More About Our Speakers
Brett Young is the CEO and Founder of BuildingSP, Inc. This is the second startup for Brett, having previously founded and managed Modulus Consulting, a BIM consulting firm with multimillion-dollar annual revenues. He has a background in the management of large, commercial construction projects from nine years of work at Cahill Contractors, a San Francisco building general contractor. Brett holds a BS in civil and environmental engineering from UC Berkeley.
An expert in cybersecurity and network infrastructure, Nick Espinosa has consulted with clients ranging from small businesses up to the Fortune 100 level. Nick founded Windy City Networks, Inc in 1998 at age 19 and was acquired by BSSi2 LLC in 2013 where he is their CIO. In 2015 Security Fanatics, a Cybersecurity/Cyberwarfare outfit dedicated to designing custom Cyberdefense strategies for medium to enterprise corporations, was launched. A nationally recognized speaker, member of the Forbes Technology Council, TEDx Speaker, regular columnist for Forbes, award winning co-author of a bestselling book "Easy Prey", host of "The Deep Dive" nationally syndicated radio show, on the Board of Advisors for Roosevelt University's College of Arts and Sciences as well as their Center for Cyber and Information Security and also Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, Nick is known as an industry thought leader and sought after for his advice on the future of technology and how it will impact every day businesses and consumers.
James Benham is the Chief Executive Officer of JBKnowledge, Inc. James has led JBKnowledge to become a premier provider of technology solutions for the construction and insurance industries, with clients across North America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. The company, and James, is headquartered in Bryan/College Station, TX with offices in North America and South America.
With extensive experience in the design, development and use of technology to improve efficiency, James is a sought-after speaker across the United States, Canada and abroad on business information technology, data security and innovative software tools. James’ dynamic speaking style allows him to share a vast knowledge of technology solutions in a down-to-earth, engaging manner. James’ company, products and writing have been featured in publications such as Engineering News Record, Texas CEO, Construction Business Owner, Construction Executive, 3D Visualization World, Estimating Today, and many more. In addition, he has been recognized among ENR Texas & Louisiana’s 2014 Top 20 Under 40 for his advancements in construction technology.
Nathan Wood has emerged as an innovation thought leader across the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. Nathan’s experience with Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Lean process improvement, and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has led him to realize how proven technology solutions can too often result in adoption failure and lost ROI. As Founder and Chief Enabling Officer of SpectrumAEC, Nathan blends Emotional Intelligence (EQ) with Design Thinking strategy to help teams overcome adoption barriers through collaborative debate and mutual respect for different perspectives.
Outside of SpectrumAEC, Nathan continues to support industry progress through speaking engagements, industry research publications, and as President of the Construction Progress Coalition.
Danielle Dy Buncio
Danielle Dy Buncio is the Co-Founder and CEO of VIATechnik, a construction and engineering services firm transforming the construction industry through virtual design and construction by blending global human capital with cutting-edge construction technologies. At VIATechnik, Danielle leads the company’s strategic growth efforts and builds and manages client relationships with some of the largest AECO firms around the country. Under Danielle’s leadership, the firm’s innovative and landmark projects have included everything from a point cloud BIM of one of the world’s largest breweries to the creation of a virtual “gaming” environment of a nuclear power plant. Danielle and the VIATechnik team are spearheading advancement of BIM, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence in the industry.
Prior to founding VIATechnik, Danielle worked for general contractors in Silicon Valley, Sydney, and Chicago. As a Civil Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional, she has extensive commercial building, heavy civil, and marine construction experience.
She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Danielle is a recognized industry thought leader and has spoken at industry events including ENR Groundbreaking Women in Construction, ENR FutureTech, AGC BIMForum, CSI Master Specifiers Retreat, Dodge Annual Construction Outlook, MCA Tech Day, and Autodesk University. Danielle was the closing keynote at the Builtworlds CEO Tech Forum in 2016. She was recently invited to China to speak to key government officials and industry leaders on global trends in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and construction technology.
For more than a decade Josh Bone has been implementing, training and presenting construction technology solutions to AECO (Architecture, Engineering,
Construction, Owners) professionals. Having worked with some of the top technology leaders in the industry, Josh specializes in identifying best practices and methodologies for integrating BIM and mobile applications into everyday workflows. Josh started his career working with design teams, then transitioned into helping construction professionals leverage technology in both the preconstruction and construction phases. Josh has served as manager, director and VP of consulting and business development at companies like Design Integrations, Inc., Graphisoft and SmartUse. His most notable projects include the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases headquarters, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Laboratory Building 23, and Fort Sam Houston facilities for the U.S. Army. These projects involved planning and modeling for 500,000 to over 1,000,000 square feet of space.
Ralph Schoch is the Software, Technology, and Internal Support Manager in the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) department at Victaulic, a leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining and fire protection systems. For 23 years he has been devoted to 3D piping system layout and design for global projects. His interest in 3D modeling software led him to begin developing content for Revit in 2009. Ralph develops Revit families and add-in applications that allow engineers and contractors to design piping systems within Revit using Victaulic products. These families and tools have been used around the world from engineering to construction with full fabrication from the Revit model. In addition to Revit, Ralph has experience in Autodesk Fabrication, Navisworks, Inventor, Solidworks, and Bentley Autoplant. He is a board member for the Lehigh Valley BIM Professionals Group and is a member of Autodesk Developers Network and Professional Member of AUGI. He also enjoys speaking at conference events for Autodesk University, BILT, and various other industry events.
Stacy Zerr, P.E. is the Director of Preconstruction Services at the Waldinger Corporation. She has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry working for mechanical contractors and software firms. In her current role, she oversees corporate estimating, modeling and VDC services, and operations support for technology.
As Vice President of one of the nation’s largest mechanical service companies, Kip oversees Mesa's 12 offices HVACR service operations, production and recruiting. This includes supporting customer’s maintenance, repairs, automation, facility and energy requirements. Kip's growth initiatives include Mesa's National/Regional service department which overlap office geography and require single line of customer communication for all multiple site customers with repeatable continuity across California, Arizona and Nevada. He understands the importance of every Mesa office having financial responsibility and accountability while creating their own "local" feel and presence with customer relationships. He also assists in the start up, deployment and continued operations of multiple offices that increased Mesa's footprint and created "service self performance" in the largest and most populated area of the country. During his tenure, Mesa has deployed hundreds of field work order devices (currently i-pads) that support wireless dispatching and work order generation along with deployment of fleet GPS to streamline response times and increase productivity. Kip is consistently researching and guiding Mesa's service business to new heights in customer satisfaction, revenue, margins and maintenance base while maintaining focused goals and objectives internally and externally with new, existing and long time customers.
During the course of his career, Kip has either worked directly with or had oversight in all aspects of the mechanical HVACR customer service business including field, dispatch, sales, operations, and finance departments. His 17 years of field experience set him apart from many in service management and provides a unique perspective for leadership and oversight of the service business beyond the profit and loss statements. His career after graduating from college started in the field and led to completion of five year United Association Apprentice Program in Los Angeles. From there Kip moved to Journeyman then Foreman and progressed to Service Manager for Comm Air then Cal Air Inc. in Fresno California and eventually relocated to Sacramento. His understanding of California's multiple areas of populated geography along with his association and understanding of all local unions in California is beneficial to Mesa's growth in the Service business. Mesa’s maintenance base has grown from $5million to $24million during his tenure and Mesa’s service revenue has grown from $8million to over $110million.
As the division manager for virtual design and construction Jon is responsible for design detailing, trade coordination, integrated building information modeling, the production and coordination of 4D scheduling, and the phased installation of fabricated assemblies at Wm. T. Spaeder. Jon manages the CADD operators who provide design and engineering support to field technicians. Jon joined the company in 2008 after working for 10 years as an engineering technician and CADD manager. He has an Associate Degree in Architectural Drafting and is a Design Certified Plumbing Designer – American Society of Professional Engineers.
Jon Finch, Vice President of Training at MILWAUKEE TOOL. Last year he was elected Chair of the Career Development Committee becoming the first manufacturer/supplier representative to chair an MCAA national committee.
Jon is a strategic leader with many years of executive leadership experience in recruiting and development, training design, and facilitation in leadership. He also is skilled in coaching, recruiting, sales, finance, and presentation skills. He has expertise in documenting and teaching about behavior styles and mentorship. Jon also brings a passion for leadership development as a strategic advantage for an organization to his credentials.
Since MILWAUKEE TOOL began in 1924, the company has led the industry in both durability and performance. With an unwavering commitment to the trades, Milwaukee continues to lead with a focus on providing innovative, trade-specific solutions.
Ivan Moore is Chief Operating Officer of Jolt Consulting Group. Jolt is a preeminent consulting firm to organizations operating in the service ecosystem. With 180+ engagements across 14 different industry verticals, Jolt and Ivan assist service organizations to increase revenues, improve operations and better connect with their customers.
With extensive experience aligning people, processes and technology to help his clients achieve best-in-class service delivery, Ivan has worked with a wide range of mechanical contractors and service providers; from some of the top 5 largest in the US to family owned and regional companies. As a former sales and service leader for a capital equipment manufacturer for the North American and Japanese markets, Ivan brings real-world service experience to his clients. A service industry thought leader, Ivan is a regular contributor to publications and conferences such as Field Technologies Online, CIOReview and Field Service USA. Jolt Consulting Group has been recognized as a Top Field Service Solution Provider by CIOReview.
Britton Langdon is President of FabPro, a construction software company located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. FabPro has developed an unmatched software solution aimed at better tracking the productivity and status of the construction processes.
Prior to FabPro, Mr. Langdon served as the Director of Support Operations & Business Development at Modern Piping where he directed their design and fabrication processes and subsequently sold those services to the industry.
Mike Zivanovic is the Technology Manager for the Chicago Pipefitters’ Local Union 597. Working full-time at the 597 Training Center in Mokena, IL Mike is tasked with implementing technology inside of the existing curriculum utilizing iPads, Mobile Device Management strategies and Learning Management Systems. Mike also oversees the UA 597 Technology Team, a talented group of members who teach several courses ranging from Drone Certification to multiple levels of Autodesk Revit. Mike is a dedicated member of several other Technology groups, including the MCA of Chicago Technology Team and the United Association Technology Team. Mike has taught many classes ranging from Leveraging Millennials in the Workplace to Implementing Mobile Devices on the Jobsite and how it can be tied to Training. With a strong passion for Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality, Mike constantly looks for ways to innovate our industry and do our part to preserve the future.
Steve Metzman is President of iBusiness Technologies, which is partnered nationally with many trade associations, Apple and cellular carriers to help organizations leverage mobile technologies. iBusiness Technologies designs frameworks for organizations of all sizes to deploy mobile devices with precision and for best outcomes and scalability. Steve serves as a speaker and panelist at trade association conferences and technology events across the country. Steve’s expertise lies in helping businesses operate smarter using various mobile technologies that deliver fast ROI while conforming to existing operational workflows.
Stephan Schnell is a Technology Supervisor at JATC 467 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has over 19 years of experience in the mechanical and plumbing industry. In 2006, he shifted his duties into the office, focusing on preconstruction coordination, prefabrication and technology.
He has taught both locally and at Washtenaw as part of the Instructors Training Program. Earlier in 2018, he started a consulting company, focusing on construction and how to manage and implement the use of technology on construction projects throughout all phases.
Ron King has been employed by Trimble MEP since 2006 as Global Estimating Manager. Prior to joining Trimble, he was employed for 17 years by GEM Inc., a single-source contractor in Toledo Ohio, providing a broad range of construction services in multiple industries. Ron is also co-chairman of the MCAA WebLEM committee which is responsible for the formulation of labor units used for mechanical estimating. He also participates on the Pipe Fabrication Institute (PFI) Engineering Committee.
In his spare time, he enjoys race car instructing for the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
James Reis serves as Business Area Director, MEP division, where he oversees the strategy and delivery of solutions that optimize the use of building information, project data and content throughout the Building Construction lifecycle.
Terry has been working in the AEC Design and Construction industry for the past 38 years. Terry is experienced with CAD, BIM, GIS, EDMS and various other critical technologies.
Terry has numerous Bluebeam Certifications (BCU, BCSP, BCC, BCI). Terry has been a Certified Consultant and Instructor since 2015. Terry has been contracted by Bluebeam, Inc. directly on ten
occasions in 2017 and 2018 to conduct customized training classes on their behalf.
Terry is based in central Florida (Cape Coral) and travels nationwide for client consulting & instructional activities.
Steve is currently Senior Vice President, Building Services Division, for ACCO Engineered Systems, Inc. ACCO is a mechanical contractor, licensed in 19 states, with specialties in heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, process piping, plumbing, building controls, engineering, construction, building automation and service.
Steve has been with ACCO since 1992. In addition to his current position, he has served as both Operations Manager and Services Sales Manager for the Building Services Division. It is this depth of experience that gives him the ability to understand the challenges of both operations and sales while crafting creative solutions that meet the needs of both groups. A highly-respected speaker at MSCA events, currently serving on the Board of Managers for MSCA, a Board Member of the Independent Contractors Exchange (ICE) Group and a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Steve and his wife, Patty, now make their home in Southern California.
Travis is a recent convert to the construction industry. He has spent years in software development, focusing on getting data in the hands of the people who need it. This is a mindset he brings to construction now as the Technology Manager at Mechanical, Inc.
His goal is to help Mechanical leverage new technologies and evangelize the concept of open data standards, so project teams can share information seamlessly through the different stakeholders and platforms needed to execute a building project successfully. He may be new to construction, but he is intensely passionate about helping the industry get better as a whole.
Been in the HVAC business since 1978. Came up through the ranks as service technician. Started Soefker Services in 1991 from scratch and have become the largest service contractor in Memphis, TN.
Served on the Marketing Committee for MSCA and on the Board of Managers for MSCA. Currently serves on the MCAA Board of Managers present, Moore Tech Board for HVAC Department, Northwest Junior College Board for HVAC Department and on the MCA of Memphis Board.
Married for 44 years with 7 children and 8 grand children (so far).
Buck grew up in construction. His mother was a builder and his father, a residential developer in Atlanta, taught him the value of hard work, importance of quality, and to always watch the bottom line. He is a construction veteran with a wide variety of experience, both in horizontal and vertical construction markets.
After seven years in civil project management and residential construction, he transitioned to working for an Autodesk Advisor Partner as the lead of their Construction Technology Group, working with large GC’s, MEP firms, and Owners to implement and roll out technology throughout their organizations. In 2015 he took a job with Balfour Beatty Construction, an ENR Top 10 Global General Contractor, as a Project Solution Director, implementing field mobility solutions for safety and punch, as well as brining laser scanning and digital layout to the field.
He has 1.5 billion in projects under his belt, and in 2016 started BIMBOX, a high-performance hardware company, building application specific hardware for laser scan processing, BIM, and Virtual Reality, because the systems he was issued by IT couldn’t keep up with his teams’ workflow. Buck is the CEO of BIMBOX and has since started several companies focused on helping subcontractors streamline their business and find efficiencies through their process. Buck is known as the BadboyofBIM and is one of the Co-Hosts on the ConTechCrew as well as being a featured host on CTC’s BIM Broadcast.