Director of Global Solutions Engineering – SOPHOS
In his current role as Director of Global Sales Engineering he is responsible for assisting in the development of technical enablement strategies for the entire worldwide sales engineering organization at SOPHOS.
Jason joined Sophos from Fortinet where he was a Sr. Sales Engineer for National Accounts in North America. While at Fortinet, Jason helped established Fortinet as a leader in the network security space within their seven largest channel partners in North America. Having worked more than 10+ years in the industry, Jason has also had roles at notable network security leaders such as SonicWALL and Websense.
Jason holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Vice President, Information Security – Optiv
Greig Arnold brings more than 20 years of technical and leadership experience in financial industry, professional services and telecommunications to his current role. As vice president, information security, within the Office of the CISO, Arnold brings this experience to Optiv clients in financials and the Northeast region to help ensure quality and consistent client experiences. He also works closely with other Optiv sales executives to develop and ensure successful execution of regional and national sales strategies.
With over six years experience as a CISO in the financial and professional services industry, Arnold has a strong background in information security, security architecture, strategy, incident response, risk, and governance. During his time with professional services, Arnold was the primary client contact for the information security program to provide knowledge and assurance of the firm’s information protection, privacy and compliance practices.
Arnold jointly led successful integration of information security and risk management processes, including risk assessment, security testing, GRC process and tool implementation, and incident management at companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, KPMG, ING Bank and Infonet. He led security organizations’ efforts to ensure compliance with multiple regulatory and industry requirements, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16 (SOC 1 and 2), PCI and Safe Harbor. This included liaising with information for an internal audit and regulating bodies, including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR).
Arnold has represented information security on many security round tables, business steering, and working groups. He is an active member of InfraGard. Over his career he has held many certifications from leading technology, risk and security organizations, including the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
Operations Manager, Transportation & Infrastructure – Dynalectric Colorado
Jason has been in the construction industry since 2005. He has worked in a variety of roles including Construction Manager, Associate Engineer, Project Quality Manager, Lead Civil Engineer, Deputy Program Manager and Systems Engineering Project Manager. Jason has experience in a variety of project procurement methods including; design-bid-build, design assist, design build, Engineer Procure and Construct (EPC), Construction Manager At-Risk, Construction Manager As-Agent, CM/GC and Public Private Partnerships. Regardless of the delivery method, he manages and executes the project with a client focused approach.
As Operations Manager of Dynalectric’s Transportation & Infrastructure Group, Jason supervises a team of project managers, coordinators, field electricians, and subcontractors specializing in the installation, upgrade, and repair of highway electrical, fiber infrastructure, light rail/commuter rail, and traffic signalization projects. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the transportation and infrastructure group, including but not limited to business development, client satisfaction, technology innovations, and implementations, estimate approval, leading project meetings to monitor cost and schedule, management of engineering, design and systems feasibility, budgeting, construction phase field coordination, CPM scheduling and corporate strategic planning.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado and California. Jason has expansive transportation sector experience on airports, today’s smart highways, and transit systems.
President – Burger Consulting Group
Christian Burger is the president of Burger Consulting Group, an IT consulting firm based in Chicago. Christian has worked within the construction industry for nearly 25 years, originally with FMI before starting his own firm in 1997. Much of his work at the firm is focusing on IT strategy and leadership for BCG clients. Christian is also involved in best practices process work during the implementation phase.
Christian publishes regularly for industry journals and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and trade shows. He also teaches a technology course at Northwestern University’s Masters in Project Management program.
Chief Strategist and CIO – Encore Electric
Jeff has a diverse background of more than 20 years in information technology spanning basic research, software and system engineering, enterprise architecture, IT Operations, Service Desk, program and project management, and business consulting. After earning his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2006, he was fortunate in 2010 to graduate from the Society for Information Management (SIM) Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) in New York, NY. In RLF, he listened to the stories of 14 world-class CIOs and read 35 business and management books. From this knowledge and hard-won experience in technology leadership positions, he learned a simple lesson: people are paramount to successful roll-outs of technology.
In 2014, he joined Encore Electric, Inc., a large regional commercial electrical contractor that specializes in complex construction projects. He led the superlative Encore team in the implementation of Encore’s Construction Management cloud ERP system and brought modern thinking, tools, and best practices to modernize the Encore IT environment. He leads the executive team in the program management and implementation of Encore’s business strategy and focuses on the importance of disciplined approach to providing services to Encore’s employees.
Quality Operations Manager – Lendlease
Jim Gentile joined Lendlease as Quality Operations Manager for the company’s Los Angeles construction operations. In his role, Jim oversees the implementation of an integrated quality control plan for all projects contracted through the Los Angeles office from pre-construction through project completion. Additionally, he helps develop best practices and employee training with staff throughout the region.
Jim has worked in the construction industry for 16 years across various market sectors. He is currently responsible for overseeing quality control on nearly $2 billion of work. Prior to joining Lendlease, Jim had the opportunity to supervise the preconstruction- and construction-phase activity on several projects with an emphasis on implementing technology to improve productivity and profitability. His resume includes a 127,000-square-foot Bloomingdale’s department store in Glendale, California where Jim implemented a cohesive program allowing the entire project team to communicate, share documents and make revisions to project plans onsite driving efficiency and creating a more professional process for sharing information with all stakeholders.
Jim is a graduate of Harvard University’s Executive Education program for Integrated Project Management, and recipient of ICSC’s “20 Under 40” award. Jim strongly believes that advancing the construction industry into the digital age is achievable and is no longer impossible. He is passionate about LEAN construction and the ability to build a project with “less paper”, whereby improving project coordination through field-tested technology integration.
Head of Technical Partnership Management – Procore
Started Procore Public API and Developer Program.
Oversees the largest integration Marketplace in the construction vertical (Procore AppMarketplace).
Director of VDC – Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Kristopher Lengieza has been instrumental in the integration of VDC, LEAN and LEED principles at several companies over the course of his career. Kris has earned a multitude of awards for his work and has been nationally recognized as one of the top 40 construction professionals under 40 by ENR and BD&C. He constantly seeks to further the use of technology and foster innovation in the construction industry, most recently as part of the Construction PDF Coalition. As such, Kris has been a sought-after speaker for national conferences including Autodesk University, BIMForum, Ecobuild, SPAR and many other regional events. More importantly, Kris is always willing to volunteer and share his knowledge. He has taught for numerous organizations over the past 5 years including AGC and AIA to name a few. Kris earned his Civil Engineering degree in 2004, from Lehigh University.
Partner – SIS Software, LLC
As one of the founding partners of SIS Software, Steven Mulka has utilized 20+ years of technology and business experience to help construction companies align their technology investments with their business goals and strategies. Steven is the SIS Microsoft SharePoint Practice Manager and Product Manager for Compass, the SIS project management software solution powered by Microsoft SharePoint.
Steven is a long-standing member of the AGC IT Steering Committee and a frequent speaker at many AGC events around the county. Steven has been working on the AGC XML initiative and recently participated in the AGC National Convention showcasing how AGC XML can dramatically reduce the administrative cost of executing a construction project. Steven is passionate about the impact that information technology can make towards increasing the efficiency and profitability of a business.
Marketing VP – DeWALT
Tony Nicolaidis is a 24-year veteran of DEWALT. In his tenure, he has led both product development and commercial teams.
Tony is passionate about offering solutions to construction contractors that maximize their productivity. He strongly feels that the future of construction lies in adoption of digital solutions. He leads the Connected Systems team at DEWALT which focuses on both software and hardware solutions built for the construction industry.
Tony has an BSEE degree from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Loyola University.
Cody Nowak has worked for architects, architectural lighting designers, MEP engineers, general contractors, and a variety of subcontractors as well. His experience is well documented, but Cody’s innovation and vision are what make him a thought leader in the AEC industry. As a technology evangelist, Mr. Nowak has been bridging the gap between technology, BIM, and AEC with the purpose of integrating Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality into a more prominent role. He is working on progressing the AEC industry towards the integration of real-time 3D gaming engines to be used for powering real-time collaboration and ultimately the use of BIM in the field via emerging hardware technologies. Cody’s network in technology and AEC allow him to be informed and involved with many new developments and advances in technology. Cody is also the founder of AECX a tech expo for AEC professionals and is the SoCal lead for AEC Hackathon. This along with his experience, innovation, and ingenuity are making Cody’s vision of 3D technology integration into the AEC industry a Virtual Reality.
Director, Information Systems – Linbeck Group, LLC
Niraj Oak has twenty plus years of experience in the construction industry. In the past, he has designed and implemented complex database systems to improve employee productivity. He has also developed a job costing system with total integration within the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system business management software to ensure organizations can achieve peak operational efficiency.
He is currently responsible for Directing Information Services at the Linbeck Group, LLC, a general contractor based in Houston, Texas. Linbeck is a process oriented organization that focuses its efforts on improving operational systems for its client organizations so they can stay competitive and build a culture of continuous improvement that drives technology solutions.
Niraj Oak graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from India and currently holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston. In his free time, he also loves to play Table Tennis and has competed as a member of the U.S. Men’s national team in the World Table Tennis Championships.
President – Gemba Technologies
Gemba Technologies provides CIO Services across multiple industry spectrums. Services include the development of IT Strategies, business plan development, process re-engineering services, cloud strategies, contract negotiations, technology assessments, security strategies, emerging technologies, and other CIO services.
Prior to founding Gemba Technologies, Mr. Oster was the Chief Information Officer for McCarthy Building Companies, a multi-billion dollar construction firm. In this role, Oster worked with all McCarthy offices on establishing technology strategies that support/enable company business plans. During his tenure at McCarthy, the company was recognized by several leading publications (e.g. Information Week, Fortune, Constructech) for industry-leading technology innovation.
Prior to McCarthy, Oster worked for 14 years at Anheuser-Busch in a number of technology roles, including Group Manager for the SAP Solutions Center. With close to 40 years of total I.T. experience, Oster has worked for a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, utilities, food & beverage, entertainment, and the software industry. Oster holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Maryville University and a Master’s Degree in Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis.
MIS Director at Munilla Construction Management (MCM)
Throughout his career in construction, spanning over 15 years, Daniel has successfully selected, implemented, and integrated a great variety of IT solutions to match unique construction business needs. These solutions include, but are not limited to, Estimating, Accounting, Project Management, Scheduling, Document Control and Fleet Management Systems. Since MCM has both General Construction and Heavy Highway divisions, Daniel has had to face the challenge of implementing and integrating software in both use case scenarios.
Daniel is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Masters of Science in Management Information Systems from Florida International University. Daniel is a passionate advocate for using technology as a means to bring about positive and impacting change in the construction industry.
Vice President of Strategic Development – Bluebeam, Inc.
Sasha Reed collaborates with leaders in the architecture, engineering and construction industry to build awareness of digital collaboration advancements using the PDF open file format and leverages these relationships to guide Bluebeam’s partnerships and long-term strategic goals. She joined the company in 2007 and co-created the Concierge Approach, a distinctly branded process of customer engagement, product feedback, and solution delivery to which much of Bluebeam’s success is attributed, and which today is replicated at every organizational level.
Sasha is known industry-wide as a “conversation facilitator,” creating platforms for exchanges necessary to digitally advance the industry, including StrXur and the BD+C Magazine Digital COM Blog, which she authors and manages. She was most recently featured in the UK’s Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) roundtable on BIM and the BIM+ webinar on “Real Life Applications of BIM”.
She’s been a featured presenter at numerous national and international conferences including the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Federal Project Delivery Symposium, NTI Danish BIM Conference, and various conferences in the US and UK. Sasha is an Advisor and founding member of the Construction PDF Coalition, a grassroots effort to provide a common industry framework from which to create and maintain construction PDF documents. She also served on the City College of San Francisco BIM Industry Council and is Secretary to the BOD for the buildingSMART alliance, council to the National Institute of Building Sciences.
IT Director – The Gallegos Corp
With 18 years of experience in I.T., Jeff Sample has dedicated his professional career to understanding the diverse components of a successful business and utilizing technology to gain strategic advantages. He has successfully designed and implemented technological solutions, while always placing emphasis on functionality and fiscal responsibility, for a variety of industries including: Ski Resorts, Hospitality, Real Estate, Health Care, and now Construction. In order to understand the Software Lifecycle, he joined a development team as a DevOps Engineer and spent 4 years learning and developing software solutions. It was during this time in development that he began working with SaaS design, API’s, and implementing Cloud solutions that scale to meet the needs of today’s companies. He is now using these experiences while working at The Gallegos Corporation to create a solid infrastructure and technology ecosystem to transform the company.
Field Chief Technology Officer – Rhumbix
Kevin is a construction technology specialist on a mission to uncover the full potential of technology to improve business operations, reduce costs and increase revenue. As Field CTO and Evangelist at Rhumbix, he works closely with customers to improve field productivity through simple, effective tools designed for the craft worker and foremen.
Kevin has been in IT for 20+ years. Prior to joining Rhumbix, he spent 11 years as the Head of IT for a subsidiary of EMCOR Group where he was responsible for enabling the business in new ways through the use of technology. He has been featured by many media outlets for his progressive views on technology use in construction, including: SearchCIO, Silicon Valley Business Journal, ConstrucTech Magazine, CNBC and The Economist.
Outside of Rhumbix, Kevin is an Adjunct Instructor at San Jose State University and a Board Member for the CIO Scholarship Fund. He also serves as an Editorial Advisor for ConstrucTech Magazine and is a Chapter Leader for the Office of the CIO, a peer group of over 50 Silicon Valley CIO’s.
Founder and Chief Enabling Officer – SpectrumAEC
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) have 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 supports the digital transformation of AEC organizations and design-build teams by aligning the needs of people and process before deciding on the best-fit technology. Using a Lean A3 approach, Nathan blends Emotional Intelligence (EQ) with Design Thinking strategy to help teams overcome adoption barriers through collaborative debate and a mutual respect for different perspectives.
Outside of SpectrumAEC, Nathan continues to support industry progress through speaking engagements, industry research publications, and serving as chair of the CPCoalition.
CIO – J.F. White Contracting Company
Karen is the CIO of J.F. White Contracting Co, a heavy civil construction company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her expertise is in optimizing/streamlining business workflow and she emphasizes the use of Focus/Innovation groups to enhance the collaboration between operations, accounting and IT to get the maximum return on technology. Karen has served many roles in the construction industry including cost engineer, project engineer, IT Manager and Vice President of IT and Administration, specializing in job cost analysis and ERP implementations. She has participated on several boards and committees including J.F. White executive Committee, AGC National IT Forum Steering Committee, Viewpoint industry Advisory Board, Construction Industries of Massachusetts and National Association of Women in Construction. Karen is a graduate of Northeastern University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. She enjoys spending time with her family of five, paddleboarding, soccer, biking, swimming – any activity that can be done outside.
Cyber Security FBI agent
This year, the Associated General Contractors of America is proud to be working alongside the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During the “Taking a Hard Hat Approach to Cybersecurity” Session on Thursday August 3, our panel will be joined by a venerated FBI Cyber Agent. With over 10 years of experience in the agency investigating issues of both criminal and national security, his expertise will provide valuable insight for companies looking to adapt to the ever-present threat of cyberattack.