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Senior Principal and Chief Technology Officer
James Vandezande is a Senior Principal and Chief Technology Officer at HOK – a global architecture, engineering and planning firm that is consistently ranked as one of the top influencers in design technology. He has lectured at many events including AIA National Convention, Autodesk University, BILT, COAA Leadership Forum, ENR FutureTech, and is the founder of the New York City Revit User Group.
James maintains involvement in many industry-shaping initiatives to promote innovation and best practices. He serves as the chair of BIMForum – the US Chapter of buildingSMART International – and has fulfilled leadership roles in the development of the National BIM Standard and the Level of Development (LOD) Specification.
James has also authored the top-selling technical book series, “Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture” with Eddy Krygiel and Phil Read. He has also served as an adjunct lecturing professor at New York University.
Ayse Polat, serves as Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Manager for NY Main at Turner Construction Company. She currently leads BIM operations and works directly with BIM engineers to implement BIM process in construction sites in New York City area. This includes developing standard practices, enhancing BIM operations, BIM training for Turner engineers and testing new technologies for the advancement of BIM uses. She also has led the implementation of BIM site safety logistics submissions for NYC Department of buildings. Polat has several years of architectural and construction experience in New York and New Jersey. Before joining Turner in 2010, she has managed multiple BIM projects since 2006 in architectural firms. As a licensed architect in the State of New York, her design and construction experience provides a bridge between design and construction, helps collaboration of all team players in preconstruction and construction phase.
President & Founder
With all the innovative design technologies radicalizing the architecture, engineering and construction industry, Emilio makes sure Microsol Resources’ clients get the most out of their technology investments. Having founded Microsol Resources, an Autodesk Platinum Partner over 30 years ago, he oversees the company’s CAD & BIM software sales, training and consulting services. His passion for customer support is integral in delivering integrated solutions that help customers design, simulate and analyze their ideas, increase operational efficiencies, and gain a competitive advantage to stay updated with the most recent technologies.
With twenty years of experience consulting for clients across a variety of industries worldwide, Jennifer Mannier is able to quickly understand their unique business and culture, helping them unleash the performance of their people through purposeful and tailored workplace solutions that focus on aligning human behaviour, space design, and technology. This, coupled with her background in business and management, gives her clients the success in leveraging the workplace to accelerate business transformation.
Mannier received her M.A. in Management, from the University of Bournemouth, UK, a Business School Diploma, Major in Marketing, from the International School of Business Administration (E.S.I.A.E.), Paris, France, and is an NYU Certified Leadership Coach, Prosci Certified Change Practitioner, and LEED AP.
Director of Marketing
Anna Liza is an innovative, metrics-driven marketing executive who has developed and launched brands, events and videos. At Microsol Resources, she develops and produces TechPerspectives, an annual conference held annually in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia and geared towards architecture, engineering and construction professionals as they discuss dominant technology trends. She also works on business development and Microsol Resources’ strategic partnerships with Autodesk, Chaos Group, Bluebeam and other partners for demand generation campaigns.
Dr. Russ Manning recently joined Kaiser Permanente as Executive Director. Previously, he served as the Virtual Design & Construction Engineer for the Pennsylvania State University. His perspective includes previous work with the DoD’s Defense Health Agency (DHA) as the Chief for FM Operations and Asset Visibility; the lead for the Military Health System’s Minimum BIM Requirements (MBR) development; and past chair of a collaborative workgroup within NIBS (Healthcare BIM Consortium) focused on advancing BIM success for the healthcare market sector which included DoD, VA, Kaiser, Sutter and other US healthcare owners.
Michael Reed leads the Advanced Efficiency Solutions team at NYSERDA. His team runs incentive programs that support the adoption of smart building technologies, tackles tough challenges like energy efficiency for commercial tenants, and supports promising new business models that can unlock the true value of deep decarbonization of buildings in New York State. Reed served in the Peace Corps in Peru for three years, received his MPA from NYU Wagner, and before joining NYSERDA, he worked as the Vice President of programs for a clean energy nonprofit in Washington, D.C.
Scott Lomax leads the firm’s Sports and Public Assembly market sector, leveraging 20 years of experience in design, analysis and project management of a wide range of complex and unique specialty structures such as Hudson Yard’s Vessel and Shed. Lomax joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2012, after 9 years with Santiago Calatrava’s NY and Valencia, Spain offices, and brings strong management skills acquired on international projects. Scott’s experience has given him a keen appreciation of the need for collaboration, creativity, flexibility and understanding among the various disciplines required to successfully deliver signature, architecturally exposed structures. He is also fluent in Spanish and a judge for CEMEX.
Head of Visualization
Greg Rogers is the Director of Visualization at WeWork, a global network of workspaces where companies and people grow together. Their studio works with design teams and interpreting architectural designs as specified within project sketches, architectural drawings or models, and realizing those design as compelling imagery. From identifying and building a new location, to bringing that modeled space to market, the Visual Studio creates models of WeWork buildings with state-of-the-art systems to automate, optimize, and improve the experience. In addition, they use technology to collect data of the building’s use to dynamically optimize utilization, pricing, even layout and form factor. This technology advantage has allowed WeWork to scale to 200+ buildings in 20+ counties and will be our competitive advantage as the company continues to grow.
Khurram Sheikh is an industry innovator with a diversified set of leadership experiences in the mobile industry. His roles across the wireless ecosystem have included being CTO of Mobile Broadband at Sprint, VP of Wireless Strategy at Time Warner Cable,CTO/ CEO of Powerwave Technologies and President /CEO of SiBEAM. Currently, he is the CEO of Kwikbit – building a disruptive solution for indoor and outdoor connectivity with edge/cloud automation and leading millimeter wave based radio technologies. With over 22+ years of experience in the mobile broadband and Internet industry, Mr. Sheikh has been at the forefront of many groundbreaking efforts, including development of the 4G wireless technology standards and ecosystem, building the first broadband wireless 4G network and devices, deploying the first cable Wi-Fi systems, designing the first integrated 4G-Wi-Fi small cell base station and leading the development of millimeter-wave chips and technology enabling 5G use cases.
Mr. Sheikh received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan with highest honors and a master’s degree in electrical engineering with a focus on wireless communications from Stanford University. He has also completed executive development courses at the Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is based out of Silicon Valley and is is actively sought as an industry advisor for both venture based start-up companies as well as PE owned growth companies from the device to the cloud.
Regional Sales Director
Joe is a Regional Sales Director for PlanGrid, responsible for sales growth and retention covering 3 major metro’s (NY, Boston & Philadelphia) as well as the entire New England area. Prior to PlanGrid, Joe has spent close to 20 years in SaaS sales working for such companies as Taleo, Oracle, and DocuSign with the last 6 years primarily focused on “disruptive” technology. Joe holds a Bachelor of Business Sciences degree in Operations Management from CUNY Baruch College.
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