCAA President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Christopher Parker is responsible for leading the country’s second largest athletic association. He oversees all aspects of the association and its 512 member colleges, while working to enhance opportunities for student-athletes. His background includes: coaching Division I baseball; starting the first NJCAA athletic program in the Virginia Community College System – as both A.D. and head baseball coach; serving as Director of Student Life, Dean of Academics, and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Patrick Henry Community College; acting as Vice President of Enrollment at Pfeiffer University; and teaching as an adjunct professor at more than seven different institutions nationally.
Mark joined TRIRIGA in 2003 to build the customer base, define the fledgling IWMS market with Gartner, and would go on bring the platform to GE, Nokia, and Capital One just to name a few of hundreds of customers. In 2007, Mark simultaneously lead Sales, Professional Services and Application Development, driving a pace of more than 20% growth annually. During this period, he managed the company’s alignment between product development, service delivery and sales. The result was a transformation in how the Fortune 1000 thought about their space, their people and the untapped potential of these assets.In 2011, Mark and his team sold the company to IBM.
Playing an instrumental role in the acquisition, Mark became a Vice President in IBM’s Global Business Services group leading IBM’s Global Building and Asset Optimization business which included solutions such as TRIRIGA, Maximo, and the IoT, overseeing a team of more than 1000 global consultants to optimize the built environment.
Mark spent the first 13 years of his career at Intergraph, the pioneer in CAD/CAM technologies. Already possessing a CAFM background, Mark focused on bringing together tech and engineering challenges to create highly effective workplace solutions for his customers. Moving on to Cabletron/Enterasys as the VP of Professional Services, and then a leader in several Silicon Valley startups, Mark developed global systems in the U.S. and Asia that prepared these businesses for massive growth, and for Salira Optical Networks, acquisition by Hitachi Communication Technologies America.
Janet is a leader in Gensler’s global workplace practice and research initiatives. She is active in developing workplace strategy and designing innovative workplace environments for a wide variety of clients including Vanguard, Capital One, GSA, Gallup, 3M, and The Coca-Cola Company. Janet is a sought-after spokesperson and her expertise has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, BBC, NPR, SXSW, and Future of Work. A registered architect, Janet was inducted as a Fellow in IIDA in 2017 and was honored as 2019 CoreNet Global “Service Provider Member of the Year” for the Mid-Atlantic chapter.
Benoit Poulin is a Geomatics Adviser at Public Services and Procurement Canada, where Benoit develops GIS solutions, including interactive mapping app, 3D mapping and virtual reality.
Benoit has worked with other federal departments and agencies such as, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Transport Canada and Parks Canada, among other. Benoit helps clients reach their program goals by advising them the right geomatics solution.
Benoit is a cycling enthusiast who has traveled everywhere with his bike.
As a leader in the Gensler Client Relationship Community, Joan’s mantra is: “Our client’s point of view determines our success”. She identifies business opportunities in key Gensler markets and also services multi-location and multi-project accounts for leading client companies and organizations. Joan is former President of the Northern California CoreNet Global Leadership Council and the first woman recipient of their Corporate Real Estate Service Provider of the Year Award.
As Senior Director of Workplace Solutions, Amanda has responsibilities for Corporate Campus Facilities, Guest & Team Member Services and Amenity Services. Her team transforms the workplace experience to meet the changing needs of Walgreens team members and guests and promotes a positive workplace culture that encourages teams to do their best work. She has held various roles within Walgreens IT & Property, including leading the transformative program where Walgreens workspace and ways of working evolved to support an open, flexible and collaborative work environment.
Jeff is a senior executive with leadership achievements spanning all company operations including P&L, sales, marketing, and product development. His resume includes President of Credit.com, CEO of Viralheat (acquired by Cision), CRO of ChooChee (acquired by T-Mobile), COO of iContact, VP of Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! Answers and Officer, President and General Manager of Interactive Services at CenturyLink (Fortune 100). Beyond deep functional expertise, Jeff has strengths in establishing successful company strategies, building and resizing organizations, and motivating teams. He possesses significant international/global experience and has been actively involved in M&A as both target and acquirer.
John is responsible for managing and leading Turner & Townsend’s USA operations of nearly 1,000 staff serving the real estate, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. John also serves on a number of regional and global operating boards and committees. John has over 35 years of multi-faceted experience across a global portfolio which totals in excess of 100m SF of various facilities types, HQs and infrastructure in multiple sectors. John brings a broad knowledge of varied markets and best practices in strategic planning, as well as program, project, cost and controls management. John holds a degree in Electro/Mechanical Engineering from the Thomas J Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at SUNY Binghamton and is a registered professional engineer.
As the Director of Sustainable Development, Colin is responsible for the overall sustainable design leadership of HDR’s Architecture practice. He facilitates sustainable design integration among all departments and business units. He is acutely involved in refining the firm’s design process through the creation of new sustainable tools and processes. Colin provides global sustainable consulting and thought leadership to enhance all of HDR’s core services. Over the past 14 years, Colin has held various design and leadership roles, as well as being actively involved with President Obama’s Export Council Sustainability Committee, the USGBC, AIA COTE, Biomimicry Guild and the International Living Future Institute. He is an active speaker, and he has been recognized on Building Design + Construction magazine’s and Design Futures Council’s “40 Under 40” lists and Engineering News-Record magazine’s “20 Under 40” list.
Peggie is Development Director at Leesman, where her role includes leading the research undertaken on the world’s largest independent workplace effectiveness database. Before joining the company in 2014, she was a researcher at Aalto University (Finland) with a focus on CRE and workplace management. She has published her findings in many peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at several academic and industry conferences.
Alex works at the intersection of AEC and technology. At TEECOM, his research examines developments across the technology landscape to understand how emerging trends will impact the way we experience the built environment, how we deliver construction projects, and the design of buildings themselves.
Gagan is GVP, Global Real Estate & Workforce Planning at Gartner Inc. He leads the global team responsible for workforce strategy, real estate and facility operations as well as security and safety.
Previously Gagan was Vice President, Real Estate Strategy for the Americas at Goldman Sachs 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 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 top-rated CoreNet SLCR faculty.
Chad began his career in the Real Estate and Facilities software world over 20 years ago, as an architect (the type of architect that actually designs buildings…not as a “software architect”). After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology with his Master of Architecture degree, he quickly got involved at Perkins & Will in the rapidly evolving world of CAD and FM applications like AutoCAD, Microstation, SpanFM and FacilityCenter.
Chad went to work in 1999 at Peregrine Systems as a sales engineer, and that path led him over the following 15 years to TRIRIGA and then IBM. In 2011, IBM sent him on assignment to Paris for 3+ years, where he successfully helped to develop and expand IBM’s TRIRIGA business not only across all of Europe but around the globe as well.
Over the course of his career, Chad has worked in a variety of capacities: sales, customer success, implementation services, product management and strategy. He is an expert in the industry and has worked with a variety of software solutions over the years. He most recently joined iOFFICE to help their rapidly growing business to expand into new areas that will transform IWMS through Employee Experience Management and IoT.
After spending years living in Atlanta, Baltimore, Paris and then Washington, DC., Chad recently moved back to his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, where…when he is not working…you can find him renovating a “fixer upper” and playing with his 4YO white boxer named Lincoln.
Alex Spilger is Senior Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield where he leads the Global Sustainability & Wellness practice. He has consulted on over 100 diverse sustainability projects across the globe with clients such as Google, Salesforce, Akamai, Adobe and the Wharton School of Business to name a few. Alex is WELL Faculty, USGBC Faculty & Fitwel Ambassador and has taught sustainability workshops through organizations such as the USGBC, AIA, Sustainable Building Advisors Program and the UC Berkeley Haas Business School among others. He is a proud father of three boys – ages 8, 5, and 2.
Jim leads IA design/strategists in delivering highly effective, digitally-amplified workplaces for a broad range of North American and global clients.
He works with his clients to develop a deep level of understanding of their business, organization, people and culture. That understanding is used to position informed decisions about the look, feel and performance of future workplaces.
With over 35 years of industry experience, Jim is a sought after thought leader and “go-to” resource for promoting the influence and effectiveness of fully integrated physical and digital workplaces.
His career covers all phases of the real estate lifecycle – from planning, programming, design, project delivery, asset management and shut down / decommissioning.
He holds a Master of Corporate Real Estate certification from CoreNet Global.
Pranav has over 18 years of experience with a wide range of clients across retail, restaurants, REITs, healthcare, and banking / financial services. Prior to founding Tango in 2008, Pranav helped develop and lead the Retail / Real Estate consulting practices at BearingPoint, Ernst & Young and Deloitte Consulting.
His areas of expertise include strategic planning, geospatial analytics, market planning, site selection, design and construction, lease administration and facilities management. He has worked with over 200 retail and restaurant companies across five continents in improving their store development organizations, processes and tools and is the driving force behind Tango’s industry-leading Strategic Store Lifecycle Management solution. He has led several industry benchmarking studies and is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences. He has also taught a full-semester graduate course on Retail Analytics at the Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas.
Pranav holds an MBA in Strategy and Marketing Research from The University of Texas at Dallas, a Master of Science in Information Systems, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical / Industrial Engineering. Pranav also completed the Leading Professional Services Firms program at Harvard Business School.
Chris Ulrich is a body language expert, political consultant, improvisational actor, and personal coach. He is the founder CU in the Moment, a company with a multi-disciplined approach to educating clients about body language, personal confidence, and presentation skills.
Ulrich is a media consultant who can be seen on CNN, Headline News, Good Morning America, Fox Business News, MSNBC, ESPN, Dr. Oz, Washington’s USA Channel 9, and Fox 5 DC where he educates viewers about non-verbal communication issues. In addition to his work at CU in the Moment, Ulrich is also a senior instructor at the Body Language Institute. Ulrich trains executives, salespeople, government staffers, lobbyists, and business entrepreneurs to use the new body language to transform their executive presence and effectiveness. He also served as a consultant to Edelman Public Relations as part of its creative content team, leading brainstorming sessions to encourage new ways of thinking for Edelman client accounts. Also, Chris is certified in Movement Pattern Analysis from Columbia College of Chicago.
In his spare time, Ulrich regularly performs with Jive Turkey and Nox, improv comedy troupes in Washington, DC. Ulrich studied improvisational comedy at the Uprights Citizens Brigade and The Magnet Theater in New York, Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theater in Chicago and Los Angeles, and the Washington Improv Theater and DC Improv in Washington.
Prior to founding CU in the Moment, Ulrich worked closely with top level government officials for over 18 years. He served as a Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore, Issue Director to Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Lieberman, Political Analyst at the Embassy of Japan, and as an effectiveness consultant for Energy Secretary Chu.
Jacob spent 19 years in the private sector in real estate development, investment management, and investment banking roles prior to joining MARTA in Dec 2018. Mr. Vallo brings an impact investment perspective to managing the land portfolio of a public transit agency.
Mark Vega is in charge of Space Management and Employee Experiences on mobile. He is a 10+ year veteran in the CRE industry, with extensive experience in business and reporting applications development, integration, and deployment. He has led the development of standard occupancy reporting, managed global web portals, and utilized cutting-edge mobile technologies. He is currently is a leader in the CampusLink mobile app program.
Formerly a Human Resources Manager, France Vigneault is passionate about the development of organizations and the people who make them up. She steered the cultural transition to an Activity Based Workplace for the 400 employees and executives at the Department of Public Services and Procurement Canada in Montreal.
She now supports other federal organizations in transforming their workplace to create a modern, high-performance public service that promotes empowerment, innovation, collaboration and inclusion.
Philippe Visser is President of Related Office Development where he leads the company's US commercial office development efforts. Mr. Visser led the successful execution of 30 Hudson Yards, a 2.6m SF office tower that will be the second tallest in the US. Philippe served as Director of World Trade Center Redevelopment for the PANYNJ and has 20+ years' experience leading large real estate projects at Tishman Speyer, Vornado Realty and Forest City.
Jennifer Walton is a licensed architect, principal and project director at national interior architecture and planning firm H. Hendy Associates where she oversees corporate projects from concept through execution. With nearly 20 years of experience, Jennifer specializes in creating workplace environments that become strategic tools for business success. Her portfolio includes work for Fortune 500 clients and nationally recognized brands such as CoreLogic, Behr Paint, Kawasaki Motors and Olukai, to name a few.
A WELL™ and LEED® Accredited Professional and Fitwel Ambassador, Jennifer enjoys creating highly functional workspaces that can prevent diseases, promote physical and emotional health, increase productivity, and provide a return on investment for her clients – because she believes in creating spaces that look and work great. Her thought leadership on these topics have been featured in Inc. magazine, interiors+sources, Work Design Magazine, TechRepublic, HR.com and GlobeSt.
As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe.
As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a very unique approach to Design Thinking that not only places the end user at the core of the creative thinking process, but also looks in new and usual places to uncover insights for innovation, helping people capture unlikely connections, leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas
Delivering a series of keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, his unique Design Thinking process helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyones DNA.
He is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Master Classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University and the University of Florida. In 2008 he received the American Citizen of Choice Award at the White House. In 2014 he was awarded an Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University in Scotland. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Brady Watkins is the Head of Commercial Automation at SoftBank Robotics America. He advises SoftBank partners in their automation-enabled business innovation, focusing on products and services for commercial management in sectors such as real estate, transportation, and retail. Brady works across development, engineering, marketing, and customer success to tailor strategic connected robotics solutions to partner needs and business objectives. Before joining SoftBank Robotics, Brady led digital client solutions at InnerWorkings and sales and integration at Ubisoft.
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.
Randy Whinnery is VP of Design with Fidelity Investments. As an architect and thought leader, he works collaboratively with consultants, designers, and business partners worldwide to improve the confluence of building design, interior design and workplace strategy. Over the last 13 years he has been a key contributor to Fidelity's growth as an industry leader in workplace solutions and has helped its business leaders understand the importance of leveraging the workplace to achieve business objectives.
Dr. Whitney is an Environmental Social Psychologist who manages the Workplace Design & Change process for GSK Worldwide Real Estate & Facilities, R&D in the US. She leads change management efforts, ensuring the principles of SMART Lab/SMART Working and corresponding workplace guidelines are applied in the design of R&D facilities and ways of working. Teresa also leads WREF R&D’s global spatial performance study efforts, application of lessons learned, and partners with Regional Master Planners on continuous improvement efforts. Dr. Whitney completed her PhD in Psychology and Behavioral Science at The London School of Economics in Feb 2016.
Ms. Whitt oversees property management assignments in the United States and leads business development activities. She is responsible for ensuring professional, competent management in all of Colliers markets. She focuses on strategically connecting Colliers’ retail, industrial, office and multifamily, brokerage investment sales, project management and property management groups to provide investor clients with complete real estate solutions.
Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Whitt specializes in the delivery of holistic real estate solutions that leverage the strengths of working with one company to add value to client assets.
Eric joined Fischer in 2012. He is responsible for maintaining and growing client relationships and overseeing product management for Fischer’s portfolio administration platform, ManagePath. He works closely with the Fischer Account Managers and clients to ensure business data and reporting needs are met. He is the recognized subject matter expert on lease accounting and financial systems integration.
John is a property marketing expert who has worked with a number of leading brands including Sotheby’s International Realty, Land Securities, Woods Bagot, Brookfield, Instant, Unispace and Knight Frank, where he was most recently Global Head of Comms. He sits on the board of the Property Marketing Awards.
His experience spans both the commercial and residential sector with particular experience of writing market reports and hosting industry events. In the past year, he has acted as a key note speaker at the JP Morgan Real Estate conference, a CoreNet UK Workspace Seminar on co-working, chaired a session at Cornet EMEA, MIPIM UK and Worktech London.
As Director of HOK’s global WorkPlace group Gordon leads regional, national and global client relationships.
With more than 20 years of experience in the design, consulting and real estate industry, Gordon’s mission is to improve the business performance of HOK’s clients by integrating business vision with sound strategy and consistent execution. Gordon’s expertise is drawn from his leadership of management firms in the design, architecture and real estate industry, along with a significant network of strong relationships with end user clients, service providers and the real estate community. His responsibilities are national and international in scope providing experience in the special challenges firms face as they extend their global reach.
Assal is the Director of Facilities Operations for Gilead Sciences, one of the world's largest biopharmaceutical firms. With 15 years of facility experience, she oversees design, construction and operational aspects of the built environment that houses over 7000 Gilead employees. Assal is a LEED AP and oversees sustainable and health efforts for Gilead projects. Assal was also named an Emerging Leader for the YWCA's 2015 tribute to women.
Roberto Yglesias is a Technology Director for Buildingi. Although Roberto works as a technology professional, he also enjoys technology as a hobby, constantly seeking the latest in innovation across multiple technological fronts. He counts Microsoft as a long standing client, which provides unique opportunities to be a part of projects on the leading edge of advancements in technology. He also counts Hewlett-Packard, Seattle Art Museum, Boeing, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Citi among his many other clients. Roberto enjoys sharing his passion for technology and has been sought to speak at industry conferences such as Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference, AIMM, SharePoint Saturday Events and CoreNet Global Chapter Events.
Daniel is the General Manager and Global Head of HanaHaus, SAP’s startup workspace cafes located in Palo Alto and Newport Beach. Established in 2015, HanaHaus connects the next generation of innovators to the ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, students and researchers by providing an inspiring, state-of-the-art meeting environment.