Our community is focused on supporting Startups and Enterprises on their Innovation Journey.
Supported by a global network of advisors and members, our mission is to be a catalyst for disruption in the Built Environment. We accomplish this through focusing on technology, fostering relationships between old and new players, capturing industry data, and enabling new startups and companies to have access to capital and networks. Backed by Shadow Ventures, and supported by industry giants.
Marketing Manager, Atlanta, Georgia
Supporting entrepreneurial organizations has been a key aspect of Rachel’s experience. This has included roles as marketing specialist at ATDC, program director at TiE and executive director at Atlanta CEO Council. She is the founder of Picaflor Partners, a digital marketing consultancy focused on distilling complex concepts into digestible messages. Rachel interviews innovators in the BuiltTech community to effectively capture and portray their unique knowledge and perspectives.
Program Manager, Atlanta, Georgia
With over 17 years of experience in Real Estate, Sales, Marketing and Project Management, Kristi works with our partner companies and ecosystem partners to coordinate success. She is a dynamic achiever of revenue growth, equipped with broad multidisciplinary experience in different industries including commercial real estate, sales and marketing promotions. Kristi has an enthusiastic, positive attitude and her perspective provides unique ability to establish rapport, gain prospects’ confidence, overcome sales objections and secure new accounts. She consistently and effectively closed business through sales presentations, customer service, and timely follow-up.
KP is a globally recognized authority in BuiltTech. Over 25 plus years, he has been a technologist, subject- matter expert, founder, CEO, advisor, investor, professor, author and coach. KP formerly ran Enterprise Transformation and Gehry Technologies (Frank Gehry) and was the General Manager of ATDC, one of the oldest incubators at Georgia Tech. KP started writing code at age 13 and he is a civil engineer from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Matt Knight is the managing director of Shadow Ventures. He has been on the bleeding edge of CRE tech for more than a decade, as software has been his competitive advantage in the investment market. Matt has more than $1 billion of career private transactions and has specialized in investing in secondary markets. Matt provides our community much-needed access to seed capital.
Arol Wolford is a pioneer and passionate advocate of building intelligence. Arol and his team spent 30 years developing Construction Market Data into a global leader in building. CMD grew from 5 employees in 1982 to 1,300 employees in 2000. CMD Group was sold to Reed Elsevier in 2000 for $300 million. In 2000 he became a board member of Revit Technology Corporation, creator of the first parametric building modeler. Revit was sold to Autodesk in 2002 for $133 million.
J Cornelius is a 20 year software veteran with multiple exits, now helping startups and corporate teams build awesome digital products. He is the president of NineLabs, a digital experience agency. J provides insights for our community to build world-class products.
Drones, Columbus, Ohio
Dr. Matthew H. McCrink is a Research Scientist at Ohio State University. He received his doctorate in 2015 from OSU in mechanical and aerospace engineering. He received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Boise State University in mechanical engineering in 2007 and 2002, respectively. McCrink’s research interests include unmanned flight vehicle design and testing. This broad field includes a focus on embedded systems design and vehicle state estimation and control. Through the course of his work, McCrink has designed, built, and tested one full-scale aircraft and 23 unique unmanned aerial vehicles. With OSU, he currently holds the world speed and distance record for a fully autonomous, beyond line-of-sight aircraft. In addition to this work, he has designed and built numerous small-scale inertial navigation systems used for unmanned, full-scale, and rocket vehicle analysis. He is currently serving as a lead technical engineer for the Ohio State ASSURE FAA Center of Excellence focused on integration of UAS into the NAS.
Smart Buildings, Cleveland, Ohio
Jonathan has a 25-plus year track record driving driving turnaround and growth for global Fortune 100 and venture capital-funded companies in the connected home, physical security, building products, and consumer goods sectors. Most recently, as Chief Marketing Officer for Tarkett North America, he led the marketing, innovation, and research & development teams to capitalize on major growth opportunities in emerging product categories. Prior to Tarkett, Jonathan had leadership roles at Honeywell, where he led “connected homes” product innovation, and Webraska, the leading vendor of GPS navigation and location-based services to wireless carriers in Europe.
Jonathan has a master’s in manufacturing engineering from Cambridge University in England and an MBA from INSEAD in France. Jonathan lives in Cleveland, OH with his wife and two children.
Construction, Atlanta, GA
James Norris is director of systems, workflows and technology at The Beck Group. James has over a decade of experience in the AEC space developing, analyzing, and using cutting edge tools and processes. He has spoken at and chaired many conferences on design and building innovation as well as data analytics. He also has been involved in the AEC startup scene for four years with extreme passion to help move the AEC industry forward in creative, pragmatic and scalable ways.
Architecture, Chicago, IL
Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP is the associate director for graduate studies and clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, teaching design, professional practice, building technology and digital technology. Randy is an international keynote speaker, a BIM authority leading an executive education program at Harvard GSD, and architect responsible for the design of over 100 large, complex sustainable projects. He has written for DesignIntelligence, and is the author of three books: Convergence: The Redesign of Design (AD, 2017) on the nature of the ongoing convergence of technology and work processes; Data Driven Design and Construction: (Wiley, 2015) on the innovative individuals and firms who are leveraging data to advance their practices; and, BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice (Wiley, 2011) tracking the social and organizational impacts of the new technologies and collaborative work processes. His next book is entitled, Superusers: An Architect’s Survival Guide to the Coming Tech Transformation (Routledge, 2019).
Construction, New York, NY
Bill Speleotes is a construction management professional and a licensed engineer. He is recognized by ASHRAE as a Commissioning Process Management Professional and he is a LEEP AP. He received his BSME and MSME from the Polytechnic University of NYU and his master’s in finance specializing in stock options and portfolio management from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business. Bill has over 25 years of construction experience and has managed projects that include institutional, educational, residential, and hospitality, to name a few. Some of these included Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone, Strivers Gardens, and the Ivy Tower.
Upon graduation, he worked as a structural design engineer in the aerospace industry, designing structures for several military aircraft and helicopter programs. The environment was totally paperless, using software packages such as CADAM, CATIA, and NASTRAN. With the software available, he was able to efficiently design as well as coordinate structural elements spatially with little or no hits. All this was achieved efficiently without having to have multiple party clash detection meetings. Bill also developed prototypes using stereolithography technology to see, feel, and fit expensive items before releasing them into production. He initially experienced shock when he later entered the behind-the-times construction industry where almost everyone worked in 2D space with “paper” technology, as AutoCAD and BIM were not as widely utilized as they are today and not as powerful as the packages that were available to Bill in the defense industry.
After aerospace, he went on to work as a mechanical engineer designing MEPS systems for hospitals, data centers, and industrial plants. Bill utilized his engineering skills when he went on to work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as the Facilities Director. At the 100 building, 300-acre facility, he was operationally responsible for the HVAC and plumbing systems. At that time the Navy Yard was incurring tremendous operating losses. Bill evaluated the performance of each building performing energy modeling and benchmarked each building. He implemented HVAC system improvements where they were needed as well as upgraded the controls in the Central Plant. Within one year, Bill’s improvements cut the Navy Yard’s operational costs by $2 million annually.
When Bill isn’t working, and weather permitting, he is either road biking, riding his motorcycle, trying to improve his golf swing or enjoying the beach somewhere. Connect with him on LinkedIn here
Smart Cities, Scottsdale, AZ
Jay Ennesser is a senior business development executive with 20 plus years of leadership experience within software and hardware, a history of driving exponential revenue and profit gain, and a strong international background. He has built numerous teams from the ground up, forged partnerships with the world’s leading technology companies, and travelled extensively through the Americas, Asia, and EMEA.
Jay spent a large part of his career with IBM, a company he joined after leaving university. He initially worked in IT but soon transitioned to his first sales leadership role, as director for electronic industry solutions. In this role, Jay led a team of 40 and created a high-energy, results-driven culture in which all team members were empowered to drive success. As a result, the team drove revenue growth every year and Jay won the company’s highest sales award on three different occasions.
In 2016, Jay became SVP of strategic alliances and innovations for Expona Global Sourcing, a provider of consumer electronics services. He was hired to build out the ecosystem in support of the company’s expanded mission. Jay built out the ecosystem driving new leads for the company and was also responsible for IT where his team managed the split from the parent company and then drove the plans to move to the cloud.
Government, Reston, VA
Stephen is recognized as an industry expert on technology, innovation, real estate, and the construction marketplace. Stephen is president and CEO of Hagan Technologies LLC in Reston, VA. Stephen retired from the federal government in August 2012 after 37 years. Through engagement with Geo-Buiz, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and NIST’s Smart Cities Program, Hagan Technologies now is focused on emerging and innovative technologies supporting smart, connected, sustainable, and resilient Cities and urban eco-districts.
Robotics, Atlanta, GA
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Barry studied mechanical engineering as an undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame and graduate student at the Ohio State University. He moved to Atlanta in May 2013 to pursue his passion of working on cutting edge robotic technology with SoftWear Automation, then a fledgling startup out of the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech. As Co-CTO of SoftWear, Barry has helped bring robotic products to market in the sewing industry where automation has been scarce in the past. In his spare time, he likes to play golf, fly fish, and hike with his fiancé Katie.
Building Product, Atlanta, GA
Most recently Jamie led New Venture Development for GP PRO as vice president and general manager, building new businesses and categories, as well as experimenting with new business models to grow and expand the business. Prior to GP, Jamie held roles in management consulting leading teams transforming the Global 2000, and start-up leadership as a CEO, COO, board member, mentor, and advisor.
Additionally, Jamie held innovation leadership roles at The Coca-Cola Company, Welbilt, and PepsiCo’s Pizza Hut division where he started in R&D. Jamie lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children, and earned an MBA from The Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a BSME from Wichita State University. Jamie is also named on 13 patents.
BIM, Chicago, IL
Luther is an AEC Application Consultant whose specialty is working with clients to enhance their adoption of BIM, and better leverage the opportunities the BIM process affords. Luther is able to identify where BIM modeling and engineering processes bottleneck, and develop ways to improve efficiency and reuse of the modeling data for business development, client engagement, construction coordination, enhanced scheduling, project closeout, etc. Luther is inspired by clients that are willing to embrace change and shift culture to meet new client and industry demands in order to stay competitive, and excels at helping clients understand those opportunities.
Luther has a diverse background in vertical construction design and engineering that include roles as BIM
Manager, BIM MEP Specialist, and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) coordinator for Architecture, Civil, MEP, and Construction firms. His project experience consists of Wet Infrastructure, Industrial, Higher Education, and Government projects requiring sophisticated and high level-of-detail (LOD) BIM Models. Luther is a certified Autodesk Instructor and Autodesk Revit professional with a passion for his own personal, as well as his clients continuous improvement. Luther is an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture in Applied Science from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI. When not at work, Luther enjoys competitive bowling around the country as well as traveling and spending time with his two boys.
Cloud, San Francisco, CA
Lloyd has a unique way of looking at the world, most likely due to his upbringing by a quantum physicist and a professional musician. He spent most of his childhood and teen years hanging out with people holding widely varying, and often contradictory, perspectives on the universe, and learned to appreciate that our ability to deal with reality is largely a matter of how we perceive it.
Understanding the overall system, and getting to the underlying facts, is the core of his professional and pro bono work. Some of his better-known methods for getting to the underlying truth include asking “What problem are we really trying to solve here?”, applying the discipline of the five whys, and focusing on why people behave in self-limiting ways rather than work for their own good as well as the good of the organization.
Lloyd’s professional work includes developing a worldwide infrastructure platform for mobile social media companies ngmoco and DeNA; preparing LinkedIn for its rapid growth; developing, implementing and operating an infinitely scalable physical infrastructure for Google’s server farms; building out a worldwide performance measurement infrastructure for Keynote Systems; and developing one of the first managed hosting architectures for Digex. His pro bono work includes angel funding and advising a select group of non-profits working on no-dependency systems approaches to ending poverty throughout the world.
Lloyd is an accomplished communicator, consistently getting very high marks from his public speaking engagements. His ability to connect with both logical and artistic minds, coupled with his strong storytelling skills, result in talks that are relevant, engaging, and entertaining.
Cloud, San Francisco, CA
With an architect as a mother and mechanical engineer as a father, Hans was brought into the world of design and construction early on. It was a given that Hans studied engineering and business, and during his entire career those elements as a part of new technology have always been in focus. The thrill in exploring new technologies has never expired.
Hans spent his early years in Finland while high tech industries were being built and multiple upsets in markets required refocusing for the businesses, and development for new markets became a necessity for survival. Globalization followed, and “the rest is history” until it all changed again.
It all started with the corporate world and business development through products, sales, and marketing: from heavy industrial investment products with global markets through the Nokia Conglomerate’s transformation to a telecommunications, cellular phones and associated services company, and finally leading to 3D modeling software and the BIM world with cloud-based engineering services. This has been the base for seeing how much more needs to be done to ensure an equal productivity gain in construction compared to the gains already achieved in so many other industries.
The global understanding for opportunities and cultures has formed during the extended tour around the world with strategic leadership positions in Europe, Asia and North America. Building businesses in different parts of the world requires the understanding of not only the technology at hand but the business and civil cultures it is engaging with. This is something Hans is showing in his participation in the development of different business ideas from inception to implementation and growth. The growth in market shares in all businesses covered have not been accidental but carefully orchestrated through strategic planning and implementation.
Global mergers and acquisitions as well as divestments have been part of the solutions to focusing on growth and sustained profitability of the concerned companies. In the startup world, the joining of ideas and adaptation to different markets follow the same pattern and leads to partnerships across industry and geographical borders.
Hans has participated in development of modern tools for the educational sector where government funded and supported projects have been carried out successfully. He is involved with the exchange of educational methods between Finland and the U.S. through the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce Southeast with several programs under way.
Cloud, San Francisco, CA
Cliff Moser, LEED, AIA, is a licensed architect with over 30 years of experience in healthcare design and construction. Author of Architecture 3.0; the Disruptive Design Practice Handbook (Routlege 2014), his research includes rules-based and generative digital design systems, and collaboration through lean and agile rational-based project controls and quality management structures. Trained in mediation and arbitration services, Cliff is an innovator in developing the requirements for the instruments of service for digital design and construction, and has served in healthcare leadership roles in design: Perkins + Will and RTKL; construction: AECOM, and healthcare owner organizations – Kaiser Permanente and Stanford Healthcare.
Internet of Things, San Francisco, CA
Joseph Aamidor has nearly 15 years of experience in the building and energy management industry. He provides product and market strategy consulting services to established building management firms, technology providers, and early stage companies. He helps these firms understand the smart buildings market, develop competitive strategy, and forge partnerships. Previously, he served as director of product at Lucid Design Group and was a product manager at Johnson Controls. He frequently speaks at industry events and regularly publishes articles on the energy and smart building industry. Connect with him on twitter (at https://twitter.com/jaamidor) and LinkedIn (at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jaamidor).
Blockchain, Atlanta, GA
Jeff Gapusan is a FinTech entrepreneur who currently leads FinTech acceleration efforts at the Advanced Technology Development Center, the State of Georgia’s technology incubator. He manages a portfolio of early-stage FinTech startups and actively coaches them in business and corporate development, fundraising and execution.
Before joining ATDC, Jeff managed relationships with investors, financial sponsors and strategic partners for TradeRocket, an Atlanta-based startup that enables working capital finance solutions.
Prior to TradeRocket, Jeff founded Makai Advisory Services, a full service business development consultancy for the alternative investment sector. Makai Advisory Services enabled investors and asset managers to make accurate and confident decisions in determining market opportunities, developing their investment theses, and implementing successful strategies.
Jeff began his career in finance as part of Salomon Smith Barney’s Sales & Trading Associate Training Program. Jeff served domestic and international banks on the financial institutions desk prior to joining the mortgage-backed securities sales team. As a specialist in structured credit, he later focused on driving mandates for asset managers in the space enabling over $5 billion in deal-flow in commercial real estate, leveraged loan, and asset-backed structures. He later joined Cantor Fitzgerald as a managing director focused on alternative investments and structured products. He was a leader in several first-time Cantor initiatives including alternative investments, where he drove critical engagement efforts some of the world’s largest alternative investment players. In 2009, Jeff spearheaded the establishment of Cantor’s London-based European Structured Products sales and trading desk.
A Veteran Naval Officer, Jeff flew and managed electronic reconnaissance missions in the mighty EP-3E Aries II over combat zones in the Middle East, the Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.