We have gathered the foremost thought leaders and innovators in our industry.

Gain insight and perspective from presenters well-versed in global issues, challenges and opportunities facing professionals today.

Speakers

San Francisco

Adam Finkin
Senior Cost Analyst
ArupAdam

 

Finkin is a leading and founding member of Arup's Cost Engineering and Management consulting group based in San Francisco with over ten years of experience providing constructability services for infrastructure and buildings projects across the Americas and Globally. 

With a focus on cost estimating, risk analysis, value engineering, financial modeling, scheduling, and life cycle cost analysis.

Mr. Finkin has performed Lender’s Technical Advisory roles specific to CAPEX and OPEX analysis, project due diligence, risk analysis and max probable loss calculations. 

He is currently involved with a joint UC Berkeley / University of Washington research project evaluating transaction cost economics as they relate to the procurement of major transportation infrastructure.

Brian Thomsen

Brian Thomsen
Product Manager
Voyage Control

 

Brian heads up the Construction Product Management team at Voyage Control, a tech company focused on making logistics more efficient. He has experience working as a Project Controls Manager for Skanska on two large Light Rail Transit projects in Los Angeles, as well as experience working on highway projects in Southern California and the 7 Line Subway in New York City. After tackling many of the problems on large infrastructure projects from the contractor side, Brian joined Voyage Control to focus on building tools to help solve logistics problems in construction. Brian holds B.A. degrees in Engineering Management and Economics from Lafayette College.
Brian Thomsen was a speaker at Houston summit.

Cindy Ma

Cindy Ma FRICS
Managing Director
Houlihan Lokey

 

Dr. Cindy Ma is Managing Director and Global Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Portfolio Valuation & Fund Advisory Services.  She has extensive experience in illiquid and complex securities valuation, hedging strategies and risk management.  A member on the IVSC board, she holds the designation of CFA, FRICS and an (inactive) CPA license.  She obtained her Ph.D. in finance from Columbia University.  Prior to Houlihan, she was a valuation partner at Ernst & Young and a derivatives trader.  She served as an expert for the SEC on various valuation related cases.

Cindy Ma will also speak at Toronto and New York summits. She was a speaker at Houston summit.

Darren Seary

Darren Seary FRICS
Director
Fulcrum

Darren A. Seary is a Construction Risk Management consultant and the Western Director at Fulcrum, a construction and real estate intelligence and risk management firm. 
Darren has provided professional advice within the construction and real estate industry throughout his career. Among his many skills, he specializes in the assessment and adaptive reuse of existing buildings and Construction Project Management.
Darren earned his Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Building Surveying at De Montfort University, England. 

David Lyman

David Lyman
Co-founder & CEO
Betterview

 

David is Co-Founder and CEO of Betterview, the leading platform for drone-based property inspections. Betterview is quickly becoming the essential platform for every transaction around buildings and properties for decision-makers who want to reduce risk, cost, and waste in an increasingly competitive environment. Prior to Betterview, David started a company that built social media software for small businesses which he sold to Constant Contact and built enterprise workflow and data analysis software for the oil & gas industry while at Accenture.

Denis Mulligan
CEO
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District

Dustin DeVan

Dustin DeVan
CEO and Co-Founder
BuildingConnected

An avid entrepreneur and engineer, Dustin spent six years on the general contractor side before founding BuildingConnected. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautical Science from the University of California, Davis, and he has worked for some of the largest construction companies in the country including Bechtel, Rudolph & Sletten, and XL Construction. 

Elizabeth Champagne, FRICS
Executive Managing Director
Cushman and Wakefield

 

Elizabeth Champagne, MAI, FRICS joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2016 as an Executive Managing Director and Area Leader for Valuation & Advisory’s Northern California/Pacific Northwest region. She is responsible for the everyday operation of the San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Walnut Creek, Portland, Seattle, Reno, Salt Lake City and Denver offices and leads a region poised for significant growth opportunities. In this capacity she will help nurture existing client relationships, procure new clients and develop services through targeted business expansion efforts.

Ms. Champagne has expertise in the appraisal of a diverse range of property types including office, retail, industrial, multifamily, hotel, medical office, restaurant, parking garage, biotech, laboratory, affordable housing, residential subdivision, master-planned business park, bank branch, and special purpose properties. She has 30 years of professional experience in the fee preparation and review of real estate appraisals, feasibility studies, rent analyses, highest and best use and market studies of commercial and residential properties throughout the United States. Ms. Champagne has over 20 years of appraisal management experience operating large and successful commercial appraisal companies. 

Joe Lee
CEO
LocateAI

Joe is a Stanford engineer who's foolish enough to think that a crazy idea, a team behind the crazy idea, and a bit of code to create the idea can disrupt massive markets and economies. So he co-founded LocateAI to figure out where and how the retail industry will be successful in a time where the industry is experiencing change and uncertainty.

Prisant

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA
President and Founder
International Art Advisors

 

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA, was honored to have been named an Eminent Professional Fellow of the RICS in 2002. He became active in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Chapter and was made Chair five years later. In the intervening years, he has served on his Global Professional Group Board and the RICS Americas Valuation Council. In the public realm, he was appointed to NYC zoning boards in Manhattan and Brooklyn by New York City Borough Presidents and City Council members. He is president and founder of Manhattan-based International Art Advisors. 

M. Barden Prisant will be giving the luncheon keynote speech at the Houston, San Francisco, Miami, New York and Toronto summits.

Mark Fergus

Mark D. Fergus FRICS
Regional Director
Cumming Construction Management, Inc.

 

Mark is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor who has provided contract administration, project controls, and estimating services since 1991. As Regional Director for Cumming Corporation, Mark is responsible for cost management services throughout the southwestern United States. He serves as the RICS Southern California Chapter Chair, and has experience with large mixed-use, retail, technology, and hospitality projects. Mark has worked for contractors, developers, and consultants in Southeast Asia, Japan, the Middle East, and the U.S.

Michael Rosenfield

Michael Rosenfeld
Vice Consul - Senior Advisor for Energy, Environment & Infrastructure
British Consulate-General
Department for International Trade

 

Mike Rosenfeld has served as Vice Consul at the British Consulate-General, Los Angeles since 2003. As Senior Advisor for Energy, Environment & Infrastructure at the UK’s Department for International Trade, he focuses on the clean technology sector and has significant expertise in renewable energy, environmental technologies and public infrastructure development. Mr. Rosenfeld also has served as a member of the UK’s Climate Change Group addressing global warming solutions in the US, the British Government’s Clean Energy Strategy team in the US, and led the UK's Low Carbon, Know-How Strategic Initiative across North America as well as the USA Water Sector Infrastructure Campaign.
As a team leader of commercial officers in the US, he represents UK Plc. across the range of Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, identifying inward investment opportunities among US companies seeking to expand into the UK and supporting British companies, exporting technologies, products, and services into the US, as well as identifying joint venture and other partnership opportunities.

Mikael Nyberg

Mikael Nyberg
Managing Director, Strategy & Innovation
Moody’s Analytics

 

Mikael Nyberg is a Managing Director, Strategy and Innovation, in Moody’s Analytics’ Emerging Business Unit (EBU). His work with the Fintech community has brought a number of new initiatives to life including SME, new data relationships, a collaborative modeling toolset and the development of a ‘Big Data’ platform. He currently leads the Moody’s Analytics CRE market engagement team. Mikael joined KMV in 1998 and has been with Moody’s for 13 years since the KMV acquisition. 

His educational background includes a BSc (ECON) in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics, a MBA from IESE in Barcelona and post graduate studies at Haas Business School in quantitative finance at University of California, Berkeley.

Nav Athwal

Nav Athwal
Founder
RealtyShares

 

Nav is currently an EIR at MetaProp and a Mentor with Nomadic Mentors.  Prior to that he was the Founder and CEO of RealtyShares for over four years.  Nav is a pioneer in real estate technology. He has over a decade of experience in real estate as an attorney, broker, and investor. Nav lectures at UC Berkeley Law School and the Haas School of Business, is a frequent contributor to Forbes, and is often featured on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business. He holds a JD from UC Berkeley Law School where he was class Valedictorian.

Neil Shah (002)

Neil Shah
Managing Director, Americas
RICS

 

As Managing Director of Americas since 2012, Neil is responsible for managing RICS’ presence in the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Neil has held senior leadership roles and led entrepreneurial initiatives at Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures in a broad range of industries, such as IPT (now FM Maintenance), Cirqit, Partsearch Technologies and NorthMarq Real Estate Services.

Neil started his career at Pratt & Whitney, a provider of aircraft engines and services, where he held positions in sales, customer services and program management. Over the course of his career, Neil has been a speaker at many industry events focusing on real estate services and facilities management.

Neil holds an MBA from Emory University, a BSc in aerospace engineering / BA in economics from Boston University and an MS in mechanical engineering.

Nizar Melehani
Project Director
The California Department of Transportation

 

Nizar Melehani started with the California Department of Transportation in 1985 in District 10 Stockton. Prior to his current acting assignment as the Project Director for the Presidio Parkway Project and “Public Private Partnership Program Manager” he was the “Technical Lead” in the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Program. Before joining the P3 program, Nizar served in various assignments in the Division of Engineering Services as the Chief Structure Specifications Branch, Liaison Engineer in Office of Special Funded Projects, Bridge Design and Bridge Construction Engineer.

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Ryan Colker
Director, Consultative Council / Presidential Advisor
National Institute of Building Sciences

 

Ryan M. Colker is Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor at the National Institute of Building Sciences where he is responsible for leading the development of findings and recommendations on behalf of the entire building community and transmitting them to Congress and the Administration. He also serves as staff director of the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; National Council on Building Codes and Standards; Off-Site Construction Council and the Commissioning Industry Leaders Council. Ryan Colker was a speaker at Houston summit.

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Robby Perrino
Senior Managing Director
Newmark Knight Frank

 

Robby D. Perrino, MAI, CRE, CCIM, is a Senior Managing Director at Newmark Knight Frank where he leads the Northern California Valuation & Advisory practice.  He has over 27 years of experience valuing and advising on institutional and corporate real estate throughout the Americas. He also serves as a consultant/fiduciary advisor providing strategic advice to corporations, institutional clients and developers/investors. Prior to Newmark Knight Frank, he served in a variety of management roles with Cushman & Wakefield. 

Robert Herman

Robert Herman MRICS
Co-founder & CEO
REscan

 

Robert Herman, MRICS is Co-founder & CEO of REscan, working on digitizing commercial spaces for remote interactions. Prior to REscan, he was a former Executive Director of a Washington State Pension Fund backed real estate operating company for 11 years, where he was responsible for investments in Central and Eastern Europe overlooking a portfolio of 100 properties. He also served on the Board of RICS in Hungary for 3 years. Robert holds a JD from PP Law School in Budapest and two Masters in Real Estate and International Economics.

Robert Moore

Robert Moore
Co-founder & CEO
Workframe, Inc.

 

Robert Moore is Co-Founder and CEO of Workframe, the collaboration platform for the built environment. Workframe enables tenants, landlords and their teams to collaborate more effectively and optimize workflow throughout the lifecycle of any project. 
A veteran of the NYC technology scene, Robert has experience as an operator and an investor at Intent Media, SJF Ventures and Credit Suisse.  He holds a BA from Rice University, an MPhil from Oxford University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Ross Litkenhous
Vice President - Strategic Development
Altus Group

Ross has worked for several leading real estate tax firms in Washington, D.C., managing large portfolios for real estate owners and investors. He and his team consistently deliver millions of dollars in tax savings to clients each year through property tax appeals, advisory and analytics. Over the last eight years he has led the strategic growth of Altus Group’s real property tax division into one of the dominant firms in the greater Washington, D.C. market.

Ross’ team provides real property tax advisory services and products for a portfolio of more than $90 billion in commercial real estate. His leadership includes the development and implementation of strategic sales and marketing initiatives focused on acquiring and expanding key institutional portfolios.

Stan Lew

Stan Lew
Managing Director (RMW) - San Francisco I Executive Director (SF2030)
RMW architecture & interiors I San Francisco 2030 District

 

Stan Lew AIA, LEED AP is Managing Principal at RMW architecture & interiors in San Francisco and the executive director of the San Francisco 2030 District. His passion for high-performance buildings and sustainability fuels his interest in the adoption of new technologies to accelerate positive and resilient change in the built environment. Stan believes that architects and designers have a unique opportunity to address the challenges of climate change as stewards of our cities and communities.

Tony DiBiase

Tony DiBiase
Principal / CEO
CAV International

 

As Principal / CEO of CAV International, the international investment division of CA-Ventures, LLC, where Tony is responsible for the investment, development and operations of rental properties. Focused specifically on investing in Student Housing, Multi-family and Senior housing opportunities outside the Unites States, currently, CAV-International has development projects in Latin America and Europe. In real estate for over 25 years, working with large-scale real estate projects in international markets from new construction of office headquarters to re-development of manufacturing facility to rental housing.

Val Joseph Menotti
Chief Planning & Development Officer
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

 

Val Joseph Menotti is Chief Planning & Development Officer at BART, and oversees four business areas for the District: Station Area Planning, Real Estate, Strategic Planning, and Sustainability.  He has been with BART since 2000. Val has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, and a Masters of City & Regional Planning from UC Berkeley.

Miami

James Swanston

James Swanston
Founder & CEO
Voyage Control

 

James is the founder of Voyage Control, a technology business focused on making logistics more efficient. He has run a number of businesses as well as serving as an officer in the Australian and British Armies with tours of duty in East Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He was awarded the US Bronze Star, the Defense Imagery and Geospatial Organisation's Outstanding Service Award and the Australian Joint Operations Command Commendation. 
He has bachelor degrees in Law, International Business and Arts, and a Masters in International Relations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and holds the Freedom of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. In 2014, he received the City of London’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was named a Rockefeller Foundation's Resilience Innovator.

Prisant

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA
President and Founder
International Art Advisors

 

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA, was honored to have been named an Eminent Professional Fellow of the RICS in 2002. He became active in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Chapter and was made Chair five years later. In the intervening years, he has served on his Global Professional Group Board and the RICS Americas Valuation Council. In the public realm, he was appointed to NYC zoning boards in Manhattan and Brooklyn by New York City Borough Presidents and City Council members. He is president and founder of Manhattan-based International Art Advisors. 

M. Barden Prisant will be giving the luncheon keynote speech at the Houston, San Francisco, Miami, New York and Toronto summits.

Michael Hedden

Michael Hedden FRICS
Director
Houlihan Lokey

 

Michael Hedden is a Director in the Financial Advisory Services practice of Houlihan Lokey Financial Advisors, Inc. in New York.  Mr. Hedden has over 40 years of real estate appraisal, valuation and consulting experience and specializes in providing valuation, litigation support, and expert testimony services in all aspects of market analysis and valuation of real property.  He has been teaching for over 25 years and has authored many articles and given countless lectures and presentations on the topics of real estate valuation. Mr. Hedden has an undergraduate degree in business and masters in city and regional planning.

Tim Gifford

Tim Gifford FRICS
Managing Director
CBRE Capital Advisors

 

Tim Gifford is the Managing Director and Head of CBRE’s Investment Banking Business for Latin America, CBRE Capital Advisors Latin America, focusing on complex cross-border investment advisory services throughout Latin America. Mr. Gifford advises institutional investors on mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, and financing of commercial real estate throughout Latin America. Working closely with CBRE office locations in Latin America, he provides clients seamless capital markets advisory service. Mr. Gifford has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and investment banking business in various Latin American and Caribbean markets.

New York

Cindy Ma

Cindy Ma FRICS
Managing Director
Houlihan Lokey

 

Dr. Cindy Ma is Managing Director and Global Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Portfolio Valuation & Fund Advisory Services.  She has extensive experience in illiquid and complex securities valuation, hedging strategies and risk management.  A member on the IVSC board, she holds the designation of CFA, FRICS and an (inactive) CPA license.  She obtained her Ph.D. in finance from Columbia University.  Prior to Houlihan, she was a valuation partner at Ernst & Young and a derivatives trader.  She served as an expert for the SEC on various valuation related cases.

Cindy Ma will also speak at San Francisco and Toronto summits. She was a speaker at Houston summit.

Prisant

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA
President and Founder
International Art Advisors

 

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA, was honored to have been named an Eminent Professional Fellow of the RICS in 2002. He became active in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Chapter and was made Chair five years later. In the intervening years, he has served on his Global Professional Group Board and the RICS Americas Valuation Council. In the public realm, he was appointed to NYC zoning boards in Manhattan and Brooklyn by New York City Borough Presidents and City Council members. He is president and founder of Manhattan-based International Art Advisors. 

M. Barden Prisant will be giving the luncheon keynote speech at the Houston, San Francisco, Miami, New York and Toronto summits.

Thomas Long
Director of PMO
NYC Department of Environmental Protection

 

With over 20 years’ experience in construction from the bottom up, Thomas is now the director of the Program Management Office for the water and wastewater utility for New York City. With a capital budget of over $10 billion to upgrade and maintain the water supply and waste water treatment system of New York.

Toronto

Cindy Ma

Cindy Ma FRICS
Managing Director
Houlihan Lokey

 

Dr. Cindy Ma is Managing Director and Global Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Portfolio Valuation & Fund Advisory Services.  She has extensive experience in illiquid and complex securities valuation, hedging strategies and risk management.  A member on the IVSC board, she holds the designation of CFA, FRICS and an (inactive) CPA license.  She obtained her Ph.D. in finance from Columbia University.  Prior to Houlihan, she was a valuation partner at Ernst & Young and a derivatives trader.  She served as an expert for the SEC on various valuation related cases.

Cindy Ma will also speak at San Francisco and New York summits. She was a speaker at Houston summit.

Prisant

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA
President and Founder
International Art Advisors

 

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA, was honored to have been named an Eminent Professional Fellow of the RICS in 2002. He became active in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Chapter and was made Chair five years later. In the intervening years, he has served on his Global Professional Group Board and the RICS Americas Valuation Council. In the public realm, he was appointed to NYC zoning boards in Manhattan and Brooklyn by New York City Borough Presidents and City Council members. He is president and founder of Manhattan-based International Art Advisors. 

M. Barden Prisant will be giving the luncheon keynote speech at the Houston, San Francisco, Miami, New York and Toronto summits.

Houston (Past Summit)

 

Allan Banks FRICS
Project Executive
The Rhodes Group

 

Allan Banks has over 20 years of project experience working within Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America and the USA. He was a registered adjudicator with the RICS during his time in Australia and has been appointed and testified as an expert witness on construction disputes. He is a Fellow of the RICS and a Fellow of the CIArb.

Brian Thomsen

Brian Thomsen
Product Manager
Voyage Control

 

Brian heads up the Construction Product Management team at Voyage Control, a tech company focused on making logistics more efficient. He has experience working as a Project Controls Manager for Skanska on two large Light Rail Transit projects in Los Angeles, as well as experience working on highway projects in Southern California and the 7 Line Subway in New York City. After tackling many of the problems on large infrastructure projects from the contractor side, Brian joined Voyage Control to focus on building tools to help solve logistics problems in construction. Brian holds B.A. degrees in Engineering Management and Economics from Lafayette College.
Brian Thomsen will also speak at the San Francisco summit.

Bumni Osazuwa

Bunmi Osazuwa MRICS
Senior Cost Manager
CBRE GWS Cost Consultancy North America

 

Bunmi is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor who is passionate about construction cost control and management. She has 30+ years international experience in program and cost management across all the built environment and in disaster recovery. She has practiced as a Client representative, worked for Government, been a Consultant and worked as an EPC Quantity Surveyor. She also has a degree in Architectural Engineering from University of Texas at Austin. Bunmi recently completed her assignment on a methanol construction plant in Beaumont Texas where she was responsible for earned value management and change management of various units of the plant. She recently joined CB Richard Ellis; Global Workplace Solutions Cost Consultancy group and works on the BP account as a Senior Cost Manager.

Carol Haddock

Carol Haddock
Director
City of Houston, Houston Public Works

 

Carol Ellinger Haddock, P.E., is the Director of Houston Public Works, the largest American Public Works Association Accredited Public Works Department in the United States.Houston Public Works is responsible for streets and drainage, production and distribution of water, collection and treatment of wastewater, and permitting and regulation of public and private construction.The Department has over 3,900 employees and an annual budget of $2.3 billion.Carol has an extensive background managing capital engineering projects and programs and has worked for the City of Houston for thirteen years.Carol is a licensed Professional Engineer, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rice University and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Houston.

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Caryn W. Fuller
Senior Consultant
HKA Global

 

Caryn Fuller has over nineteen years of professional experience in engineering, construction, project management, project controls management, and construction claims and dispute resolution.  Caryn has a broad range of Engineering, Procurement and Construction experience working with Fortune 500 contractors, US State and Government Entities, and privately held contractors.  She has worked on various projects in North America, Canada and Asia including P3 infrastructures, convention centers, high rises, office buildings, fertilizer expansions, coal processing facilities and coal-fired electric generating plants.

Connell McGill

Connell McGill
CEO & Co-founder
Enertiv

 

Connell is the CEO and Co-founder of Enertiv and sits on its Board of Directors. His responsibilities include driving the company vision, growing the team, managing key client accounts, and maintaining investor relations. Prior to founding Enertiv, Connell was a Senior Project Manager at the New England Consulting Group, consulting for a number of C-suite executives at Fortune 100 companies. Connell graduated magna cum laude from Babson College's Honors Program with concentrations in Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Cindy Ma

Cindy Ma FRICS
Managing Director
Houlihan Lokey

 

Dr. Cindy Ma is Managing Director and Global Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Portfolio Valuation & Fund Advisory Services.  She has extensive experience in illiquid and complex securities valuation, hedging strategies and risk management.  A member on the IVSC board, she holds the designation of CFA, FRICS and an (inactive) CPA license.  She obtained her Ph.D. in finance from Columbia University.  Prior to Houlihan, she was a valuation partner at Ernst & Young and a derivatives trader.  She served as an expert for the SEC on various valuation related cases.

Cindy Ma will also speak at San Francisco, Toronto and New York summits.

Ed Hirs

Ed Hirs
Managing Director
Hillhouse Resources LLC

 

Ed Hirs, Managing Director for Hillhouse Resources, LLC, is a finance professional and economist.  Previously, he founded Hirs and Company in 1992, the successor to Niven Associates, a corporate finance practice undertaking transactions and valuations.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, who earned his BA and MA in Economics, as well as an MBA, from Yale.  For many years, Hirs was a member of the RICS Southwest Chapter.  His media credits include Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Houston Chronicle, NPR’s Marketplace, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

Greg Snider

Greg Snider
Project Engineer
Texas Department of Transportation

 

Greg Snider works as an Project Engineer for Texas Department of Transportation at Houston, TX. Previous to his current assignment, he was a Project Manager at AECOM, Senior Water Engineer at URS Australia Pty Ltd and Project Manager/Hydrologist at Dodson and Associates Inc. 

James Arrow FRICS
Senior Manager
Booz Allen Hamilton

 

Mr. Arrow is a Project Management professional and Chartered Quantity Surveyor with more than 20 years of experience. He has a broad range of Industrial / Commercial Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) experience working with Fortune 500 contractors and Oil Majors, successfully delivering projects in a number of international locations and across a broad range of market sectors that include oil and gas, aerospace, mining, power generation, government operations and IT Program Management. He is currently providing executive advisory support in the deployment of Enterprise Risk Management solutions for clients headquartered in Houston, TX. Recent experiences include the development of Risk Management capability improvement plans, the deployment of state-of-the-art risk analysis solutions including the development of network-enabled asset tracking platforms designed to enhance construction productivity planning and control on large capital projects.

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John Busi FRICS
President
Newmark Knight Frank

 

John D. Busi, MAI, FRICS joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2016 as President of Valuation & Advisory after 35 years at Cushman & Wakefield, where he held the position of president and global lead of C&W’s valuation and advisory division. Mr. Busi was also a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s global operating committee. Mr. Busi is leading NKF’s effort to grow its due diligence, valuation and advisory practice both through acquisitions and recruiting top talent.

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Dr. John Jacob
Professor
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

 

Dr. John Jacob is Director of the Texas Coastal Watershed Program of Texas A&M University and is based in Houston, TX. Dr. Jacob oversees programs for urban planning, citizen participation, wetland ecology, and watershed planning. He has conducted ground breaking research on wetland hydrological connectivity, documented the state of Texas coastal prairies, and educates the public about the connections between land use, environmental health, and quality of life.

Jonathan Wass

Jonathan Wasserstrum
CEO and Co-founder
SquareFoot

 

Jonathan is the CEO and Co-Founder of SquareFoot a platform for commercial real estate leasing reengineering the process from initial search through closing and beyond. More than 500 transactions have closed via SquareFoot as its quickly becoming the go-to destination for commercial real estate leasing in NYC and other major US markets. Jonathan started his real estate career in the International Capital Group at JLL where he advised foreign and domestic clients on more than $3 billion worth of transactions globally. He has an MBA from Columbia and a BA in Economics from Emory.  Outside of work, he spends his time with the four b’s: biking, bourbon, buffalo wings, and brass bands. 

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Josh Rowan MRICS
Principal Project Director
Arcadis

 

Josh Rowan is a Charted Quantity Surveyor (MRICS) with a proven track record and hands-on expertise delivering large CapEx construction projects across the project life-cycle.  Thought leader who is actively involved in AACE – International as Region 5 Director, Director At-Large – Technical Board, and Houston Gulf Coast Section Board of Directors - Advisor.  Josh is a US Army Veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Louisiana Emergency Service Medal for logistical project management support following Hurricane Katrina.  Josh has a BS from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of St Thomas.  He holds the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications.

Julie Hendricks

Julie Hendricks
VP and Director of EcoServices
Kirksey Architecture

 

Julie is a Vice President and the Director of EcoServices at Kirksey. She has consulted on and managed the LEED process for over 55 projects and many building types, adding up to more than 7 million square feet of space. She has been a part of Kirksey’s EcoServices team for eleven years and has been a licensed architect for thirteen years. She frequently speaks on the topic of green building, and has written a number of articles and short books on the topic. In 2012, she was chosen as the Ben Brewer Young Architect of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the AIA. In 2016, She was named a LEED Fellow. 

Julie is active in volunteering and advocating for green building throughout Texas; she held leadership positions in non-profit environmental organizations including the U.S. Green Building Council and the Citizens Environmental Coalition. Julie has been on the Executive Committee of the Gulf Coast Green conference for ten years, as Chair in 2014. She has also taught architecture at the Boston Architectural Center and at Prairie View A&M University.

Kristofer Anderson

Kristofer Anderson MRICS
Principal, Valuation & Business Modeling
EY

 

Kris is a principal and Southwest Region Market Leader in EY’s Valuation & Business Modeling practice. He is responsible for advising clients about valuation issues related to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring and reorganization, and dispute resolution.  His experience includes the valuation of business enterprises, equity and debt interests, and various fixed and intangible assets, primarily in the oil & gas industry. Kris previously served as a Valuation Fellow with the FASB where he shared his valuation expertise with the Board and staff pertaining to fair value, business combinations, and other financial reporting issues. Kris earned an MBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University and a BBA in Finance and Economics from Baylor University. 

Lane Enderby

Lane Enderby FRICS
Director
Altus Group

 

Lane Enderby is a Director at Altus Group with responsibility for the appraisal and consulting of real estate for institutional advisors, REITs and pension funds.  With 15 years of experience, Mr. Enderby has a diversified background in real estate with emphasis in fair value consulting, audit support, due diligence, loan underwriting and lease analysis.  Prior to joining Altus Group, he was a manager for PwC.  He also holds a Masters of Land Economics and Real Estate from Texas A&M University.

Prisant

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA
President and Founder
International Art Advisors

 

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA, was honored to have been named an Eminent Professional Fellow of the RICS in 2002. He became active in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Chapter and was made Chair five years later. In the intervening years, he has served on his Global Professional Group Board and the RICS Americas Valuation Council. In the public realm, he was appointed to NYC zoning boards in Manhattan and Brooklyn by New York City Borough Presidents and City Council members. He is president and founder of Manhattan-based International Art Advisors. 
M. Barden Prisant will be giving the luncheon keynote speech at the Houston, San Francisco, Miami, New York and Toronto summits.

Davis

Mike Davis MRICS
Principal
HKA Global

 

Mike Davis is a chartered quantity surveyor with more than 30 years’ experience within the construction industry. He spent the first half of his career as a Contractor’s QS/Commercial Manager. The latter half has been as a consultant to owners, developers and contractors, covering overall project development, project controls, contract analysis, change management, claims and dispute resolution including arbitration and litigation proceedings.

He has worked within the building, civil engineering, infrastructure, and energy sectors on major complex and often iconic projects around the world.

Niran Shrestha

Niran Shrestha
CEO
onTarget Technologies Inc.

 

Niran Shresha, CEO and Co-founder of onTarget – Visual Analytics Software for Construction. He is a Civil engineer & Data Scientist specializing in Artificial Intelligence, Project Controls, virtual design and construction technology. He previously worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff, United Nations and Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Capital Construction, Infrastructure and Real Estate projects in 3 continents and 6 countries. He has a Masters in Civil Engineering and Management from Columbia University. onTarget won Columbia engineering ventures awards and was recently selected by Forbes as one of the 6 Real Estate Startups Poised to Disrupt the Industry. 

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Noëlle Brisson FRICS
Senior Advisor

 

Ms. Brisson has 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate in the US and in Europe with a diverse background in urban planning, valuation, CMBS underwriting and loan servicing, as well as corporate governance. She has held roles of appraiser, rating analyst, special servicer and investor and worked with a broad range of property types. Ms.Brisson is now an independent Senior Advisor, providing urban planning and real estate development services.  Her practice focus is to unlock the potential and value of underutilized assets and urban places and make the business case for the long-term viability of urban parks and open spaces.
An MAI and a CRE, Ms Brisson is also a certified corporate director and a member of the RICS Americas Board.

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Peter M. Smith FRICS
Executive Director, National Property Tax Services
Ernst & Young, LLP

 

Peter M. Smith, FRICS has over thirty one years of experience in the property tax field, serving clients in both real property and business personal property tax engagements. In his current capacity as the West Region Director of Property Tax, he works exclusively in the ad valorem tax area, providing consulting and compliance services for clients in both real estate and personal property taxes in the Western States and Hawaii.  He is currently Chair of the Americas World Regional Board of RICS.

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Ryan Colker
Director, Consultative Council / Presidential Advisor
National Institute of Building Sciences

 

Ryan M. Colker is Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor at the National Institute of Building Sciences where he is responsible for leading the development of findings and recommendations on behalf of the entire building community and transmitting them to Congress and the Administration. He also serves as staff director of the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; National Council on Building Codes and Standards; Off-Site Construction Council and the Commissioning Industry Leaders Council. Ryan Colker will also speak at the San Francisco summit.

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Stephen D. DuPlantis
Executive Managing Director
Newmark Knight Frank

 

Stephen D. DuPlantis, MAI, joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2017 as executive managing director - national valuation & advisory co-lead to help drive the development of the firm's new valuation practice.Prior to Newmark Knight Frank, Mr. DuPlantis worked for 21 years as senior managing director of CBRE’s South Central Region. Mr. DuPlantis’ appraisal assignments have included multihousing, office, industrial and retail properties. He has also appraised numerous special-purpose properties including senior care facilities, golf courses, self-storage facilities and hotels/motels.

Thomas Siems

Thomas F. Siems
Assistant Vice President and Senior Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

 

Siems is assistant vice president and senior economist in the Communications and Outreach Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In this capacity, he partners with other Fed economists and his colleagues in Communications and Outreach around the District to gather information on emerging trends and policy issues of interest to financial institution executives educators, and thought leaders in Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico, and to create opportunities to listen and learn from the regions' constituents.

Will Mitchel

Will Mitchell
CEO & Co-founder
Contract Simply

 

A successful former contractor himself, Will has built a company that makes the stressful process of construction lending easier on not just the borrowers and lenders, but the builders as well.
Originally from Denver, Will got his undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Structural Engineering from the University of Virginia before coming to the University of Texas in Austin for his Masters in Business Administration. 
Will’s experience, both on the business and contracting ends, has allowed Contract Simply to offer a one-of-a-kind platform that strengthens lending standards while reducing redundancy and alleviating frustration.

Zak Schwarzman

Zak Schwarzman
Partner
MetaProp

 

Zak Schwarzman leads MetaProp’s venture capital arm, investing in high-growth PropTech startups that are transforming the way we conceptualize, utilize, build, transact, interact with, and manage physical space. Zak manages MetaProp’s investment activities and works closely with portfolio companies to move their businesses forward.
Zak’s investment experience spans seed, multi-stage and corporate venture capital and he is an active member of New York’s startup community. Zak received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Political Economy and Business from Tulane University.

 

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