Keynote Speakers

Brett Young

CEO / M2X
Brett Young is a software developer, expert on construction technology, and recognized thought leader for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.  His current work is focused on the use of video game technology to democratize, expand, and deepen software development for building information modeling (BIM).  Previous to his current role as an independent software strategy consultant, Mr. Young was the CEO and Founder of BuildingSP, a software development company that created products for design automation and generative design of MEP systems.  He also started Modulus Consulting, an international BIM consulting firm.  Mr. Young has a background in the management of large, commercial construction projects from nine years at Cahill Contractors, a San Francisco building general contractor. Brett is a graduate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Britton Langdon

Founder and President, MSUITE
Britton Langdon is the founder and President of MSUITE, a construction software company located in the Midwest. With more than a decade in the construction industry, Britton uses his construction experience to spearhead the design and implementation of MSUITE’s products.  Prior to MSUITE, Britton 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.

Chris Weaver

Director of Technology, Andy J. Egan Company
While studying HVACR Engineering Technology at Ferris State University in the late 90s, Chris Weaver became enamored with seeing ideas become reality through 3D modeling. As Andy J. Egan Co.’s first AutoCAD specialist, he worked with the company’s skilled tradesmen to implement Building Information Modeling (BIM) throughout the company in 2001, at a time when few mechanical contractors were adopting these techniques. Today, Chris is Egan’s Director of Technology and works to ensure the company is on the forefront of construction technology at a national level, even influencing new technology by working with the industry’s best software providers.

Dale Drent

Service Manager Mechanical Engineer, Baker Group
Dale started his career with Baker Group in 2003 as a mechanical design engineer. With a BS in Construction Engineering with a mechanical emphasis and certification from the State of Iowa as a Professional Engineer, Dale has demonstrated strong values and leadership skills. Dale’s engineering background and design experience is very useful in trouble shooting mechanical systems and designing the right solution. As Service manager, Dale is responsible for long-term customer support and satisfaction.

Danielle Dy Buncio

Co-Founder & CEO, VIATechnik

Danielle Dy Buncio is the Co-Founder and CEO of VIATechnik, a virtual design & construction consulting and implementation firm transforming the construction industry. Danielle and the VIATechnik team are spearheading advancement of BIM, VDC, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence. For her innovative contributions to the AEC industry, Danielle was awarded Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 in 2018 and ENR Top Young Professional National 20 under 40 in 2019. 

Danielle also serves on the Board of Directors for Ryan Companies US, a $2B Integrated Real Estate Development, Construction, and Design firm. 

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. 

Dave Keane

MEP Division, Trimble
Dave Keane is a mechanical construction veteran with a passion for continuous workflow improvements and prefabrication / modular construction.  Dave works in the Trimble MEP Division and is focused on assisting clients achieve higher efficiency and profits utilizing Trimble's industry-leading software and hardware solutions. Prior to joining Trimble, Dave has held several roles with MCAA member firms assisting in the development of best practices and technology initiatives for mechanical and process piping construction.

David Epstein

Author, Range
Epstein’s writing has appeared in numerous national and international publications, from The New York Times and The Atlantic to National Geographic. He was previously an investigative reporter at ProPublica, where his work ranged from an investigation into the DEA’s complicated pursuit of Chapo Guzman’s rivals, to a This American Life episode about a woman with muscular dystrophy who discovered that she shares a mutated gene with an Olympic medalist. A former Sports Illustrated senior writer, Epstein authored or co-authored several of their most high profile investigative pieces, including the 2009 revelation of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s steroid use. He has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University, and was twice NCAA All-East as an 800-meter runner. Merging stories from the worlds of sports, business, medicine, and education, Epstein sheds light on the paths to peak performance. From how to best prepare for our specialized world to how to optimally incorporate AI into our workplaces, Epstein unpacks the science of success — leaving audiences with actionable takeaways to improve how they live, work, and prepare for the future.

Doug Smith

Corporate BIM Manager, Dynamic Systems Inc.
Doug Smith began his construction career in 1985, as a pre-apprentice in Plumbers and Pipefitters-Local 286, Austin, Texas. He completed five years of apprenticeship training, during which time he also taught Blueprint Reading and Drafting.In 1988, Dynamic Systems was formed and Doug began working with them.During his early career, Doug took on a special assignment to form a joint venture between Motorola, Dynamic Systems and a local Architectural firm. This joint venture was to develop a 3-Dimensional design and construction software for the Semiconductor Industry. This software was rolled out and used to construct many Motorola facilities around the country. This start-up company was later sold to BOC Edwards, the largest supplier of bulk gas in the world. Doug continued to work for BOCE, managing their design efforts and traveling around the world installing gas and chemical systems in Semiconductor facilities.Doug returned to Dynamic Systems in 2005 to oversee the Virtual Design efforts for the company, which he has continued to do for the last 12 years.In addition to his design and coordination responsibilities, Doug also supports the companies “Fabrication Initiatives” to expand, streamline and perfect the implementation of pre-fabrication and shop productivity, across all shops in all offices.

James Benham

CEO, JBKnowledge

While growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Benham began writing code at the age of 11 and by 14 had developed his first application. Three years later, he co-managed an internet services provider (ISP), providing dial-up Internet to over 4,000 users. James went on to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Information Systems while in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. During his final year at Texas A&M in 2001, James established his second company, JBKnowledge, Inc. He has continued to stay involved with his alma mater by joining the university faculty as a Guest Lecturing Professor in the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M.

James is now 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. JBKnowledge is also the marker of the SmartBidNetSmartComplianceSmartReality, and SmartInsight cloud and mobile solutions. As a rapidly growing business year after year, JBKnowledge is a seven-time recipient of the Aggie 100 award, six-time Newman 10 recipient, and was recently named to the LSU One Hundred for the second time. The company, and James, are headquartered in Bryan/College Station, TX with offices in North America and South America.

James Simpson

BIM Specialist, Art Plumbing Company
Wasting no time, James Simpson joined the industry at 15 with Art Plumbing Company. A natural innovator, he pushed for the adoption of new technologies and challenged the status quo. He began with prefab, through standardizing job content and its flow into fabrication he invented and modernized a more seamless process. From there he tackled inefficient software. With first-hand knowledge on a variety of construction software’s he realized what their inefficiencies were and began application and add-in development to bridge the gaps. To date he has over 100 custom CAD commands, a comprehensive Revit add-in suite, and a down and dirty fabrication tracking solution. He is fluent in C#, VBA, LISP and has even branched into web development. He hopes to both simultaneously drive technological innovation in the industry as well as be a beacon for the younger generation.

Jeff Elwell

Construction Technology Manager, EM Duggan
Jeff Elwell is the Construction Technology Manager at EM Duggan in Canton, MA. His focus is on BIM, Revit, and the automation of processes for design and construction as a whole. Jeff’s role includes innovation research from multiple disciplines on technological advances.  He has a passion for discovering new processes and efficiency and modifying their application to mechanical contracting. He believes that a key motivator in driving industry progress is transparent exchange of if ideas and workflows. He has eight years of experience in the industry between engineering and mechanical contracting.

Jonathan Marsh

Principal, MEP Innovation Lab
Jonathan is the former CTO of Wm. T. Spaeder Company where he headed up IT, virtual design & construction and engineering. While there, he championed technology adoption, modular fabrication,  BIM, and the advantages of using progressive technological approaches to project and company challenges. He has an extensive background in MEP construction and engineering, with projects ranging from commercial buildings to industrial refineries and has over two decades of experience in the AEC industry.

Jordan Lawver

Portfolio Manager, Trimble
Jordan Lawver is the Portfolio Manager for Trimble‘s suite of mixed reality solutions.  He has been leading the product management and marketing activities for their Mixed Reality Division since its inception in 2015.  He has a Masters of Science in Computer Vision and Photogrammetry and a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering, both from the Ohio State University.

Mike Zivanovic

Technology Manager, Pipefitters Local Union 597 Chicago
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.

Nathan Wood

Chief Enabling Officer, Spectrum AEC
Nathan Wood is a global innovation influencer across the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. His experience with Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Lean process improvement, and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has led him to realize how even proven technology solutions can lead to failed results when the needs of people and process are neglected. As Chief Enabling Officer of SpectrumAEC (www.SpectrumAEC.com), Nathan works with project teams and organizations to redefine collaboration standards for the digital age. Nathan is also Executive Director of the Construction Progress Coalition (www.ConstructionProgress.org), a non-profit organization advancing the adoption of open integration standards through a Common Data Exchange (CDX) framework.

Nichole Carter

Business Analyst, Haselden Construction
Taking a nontraditional path into the world of construction, Nichole graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Art. While working in theaters across the nation she acquired skills such as welding, rigging, stage automation, fine carpentry and project management; all of which helped her transition into an executive support role with mid-sized national General Contractor in 2012. Working directly for the Senior VP she established their post-construction client services, assisted in the development & deployment of their custom quality control platform and managed their corporate-wide rollout of Procore. Now working for Haselden Construction, LLC as the Business Analyst, Nichole is focused on utilizing strategically applied construction technology to improve their business processes, gain valuable operational insight, increase workflow efficiencies and produce a leaner high-quality product.

Nick Espinosa

Chief Security Fanatic, Security Fanatics
An expert in cybersecurity and network infrastructure, Nick Espinosa has consulted with clients ranging from the small business owners up to Fortune 100 level companies. Since the age of 9 he’s been on a first name basis with technology, building computers and programming in multiple languages. Nick founded Windy City Networks, Inc at 19 and joined forces in 2013 with BSSi2. In 2015 Security Fanatics, a Cybersecurity/Cyberwarfare outfit dedicated to designing custom Cyberdefense strategies for medium to enterprise corporations, was launched. Regular columnist, member of the Forbes Technology Council, on the Board of Advisors for both Roosevelt University's Center for Cyber and Information Security as well as Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, award winning co-author of a bestselling book, TEDx Speaker and host of The Deep Dive nationally syndicated radio show, 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. Nick is an accomplished speaker and regularly speaks to audiences about Cybersecurity, technology and business management.

Pat Ramirez

VDC Coordinator, Arizona Pipe Trades Apprenticeship
Pat Ramirez is the VDC Coordinator for Arizona Pipe Trades Apprenticeship.  He has been in the industry for 10 years with experience as a Journeyman plumber, CAD Detailer, 3D Scanner and Robotic Total Station Technician.

Ron King

Global Estimating Manager, Trimble MEP
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.

Scott Berger

President, Arista Air Conditioning Corp.
Scott’s career can be defined in many ways by the phrase “service to others”.  He has a true passion coupled with an impressive history of furthering the growth and development of others through strong leadership and collaborative learning environments. Scott’s dedication to the advancement of others is evidenced by his commitment to the multitude of organizations that continue to benefit from his experience, expertise and leadership ability. Scott is President, Arista Air Conditioning Corp.

Stephen Jones

Senior Director, Industry Insights Research, Dodge Data & Analytics
At Dodge Data & Analytics, Steve Jones focuses on how emerging economic, practice and technology trends are transforming the global design and construction industry. In addition to hundreds of speaking engagements around the world and numerous articles in industry publications, he produces Dodge Data & Analytics’ SmartMarket Reports on key industry trends, which are read by millions worldwide and frequently cited as authoritative references. Steve holds a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from The Johns Hopkins University. He has a track record of active leadership in many industry initiatives and serves as a judge for numerous industry awards. Before joining Dodge, Steve was Vice President of Primavera Systems (now part of Oracle), the global leader in project management software. Prior to that, Steve spent 19 years in creative and management roles with top architectural/engineering firms, most recently as a Principal and Board of Directors member with Burt Hill, one of the largest A/E firms in the US (now merged with Stantec).

Tim Bodor

Manager of Virtual Construction, H.T. Lyons
Tim Bodor is the Manager of Virtual Construction for H.T. Lyons in Allentown, PA.  He has over 20 years of experience in the MEP industry. He has worked on the MEP design side for over 15 years with an emphasis on Plumbing design and BIM/CAD. Has spent the last 9 years implementing and running the 3D laser scanning teams. He is an Autodesk Certified Professional for Revit MEP and an expert in phase based laser scanning.

Travis Voss

Leader of Innovative Technology, Mechanical, Inc.
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.

Troy Harvey

CEO, Passive Logic
Troy Harvey is the CEO of Passive Logic.  With over 20 years of vision and leadership, Mr. Harvey has built and delivered game-changing products by blending cutting-edge technology with new approaches to user experience.  Mr. Harvey is a passionate technologist with a strong vision for the disruptive power of technology and an entrepreneur who enjoys translating business opportunity into usable and beautiful products.