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Matthew Abeles
Vice President, Construction Technology and Innovation, ABC National

Matthew Abeles is vice president of construction technology and innovation for Associated Builders and Contractors. In this role, Abeles spearheads efforts to integrate construction technology and innovation into all aspects of ABC’s strategic initiatives, included but not limited to total human health, world-class safety and workforce development. His team provides ABC members with the annual Tech Report, Tech Marketplace and Tech Alliance.

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Michael Barker
Operations Manager, Hensel Phelps

Michael Barker is an operations manager with Hensel Phelps working in the Mid-Atlantic region and a previous chair of the ABC National Business Development Committee. He has worked in construction for over 30 years and has successfully managed 15 unique projects exceeding $1.5 billion dollars. Currently, Barker oversees multiple projects and is primarily focused on the transportation market in the Washington, D.C., region.

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Anirban Basu
Chairman and CEO, Sage Policy Group Inc.

Anirban Basu is chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore. He is chief economist for Associated Builders and Contractors. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010. His radio show can be heard weekdays on WYPR, 88.1 FM Baltimore. Basu teaches History of Economic Thought at Goucher College as Distinguished Economist in Residence.

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Michael D. Bellaman
President and CEO, ABC National

Michael D. Bellaman has served as president and chief executive officer of Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade association representing more than 23,000 members from 68 chapters across the United States, since 2011. In his role, Bellaman leverages the merit shop philosophy to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.

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Pamela N. Brink
Director, Capital Projects, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Pam Brink has 30 years of experience in construction and facilities project management, with the majority of her career spent in the health care industry. Brink recently joined MD Anderson Cancer Center as the director of capital projects and is responsible for major capital clinical projects.

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Dan Cook
Executive Director of Campus Construction, University of Texas, Austin

Dan Cook is the executive director of campus construction at The University of Texas at Austin. His team supports all design, construction, project management, project support, contracting and construction operations, delivering improvements across the main and supported campuses. While primarily focused on the delivery of design and construction services, he also guides his team in planning and developing initiatives that support the university’s strategic goals for increased effectiveness in stewardship of resources.

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Peter Dumont
CEO, AG&P and PrairieDog Venture Partners

Peter Dumont is the CEO of AG&P and PrairieDog Ventures and the chief innovation and digitalization officer and managing director for AG&P. He has 30 years of domestic and international engineering and construction experience developing and executing capital projects globally. Dumont has worked in all phases of delivery from early planning through detailed engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance on assets up to $30 billion in capital cost.

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James Ellis
Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Ellisian

James Ellis has 45+ years of experience in international and visionary strategic leadership with DuPont, SABIC and Microsoft. He has served in senior executive roles including corporate operations, manufacturing, engineering, technology commercialization, business development, merger and acquisitions and capital project portfolio development/execution management. Ellis is the founder and CEO of Ellisian, chair of the Construction Users Roundtable and senior executive advisor for McKinsey Co.

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Tim Elmore
Director of Project Services, Alkermes Inc.

Tim Elmore is director of project services for Alkermes Inc., a global pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company. He has spent more than 35 years in the engineering, procurement, construction and validation fields in various roles in project controls and project management. Elmore is responsible for oversight and strategic direction of the project portfolio, ensuring best value is attained while meeting financial, timeline, safety, quality and resourcing requirements.

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John Hinson
Dallas Fort Worth Division President, Marek Brothers Systems Inc.

John Hinson has been the Dallas Fort Worth division president of Marek Brothers Systems Inc. since 1989, playing an instrumental role in the construction of Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium, American Airlines’ World Headquarters, Exxon World Headquarters and numerous other high-profile projects. He is passionate about workforce safety, education and training has served on the boards of ABC’s TEXO chapter and the Construction Education Foundation, among other industry associations.

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Josh Kanner
Senior Director of Product & Strategy, Oracle Construction and Engineering

Josh Kanner, senior director of product & strategy, is responsible for the AI and analytics strategy for Oracle Construction and Engineering. He joined Oracle upon its acquisition of Newmetrix, the AI-powered safety risk analytics software provider that he founded and led as CEO. Prior to Newmetrix, he was co-founder of Vela Systems, a pioneer in the use of web and tablet workflows for construction and capital projects.

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Bryan Ledbetter
Director of IT, Robins & Morton

Bryan Ledbetter is director of IT at Robins & Morton, a Birmingham, Alabama-based construction company, with over two decades of experience in construction technology. He leads projects in cybersecurity, building information modeling, data science and field technology. Ledbetter aligns business strategy with cybersecurity, ensuring the protection of digital assets while enhancing operations and projects.

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Ed Luckenbach
Project Manager, Universal Industrial Gases

Ed Luckenbach is a project manager at Universal Industrial Gases, a subsidiary of Nucor Steel. He previously worked at Air Products and Chemicals and was the manager of construction and commissioning. Luckenbach has spent more than 32 years in industrial gas plant engineering, design, and construction, and his career includes project, construction and commissioning management. His passion is promoting craft health and safety, project leadership and collaborating with contractors who wish to make projects successful.

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James McGehee
Associate, Littler Mendelson PC

James McGehee is an associate in Littler Mendelson PC’s Dallas office. He represents and advises employers on all aspects of labor and employment law. He previously served as a captain and judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force, where his duties included advising the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center in partnership with the Air Force-MIT Artificial Intelligence Accelerator.

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Timothy Mongeau
Director of Workforce Development, ABC National

Timothy Mongeau, ABC director of workforce development, supports ABC’s 68-chapter network of more than 800 apprenticeship, craft, safety and construction management education programs across the country. He has more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing construction education programs at Zachry Industrial and BE&K Construction Co. Previous to his construction career, Mongeau served 11 years active duty and two years in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

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Jeffrey A. Mullins
Partner, Taft

Jeff Mullins is a partner at Taft and practices in the areas of health care, construction and labor and employment law. He has spent more than 25 years building a successful practice by providing private and public organizations with creative, practical and proactive advice on how to run a successful operation while complying with a myriad of complex legal requirements.

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Thai Nguyen
Director of Innovation, Hensel Phelps

As the leader of Diverge, a Hensel Phelps’s innovation entity, Thai Nguyen is pioneering a new approach to sourcing, evaluating and deploying disruptive solutions for the construction industry. With more than 20 years of experience in the architectural and construction industries, his vision is to leverage technology and collaboration while empowering Hensel Phelps to innovate the industry and build the future.

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James Oertling
Account Executive Director, Private Nonprofit Management Liability Group, Travelers

James Oertling has spent the last 14 years with Travelers as an account executive director in the Private Nonprofit Management Liability Group. He is the resident expert for cyber insurance for the South Central Region, which includes all of Louisiana and Texas. In this role, Oertling helps the national cyber team develop underwriter strategies for the entire country and work with local underwriters on implementing these underwriting strategies.

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Anne Ramsey
Director Global Project, Construction, Facilities & Utilities Management, P&G

Anne Ramsey began her career with P&G in 1999 as a Facilities technology leader. Anne enjoys building capability holistically and sustainably, so that people, processes, systems, facilities and the environment, are better for years to come. She approaches projects as a collaborator, and an architect of building networks to connect the right people at the right time, driving innovation that is purposeful. Anne is a leader who communicates transparently—earning the respect of peers, partners and vendors.

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Pascal Ray
CEO and co-founder, Blu Clarity PBC

Pascal Ray is the CEO and co-founder of Blu Clarity PBC, a B corporation operating in the insurance industry. Blu Clarity is dedicated to promoting insurance as a force for good, focusing on sustainable construction and energy infrastructure initiatives. Ray works with insurance providers in the United States, Lloyd’s of London, European insurers and Bermudian carriers to develop helpful risk solutions.

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Kevin Sell
CVO, United Group Services

Kevin Sell is CVO of United Group Services, a Cincinnati industrial construction firm that works throughout the country. He also provides corporate oversight for Elite Welding Academy, Core Crew, PMS and Innovative Mechanical Services. Sell has technical degrees in fire science and business administration, a bachelor’s in safety engineering and a master’s in construction management. Sell also serves as a Department of Labor special government employee.

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Josh Shaw
Associate Director, Office of Planning, Design and Construction, Smithsonian Institution

Josh Shaw has over 25 years of construction experience in the United States and internationally. As an associate director in the Office of Planning, Design and Construction, he focuses on executing construction across the Smithsonian Institution. Shaw is responsible for the construction management of all the Smithsonian’s capital and large maintenance projects worldwide while leading multidisciplinary teams to drive operational effectiveness.

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Kenneth Sullivan, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University

Kenneth Sullivan, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University, teaching advances in construction delivery and innovation. He specializes in construction delivery approaches, best value procurement, performance and risk measurement and organizational transformation. He has helped Fortune 500 companies and public organizations transform their construction services, including the city of Los Angeles, Google and Georgia-Pacific.

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Chris Thompson
Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Chris Thompson has 20 years of experience investigating all variations of cybercrime, including cybercriminal activity, national security matters and violent crimes against children. He is the supervisor of the Dallas office’s Cyber Criminal Program and Cyber Task Force. Thompson has been assigned to the cyber investigative program his entire career, focusing on national security computer intrusions, advanced persistent threats, ransomware/malware attacks, organized cybercriminal activity and online crimes against children.

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Aaron Vorwerk
AEC Practice Leader, Egnyte

Aaron Vorwerk leads business development efforts with architects and owners at Egnyte. Throughout his career, Vorwerk has advised design and construction professionals on project lifecycle strategy and workflows through roles in practice, consulting, technical sales and marketing. He holds advanced degrees in architecture and engineering; has wide-ranging experience in architecture, engineering and construction; and has led BIM implementations in two design firms.

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Barbara Wagner
Executive Vice President, Clark Construction Group

Barbara Wagner is an executive vice president with Clark Construction Group and oversees the company’s national health care sector. She has over 40 years of experience in construction and holds a contractor and engineer’s license in the state of California, is a DBIA Fellow and has LEED accreditation.

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Cassidy Welch
Key Account Manager Engineering/EPC Partnerships Region North America

Cassidy Welch is the key account manager for EPC Partnerships Region North America for BASF Corp. Previously, he served as the global category buyer for engineering services for BASF’s Region US. Welch started his career at Black Hills Power in Gillette, Wyoming, where he was the procurement manager for a series of power generation projects.

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Matthew Abeles
Vice President, Construction Technology and Innovation, ABC National

Matthew Abeles is vice president of construction technology and innovation for associated builders and contractors. In this role, Abeles spearheads efforts to integrate construction technology and innovation into all aspects of abc’s strategic initiatives, included but not limited to total human health, world-class safety and workforce development. His team provides abc members with the annual tech report, tech marketplace and tech alliance.

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Michael Barker
Operations manager, Hensel Phelps

Michael Barker is an operations manager with Hensel Phelps working in the Mid-Atlantic region and a previous chair of the ABC National Business Development Committee. He has worked in construction for over 30 years and has successfully managed 15 unique projects exceeding $1.5 billion dollars. Currently, Barker oversees multiple projects and is primarily focused on the transportation market in the Washington, D.C., region.

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Anirban Basu
Chairman and CEO, Sage Policy Group inc.

Anirban Basu is chairman and ceo of sage policy group inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in baltimore. He is chief economist for associated builders and contractors. The Baltimore business journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.His radio show can be heard weekdays on wypr, 88.1 fm baltimore. Basu teaches history of economic thought at goucher college as distinguished economist in residence.

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Michael D. Bellaman
President and CEO, ABC National

Michael d. Bellaman has served as president and chief executive officer of associated builders and contractors, a national trade association representing more than 23,000 members from 68 chapters across the united states, since 2011. In his role, Bellaman leverages the merit shop philosophy to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.

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Pamela N. Brink
Director, Capital Projects, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Pam Brink has 30 years of experience in construction and facilities project management, with the majority of her career spent in the health care industry. Brink recently joined MD Anderson Cancer Center as the director of capital projects and is responsible for major capital clinical projects.

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Dan Cook
Executive Director of Campus Construction, University of Texas, Austin

Dan Cook is the executive director of campus construction at the University of Texas at Austin. His team supports all design, construction, project management, project support, contracting and construction operations, delivering improvements across the main and supported campuses. While primarily focused on the delivery of design and construction services, he also guides his team in planning and developing initiatives that support the university’s strategic goals for increased effectiveness in stewardship of resources.

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Peter Dumont
CEO, AG&P and PrairieDog Venture Partners

Peter Dumont is the CEO of AG&P and Prairiedog Ventures and the chief innovation and digitalization officer and managing director for AG&P. He has 30 years of domestic and international engineering and construction experience developing and executing capital projects globally. Dumont has worked in all phases of delivery from early planning through detailed engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance on assets up to $30 billion in capital cost.

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James Ellis
Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Ellisian

James Ellis has 45+ years of experience in international and visionary strategic leadership with Dupont, Sabic and Microsoft. He has served in senior executive roles including corporate operations, manufacturing, engineering, technology commercialization, business development, merger and acquisitions and capital project portfolio development/execution management. Ellis is the founder and ceo of Ellisian, chair of the construction users roundtable and senior executive advisor for Mckinsey Co.

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Tim Elmore
Director of Project Services, Alkermes inc.

Tim Elmore is director of project services for alkermes inc., a global pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company. He has spent more than 35 years in the engineering, procurement, construction and validation fields in various roles in project controls and project management. Elmore is responsible for oversight and strategic direction of the project portfolio, ensuring best value is attained while meeting financial, timeline, safety, quality and resourcing requirements.

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John Hinson
Dallas Fort Worth Division President, Marek Brothers Systems Inc.

John Hinson has been the Dallas Fort Worth division president of Marek Brothers Systems Inc. since 1989, playing an instrumental role in the construction of Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium, American Airlines’ World Headquarters, Exxon World Headquarters and numerous other high-profile projects. He is passionate about workforce safety, education and training has served on the boards of ABC’s TEXO chapter and the Construction Education Foundation, among other industry associations.

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Josh Kanner
Senior Director of Product & Strategy, Oracle Construction and Engineering

Josh Kanner, senior director of product & strategy, is responsible for the AI and analytics strategy for Oracle construction and engineering. He joined Oracle upon its acquisition of Newmetrix, the AI-powered safety risk analytics software provider that he founded and led as ceo. Prior to Newmetrix, he was co-founder of Vela Systems, a pioneer in the use of web and tablet workflows for construction and capital projects.

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Bryan Ledbetter
Director of IT, Robins & Morton

Bryan Ledbetter is director of IT at Robins & Morton, a Birmingham, Alabama-based construction company, with over two decades of experience in construction technology. He leads projects in cybersecurity, building information modeling, data science and field technology. Ledbetter aligns business strategy with cybersecurity, ensuring the protection of digital assets while enhancing operations and projects.

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Ed Luckenbach
Project Manager, Universal Industrial Gases

Ed Luckenbach is a project manager at Universal Industrial Gases, a subsidiary of Nucor Steel. He previously worked at Air Products and Chemicals and was the manager of construction and commissioning. Luckenbach has spent more than 32 years in industrial gas plant engineering, design, and construction, and his career includes project, construction and commissioning management. His passion is promoting craft health and safety, project leadership and collaborating with contractors who wish to make projects successful.

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James Mcgehee
Associate, Littler Mendelson PC

James Mcgehee is an associate in Littler Mendelson PC’s Dallas office. He represents and advises employers on all aspects of labor and employment law. He previously served as a captain and judge advocate in the U.S. air force, where his duties included advising the joint artificial intelligence center in partnership with the air force-mit artificial intelligence accelerator.

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Timothy Mongeau
Director of Workforce Development, ABC National

Timothy Mongeau, ABC director of workforce development, supports ABC’s 68-chapter network of more than 800 apprenticeship, craft, safety and construction management education programs across the country. He has more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing construction education programs at Zachry Industrial and BE&K Construction Co. Previous to his construction career, Mongeau served 11 years active duty and two years in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

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Jeffrey A. Mullins
Partner, Taft

Jeff Mullins is a partner at dayton and practices in the areas of health care, construction and labor and employment law. He has spent more than 25 years building a successful practice by providing private and public organizations with creative, practical and proactive advice on how to run a successful operation while complying with a myriad of complex legal requirements.

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Thai Nguyen
Director of Innovation, Hensel Phelps

As the leader of Diverge, a Hensel Phelps’s innovation entity, Thai Nguyen is pioneering a new approach to sourcing, evaluating and deploying disruptive solutions for the construction industry. With more than 20 years of experience in the architectural and construction industries, his vision is to leverage technology and collaboration while empowering Hensel Phelps to innovate the industry and build the future.

Headshot of Cassidy Welch

James Oertling
Account Executive Director, Private Nonprofit Management Liability Group, Travelers

James Oertling has spent the last 14 years with Travelers as an account executive director in the Private Nonprofit Management Liability Group. He is the resident expert for cyber insurance for the South Central Region, which includes all of Louisiana and Texas. In this role, Oertling helps the national cyber team develop underwriter strategies for the entire country and work with local underwriters on implementing these underwriting strategies.

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Anne Ramsey
Director Global Project, Construction, Facilities & Utilities Management, P&G

aAnne Ramsey began her career with P&G in 1999 as a Facilities technology leader. Anne enjoys building capability holistically and sustainably, so that people, processes, systems, facilities and the environment, are better for years to come. She approaches projects as a collaborator, and an architect of building networks to connect the right people at the right time, driving innovation that is purposeful. Anne is a leader who communicates transparently—earning the respect of peers, partners and vendors.

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Pascal Ray
CEO and co-founder, Blu Clarity PBC

Pascal Ray is the CEO and co-founder of Blu Clarity PBC, a B corporation operating in the insurance industry. Blu Clarity is dedicated to promoting insurance as a force for good, focusing on sustainable construction and energy infrastructure initiatives. Ray works with insurance providers in the United States, Lloyd’s of London, European insurers and Bermudian carriers to develop helpful risk solutions.

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Josh Shaw
Associate Director, Office of Planning, Design and Construction, Smithsonian Institution

Josh Shaw has over 25 years of construction experience in the United States and internationally. As an associate director in the Office of Planning, Design and Construction, he focuses on executing construction across the Smithsonian Institution. Shaw is responsible for the construction management of all the Smithsonian’s capital and large maintenance projects worldwide while leading multidisciplinary teams to drive operational effectiveness.

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Kevin Sell
CVO, United Group Services

Kevin Sell is CVO of United Group Services, a Cincinnati industrial construction firm that works throughout the country. He also provides corporate oversight for Elite Welding Academy, Core Crew, PMS and Innovative Mechanical Services. Sell has technical degrees in fire science and business administration, a bachelor’s in safety engineering and a master’s in construction management. Sell also serves as a Department of Labor special government employee.

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Kenneth Sullivan, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University

Kenneth Sullivan, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University, teaching advances in construction delivery and innovation. He specializes in construction delivery approaches, best value procurement, performance and risk measurement and organizational transformation. He has helped Fortune 500 companies and public organizations transform their construction services, including the city of Los Angeles, Google and Georgia-Pacific.

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Chris Thompson
Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Chris Thompson has 20 years of experience investigating all variations of cybercrime, including cybercriminal activity, national security matters and violent crimes against children. He is the supervisor of the Dallas office’s Cyber Criminal Program and Cyber Task Force. Thompson has been assigned to the cyber investigative program his entire career, focusing on national security computer intrusions, advanced persistent threats, ransomware/malware attacks, organized cybercriminal activity and online crimes against children.

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Aaron Vorwerk
AEC Practice Leader, Egnyte

Aaron Vorwerk leads business development efforts with architects and owners at Egnyte. Throughout his career, Vorwerk has advised design and construction professionals on project lifecycle strategy and workflows through roles in practice, consulting, technical sales and marketing. He holds advanced degrees in architecture and engineering; has wide-ranging experience in architecture, engineering and construction; and has led BIM implementations in two design firms.

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Barbara Wagner
Clark Construction

Barbara Wagner is an executive vice president with Clark Construction Group and oversees the company’s national health care sector. She has over 40 years of experience in construction and holds a contractor and engineer’s license in the state of California, is a DBIA Fellow and has LEED accreditation.

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Cassidy Welch
Key Account Manager Engineering/EPC Partnerships Region North America

Cassidy Welch is the key account manager for EPC Partnerships Region North America for BASF Corp. Previously, he served as the global category buyer for engineering services for BASF’s Region US. Welch started his career at Black Hills Power in Gillette, Wyoming, where he was the procurement manager for a series of power generation projects.

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