General Partner & Co-Founder,
Zach Aarons is an award-winning PropTech investor, best selling author, professor, and speaker who has been a pioneering thought leader at the forefront of real estate technology for over a decade. In 2010, while working as a Project Manager for internationally renowned large scale mixed-use real estate developer Millennium Partners, Zach began investing in early-stage PropTech companies, quickly becoming the most active angel investor in the space with over 50 portfolio companies. In 2015, Zach parlayed his experiences in the real estate and technology sectors to found MetaProp, devoting his career to the mission of utilizing technology to make real estate more affordable, accessible, sustainable, and resilient. Since founding MetaProp, Zach and his team have invested in 110 PropTech companies.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Cynthia Adams has 25 years of experience in sustainable building and is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pearl Certification, a company that certifies the energy-efficient and renewable energy features of homes to document their value. In the parlance of Simon Sinek: empowering homeowners with information to enhance their quality of life and create sustainable communities is her why. Cynthia co-founded the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, was voted 2021 Silicon Review’s 30 Best Leaders to Watch and 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council. She is also certified as a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional, a NAR GREEN Designee, and sits on the NAR Sustainability Advisory Board.
Chief Strategy Officer,
Our Next Energy
Deeana Ahmed, PhD is the Chief Strategy Officer at Our Next Energy (ONE). Through ONE’s energy storage technology, Dr. Ahmed aims to help build a foundation for the widespread adoption and accessibility to alternative energy sources. She also assesses market needs and how to scale renewable energy. Dr. Ahmed helped ONE secure funding from major investors, including BMW i Ventures and Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Dr. Ahmed spearheaded ONE’s search for its first North American battery factory and has facilitated partnerships with a variety of businesses and non-profits across the country. Ahmed holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and nutrition from Columbia University, an MSc and MPH in policy from Tufts University, and a BS from the University of Michigan. Deeana is a published researcher and policy analyst who has conducted large policy evaluations for the NYC Department of Education, managed grants for a Silicon Valley non-profit, and owns and operates a start-up education technology firm. Deeana is an alumnus of the University of Michigan Solar Car Team, where she led the development of the nationally as well as globally ranked solar car, InfiniUM’s battery pack.
CEO & Founder,
As an engineer turned entrepreneur, Syed has helped build successful startups in both the agriculture and healthcare technology fields. With a focus on enabling laggard industries to become digitized and adopt the latest innovations, Syed has now set his sights on the construction industry. At OnTraccr, Syed and his team are on a mission to eliminate the manual construction management processes that have prevented the industry from improving its productivity for decades.
CRO & Co-Founder,
Dafna Akiva is Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and co-founder at Veev and has decades of experience across real estate investment, development, management, and construction. Dafna previously oversaw day-to-day operations at Veev and drove a number of company-scaling initiatives in her role as Chief Operating Officer. As CRO, she leads the expansion of Veev communities that redefine the user’s living experience and drives revenue growth for the company’s bottom line. She serves as the voice of the user for Veev product development, while overseeing all aspects of customer experience including account management, customer service, sales and marketing.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Kevin Albert is the CEO and co-founder of Canvas, a construction robotics company that is empowering skilled construction workers to build in bold new ways. Canvas has developed a new class of robotic tool that helps solve some of the construction industry’s most intractable challenges, including an unprecedented labor shortage, unpredictable quality, and chronic schedule and budget overruns. By combining worker skill and experience with the digital precision and machine learning capabilities of a robot, Canvas is enabling drywall finishing contractors to radically improve project outcomes while protecting the people doing the work. Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in the development of rugged robotic systems, including fundamental contributions to some of Boston Dynamics’ seminal works, Big Dog and LS3. After his time at Boston Dynamics, Kevin started the robotics research group at Otherlab focused on bringing robotics and automation out of the factory and into the hands of workers. He has run numerous robotics research programs, including collaborations with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and commercial aerospace partners to develop robots designed for deployment. Kevin is a graduate of Lehigh University and has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Austin co-founded Pacaso to make the dream of second home ownership a reality for more people after experiencing the profound effect it had on his own life. Pacaso is Austin’s second startup. In 2009, he founded dotloop in his hometown of Cincinnati, a company that created software to seamlessly manage real estate transactions. Zillow acquired dotloop in 2015, and Austin continued to run dotloop as a Zillow executive until 2018. Austin started selling real estate at the age of 18 and worked in residential and commercial real estate for a decade. Austin enjoys running, mountain biking and flying. He lives in Napa, CA with his wife Angela and their son.
VP Global Innovation,
Lauren Alpeyrie is Vice President of Global Innovation at PGIM Real Estate, where she manages strategic projects and partnerships to advance innovation, adoption of new technology, and data strategy across PGIM Real Estate’s global debt and equity businesses. She has over 10 years of experience leading efforts in digital transformation, growth and go-to-market strategy, and transaction advisory in technology and commercial real estate.
Warren is a 42 year veteran of the commercial construction industry. He is president of ANDRES Construction Services based in Dallas Texas providing construction services for Multifamily, Hospitality, Senior Living, Private Institutional, and Office buildings in Dallas, Austin, and Houston. He is also president of TXBLDR ASSURANCE a Captive Insurance company that supports the construction projects.
CEO & Chairman,
Brian Bair has served as Offerpad’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of its board of directors since he founded Offerpad in July 2015 with a mission to provide the best way to buy and sell a home. In September 2021, he also assumed the role of Chairman of the board. Mr. Bair has had a strong influence in the real estate industry over the past 15 years, having pioneered several successful real estate service models that aim to give sellers and buyers more certainty and control. Prior to founding Offerpad, Mr. Bair served as the founder and president at Bair Group Real Estate from April 2008 to June 2015. Additionally, Mr. Bair co-founded Lexington Financial in March 2011, and served as its managing member from March 2011 to March 2012. He also co-founded Bridgeport Financial Services in May 2008, a company that specialized in acquiring distressed homes, and served as its managing member from May 2008 to May 2011.
VP Corporate Development,
Meg Baldini is the VP of Corporate Development for Procore Technologies, where she is responsible for managing strategic investments, M&A, and integrations. Meg joined Procore from Human Ventures Partners, a startup studio in NYC, and Dataminr, where she focused on corporate strategy and finance. Prior to working in tech, she worked in consulting at Cornerstone Research.
VP, Business Development, Marketplace,
Steve Banfield is Vice President of Business Development, Marketplace, for Placer.ai. Steve leads the team responsible for Placer partnerships with demographic, environmental, and other data providers whose products add important contextual analysis to the Placer platform. A leading technology industry veteran with over 20 years of experience creating products that have served millions of customers around the world, Steve has held executive roles at BMW, INRIX, Paramount Pictures, Sony, and RealNetworks. Steve has an MBA from Harvard Business School and received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Transylvania University.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Leila Banijamali is the Co-Founder and CEO of Symbium Corp., the Complaw® company, which she launched in 2019 with her Stanford co-founders. The company is fundamentally disrupting how complex zoning regulations are consumed by the public through its freely-accessible Citizen’s Dashboard. Using Symbium, anyone can understand and visualize what’s possible on a particular piece of property and then submit a permit. Prior to launching Symbium, Banijamali founded businesses in the technology media industries in addition to acting as outside general counsel to hundreds of tech companies. In 2009, she founded the law firm, Bedrock, where she led over $200M in complex enterprise negotiations with Salesforce, Facebook, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Time Warner, Disney, Clorox, LinkedIn, and more.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Michael Barlow is the co-founder and CEO of Fernish and sets the vision and strategy as the company changes the way people create and relate to their homes. After completing his fifth move in eight years, Michael co-founded Fernish in 2017, a furniture-as-a service business designed to bring furniture into the service economy and give people the freedom to rent, swap, rent-to-buy, buy or return furniture as their life and living situations change.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Gary is CEO of Roofstock, a leading real estate investment marketplace which he co-founded in 2015. Gary has spent most of his career building businesses in the real estate, hospitality and tech sectors. After earning his BA in economics from Northwestern, Gary ventured west to earn his MBA from Stanford, where he caught the entrepreneurial bug and still serves as a regular guest lecturer. Previously Gary was instrumental in acquiring and integrating more than $800 million of resort properties for KSL Resorts, and spent five years as CFO of online brokerage pioneer ZipRealty, which he led through its successful IPO in 2004. Gary also served as CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, then the second largest boutique hotel management company in the country. Immediately before starting Roofstock, Gary led one of the largest single-family rental platforms in the U.S. through its IPO as co-CEO of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, now part of Invitation Homes.
VP, Climate Adaptation,
Rebecca Becker is the Vice President of Environmental and Climate Adaptation at Equity Residential, an S&P 500 company and real estate investment trust that owns or has investments in approximately 300 multifamily properties in urban and high-density suburban U.S. markets. Rebecca leads Equity Residential’s environmental and energy management programs, in addition to its climate change risk and adaptation program. She is experienced with advising on complex environmental matters to facilitate real estate transactions and management of multi-state and multimedia environmental risk programs, and her tenure at Equity Residential includes roles in both the Investments and Legal organizations. She is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) Sustainability Committee and The Seattle Office of Environmental and Sustainability Technical Advisory Group (TAG) working to develop the City’s Building Energy Performance Standards, and was named among the 2022 Connect CRE Women in Real Estate. Previously, she worked in environmental compliance management for the manufacturing sector. Rebecca has a bachelor’s in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability.
Atlas Real Estate
Brian has 10 years of experience in both property management and brokerage. He joined Atlas in 2014 as a property manager before switching to the brokerage team. From 2017 to 2020 Brian led the Zillow Offers team, managing five analysts and overseeing thousands of ibuying transactions. Today Brian has returned to his roots in property management to lead 100+ team members, including Atlas Home Services, and create operational processes that allow Atlas to continue providing 5-star service to residents and owners as the company experiences rapid growth. Brian holds a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.
DOE Loans Program Office
Elizabeth Bellis Wolfe is a Senior Advisor to the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO), where among other responsibilities she coordinates outreach and business development for LPO’s Virtual Power Plant initiative, which provides financing to innovative, large, interconnected projects built on renewables, demand flexibility, efficiency, storage and other clean DERs. Previously, Elizabeth served as an attorney with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Vice President at the New York Green Bank, a division of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority. Elizabeth holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor's from University of Chicago.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Daniel Berlind is a real estate executive and the CEO of Snappt, an AI-enabled software that instantly prevents financial fraud in the multi-family housing industry. In 2019, Dan founded Snappt after running his own property management company and noticing a significant, industry-wide financial issue in the billion-dollar apartment rental industry. As a result, he launched Snappt, which provides proprietary software that aids and streamlines the apartment rental process by reducing bad debt, increasing asset value, and minimizing application review time. Previously, Daniel was a professional baseball player for the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins after attending California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Today, Dan continues to grow Snappt’s operations, technology, sales, and fundraising efforts.
Breton is the Managing Director of DivcoWest Ventures, where he is focused on investing in early and growth-stage construction tech and proptech companies. Breton previously helped launch Prologis Ventures, the venture arm of the largest industrial REIT, where he invested in companies transforming the future of commerce and the built environment. Prior to that, he managed channel partnerships at Euclid Analytics (acquired by WeWork), a leading location analytics software provider for brick-and-mortar businesses. He started his career as a CleanTech Investment Banking analyst at Jefferies where he advised clients on M&A and equity financings. Breton earned a MBA from UC Berkeley and BA in Economics from Stanford University.
David is Senior Associate at Kyber Knight Capital, a newly launched $120m preseed and seed fund based in San Francisco. KKC invests in founders building across AI, labor, commerce, and the built environment. Check sizes range from $500k-$3m.
VP, Industry Relations,
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
As VP, Industry Relations at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Tim leads industry collaboration efforts among payment system stakeholders including financial institutions, fin-tech firms, merchants, consumer interest groups, trade associations and government agencies. He works to catalyze the development and adoption of improvements to enhance the speed, safety, and efficiency of the U.S. payment system.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Or Bokobza is the CEO and Co-Founder of Venn, the world’s leading end-to-end platform that helps owner-operators modernize their resident experience to maximize NOI. His expertise in integrating technology and community insights has propelled Venn’s growth and positioned the company at the forefront of transforming how owner-operators, property managers and residents engage with their apartments, buildings and neighborhoods. With a commitment to continuous innovation, Or is dedicated to creating transformative solutions that elevate the multifamily living experience for all stakeholders.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Doug Brien is the CEO and co-founder of Mynd, the company on a mission to make real estate investing more accessible by leveraging technology to unlock remote investing at scale. Powered by a proprietary all-in-one platform, Mynd streamlines the entire investment journey. Ranging from first-time individual investors to seasoned institutional investors, Mynd empowers more Americans to build wealth through the single-family rental sector. A former Super Bowl-winning NFL placekicker, Brien got his start in real estate following the collapse of the housing market in early 2009, when he and Colin Wiel founded Waypoint Homes and began buying single-family homes to renovate and rent out. Together, they scaled up their company in an industry that had been the domain of smaller players, building a $3 billion portfolio with over 17,000 single-family rental homes.
SVP, General Counsel,
Arnie Brier joined Yardi in 2011 with 25 years of experience in corporate and commercial real estate law. Prior to joining Yardi, Arnie was a shareholder at a national law firm leading the firm’s California corporate department. During that time, he worked closely with Yardi on its company acquisitions. His professional experience also includes serving as general counsel for technology companies and as senior counsel for a Fortune 5 company. He manages Yardi’s M&A efforts and oversees the company’s Legal, Human Resource, and Risk departments,. Arnie earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan and his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jeffrey I. Brodsky is Vice Chairman of Related Companies where he works closely with Related’s executive team to optimize business development and drive improved performance and results across the platform and internationally. Mr. Brodsky joined Related’s affordable housing development group in 1982, has been an Executive Vice President of Related Affordable for 18 years, and served as President of Related Management from 1997 through 2015. He also leads Related Companies’ initiative to increase diversity, equity and inclusion within the company and the broader real estate industry. Mr. Brodsky is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York Residential Management Council and the recipient of its 2006 George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year award, the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the National Leased Housing Association, the Realty Advisory Board of N.Y., and served a 4 year role as the Chairman of the Property Management committee of the National Multi‐Housing Council. He is the 2009 recipient of the Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM) NY Chapter Certified Property Manager of the Year Award.
Principal & Founder,
ANAX Real Estate Partners
Eric Brody is an accomplished builder and developer in New York City with nearly two decades of experience in the mid-market multifamily sector. The son of an architect, Eric has developed approximately 800 units across NYC, totaling nearly $1 billion worth of real estate. Noticing the inefficiencies of the construction and development process, Eric launched ANAX Real Estate Partners, a privately-held, New York City-based construction and development company, as well as ANAX Ventures, an early-stage proptech investment fund focused on identifying and testing solutions that impact the urban landscape. Through ANAX, Eric invests in nascent technologies and then implements them in his own developments, forging the path for the transformation of the real estate and construction industry. Eric was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner at Wonder Works Construction, where he led the operations and oversaw multiple project execution, asset acquisition, debt/equity procurement, and investor relations.
André Brueck is Innovation Manager at Goldbeck US, a subsidiary of Goldbeck GmbH, a vertically integrated general contractor based in Europe. In his position, he is responsible for innovations in the areas of sustainability as well as construction technology. Prior to this role, André worked for Goldbeck GmbH in Europe for many years. He came to his current position through his work as VDC Manager. Previously - Andre was an integral project manager for multi-story construction projects and started his career as a construction manager. André was born in Frankfurt, Germany and has lived in San Francisco, California for the past year. André graduated with a degree within civil engineering from Wismar University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
CTO & Co-Founder,
Karen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Fyma where they help build better places with data. Fyma partners with commercial real estate developers and asset managers to help them make sense of their built space: from footfall to all kinds of transport, accessibility and dwell time analytics. Karen has over 17 years of international operational and managerial experience in ICT consulting companies from the United Kingdom, South Africa and the Middle East. She is passionate about getting more women into STEM and management positions and changing the built environment for the better through the use of better quality data and insights.
Managing Partner & Founder,
Faisal is the Managing Partner and Founder of Pi Labs, a London-based venture capital firm focused on backing companies that are at the forefront of digitalising the real estate and construction sectors. Faisal founded Pi Labs in 2015, after leading the first round of investments in Hubble and Trussle as an individual investor. Faisal and his team have built a portfolio of over 70 companies from across the globe, all of whom are working to transform the way global industries and societies are interacting with our built world. Faisal is also the founder of Spire Ventures, a personal investment vehicle with a focus on investment in traditional property services companies. His traditional property investments include POD Management, Beaumont Bailey, and 90 North, a real estate investment manager which has managed $2bn of real estate assets across Europe and the USA.
VP Professional Services,
Johanna Buurman is Measurabl’s Vice President of Professional Services, where she leads a fast-growing team of consultants who help clients set and act on their ESG goals, embed sustainability into their operational processes, and respond to climate risk. Johanna has over 25 years of global experience in aligning strategy and execution, diagnosing and crafting solutions, and building teams to deliver results. She has worked inside and with clients in various sectors, including automotive, healthcare, high-tech, real estate, and government. She holds a LEED AP credential and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She is passionate about driving business towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and advising the Energy 2040 Commission on energy efficiency and a just energy transition.
Pierre is a 4x startup sales & marketing leader, passionate about real estate, from Proptech to CRE tech. Pierre thrives on building high-performing teams in fast-growing organizations. He started on the brokerage side in NYC, running media and agent sales training before joining Trulia in 2006, where he spent an exciting eight years building teams in Brokerage Sales, Industry Marketing, Agent Sales, and Trulia Rentals. From there, he helped bring RealScout national over almost four years and is now the EVP of Growth for Local Logic. With 20 years of Real Estate Industry experience, Pierre is a regular contributor to our industry in podcasts, articles, and panels.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Jeff Carleton is the CEO as well as Co-Founder of Runwise. Runwise builds technology that helps buildings run their heating plants more comfortably and efficiently. The platform is currently installed in more than 5,000 buildings in the Northeast. Jeff was previously director of operations for a large real estate owner in New York City, observing first-hand how inefficiently building systems ran, and how the industry had limited technology offerings to help. He then went on to co-found Runwise with Lee Hoffman and Michael Cook to help operators run more comfortable and efficient properties. Jeff holds both a CEM and CBCP through the Association of Energy Engineers.
Senior Director Of Investments,
Geoff Carran is a seasoned investment professional and the Senior Director of Investments at Osgoode Properties. With a background in chemical engineering and investment management, he brings a unique blend of technical and business expertise to his role. Over the course of his more than fifteen year career, Geoff has gained experience in buy side, sell side and private investment roles, spanning multiple asset classes such as private equity, public equity, and real estate. At Osgoode Properties, Geoff is leading the charge in modernizing the company's asset management as well as property management platform while also spearheading decarbonization initiatives. When he is not working, Geoff finds himself enjoying backcountry skiing and coaching his son’s little league team.
Global Head Of Proptech & Innovation,
Jeanne Casey is the Global Head of PropTech & Innovation at Nuveen, and leads investments and insights in PropTech for the firm. Previously, Jeanne was a Principal at MetaProp, a leading PropTech venture capital firm based in New York. Prior to joining MetaProp, Jeanne was a founding team member and Vice President at Digital Alpha where she worked on the launch, fundraising, and deployment of a $300m growth equity fund focused on digital infrastructure. She has previous experience with Cisco and Morgan Stanley, and holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.
VP, Investments, Digital Infrastructure,
Vardahn is a Vice President in the Investments group at JBG SMITH where he leads the firm’s Digital Infrastructure strategy. JBGS is deploying a first-of-its-kind urban digital infrastructure investment platform across National Landing including fiber, data centers, towers (small cells & macro), and spectrum assets. Vardahn also oversees the firm’s venture capital fund investments and various other strategic initiatives to advance adoption of new technologies. Prior to joining JBGS, Vardahn was the lead consultant in Accenture’s Smart Cities and Digital Infrastructure practice where he worked across industries (public sector, real estate, telecom, resources) on strategy, investment, and operations consulting. Vardahn is based in Washington, DC and holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in Smart Cities & Urban Analytics from the University College London, and a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment from MIT (Accenture-sponsored).
EVP Of Strategy And Growth,
With more than 25 years of product development and technology experience under his belt, Kenon Chen is a recognized industry leader in real estate and fintech. As EVP of Strategy and Growth, Kenon sits at the intersection of Clear Capital’s executive, product, marketing, and sales teams. He joined Clear Capital in 2003 and has been instrumental to the company’s product strategy and vision, working to develop and bring to market some of its most forward-looking solutions. At the end of the day, his goal is simple: make real estate better for homeowners, homebuyers, and industry professionals alike.
CEO & Founder,
Mark Chen is the Founder and CEO of CNaught, a leading platform for companies to purchase carbon offsets. Mark is a seasoned entrepreneur and tech executive with decades of experience in climate, software development, marketplaces, and artificial intelligence. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer at Bessemer-backed Rev, the company behind speech-to-text services recognized as America’s “most promising” AI technology by Forbes. Prior to Rev, Mark led global marketing and product management for photovoltaic manufacturer Abound Solar. Mark is passionate about building products that simplify complex processes and have a meaningful impact on the environment. He holds BS and MEng degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Tyler brings over a decade of multifamily experience to Funnel, including six years running the national sales organization for one of the top three property management software companies. He is focused on disrupting antiquated practices that don’t make sense, and waste money or time. He believes tech should bring out the best in your business, your team and for your customers, which is why Funnel’s Renter Management Software flips the status quo multifamily business model on its head. Tyler is a graduate of BYU, and lives in Tampa with his family.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Joe Cianciolo is the CEO and Co-Founder of HomePace. HomePace's platform helps homeowners achieve financial goals by accessing their home equity without taking on additional debt and monthly payments. Joe has spent the majority of his career building fintech companies. Prior to founding HomePace, he was VP of Business Development at robo-advisor FutureAdvisor, helping lead the company to its successful acquisition by BlackRock. Following the acquisition, Joe oversaw BlackRock’s efforts to grow and commercialize its wealth management technology platform. He’s also held executive leadership roles at innovative venture-backed fintech companies such as SecondMarket (acquired by Nasdaq) and early home equity investment provider Unison.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Yishai Cohen is the co-founder and CEO of Landa. Prior to founding Landa, Cohen was the founder of SmartBus, a B2B transportation platform, which was acquired in 2016. Cohen has extensive experience in internet and mobile products, marketplaces, and technology.
Kat is a Principal at 1Sharpe Ventures. Prior to joining 1Sharpe, Kat spent 5+ years as a proptech investor and consultant: COO at Shelter Acquisition Corp, a proptech-focused SPAC sponsor, investor at Metaprop and Fifth Wall, and consultant to startups such as Zeus Living and Edgewise. Kat started her venture career at Industry Ventures, a multi-stage generalist platform. Kat also represents the fourth generation of her family’s real estate development company. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Building Ventures Co-Founder and General Partner Travis Connors works closely with portfolio companies across the building lifecycle, drawing from his decades of experience as an investor, in built environment innovation as well as software and technology broadly. Before founding Building Ventures, Travis was a member of the built environment investment team at Borealis Ventures. Prior to that, Travis was a partner at early stage venture capital firm Egan-Managed Capital. Travis currently serves on the advisory board for CREtech and the leadership board for the Center for Real Estate Technology & Innovation.
Sr. Research Strategist, ESG,
Shaheen Contractor, CFA, is a Senior Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research Strategist for Bloomberg Intelligence, a platform that provides research on industries, companies, government, litigation and the economy, available on the Bloomberg Professional Services at BI<GO>. Her research efforts include analyzing ESG performance and its impact on risk, return and valuations; drivers and challenges for ESG funds; material ESG risks and opportunities across sectors and the impacts of a low carbon transition.
Head Of Private Investments Data Science,
Drew Conway currently leads Two Sigma’s Strategic Data Science team where his responsibilities include serving as the Head of Data Science for Two Sigma Private Investments. Mr. Conway oversees all data science initiatives for Two Sigma Private Investments, including Two Sigma Real Estate, where he manages strategy and resourcing. He is also a non-voting observer of the Two Sigma Real Estate Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Two Sigma, Mr. Conway founded Alluvium to bridge the gap between industrial machine data and the business and consumer users who use this data to make better decisions. He served as CEO and was the driving force behind the company's vision and growth, until its acquisition in 2019 (acquired by Augury). Mr. Conway is a former senior advisor to the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics for the City of New York, and he previously served as an advisor to Mortar Data (acquired by Datadog in 2015) and YHat (acquired by Alteryx in 2017). Mr. Conway started his career as a computational social scientist in the U.S. intelligence community, supporting the U.S. counter-terrorism mission.
Courtney Cooper is a principal at Alate Partners. In this role, she helps identify and scale promising proptech start-ups, provides market analysis and due diligence, and manages relationships with industry partners. Courtney has spent over ten years at the intersection of real estate, operations, and technology. Prior to Alate, she led digital transformation and innovation initiatives at some of Canada’s leading real estate and financial services companies, including Dream and Great-West Life.
Courtney graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Business Administration. She is the co-founder of Proptech Collective and a member of the ULI Toronto Advisory Board.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Bryan is a leader in the proptech industry with over two decades experience at the intersection of real estate, data, technology and finance. A serial real estate entrepreneur, Bryan has spoken at and collaborated with the real estate departments at Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Berkeley and UW, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. In 2016 he co-founded CityBldr with Devyn Cairns, building on their work together at two previous proptech companies. Forbes listed CityBldr #1 of 11 companies transforming commercial real estate through AI.
VP Agent Development,
Cody Crye has grown up around his family’s business, Crye-Leike Realtors, since the day he was born. Cody became a licensed real estate professional in August of 2019. He began his real estate career working in Crye-Leike’s Property Management division while home for the summer from college. Cody graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May of 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, Cody moved back to Nashville and immediately began his post-graduate career working for Crye-Leike. Cody has worked in many of Crye-Leike’s divisions including Realty Title, Community Mortgage, and Crye-Leike Property Management.
CEO & Founder,
With over 18 years experience, Anthony is the creative and visionary mastermind behind d3 creative studio and hohme.io, a proven innovator and trusted ally to some of the nations leading builders and real estate developers.
Managing Partner & Founder,
Adam is the Founder and Managing Partner of Wilshire Lane Capital. Prior to founding Wilshire Lane Capital, he worked as a venture capital investor at Fifth Wall Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. Before his career in venture capital, Adam worked as an investor on Wall Street, both as a hedge fund investor at The Carlyle Group and in the Real Estate Group at Morgan Stanley in New York City. Adam graduated with High Honors from Harvard College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Adam is a current Board Member for Stuf Storage, Piñata, Radish Health, Hungry House, and Pronto Housing.
Director Of Tech & Innovation,
Carrie Denning Jackson is Director of Tech & Innovation at Jamestown. Prior to joining Jamestown, Ms. Denning Jackson was a Director on the Development team at Sidewalk Labs, Google’s urban innovation company, where she was responsible for ground floor development and innovation strategy. She originally joined Sidewalk Labs as Chief of Staff. Ms. Denning Jackson is board member of Plan A Health, trubel&co, and The Nature Conservancy in New York. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.
Chief Experience Officer & Co-Founder,
David is the co-founder and Chief Experience Officer (Physical Space) of geniant. David has a background in ecologically and socially equitable design and trained at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, Texas. This foundation in applied research has allowed him to contribute to projects on the cutting edge of environmental sustainability and evolutionary design practices.
CIO & Founder,
Gregory is the founder of A/O PropTech and a seasoned real estate and technolo- gy investor with over 15 years of experi- ence across I banking real estate and venture and multibillion deal making history and a deep understanding of the financial markets real estate and venture capital ecosystems. A/O PropTech is Europe’s largest Prop- Tech venture capital firm which invests in technology companies disrupting the real estate and hospitality industry. A/O Prop- Tech has a unique permanent capital approach a strategic real estate portfolio sandbox of over $40bn provided by its LPs (some of the largest European real estate companies) and a unique approach to venture investing with a team of real estate, finance, data science, engineering professionals.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Shannon Diesch is CEO of Quarter, the first fractional equity-based home funding program, and enabling technology platform, with the aim of providing housing finance to millions who cannot afford a home using traditional debt-based mortgage. Prior to joining Quarter, Diesch worked at Capital One as a credit and financial analyst in their Risk Management department. Shannon attended Phillips Exeter Academy and is a graduate from Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, holding a B.S. in Operations Research and minoring in Computer Science and Economics.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Josh Dorfman is a sustainability-driven entrepreneur who has led tech, media, and manufacturing ventures. Josh is co-founder and CEO of Plantd, a carbon-negative building materials company pioneering a novel path to gigaton-scale carbon capture. At Amazon, Josh led Vine.com, an e-commerce business for natural, organic, and sustainable products. Earlier, Josh founded two award-winning, modern design sustainable furniture companies: Vivavi and Simbly. Josh was also the founder and host of The Lazy Environmentalist, a multi-platform consumer entertainment brand featuring a Sundance Channel television series, SiriusXM radio show, book series, and national spokesperson engagements with Brita and Clorox Greenworks.
President & Co-Founder,
Daniel is a serial tech entrepreneur focused on creating a world where real estate is a source of freedom and prosperity for the missing middle. Key is a fraction co-ownership tech platform that allows real estate owners to turn their residents into owner-resident partners. After creating, building, and selling his last two venture-backed companies, Daniel joined Airbnb full-time, where he led and managed growth in their top-tier markets. Daniel is an entrepreneurship Delegate for the B7 and G20 YEA Summits and had one-on-one meetings with world leaders on fostering innovation, including Kofi Annan, Justin Trudeau and Prince William. Daniel’s passion for leveraging technology and building meaningful communities is central to why he founded Key.
Metlife Investment Management
Scott Dunphy is an Assistant Portfolio Manager at MetLife Investment Management (MIM), where he assists in portfolio strategy, investment decisions, and real estate intelligence. Scott is passionate about artificial intelligence and data and seeks to leverage innovative technologies to enhance decision-making and scale MIM's real estate investment management business.
CEO & President,
Douglas Elliman President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Durkin has been an industry leader for nearly three decades and is a driving force behind the globally recognized brokerage’s ranking as one of the largest independent residential real estate firms in the United States.
Scott’s meteoric rise at the New York City based firm began when he was hired as Executive Vice President in January 2016 as part of the company’s effort to grow a nationwide presence. He was quickly promoted to Chief Operating Officer in October 2016, President in December 2017 and Chief Executive Officer in 2021.
From the outset, Scott has helped oversee expansion efforts in New York, Florida, California, Massachusetts and Texas, as well as restructured operations in Westchester, Connecticut and the Hamptons. He has also led the development of a more streamlined and strategic operations team, bringing together top-tier talent across a range of disciplines including public relations, marketing and technology.
Previously, Scott enjoyed a 26-year tenure at The Corcoran Group, where he was a protégé of Barbara Corcoran. He quickly earned a number of esteemed titles, including Chief Operating Officer and Senior Managing Director of the Chelsea Flatiron office, which ranked among the company’s top 10 locations nationwide during his 11 years of leadership.
CEO & Founder,
Danielle Dy Buncio is the Co-Founder & CEO of VIATechnik, a leader in digital transformation, on a mission to bring the built environment towards a better future, today. VIATechnik is advancing the construction and real estate industries through solutions spanning Virtual Design & Construction (VDC), Building Information Modeling (BIM), virtual & augmented reality, digital twins, enterprise software application development, and more. Danielle serves on the Board of Directors for Ryan Companies US, a $3B+ Integrated Real Estate Development, Construction, and Design firm, and for JF Brennan, a national civil and marine infrastructure construction firm.
Eric is a highly-regarded real estate executive with over 20 years of professional experience leading startup, public and private companies. He has a history of successful exits and a founder of multiple real estate companies. Recognized as a Powerful Leader by SP200 and as a Game Changer by REAL Trends, he's held top executive level positions for several prop-tech companies. This includes Chief Consumer Officer at Real (NASDAQ: REAX) and Chief Executive Officer at Purplebricks (LSE: PURP). He has been featured and quoted in numerous publications and broadcast media including: CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg Radio and others.
Azure Printed Homes
Gene Eidelman is a cofounder of Azure Printed Homes. Azure is fundamentally changing the construction industry by 3D printing homes with recycled polymers 70% faster and 30% less expensive than current construction methods with positive environmental impact. Gene immigrated to Los Angeles from Ukraine. He was recognized for resettling 6,000 refugees from the former Soviet Union, and appeared on Oprah Winfrey Show. He also served on boards of numerous non-profit educational organizations in the US, India, and the UK. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and is working on a Ph.D. in sustainable construction. He has three grown and successful sons, and enjoys hiking, downhill skiing, playing and watching soccer.
Managing Director & Founder,
David Eisenberg is the Founder and Managing Director of Zigg Capital, a venture capital fund focused on the real estate, construction and retail industries. Representative early stage investments include Procore (NYSE: PCOR), Juniper Square, VTS, Matterport (NASDAQ: MTTR) and Snapdocs. Prior to founding Zigg, he served as the Global SVP of Technology of CBRE. He joined CBRE as a result of its acquisition of Floored, a commercial real estate software company founded by Mr. Eisenberg and led by him as its Chief Executive Officer from 2012-2017. Earlier in Mr. Eisenberg's career, he was a founding team member of two other retail technology businesses, TellApart (later acquired by Twitter) and Bonobos (later acquired by Walmart). Mr. Eisenberg started his career at Bain & Company and graduated from Harvard.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Crews by Core Construction
Di-Ann Eisnor is an accomplished entrepreneur and executive in the technology and construction industries. As Co-Founder and CEO of Crews by Core Construction, she combines community and technology to solve complex urban problems. With a decade of experience at Waze and Google, she founded Waze's US office and contributed to its acquisition by Google. She currently serves on multiple boards and is deeply committed to creating solutions that support workers.
CEO & Founder,
Matt is Founder and CEO of Measurabl, the world’s most widely adopted ESG software for real estate. Customers use Measurabl to measure, manage, report, and act on ESG data on more than 13 billion square feet of real estate across 90 countries valued in excess of USD $2 trillion. Before Measurabl Matt spent five years with CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services company, where he led its Sustainability Practice Group, implemented the company’s industry-first global carbon neutrality program, and served as the first Director of Sustainability Solutions and youngest member of its Global Sustainability Advisory Committee.
John Ensign is President and Executive Managing Director of North America at MRI Software. He has been an executive with the company since 2010 and most recently held the position of President and Chief Legal Officer. In his current role, John oversees all North American operations at MRI Software as well as MRI’s shared services, including global client support, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, talent management, employee relations, and benefits.
Co-CEO & Co-Founder,
In 2007, Michael Episcope co-founded Origin Investments, a top-decile fund manager that helps high-net-worth investors, family offices and clients of registered investment advisors grow and preserve wealth by providing best-in-class real estate solutions. With Michael’s leadership, Origin has more than $1.3 billion in equity under management and has executed more than $2.8 billion in real estate transactions in fast-growing markets throughout the U.S. He is co-CEO, co-chairs the investment committee and oversees investor relations and capital raising. Prior to Origin, Michael had a prolific trading career and twice was named one of the top 100 traders in the world by Trader Monthly Magazine. Michael earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from DePaul University. He has more than 30 years of investment and risk management experience and has been an integral contributor to Origin’s innovative practices and investment success.
CEO & Founder,
Ofo Ezeugwu is the CEO and Founder of WYL (WhoseYourLandlord) and a 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 lister for his work in social impact. WYL is a VC and Google-backed platform that turns meaningful feedback from residents on their living experiences into actionable insights that help home providers better understand and engage their communities. He graduated from Temple University and was the VP of the student body and the youngest alumni convocation speaker in the school's history. Ofo was recently named to Forbes’ #Next1000 List, recognized as the Young Professional of the Year by the African American Chamber of Commerce, and was named one of BET's #30Under30 as well as a Modern Man by Black Enterprise. His work has been featured in TechCrunch, Newsweek, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Blavity, The New York Post, and more.
CEO & Founder,
Drew is the founder and CEO of Scout, a software-as-a-service company that leverages AI and machine learning to help organizations improve their customer relationships. Previously, Drew served as the Managing Director of VOR, a real estate holdings company. Prior to that, Drew spent time as a senior executive of a Registered Investment Advisor on Wall Street and as an attorney at Skadden Arps where he practiced Financial Institutions Mergers and Acquisitions. Drew is a current advisor to OS NY, an esports venue in New York City, and advised OS Studios through their acquisition by Project Worldwide. Drew received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Melissa is a Vice President at RET Ventures. In this role, Melissa works closely with numerous portfolio companies on a day-to-day basis and sources and vets potential startups for RET investment. Prior to RET, Melissa worked as an Investment Associate at KSL Capital, where she invested in real estate and private equity companies focused on travel and leisure. Melissa began her career in private equity in Goldman Sachs' Real Estate Principal Investment Area. Melissa holds a B.S.E. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Princeton University. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys hiking, traveling, and watching the Chargers on Sundays.
Ramy Fam brings nine years of experience across construction, building materials, strategy and innovation.
Prior to his role in CRH Ventures, Ramy worked at Amazon where he managed their flagship program, Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) in Spain. Before Amazon, he had extensive experience in construction working in the CVC and later the Corporate Strategy and M&A arm of Cemex and in the Project Management departments of AECOM and SNC-Lavalin where he oversaw the project cost and planning across mega projects in Oil & Gas, Mining, and Transmission & Distribution. Ramy holds a B.Eng. in Civil Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from IE Business School.
Franco Faraudo has an MBA in entrepreneurship and has worked with companies on their branding and content strategy. He has worked in real estate as an agent, manager, and investor. He writes about the intersection between the physical and digital world and is a co-founder of Propmodo.
Elie Finegold is a Managing Director at Crow Holdings, where he leads the firm’s venture and technology investment practice. Elie has been an entrepreneur and leader at the intersection of real estate and technology for nearly 20 years, and currently also serves as a Venture Advisor at MetaProp, the leading, early-stage PropTech VC fund, and as an advisor to numerous early and growth stage companies. Prior to joining Crow Holdings, Elie led Global Innovation at CBRE, establishing the function during the formative years of the current wave of real estate technology. He was a founding member of real estate merchant banking firm Island Capital Group and was the President and co-founder of IGY Marinas, which, under his leadership, grew into a $1.5 billion AUM vertically integrated global real estate business that is the world’s largest owner, operator, and developer of mega-yacht marinas and waterfront mixed-use projects. Elie was also the Chief Innovation Officer of the former Insignia Financial Group and founded several startups in both the real estate and technology sectors. He continues to be a leader in the evolution of the PropTech industry, serving on numerous industry leadership boards and writing and speaking around the world on the subject. Elie graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Special Concentration in Music and Culture, with his academic works published by Harvard Library Press.
Jake Fingert is a Managing Partner at Camber Creek. He coordinates all aspects of Camber Creek’s operations and portfolio management. Jake leads the due diligence process for potential investments, makes investment decisions and participates in the management of portfolio companies. Jake currently or previously held board roles with Camber Creek portfolio companies Arcadia, Bowery Valuation, Darwin Homes (acquired by Pagaya), Funnel, Keyway, Measurabl, Notarize, Petscreening, Placemakr, and Rabbet. Jake was previously appointed by President Obama as a Senior Policy Advisor on the National Economic Council at the White House, and before that was a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the General Services Administration. In both roles Jake identified new investments and managed operations for the Federal Government’s infrastructure and real estate portfolio of approximately 350 million square feet. Prior to joining the government, he was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group where he served on the management team in North America and Asia and focused on large scale digital transformation efforts. Jake received a BA with high distinction from Emory University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Cody Finke is the Co-Founder as well as Chief Executive Officer of Brimstone, a climate-tech company on a mission to decarbonize cement production. He holds a BA with distinction in Chemistry from Carleton College and a Ph.D. from Caltech, where he focused on electrochemistry and industrial decarbonization. Following his Ph.D., Cody conducted postdoctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as a DOE-funded Cyclotron Road entrepreneurial fellow. Cody co-founded the Oakland, California-based Brimstone to decarbonize an industry that today accounts for 5.5% of global GHG emissions. Brimstone is developing a carbon-negative tech to produce ordinary portland cement using calcium silicate rock, which would be cost parity or better at scale. Its innovative solution has been recognized by International Energy Agency, Global Cleantech 100, Norrsken’s Impact 100 list as well as Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies (Energy & Sustainability). Brimstone's investors include Fifth Wall, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, DCVC, Collaborative Fund & Amazon Climate Pledge.
CEO & Founder,
Jonathan Fishman is the Founder and CEO of Bizydev, a New York City-based business development group. With over 15 years of experience in NYC real estate as an owner/operator, Jonathan has established himself as an industry leader and innovator.
At Bizydev, Jonathan and his team specialize in assisting technology, product, and service companies in accelerating their business growth and market presence. Renowned for their expertise in customer acquisition, strategic partnerships, capital connections, and GTM strategies, Bizydev is recognized as a trusted resource in the industry.
Jonathan's extensive experience in real estate, including the acquisition and ownership/operations of properties valued at over $1 billion, provides a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and the real estate market. His deep understanding of the industry landscape and his ability to identify cutting-edge solutions make him a valuable resource for businesses seeking growth and differentiation.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Liberty Real Estate Fund
"Michael Flight was named the Godfather of Blockchain Real Estate by Forbes Crypto. Michael achieved that distinction by co-founding Liberty Real Estate Fund, the World’s First Net Lease Security Token Fund, creating the Blockchain Real Estate Summit. More recently co-founding Invest On Main (IOM.ai) the Real Estate & Alternative Asset marketplace of the future! Michael is a real estate entrepreneur and real estate tokenization pioneer who is an expert in retail real estate investment, redevelopment and real estate on the blockchain. He started his commercial real estate career in 1985, and then co-founded Concordia Realty Corporation in 1990, which continues to partner with some of the world’s most well-known banks, insurance companies, hedge funds and institutional investors in many successful investments."
Pete Flint is a General Partner of NFX, a pre-seed & seed stage Bay Area based Venture Capital fund, focused on Network Effects. Prior to NFX, Pete founded Trulia, a leading online real estate company. He was its CEO and Chairman from inception to acquisition by Zillow for $3.5B. Prior to Trulia, Pete was part of the founding team at lastminute.com, a leading European online travel company that was acquired for over $1Bn. He is a founding Board member of New Story Charity, a technology platform focused on building sustainable communities globally, and also a founding board member of GBx, the leading British technology community in Silicon Valley. He received a Master's and First Class Degree from the University of Oxford, and MBA from Stanford GSB.
Head Of Product & Strategy,
First American Data & Analytics
Chris Flynn is the Head of Product and Strategy at First American Data & Analytics, a division of First American Financial Corporation. Chris is responsible for leading all product, strategy, and marketing for the company’s data and analytics division that includes more than 8 billion document images and major platforms such as DataTree®, FraudGuard®, CovenantGuard™, RegsData®, ACI™, and First American TaxSource®. Chris is an industry expert with more than 20 years of vast experience in product leadership and technology innovation at several fintech and technology companies. He has a deep understanding of customer needs, the dynamics of the mortgage technology marketplace and a thorough understanding of mortgage lending, title and other real estate-related industries. Chris holds a Master of Business Administration from Baylor University, a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University, and is a doctoral candidate at University of Southern California.
Director Of Proptech Investing,
Jeff leads proptech investing for Citi Ventures, the multi-stage venture capital arm of Citi. He is also the founder of Noho Ventures, a former Venture Partner with Fifth Wall and Rotor Capital, and former head of Assurant Ventures. With prior firms he led early investments in and was a board observer for Doma, SmartRent, Vacasa, Mynd Management, and others. He’s also led investments in Inspectify, Maxwell, Overmoon, Pacaso, and Pronto Housing. Jeff started his career in investment banking, private equity, and corporate strategy, and holds a BA from Columbia and a MBA from Darden (UVA).
CEO & Founder,
Stephen Forte has led Multinational businesses in the US and China, and is a software architect, speaker, entrepreneur and CEO, with a special focus on commercializing new technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning and computer vision. Stephen's career has been spent successfully bringing high-tech systems to low-tech industries, creating significant shareholder value.
Mr. Forte is an expert in mobile apps and software with 28 patents filed and 15 awarded. Mr. Forte has founded and had meaningful exits from multiple tech startups, has been CEO of public and private companies, managed operations in 63 countries, and led P&Ls from startups to over US$1 billion.
Lionel Foster is an Investor at Camber Creek, a strategic venture capital firm investing in real estate technology companies. Prior to joining Camber Creek, Lionel was Communications Director at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, where he focused on topics such as urban development. He also has prior work experience at the Baltimore City Department of Planning and with Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking group. Lionel has a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in urban planning from the London School of Economics, where he studied as a British Marshall Scholar. He earned a JD at Georgetown Law.
Peter is a Managing Director for the investment team at i80 Group, an investment firm designed to propel the innovation economy forward by empowering growth through bespoke credit solutions. Prior to i80 Group, Peter worked as an investor with a focus on the fintech and proptech sectors with Partners Group, CKC Partners and MicroVest Capital Management. Peter holds an MIB from The Fletcher School.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Ryan is an experienced entrepreneur and technology leader with a passion for investing. Before joining Arrived, he co-founded and served as CEO of DataRank, a social listening innovation that Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions used to stay informed about consumer trends. After a merger, Ryan became General Manager for Sprout Social Seattle, leading a team of 100 people. Ryan is an alumnus of Y Combinator and holds a B.S. in International Business from the University of Arkansas. He also holds a Series 65 license with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Since purchasing his first home in 2013, Ryan has been exploring ways to reinvent traditional private home ownership to align with the ideology of passive index funds. After investing in public real estate funds for a few years, he decided to apply what he had learned and make it easy for anyone to build their own private portfolio of homes.
General Partner & Founder,
Ryan Freedman is an entrepreneur turned investor on a never-ending journey to bring efficiency and innovation to the real world. As a founder and General Partner at Alpaca VC, a venture capital firm investing at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds, Ryan leads investments with a focus on PropTech and Construction Tech. Select early stage investments include Compass (NYSE: COMP), Latch (NASD: LTCH), The Guild, Bowery Valuation and ToolBx; select later stage investments include Evolv (NASD: EVLV),Fetch and The SandBox Game. Ryan was a pioneer in PropTech, having been named one of the 15 Most Influential People in Real Estate Technology in 2015 and runner up for the Global PropTech Investor award in 2018. Prior to Alpaca, Ryan founded Corigin, a real estate investment firm with $600 million AUM. He led this firm with a lens towards innovation and has been at the forefront of analyzing and adopting real estate technology to enhance operations and investment decisions. To that end, Corigin had a reputation for building “micro units” before they were termed “co-living” and infusing experience and community into multi-family before it became mainstream. His obsession with technology and efficiency informed his natural progression from a real estate executive to a venture capitalist and leading PropTech investor.
Managing Partner & Founder,
Constance Freedman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Moderne Ventures and the Moderne Passport, an early stage investment fund and industry immersion program which is focused on investing in technology companies in and around the multi-trillion dollar industries of real estate, finance, insurance, hospitality and home services. Moderne Ventures has more than $400M AUM, has invested in over 135 companies and partners with 700+ industry executives and corporations to build strategic value and scale. Freedman’s initial two funds have produced top decile returns, 4 IPOs (+ 1 IPO pending), 8 Unicorns, and 25+ successful exits. Moderne Ventures portfolio companies have raised over $1.5B in the past year alone.
CEO & Founder,
Dr. Cody Friesen is a technology innovator passionate about solving the world's grandest challenges. As an entrepreneur and materials scientist, Friesen builds businesses that apply advanced technology to problems facing humanity by creating teams and cultures that lead with love. Founder and CEO of SOURCE® Global, PBC, Friesen and his team developed the SOURCE Hydropanel, a technolgy that makes clean, delicious drinking water from the air independent of infrastructure. Friesen is also the founder of Nant Energy (formerly Fluidic Energy), an advanced battery company powering remote grids worldwide. He is the Fulton Engineering Professor of Innovation at Arizona State University and is a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability. ABOUT DR. FRIESEN Friesen was named by The Aspen Institute as a 2015 Henry Crown Fellow and among the "TR35", top 35 innovators in the world under 35 years of age, by MIT’s Technology Review in 2009. Friesen has led SOURCE Global to be recognized with the CES Innovation Award in 2018 and as a New Energy Pioneer by BloombergNEF in 2019. He was honored as The MIT Lemelson recipient in 2019 for his work as an inventor. He served two terms on the US Manufacturing Council for the US Department of Commerce, as the co-chair of the Energy subcommittee. He has 145 active patent matters worldwide, and 37 granted patents. He earned a BSE in Materials Science and Engineering from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in the same discipline from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Jason Fudin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Placemakr (formerly known as WhyHotel). Placemakr is a tech-enabled operator and real estate investor that blends hospitality and multifamily (with over $1B of real estate on the platform). Before founding Placemakr, Jason managed multi-billion dollar portfolios and developments for large public companies and private developers.
David is the CEO at Mallcomm, an award-winning PropTech tenant experience platform primarily focussed on the retail sector. With offices in London and New York, Mallcomm is used by some of the world's largest retail destinations including Mall of America, Westfield and Oxford Properties portfolios. David has over 20 years’ experience as a business leader and has lived and worked across the world. David has a successful track record in developing and expanding GTM strategies into new and existing markets as well as a strong background building and developing teams that deliver excellence. For the last 15 years he has been focussed on delivering value through PropTech and B2B SaaS solutions within the built environment, working to ensure their global customer service and sales teams are delivering world class service and technology solutions to their clients.
Partner & Co-Head Of Climate Technology Investment,
Peter Gajdoš is a Partner at Fifth Wall where he co-leads the Climate Technology Investment team. Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Peter was the Head of Venture Capital at IPM Group and Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Presidio Partners, where he focused on climate tech and biotech venture and growth investments. Peter has been involved in several public listings including Cnano Technology, Arcadia Biosciences, Auspex Pharmaceuticals, and others. Peter started his career at J.P. Morgan's Energy Group in New York before joining Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Green Fund in London. Peter is from Slovakia and currently resides in San Francisco. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his BS in Business Administration, and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Shaily is the CEO and co-founder of GlobalFair, a technology first B2B marketplace in cross border space. After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Bombay, Shaily worked at PwC, TransUnion, Procter & Gamble, and Stanza Living. In her time at P&G, she realised a lot of these supply chain challenges could be solved at scale by using technology and innovative design. And that is what GlobalFair is doing across India, Southeast Asia and the US.
Second Century Ventures
Dave Garland invests in technology and entrepreneurs that promise to advance the global real estate industry. As Managing Partner of Second Century Ventures (SCV) - the venture capital arm of the National Association of Realtors®, he oversees NAR REACH: the world's top real estate technology scale up program. As an industry practitioner, Dave has acquired, owned and managed portfolios of single family residential, commercial and development properties across America. He has provided two decades of strategic advisory and board services to numerous, public and private real estate and financial technology firms. Dave lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Ido has deep experience in construction and building management, previously holding the position as VP Innovation & Business Development at Israel's biggest facade constructor. He has since been an executive in one of Israel's fastest-growing high-tech startups, bringing both industry insight and tech scale-up experience to Verobotics.
SVP, IT & CIO,
Susan Lilly Gerock serves as Senior Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Elme Communities. Most recently, she led the company-wide transformation project to reposition the company from a diversified REIT to a multifamily REIT. She has over 28 years of management and information technology experience in commercial real estate, manufacturing, and retail. Prior to joining Elme Communities, she held various roles at Corporate Office Properties Trust, her most recent serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. She previously served as a Senior Information Technology Director for CarrAmerica and as an Information Technology Director for Archstone-Smith. Ms. Gerock serves on the Board of Directors of 826DC and on the Finance Committee of ACT for Alexandria.
Mr. Geva brings 20 years of experience in planning and executing commercial growth in software companies. Prior to WINT, he ran Sales & Marketing at HolistiCyber, the nation-state level cyber security advisor to the private sector and held executive positions at Perfecto Mobile, Comverse Technology, and Akamai Technologies. Alon holds an engineering BSc and MBA degree from the Leon Recanati School of Business at Tel-Aviv University.
Nine Four Ventures
Sophia is a Principal at Nine Four Ventures, an early stage PropTech VC fund that invests in technologies that impact the people, processes, and ecosystems that interact with the built world. Based in New York, her responsibilities include originating, evaluating, and executing investment opportunities, as well as supporting existing portfolio companies. In addition, Sophia’s responsibilities include partner management, marketing, and helping manage Nine Four’s pilot program. Prior to Nine Four, Sophia worked as a Project Manager at The Marketing Directors Inc. (TMD), a real estate development consulting firm. At TMD, Sophia developed and implemented the strategy for more than 30 properties in the NY/NJ area. Her clients included developers such as Midwood Investment and Development, Ceruzzi Properties, Trinity Place Holdings, The Fisher Organization, and KRE Group, among others. Sophia received an MBA from Columbia University’s Business School and a BBA from The Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan. She comes from a family of real estate professionals and is excited to bridge the gap between her passions for real estate and entrepreneurship through venture.
CEO, President & Co-Founder,
A serial entrepreneur with more than fifteen years of experience in developing cleantech technologies for processing and recycling of resources, Ahmad Ghahreman is CEO, President and Co-Founder of Cyclic Materials. Ahmad is among the early co-inventors of Jetti Resources Inc. tech and is an Ex-Board of Advisory member of Li-Cycle Corp (NYSE: LICY). With dedication and a strong passion for a sustainable environment, Ahmad leads the company's vision to transform the rare earth elements market with ethical, economical, and sustainable sourced metals available for the global market. Ahmad earned his Ph.D. within Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia and he has co-invented more than fifteen patents.
Raja Ghawi is a Partner at Era Ventures, a new Proptech-focused venture capital firm that invests in ideas that leverage technology and innovation to reimagine the built environment. Born and raised in Homs, Syria, he is a graduate of Harvard University where he studied bioengineering. Raja started his career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company and also spent time with QuantumBlack, McKinsey’s AI/ML arm. Most recently, he was the Investment Director at Suffolk Technologies, the corporate venture arm of Suffolk Construction, where he invested in Contech and Proptech startups and helped them scale through the firm’s network and resources.
Director Of Energy And Sustainability,
Michael leads all of Fairstead’s sustainability initiatives. Before joining the company, Michael was Manager of Business Development for Con Edison in New York City, responsible for shepherding project opportunities in energy efficiency, demand management, and customer resiliency, among other areas. Prior to that, among several endeavors, Michael worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on hazardous-waste remediation and international development. A licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager, Michael holds a BS in Agricultural Engineering and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.
Berkshire Residential Investments
Josh Glastein serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Berkshire. In his position, Josh is responsible for establishing long-term goals, evaluating new technologies, and improving performance related to the firm’s Information Technology.
Prior to joining Berkshire, Josh served as IT Manager at the Baupost Group. During his tenure at the Baupost Group, Josh oversaw technology projects and support for the front and middle office. He has managed technology teams responsible for supporting systems used throughout the entire investment process.
Josh received a Master in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from The Pennsylvania State University.
CEO & Founder,
Good Developments Group
Founder & CEO of Good Developments Group, a real estate development company building a 100-acre Construction & Design Innovation District in St. Louis. He previously ran development & acquisitions at JDS Development and built iconic skyscrapers in NYC & Miami. He is a WashU alumni and native New Yorker.
Founder & Board Member,
Steve Glenn is Founder and Board Member of Plant Prefab. Plant is the first Certified B Corporation™ building technology company dedicated to sustainable design, materials, and operations. The company’s patented Plant Building System™ utilizes advanced digital modeling and fully customizable Plant Panels™ and Plant Modules™ to help architects, developers, general contractors, and individuals design and build multifamily and custom single-family homes 20 to 50 percent faster than site-based methods. The system provides better quality control, design flexibility, and time, cost, and material efficiency than traditional methods of offsite or on-site construction. Plant has two factories in California (Rialto, Ontario) and recently broke ground on a third facility, the Hub, which will be their first fully-automated factory. Plant also maintains a Design Studio and show home in Santa Monica. With a mission to build a better world by design, Plant Prefab was the first housing prefabricator to announce a net zero goal and actually achieved carbon neutrality in their operations in 2020.
General Partner & Founder,
Alon is the Founder and General Manager of RE Angels, a real estate technology angel fund solely composed of real estate experts with deep and diverse industry expertise focused on early stage startups. In addition, Alon owns and manages several multifamily portfolios throughout the southeast (FL, NC & VA). Alon was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of DTI Holdings, a vertically-integrated private equity real estate fund, which was established in early 2017 and divested in 2021 achieving 20% IRR. DTI Holdings acquired and managed both residential multifamily (Class B & C) and commercial properties. Previously, as a Senior Investment Manager at MIO Partners, McKinsey & Company’s Investment Office, Alon established a new multi-year private equity investment fund of approximately $200 million p.a., building a diverse investments portfolio with consistent strong returns. Prior to MIO Partners, Alon worked as a Strategic Consultant for McKinsey & Company, managing private equity client engagements. Representative engagements included due diligence, portfolio optimization, valuation analysis, and portfolio company transformation.
William Gottfried is co-founder of PropUp, the industry’s premier vacancy management software. An experienced operator, founder and entrepreneur, William is also a co-founder of Austin-based OTH Capital, a vertically integrated multi-family investment firm, as well as a general partner at Stellifi Venture Capital. Over the course of a decade in commercial real estate, William has gone full cycle on more than 90 multi-family investments and has acquired more than $500,000,000 in multifamily real estate. William initially created PropUp to help solve problems in his own portfolio. After seeing holes in the property management tech stack and the larger need for visibility and accountability in the market, PropUp was re-designed as a SaaS product and has since sold into portfolios totaling more than 140,000 units in less than nine months.
Chris Gough is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Technology Group, specializing in M&A, capital raising, and strategic advisory in the fintech, proptech, and vertical software markets. He has nearly 20 years of technology advisory experience across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Chris has been one of the most active advisors in the proptech market, having advised software companies across the residential, multi-family, construction, and commercial proptech segments, including on the sale of BoomTown, StarRez, Real Capital Markets, ATTOM Data, ShowingTime, TurnKey, Lone Wolf, Skyslope, Inside Real Estate, and Propertybase, among others.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Micah Estis Green is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Tailos - a robotics company building Rosie - the world’s very first housekeeping robot for hotels, commercial real estate, entertainment centers, and senior living facilities. Rosie is a safe and cost-efficient automated solution for the hospitality industry which decreases the time to clean rooms and public spaces while reducing work-related injuries and improving the room attendant and guest experiences. Rosie also acts as an indoor mobile data platform to empower management with actionable information. Green manages the company and product vision, sales strategy, cash flows, investor relations, and team development. Over the past decade, he has been a serial entrepreneur starting multiple businesses including two successful smartphone applications.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder,
Brad Greiwe is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, where he guides the firm’s strategic vision.
Prior to starting Fifth Wall, Brad co-founded Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH), a multi-billion dollar owner and operator of single-family rental properties originally backed by The Blackstone Group. As CTO, he positioned Invitation Homes as the dominant technology-forward brand in the single-family rental category, developing a proprietary technology stack to support the valuation, acquisition, rehabilitation, leasing, and professional management of over 80,000 homes in 17 major markets, serving 120,000 residents across the U.S.
Brad started his career in investment banking at UBS in the real estate, lodging, and leisure group. He then worked in real estate private equity at Tishman Speyer and Starwood Capital.
Brad is originally from Cincinnati, lives in Incline Village, NV with his wife and three kids, and graduated from Harvard University, where he received his BA in economics.
Laurent is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He works with start-up founders to successfully build scalable teams, strong company cultures, and disruptive products. He has founded, expanded, and managed multiple start-ups prior to his venture career. Previous to JLL Spark, he led Luma Launch’s early-stage venture fund, investing in over 30 companies across a variety of sectors in the software space. As a Partner at JLL Spark he hopes to drive the technology revolution forward in the real estate space. He is looking to identify and back the companies leading the way during this shift.
Teresa leads several companies in the real estate industry. She founded the first online real estate brokerage in San Francisco. Teresa put American real estate, (the world’s largest asset class) on her private, patent-pending blockchain. The purpose of the ledger is to satisfy Dodd-Frank. Consortia is part of the National Association of Realtors portfolio of companies through SCV REACH. Teresa manages and advises several prop-tech companies. She also consults the largest owners of SFRs, title and escrow, underwriting and real estate companies on Web 3.0, aka, blockchain. Teresa is extremely passionate about real estate and leadership in every form. She has brokered and mentored numerous deals for her clients and agents which included traditional, probate, bankruptcy, short sales, and foreclosure situations. Her real estate knowledge is equal to her ability to effectively work with others – which is the perfect combination to see your transaction to a successful close.
VP, Environmental Sustainability & ESG Reporting,
Michael J. Gulich, AIA, LEED AP is the Vice President, Environmental Sustainability & Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Reporting at MGM Resorts International. He leads the development and execution of strategies to reduce the environmental impacts of MGM Resorts’ buildings, operations, and events globally. He has specific operational focus on environmental programs and ensuring the company meets its 2025 and 2030 goals related to energy, climate, water, and materials. Mr. Gulich leads the company’s ESG disclosure/reporting efforts, driving transparency and improving scores across the range of external ESG ratings and frameworks that the company’s investors prioritize. Prior to joining MGM Resorts Mr. Gulich served as University Architect and Senior Director of Campus Planning, Architecture, and Sustainability at Purdue University. There, he directed the integrated campus master planning process for 26 million square feet of facilities and provided the vision, organizational strategy, and focus for advancing sustainability efforts. Before Purdue, Michael served as Vice President and Director of High-Performance Buildings and Strategic Sustainability Consulting at Croxton Collaborative Architects (CCA) in Manhattan. Mr. Gulich is an alumnus of University of California, Los Angeles [M.ARCH II] and Carnegie Mellon University [B.ARCH].
President & Co-Founder,
Kathy Hannun is the Co-Founder and President of Dandelion Energy, the largest home geothermal company in the United States. Dandelion electrifies home heating by replacing fossil-fueled furnaces and boilers with renewable geothermal heating and cooling systems. Since its founding in 2017, Dandelion has raised over $130 million in funding from top venture firms including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, GV, NGP, LenX and NEA and empowered homeowners to avoid over 35,000 metric tons of carbon emissions and counting. Dandelion has installed thousands of heat pumps throughout the northeast and has recently begun partnering with home builders to install geothermal heat pumps in new developments. In addition, Dandelion has increased public awareness of the benefits of ground source heat pumps through stories in media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fast Company, WIRED, Bloomberg, and Techcrunch.
Partner; LP Coverage & Capital Markets,
Ofer Harduf is a Partner on the Limited Partner Coverage and Capital Markets team at Fifth Wall, where he focuses on strategic partnerships and capital markets. Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Ofer was an Executive Director and Co-Head of PropTech at J.P. Morgan's Real Estate, Gaming, and Lodging Investment Banking group. Ofer also worked at UBS Investment Bank in the Mergers & Acquisitions group. He started his career as a Financial Analyst in GE Healthcare and served as a Lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces. Ofer was born within Haifa, Israel and currently lives in New York City. He graduated from the University of Haifa with a degree in Economics as well as Business Administration and received his MBA from Columbia Business School.
Brad is the editor of Thesis Driven, a publication covering innovation in the built world. Over the past decade he has co-founded General Assembly, a pioneer in education and career transformation specializing in today's most on-demand skills, as well as Common, a multifamily operating company focused on innovative housing typologies like coliving. In addition, Brad sits on the boards of Playcrafting and StageGlass and is an advisor to a number of companies including Breef, Stacklist, and Arrange.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Troy Harvey is the CEO, Co-Founder, and chief product architect of PassiveLogic, creator of the world's first fully autonomous platform for buildings. As a technical CEO, Troy is the driving force behind the vision of the PassiveLogic platform since its inception, guiding the design direction of each piece of the ecosystem to operate seamlessly. This work includes the Quantum Digital Twin Standard—a physics-based ontology for next-generation control and AI that provides the foundation for autonomous systems, as well as directing hardware design and guidance on software implementation. Prior to PassiveLogic, Troy founded a ground-breaking building science and controls engineering firm that innovated a new approach to high performance building design using simulation technology. His passion for user-focused, cutting-edge product design and engineering fuels his dedication to developing PassiveLogic’s physics compute engine and Quantum. He is driven by a vision for a sustainable future, which stems from 20 years of experience enabling energy efficient buildings: an unmatched opportunity for lasting global impact.
Chief Product Officer,
Morgan is responsible for setting product direction and scaling and leading a global team of product managers and designers. He and his team work in close collaboration with the ALICE engineering team to build out the company’s innovative construction optioneering solution. Before joining ALICE, Hays led product management for a portfolio of five B2B SaaS products within Autodesk Construction Solutions. Previously, he held senior product roles at companies such as TiVo, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, and Cablevision. Hays also co-founded Layer3 TV, a virtual cable TV start-up that was sold to T-Mobile in 2017. Morgan earned his MBA from Emory University and undergraduate degree from London School of Economics and Political Science.
CEO & Founder,
Jenny He, PhD, is founder/CEO of Ergeon, a tech-enabled construction company. Since its start in 2018, Ergeon has empowered thousands of customers by offering a seamless end-to-end experience aided by cutting-edge remote measuring, quoting, and 3D modeling. This is made possible with the support of an all-remote global staff working in tandem with skilled-local contractors who can scale their businesses with Ergeon's back-end project management. Under Jenny's leadership, Ergeon is transforming the residential construction industry across the U.S. Inspired by her own home improvement trials & tribulations, Jenny set out on a mission to make residential construction as easy as ecommerce for the customer! In a time of severe construction workforce shortages and high infrastructure demands, Ergeon's mission of making construction efficient for both homeowners and installers is critical. Holding contractor licenses in 10+ states, Jenny's approach to leadership in this area is hands-on. Prior to joining the startup world, she was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company where she primarily served Industrial clients and was an Operations Expert. Jenny holds a PhD in and Masters in CS from Princeton University, and studied Electrical Engineering (EngSci) at University of Toronto. In her free time, Jenny enjoys traveling (she's met over 100 Ergeon staff around the globe), cooking, and spending time at home in Palo Alto with her husband John and daughter Maya.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Adena is the co-founder & CEO of Divvy Homes, a proptech company on a mission to make homeownership accessible to everyone. In 2017, Adena set out to solve a problem she saw in the market: fewer people can afford to purchase a home today than two decades ago. To solve this, she came up with a new way to finance a home purchase through a rent-to-own model that allows renters to gradually build up ownership in their future homes - all while living in it.
Prior to founding Divvy, Adena joined Square in 2013 and was responsible for building out Square Capital, a merchant cash advance platform with billions in loans outstanding. Prior to Square, she was part of the large-cap buyout team at TPG, a private equity firm, where she helped purchase companies in the real estate sector. She started her career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch.
Adena holds a Bachelor of Science, Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration, from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was named 40 Under 40 by Fortune and is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Tiger Capital, and Caffeinated Capital. She currently lives in Oakland, California.
General Partner & Founder,
Vivin is the Founding and General Partner at Zacua Ventures, one of the leading early-stage global venture capital firms focused on the Built Environment. Zacua Ventures has been one of the most active investors in the Built Environment since its launch last year (10+ deals in the last year) and is backed by some of the leading players in the Built Environment internationally. Vivin has extensive experience in the construction tech space both as an investor as well as an operator across his two decades of experience at Zacua,Hilti, Trimble and McKinsey.
Hennessy Capital Group
Tom Hennessy is a Managing Partner of Growth Strategies of Hennessy Capital Group, an alternative investment firm founded in 2013 that focuses on investing in industrial, infrastructure, climate and real estate technologies. Tom is a 5x repeat SPAC sponsor, currently serving as Chairman and CEO of two (NYSE: TWOA), a director of Jaguar Global Growth Corporation I (NASDAQ: JGGC), and a director of 7GC & Co. Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: VII). In addition, Tom is a Managing Partner of Hennessy Capital Growth Partners, a growth equity fund that serves as a strategic capital and growth partner to real estate technology and climate technology companies. Previously, Tom served as Chairman, Co-CEO and President of two PropTech focused SPACs, PTIC and PTAC, which closed business combinations with Appreciate Holdings (Nasdaq: SFR) and Porch Group (Nasdaq: PRCH), respectively. Previously, Tom was a Portfolio Manager of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, or ADIA. Tom holds a B.A. degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
COO & Co-Founder,
Kate Henningsen is the Co-Founder and COO of Arcadia, a platform that unlocks access to global utility data, empowering the next generation of climate solutions and giving anyone the tools to electrify and decarbonize. During her tenure, Kate has overseen every function of the business and helped the company grow from pre-revenue to a $1.5 billion valuation. Now, she spends her time scaling Arcadia for sustained growth and impact as well as contributing to the overall strategy and vision of the company. A proud native of Wisconsin and part Green Bay Packer owner, she now lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and two daughters.
CEO, President & Co-Founder,
TimberHP co-founder Joshua Henry’s expertise and years of experience researching and developing materials that either conserve energy or produce renewable energy laid the foundation for a career transition from academia to environmental entrepreneurship and sustainable forest products manufacturing. In 2019, Henry and business partner Matthew O’Malia, both from Belfast, Maine, formed GO Lab, Inc, TimberHP’s parent company, and purchased the former UPM paper mill in the Town of Madison. Henry led the effort to successfully raise $150m in equity and bond financing to renovate the mill and open the first wood fiber insulation manufacturing plant in North America. With nearly 70 team members now on staff, TimberHP is already manufacturing its loose fill product, TimberFill, and will bring two more products, TimberBatt and TimberBoard, to market by the end of 2023. As TimberHP’s president and CEO, Henry plays a strategic role in all aspects of the company’s growth and development, with a special focus on engineering, operations, research, and development.
Head Of Sales, North America,
Jessica Herrala is the Head of Sales for North America at Buildots, an AI-based technology that gives stakeholders the power to know what’s happening on the construction site at any time. Jessica brings 25 years of experience in construction and is passionate about helping women find and use their power to move up in the workplace.
EVP & Chief Investment Officer,
Enterprise Community Partners
Chris Herrmann is Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Fund Manager of Enterprise’s real estate equity business, operating under Enterprise Community Investment, an Enterprise Community Partners affiliate. He is responsible for raising, structuring and managing equity funds, as well as managing the teams that originate and close investment opportunities, asset manage the portfolio and report to investors. Chris has been involved with this business at Enterprise since it was created in 2013. The team’s portfolio includes more than 10,000 affordable and workforce homes and represents more than $1 billion of assets under management.
Young Hill is Managing Director of Flexible Living Strategic Services at Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC, global leaders in the investment, development, and management of high quality real estate. In Young’s role she oversees teams who pilot, implement, and monitor flexible living solutions.. Young consults with operational leaders and clients on strategies to implement Flexible Living options. During her 18 years in the multifamily industry, she has held leadership roles in corporate housing and property operations.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Rowland Hobbs is the Co-Founder and CEO of Stake. Stake is the leading incentive optimization platform for rentals. With technology that aligns incentives between residents, operators, owners, and investors, everyone earns the Return on Rent™ they deserve. Stake is building the financial infrastructure for the next generation of rentals including revenue management, payments, CRM, and renter wealth building such as banking and credit building. A leader in financial product design, Rowland led Accenture and Teneo’s product design practice. Rowland previously founded two companies, and has been recognized by Forbes, Insider, and Fast Company. His inspiration for Stake came from a unique overlap of his work in microlending, loyalty platforms, and banking services.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Vincent is the CEO and co-founder of Local Logic, a company quantifying everything outside the four walls of any asset to help build more sustainable and livable cities. Passionate about cities, tech, and how they can work together to change how our cities are built, Vincent has always been at the intersection of Urban Planning and Real Estate. Prior to co-founding Local Logic, Vincent co-founded a real estate and urban planning consulting firm and gained real estate experience working for a real estate development firm as well as a public affairs firm. Vincent has a B.A. in Finance from HEC, and studied Urban Planning at McGill University.
Mary Hogan Preusse is a Senior Advisor at Fifth Wall, where she focuses on strengthening the firm’s relationships with its corporate real estate investors and with the broader real estate industry. Mary has over thirty years of experience in real estate, investment management, leadership, and strategy. She is the lead independent director of Kimco Realty and serves on the boards of three other public companies: VEREIT, Digital Realty, and Host Hotels and Resorts. She is also a member of the board of directors of Industrious, the private flexible workspace provider. Prior to her current work as board director and advisor, Mary served as Managing Director and Head of Americas Listed Real Estate at APG Asset Management US. Prior to joining APG in 2000, Mary spent eight years as a sell side analyst covering the REIT sector, and began her career at Merrill Lynch as an investment banking analyst. In 2015, she was the recipient of NAREIT’s E. Lawrence Miller Industry Achievement Award and currently serves on that organization’s Advisory Board of Governors.
Donald Holley has served as a Managing Director in our corporate venture capital unit, AGNC Ventures, since September 2018, and was previously Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of MTGE Investment Corp. Prior to joining MTGE Investment Corp., Mr. Holley was a Director at Freddie Mac, responsible for the valuation and presentation of financial results for the company's investments, debt and derivative portfolios, worked as an accounting policy and assurance Director at Credit Suisse, prepared corporate governance research at Deutsche Bank, and was an Audit Manager at Arthur Andersen. Mr. Holley is a Certified Public Accountant and a CFA charterholder.
Karen Hollinger is the Managing Director for KKR Capstone, focused on the Real Estate portfolio in the Americas.
Prior to this position, Ms. Hollinger was the Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for AvalonBay, responsible for leading large multi-year strategic initiatives including areas of technology innovation, the newest Kanso brand and concept community, and venture-capital investment in proptech and ESG. While at AvalonBay, she was point on digitizing the construction, development and asset management functions for AVB’s multi-billion dollar pipeline and was an executive for several departments at AvalonBay, including technology/data analytics and Operations. Among other duties, she was point for establishing the Customer Care Center in Virginia Beach, VA, a large industry-leading shared services center.
Stone Point Capital
Spencer Holtzman is a director at Stone Point Capital focused on investments in healthcare & managed care services and real estate finance & services. He joined Stone Point in 2015 and has more than 5 years of experience in the private equity and investment banking industries. Before Stone Point, Spencer was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an Analyst, Investment Banking. Spencer has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Tim Hyer is the Co-Founder & CEO of Trusty, an invite-only agent network unlocking hidden demand. Trusty completed Y Combinator in 2022 and has received $3M in venture funding to date. Tim graduated from Duke University and has founded multiple early-stage startups over the past 15 years. Tim lives with his wife, four children, and two dogs in Marin County, CA.
Linda J. Isaacson is a Senior Advisor at ACRE, where she brings deep industry knowledge, expertise, and strategic insights. In her new role, she provides guidance to the firm, ensuring alignment with the core principles and values of its investors.
Linda is a recognized leader in sustainability practices, with a particular focus on accelerating progress toward achieving net zero by 2050. As a thought leader in corporate sustainability, she drives ambitious action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), unlocking business value, building resilience, and enabling long-term growth.
In addition to her advisory role, Linda previously served as Partner, Head of ESG & Impact, and Chair of ACRE’s Venture and Impact Capital vertical, collaborating with the firm’s Founding Partners to establish and manage investment vehicles. Her focus remains on early-stage companies and technologies that create social impact and drive innovation in the built environment, sustainable communities, climate tech, and health tech.
SVP, Digital Solutions,
Lee's diverse background has organically led him to his position today as a founding business line advisor for JLL Digital Solutions Advisory. He is a consultant and a connector for the commercial real estate, enterprise retailer, venture capital and property technology industries. Lee's evaluates and advises on the purchase and investment of technology solutions for his clients, supporting multiple business critical functions.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Josh Jensen is the CEO and co-founder of Inspectify, a venture-backed technology platform in the property inspection space. Inspectify streamlines the property inspection experience across the entire property lifecycle through its network of 2,000+ inspectors and proprietary inspection and data technology. The company is backed by prominent investors including Nine Four VC, Foundation Capital, Munich Re, DivcoWest and top executives from startups such as Opendoor, Built Technologies, Side, Sundae, Flyhomes, and Steadily. Before Inspectify, Josh was the Vice President of Operations at Flyhomes, a nationwide real estate brokerage, where he was responsible for all real estate operations for the company and helped scale the business from seed to Series B. Josh is also an active real estate investor, holding rental properties on both the East and West coast. He has an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Josh resides in Seattle, WA, with his wife, Mary, two daughters, and a newborn son.
CEO & Founder,
Nicholas Johnson is the CEO and Founder of Orange Charger. He loves to commercialize technology that creates new ways for people to contribute to living carbon-neutral lives without compromising or making life worse. He first started on this mission working as an electrical design engineer at Tesla, bringing the Model 3 thermal designs to market. He later co-founded LYT a company that creates A.I. traffic management and transit software to optimize traffic signals to reduce congestion. Now with Orange, he aims to solve the challenges for multi-unit dwellings looking to offer electric vehicle charging. Today Orange has installed thousands of charging stations nationwide and offers property owners an affordable charging platform generating a true return on investment while providing electric vehicle drivers with convenient, affordable energy.
American Family Ventures
Katelyn Johnson is Managing Director at American Family Ventures, where she focuses on early stage B2B enterprise solutions in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. She has provided mentorship to TechStars, Harvard Business School, MIT, and MassChallenge, and is Executive Director of the Horn Program VC Council at the University of Delaware. An engineer by training, Katelyn is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Founder & Chairman,
Americas Capital Investments
Founder & Chairman of Americas Capital Investments. Entrepreneur. More than 30 years of experience in real estate investments. Founder of Parque Empresarial Austral, Research and Technology Park of Buenos Aires. Graduate of the MIT Center for Real Estate, Innovation IAE Business School. Served as Chairman of ULI South America.
President & Co-Founder,
Craig Kaiser is the President and co-founder of LandGate. He is the former Owner and Chairman of Kamara Kaiser Mining Company. He is also a former executive in Alaunt Exploration, a private equity (Warburg Pincus) backed exploration company focused on energy assets in Colorado and Wyoming. Craig has worked for Anadarko Petroleum, Newfield Exploration, Lion Mountain Mining Co., among other energy companies serving in areas of focus ranging from greenfield exploration to full-scale project development. He received a BSc. in Geosciences from Chadron State College as well as an MSc. in Petroleum Geology from the Colorado School of Mines where he received multiple fellowships and awards. He and his wife Elizabeth have been blessed with four beautiful little girls.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Jeevan Kalanithi is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of OpenSpace, the leader in 360° construction site reality capture and analytics. OpenSpace has been deployed on projects exceeding $500B in total value, in more than 90 countries; the OpenSpace Vision Engine has processed more than 18B square feet of reality data to date.. Prior to starting OpenSpace, Jeevan served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Lux Capital. Jeevan sold his first company, Sifteo, to 3D Robotics, where he eventually became the company’s President. Jeevan holds a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford and an MS from MIT, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Aleh Kandrashou Ph.D. is the CEO of Cuby Technologies, Inc. Cuby, a construction technology company, was founded in 2021 with almost 100,000 engineering hours before that, and it's setting the stage for commercializing hundreds of mobile micro-factories that erect on or near construction sites to enable developers to build better buildings with less labor. Aleh is a repeat deep-tech entrepreneur, physicist, and lean manufacturing expert who previously founded EnCata, the leading engineering catalyst for engineering startups in Eastern Europe. He also authored, The Human Vector, a book on scaling deep-tech teams.
Olive Tree Ventures
Jeremy Kaner is a General Partner at Olive Tree Ventures and Managing Director at Olive Tree Holdings. In his role, Jeremy oversees all of OTV’s investment activity, helps lead portfolio company management, helps lead the Strategic Partner Network, and is also a member of OTV’s Investment Committee. Before joining Olive Tree, Jeremy helped lead early-stage PropTech / ConTech investing at Tishman Speyer. Before joining Tishman Speyer, Jeremy helped launch Picus Capital in the Americas and helped lead their early-stage PropTech / ConTech investing efforts. Prior to moving into the VC space, Jeremy helped found the PropTech & ConTech Investment Banking group at Barclays, where he advised category-leading PropTech / ConTech companies. Jeremy started his career in the Real Estate Investment Banking group at Barclays after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Economics.
Goodwin Procter LLC
Minta Kay, Partner and Leader of Goodwin’s Proptech Group, is focused on supporting her clients in the converging area of Proptech, driving strategy to effectively help her clients navigate their business goals and challenges. Minta advises funds, companies and investors on a wide range of matters, including formation, financing and capital raising, platform development, privacy and intellectual property matters. Many of the groups she works with are developing their own sustainability goals that involve matters focusing on carbon neutrality and accounting, construction means and methods, a community’s health journey and more. Minta is heavily involved in a variety of Proptech industry organizations, and has been quoted in several leading publications. She also currently serves on the CREtech Leadership Board and ULI’s Global Exchange Council. Minta’s understanding of the importance of connecting real estate, the environment and technology, paired with her collaborative nature, allows for natural synergy focused on achieving shared goals.
Martin oversees Blueprint which is most famous for the Blueprint Vegas event that brings
together innovators across real estate, construction and climate tech relating to the built world. He is spearheading the efforts to shine a light on people, technology and projects that are impacting the future of this sector. Before joining Blueprint in 2022, Martin was Managing Director at Context365, a leading alternative investment technology platform and led the business development efforts until it was acquired by Apex. Martin started his career in London before moving to New York in 2010 and subsequently becoming Managing Director - Americas for Terrapinn, a leading global B2B Media business. He has also held roles as one of the Founding Members of the Great British Business Club Committee for UK Trade & Investment and other advisory positions.
Chief Business Officer, Americas,
Kyle Keogh is the Chief Business Officer, Americas at Cover Genius, the insurtech for embedded protection. Cover Genius protects the customers of the world’s largest digital companies, including Booking Holdings and Intuit. XCover, its global distribution platform, is also available at Amazon, eBay, Flipkart and Shopee. In his role, Kyle oversees P&L, business operations and strategic planning across Cover Genius’ North American and Latin American regions. Prior to Cover Genius, Kyle spent more than a decade in numerous leadership positions at Google working with clients to drive sales, improve their brand and maximize product launches. Before that, Kyle was a Director of Business Transformation at IBM, and he started his career serving technology and telecom clients at McKinsey & Co. and JP Morgan. Kyle earned a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College, studied at the London School of Economics, earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and received an MBA from Dartmouth College. He plays an active role educating and mentoring the next generation of MBA students as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and serves on the Board of Chautauqua Institution.
Lynette Keyowski brings over 15 years of experience in executive leadership in North American real estate, in both CEO and CTO capacities to her role as Managing Partner with REACH Canada.. As an entrepreneurial CEO and executive professional, Lynette’s focus is advancing innovation in both organizations and technology in the real estate sector through collaboration and trust.
She first mentored for REACH in 2014; spearheaded groundbreaking industry initiatives across Canada; has been a strategic advisor to national and international real estate corporates; and led the Canadian expansion of the global award-winning REACH scaleup program in 2020. In 2021, she was named a RISMedia Trailblazer for her role in the REACH global expansion, and is currently a Finalist for the Universal Women’s Network 2023 Woman of Inspiration Award.
Oaktree Real Estate
Since joining Oaktree in 2008, Mr. Kim has been involved in the sourcing, analysis, execution and asset management of various real estate investments for Oaktree’s Real Estate strategy. His focus has been on commercial and residential investments including office, industrial, hotel and home building assets located in the western United States. Prior to joining Oaktree, Mr. Kim was an analyst in the real estate investment banking group at Banc of America advising real estate companies on M&A and capital raising transactions. Mr. Kim received a B.A. degree in economics with honors from the University of California, Berkeley.
CEO & Founder,
Pat is the Founder and CEO of Notarize, the pioneer in online notarization. Pat was previously a partner at Polaris Partners. Before joining Polaris and founding Notarize, Pat was a co-founder & CEO of Spindle until it was acquired by Twitter in June 2013. Prior to Spindle, Pat was at Microsoft incubating new concepts and bringing them to market. Pat serves on the board of Lob and was the lead investor in Drizly. Based in Boston, Pat serves as a mentor at the Harvard Innovation Lab and committed to helping the entrepreneurial community.
Jonathan is a seasoned innovator with a proven record in integrating technology and fostering innovation. His journey spans across media, thought leadership, and emerging technology with esteemed organizations such as The New York Observer, Gigaom, and GeoCV. Now, he lends his expertise to the dynamic PropTech sector.
As the driving force and Managing Director behind PropTech Consulting, Jonathan excels at harmonizing future-oriented insights with strategic business planning. PropTech Consulting is a trailblazer in bridging the divide between real estate and technology, offering strategic growth advisory services along with tailored digital twin concierge solutions.
Dealing with a diverse range of clients from property developers and operators to startups and investors, PropTech Consulting stands out in its ability to enhance efficiency, amplify acquisitions, and escalate revenue throughout all stages of the real estate lifecycle.
Jonathan is an alumnus of Indiana University at Bloomington, holding a BS in Public and Environmental Affairs, and New York University, where he earned an Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Marketing. His extensive experience and deep understanding of the field position him as a respected authority in the PropTech industry.
Proptech Angel Group
Matt Knight is a PropTech investor focused on commercial and multifamily technology. He is the founder of the largest angel group in the world focused exclusively on technology in real estate, the PropTech Angel Group. He also actively works with a few institutional owners of real estate on building an investment and piloting strategy around emerging technologies. Matt was formerly a General Partner at Shadow Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on construction and real estate technology. Matt was responsible for capital raising and formation as well as deal sourcing and underwriting. During his time at Shadow, Matt also built an incubator, an accelerator, and an annual event known as Shadow Summit. Matt often speaks and writes about emerging trends or false narratives in PropTech via The Vertical newsletter.
CEO & President,
A globally recognized sustainability leader, Adam Kramer is the CEO of nZero, the world's leading carbon management and accounting platform. Prior to nZero, Adam was Executive Vice President of Strategy at Switch (NYSE: SWCH), where he led the sustainability group overseeing the company’s transition in 2016 to 100-percent renewable energy use by developing the largest behind-the-meter solar and storage project in the world.
Real Estate Editor,
Lance Lambert is the real estate editor at Fortune Magazine. He also writes the Fortune Analytics newsletter, and reports on topics ranging from the future of work to the housing market. He previously worked as a data journalist at Bloomberg Businessweek, Realtor.com, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He has a degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati.
Director Of Innovation And Portfolio Strategy,
Ryan LaRue is a member of Barings Real Estate, a global real estate platform with extensive capabilities across both debt and equity strategies. Ryan is Director, Innovation and Portfolio Strategy, responsible for identifying innovative investment strategies across the U.S. Real Estate platform and fund complex with a particular focus on innovation and targeted capital deployment into prop tech, niche product types and emerging market locations. Ryan has worked in the industry since 2015. Prior to his current role, Ryan was a critical member of the Barings Real Estate Research team and most recently covered the U.S. multifamily and hotel property sectors.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Considered one of the most influential women in robotics, Dr. Tessa Lau is an award-winning CEO and roboticist whose most recent venture, Dusty Robotics, is revolutionizing the construction industry. Dusty automates the BIM-to-field layout process through a robotic FieldPrinter, eliminating costly errors and speeding up construction schedules. Prior to Dusty Robotics, Dr. Lau was co-founder, CTO, and Chief Robot Whisperer at Savioke (Relay) Robotics, where she automated hotel delivery and orchestrated the global distribution and management of consumer-facing robots. Dr. Lau was also an early member of Willow Garage, the legendary research lab and technology incubator known as one of the most influential forces in modern robotics. Though closing its doors in 2014, Willow Garage is responsible for the creation of an open-source robot operating system that's still being used by academics, engineers, and hobbyists around the world today. Dr. Lau is a frequent speaker at business, technology, and construction conferences and has received numerous awards, including 2023 Construction Dive's Up and Coming Women in Construction, Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence, SVR's Innovation Award, and the Award for Excellence from the Association of Computer Machinery. Currently living in Silicon Valley, Dr. Lau holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington.
CEO & Founder,
Jindou Lee is the CEO and co-founder of HappyCo, a software company that builds mobile and cloud solutions to enable real-time property operations. Prior to his current role, Jindou also founded and exited two previous tech companies. Jindou graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Communications (Design) and subsequently worked for Midway Games where he led the User Interface team to work on classic titles such as Mortal Kombat, Gauntlet, and Dukes of Hazard. Besides his love for technology, Jindou is also an avid real estate investor and enjoys spending time with his family.
Ryan is an investor at Heartland Ventures. In this role at Heartland, Ryan manages deal sourcing, due diligence, and co-investor relations. Prior to joining Heartland, Ryan invested across InsurTech, PropTech, and FinTech at Nationwide Ventures. Ryan is passionate about bridging the gap between best-in-class technology startups and Heartland's roster of Midwest business partners.
Brick & Mortar Ventures
Alice started her career in the AEC industry with DPR Construction in the San Francisco Bay Area building UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. She led the Bay Area Skunkworks group and implemented various construction technologies on project sites. In April 2016, Alice relocated to Singapore to help start up the Southeast Asia HQ for DPR Construction as the resident BIM/VDC and construction technology expert and worked on data center projects. She was part of various workgroups led by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA), was a part-time lecturer for the BCA Academy BIM Management Certification Course, taught BIM courses for RICS and spoke at various conferences in the region. She joined the Digital Built Environment Institute(DBEI) organizing committee whilst in Asia and is now part of the DBEI North America Committee since her relocation back to San Francisco. After realizing the slow pace of digitization in the construction industry, Alice joined the Brick & Mortar Ventures team to work with startups that want to disrupt the way we design, construct and maintain the built world. Alice holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University where she was on the Formula SAE racecar team and worked in a materials science lab researching lead-free piezoelectrics.
Nate is an investor and advisor to PropTech companies, and was previously a Managing Director at Parker89, overseeing venture capital investments for First American Financial (NYSE: FAF). He was also at BCG Digital Ventures where he advised Fortune 500 C-suite teams in mortgage, real estate, and financial services on digital strategy and new business creation, including launching the digital closing company Endpoint for First American.
Prior to BCG, Nate was an investor at Primera Capital (seed backer of Fandango, Houzz, Chegg, and VMware) where he made early-stage venture investments and worked closely with portfolio companies on product strategy. Nate began his career as an operator, leading product management at four startup companies in telecom, database design, cybersecurity, and enterprise SaaS.
Nate has a Masters in History from Oxford and a Bachelors in International Studies from Johns Hopkins.
SVP, Chief Information Officer,
Urban Edge Properties
Cecilia Li, Chief Information Officer, serves as a strategic partner to the executive management delivering vision, critical analyses, and recommendations. With over 20 years of experience with a focus on customer service and digital transformation, she leads the strategy and implementation of their technology operations and aims to deliver continuous and impactful solutions to the business. You will often find her speaking on relevant topics related to innovation, business intelligence, cybersecurity, and operations optimization. She plays an active role in bettering the built environment; She served as the Co-Chair for Realcomm, is a Board Member of Real Estate Cyber Consortium (RECC), is the recipient of several awards in the industry and mentors aspiring IT professionals.
CEO & Founder,
Brian is a two-time Founder and CEO with expertise leading growth-stage data analytics and technology companies. Brian is the CEO & Founder of Markerr, a data analytics company serving institutional investors, owners and operators of commercial real estate. Brian was previously Cofounder & CEO of 7Park Data, founded in 2012 in NYC. In December 2018, 7Park was acquired by Vista Equity Partners. After two years as a Vista portfolio company, 7Park was acquired by Apptio in January 2021. Brian has held senior leadership roles at MasterCard, Majestic Research, and HyperFeed Technologies. His career began at BDO Seidman during which he earned his CPA designation. Brian received his BA in accounting from North Central College where he was also Captain and 4-year letter winner in the Baseball program.
VP, Operations & Products,
Colin came to Mycocycle in 2022 from Continuus Materials, a circular waste-to-value manufacturer that uses paper and plastic waste to manufacture building products. He has a strong background in product and brand management, having launched several innovative products to market during his time at James Hardie Building Products and the Kraft Heinz Company. As Vice President of Product Development, he will lead the rollout of Mycocycle's solutions to the broader market. Colin earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Syracuse University, an M.S. in structural engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A in marketing and strategy from the University of Michigan.
CEO & Founder,
Matthew Lloyd, Founder & CEO of Smartplan. Matthew recently left Google to bring his product to market, a product that is revolutionizing the test-fit process for leasing teams and building owners. In short, Smartplan uses a subset of AI to automate and streamline the tedious process of completing a test-fit, so you can now generate multiple test-fits instantaneously, at 10% of the cost while removing all of the back and forth that currently takes place with the architect. Think ChatGPT for test-fits. Matthew brings almost 15 years of architectural experience to this product, after encountering the same, repeatable, manual motions of being an Architect, day in, and day out, both in the US, Australia, Japan and UK, he quickly discovered there has to be a better way to solve for this almost century-old industry paradigm. So in 2019, he began working on Smartplan.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Austin Lo is founder and CEO of Peek, whose mission is to create a better way to find a home. Prior to launching Peek in 2019, Austin worked at an investment fund, creating data-driven models to invest in e-commerce and internet platforms. He is also a licensed New York Real Estate Salesperson and a lifelong photography enthusiast–both of which sparked his interest in leveraging 3D virtualization technology to bring the e-commerce experience to finding a home. Austin is a graduate of Columbia University’s engineering school.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Camilo Lopez is a visionary tech company CEO with a distinguished background in luxury real estate videography spanning over a decade. Armed with a wealth of experience in crafting compelling video and marketing assets,Camilo is currently disrupting and democratizing the real estate video market through his groundbreaking venture in prop tech INFINITE CREATOR, making high-quality visual content accessible to all in the industry and beyond.
Ivory Innovations is a nonprofit dedicated to shining a light on innovative solutions in housing affordability. Jenna leads the team as Co-Managing Director, including managing partnerships and supporting the 120+ past finalists and winners of the Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability. Prior to her work with housing, she led innovation efforts at Hilton and launched the Diversity & Inclusion practice at CEB, now Gartner. She received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.
Sr. Director, Strategic Investments,
David Madrid is an architect-turned-investor and operator with a successful track record of partnerships, business building, theme development, sourcing, investment, and portfolio management. As a direct (real estate and technology) and indirect (fund and co-investment) investor, he has been responsible for developing relationships with operators, structuring investments, overseeing the management of investment strategies, and expanding the capital base. As an operator, he has been responsible for building and launching new strategic business lines to deliver incremental value, including P&L responsibility and key infrastructure to support scaling the business. As a former architect, he worked on some of the first LEED-certified multifamily projects.
Innovation & R&D Lead,
Tristen Magallanes serves as DPR Construction’s innovation R&D leader. In 23 years working in the construction industry, Tristen has worked in a variety of capacities including operations, estimating, project support, innovation and now research and development. The daughter of a carpenter, her passion has always centered with tradespeople and creating the most effective, efficient, and safe environment possible. Through her work in innovation, Tristen has played key roles on teams leading the way in prefabrication, automation, robotics, and custom tool fabrication. She holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and BS in Psychology. Outside of work, you can find her training her three cattle dogs, tending her chickens and managing a local Armored Combat team.
CEO & Co-Founder,
RJ Mahadev is Founder-CEO of RaaP, helping reshape the construction industry through a marketplace and technology platform that speeds up the offsite prefabrication of affordable rooms using productized designs, digital workflows and AI. Mr. Mahadev has 20+ years of experience as an executive and tech investor, helping construction companies, smart cities and manufacturing organizations address complex technology and business integration challenges.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Mike is the Co-Founder and CEO at Newfound. He drives the company’s vision, strategy, culture, and growth. As a former Naval Officer, Mike believes leadership is what separates the good from the great. A serial real estate entrepreneur with experience in coworking, brokerage, and incubation, Mike is passionate about the paradigm shift taking place in all aspects of real estate. Mike received a B.S. in American Politics and Law from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA in Real Estate, Finance, and International Business from the DiLella Center for Real Estate at the Villanova University School of Business.
Shawn Mahoney is a Senior Advisor at RET Ventures, one of the largest real venture capital firms focused on real estate technology. Prior to joining RET, Shawn spent twenty years as CIO and CTO at GID, where his responsibilities and expertise encompassed real estate technology, operations, finance and development. Shawn has been active in real estate technology initiatives including NMHC Optech and is a frequent contributor at trade industry events. Prior to GID, Shawn was CIO of AEW Capital Management, Controller of a real estate development and syndication firm, and a financial services industry management consultant. He served on the Board of Trustees and as Finance Committee Chairperson for a Boston area college.
VP, Standardization & Process Improvement,
Essex Property Trust
Mr. Maltz currently serves as the Company’s Vice President of Standardization, Process Improvement and Operations Technology. He was previously part of Essex’s Finance team as Asset Manager from 2013 to 2015. Most recently, Steve served as the COO overseeing a network of 32 Jamba Juice locations. He also served as an Equity Research Associate for Jefferies & Co. covering the Specialty Finance sector and as an Audit Associate for KPMG LLP.
Daren Marrom is a managing director and Head of Real Estate Asset Management at Angelo Gordon. He oversees the real estate valuations process and innovation projects across the real estate strategy, including product selection and implementation. Daren started his career at KPMG in the Financial Services practice and also worked at Fortress Investment Group within the Credit Opportunities Fund strategy. Daren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics from Binghamton University.
Michael Martin is Co-Founder of Avenue 8, where he draws from his background in product design and finance and a keen understanding of how to inspire and build teams. Prior to Avenue 8, Michael spent nearly a decade as Managing Partner of Code and Theory, where he scaled the team from 50 to 500, while being named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World. Michael leverages his background in private equity at Apollo Global Management, and in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. Michael graduated with High Honors from Dartmouth College and lives in New York.
With over 20 years of settlement experience, Scott is a leader at the forefront of real estate’s digital transformation. Early in his career, Scott joined First American’s finance organization and quickly rose to oversee the company’s finance operations across the US. He later served in a variety of operational and technology leadership roles before going on to lead the company’s efforts to digitize the closing process — including the innovation sprint that created Endpoint. Drawn to Endpoint’s mission and the challenge of integrating technology into a people-driven business, Scott became Endpoint’s CEO when it launched in 2018. Raised in Southern California, Scott earned a bachelor's degree in business from Chapman University, where he played soccer, and later graduated with an MBA from Pepperdine University. He currently resides in Orange County with his wife, Tiffany; three kids, Bella, Hayleigh, and Brayden; and their dog, Dobby.
Stefan Martinovic is a seasoned innovator with domain expertise in real estate, economic development, technology and investment management. Previously, Stefan was Vice President of Business Development and owned the strategy roadmap at Placer.ai, a $1B location analytics technology company serving over 2,000 commercial real estate, retail, and government industries with site selection, foot traffic and human mobility insights based on aggregated mobile location data. He served as Vice President of Investments at Midwood, a fully-integrated owner-developer with a $2 billion dollar portfolio of 140+ properties across 10 states and a mixed-use development pipeline of several million square feet. Stefan was the Real Estate Board of New York’s first-ever Director of Innovation, where he launched NYC's authoritative Multiple Listing Service which serves 12,000 members from 600 of the City’s most prestigious firms. As an entrepreneur, he founded and served as CEO of Create, a venture backed software startup which pioneered property data and 3D maps for the real estate industry, serving over 10,000 users in the Washington DC metro. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Technology & Innovation Council and an investor / advisor to over a dozen real estate tech startups. He holds an MBA in Finance from The College of William & Mary, a BBA in Finance from Seton Hall University.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Liza is the CEO and co-founder of Gable, a hybrid workforce management solution platform that helps workplace and people teams to focus on building company culture, optimizing and cutting real estate costs, and gaining insights and analytics to help manage their distributed workforce. With over 1800+ network of flex workspaces, and a cost effective pay-as-you-go model, companies save over 50% of their real estate costs, while getting one platform to manage it all. Prior to Gable, Liza held various engineering and product management roles at Microsoft and served as a captain in the Israeli intelligence unit (8200). She holds a dual degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the Stanford GSB.
CEO & Ounder,
After moving 8 times in 10 years and organizing volunteer neighborhood trash clean-ups, I traded my pro sports career for climate tech. Leveraging my own experiences dealing with unwanted furniture, team building, and early-stage start-ups, I co-founded Rego to build a better solution for our world’s unwanted furniture. Rego reflects my passion to make it easy and affordable to build environmentally sustainable cities worldwide, because sustainable cities help give people and businesses the confidence to thrive.
CEO & Founder,
Brian McCarthy is the CEO& Founder of RIoT Technology as well as the Co-Owner of Abrazo Homes, a production homebuilder in Albuquerque, NM. Brian has built over 5,000 homes in 22 years and Abrazo Homes has grown to $65M in revenue while racking up numerous awards for excellence in homebuilding. RIoT Technology's mission is to be the 'Teslaficiation' of New Homes.
VP Of Proptech,
Starwood Capital Group
Leander is a Vice President and Head of PropTech at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Leander is responsible for overseeing Starwood Capital’s PropTech investment and implementation activities.
Head Of Sustainability,
Heather McGeory is the Head of Climate and ESG Partnerships at Fifth Wall, where she focuses on ESG and decarbonization strategies across Fifth Wall's funds. Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Heather was the Global Practice Lead on Climate at APCO, a public affairs consultancy and the Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder of the We Mean Business Coalition. She also has advised a number of climate startups on voluntary carbon markets, electric vehicle infrastructure, and net-zero building materials. She started her career at the NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies working on atmospheric carbon and its effect on agricultural crops and food security. Heather was born and currently resides in New York. She graduated from Barnard College with a Bachelor of Arts in religion and Columbia University with a Masters of International Affairs.
CEO & Founder,
Jay is the Founder and CEO of Lessen, a property services marketplace. Previously, Jay founded one of the earliest institutional SFR platforms, Colony Homes, which later became Starwood Waypoint Homes. Jay also serves as an advisory board member for Avant Stay and Elevation Energy Solutions.
Taurus Investment Holdings
Peter Merrigan is the Chief Executive Officer of Taurus Investment Holdings LLC, a global real estate private equity firm with a focus on strategic investments into value-add, core-plus, and development opportunities. As CEO and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee, Peter defines and guides Taurus in developing and executing investment strategies across the US and internationally. Peter received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Charlie Miller has worked for over 20 years at the intersection of digital and physical, creating experiences, leading cross-disciplinary teams, and developing new digital products for commercial real estate, hospitality, and leading brands. As VP Innovation & Digital Experience, Charlie leads Brookfield’s digital master planning program, focused on enabling frictionless consumer experiences and developing smart strategies for digital infrastructure investment across Brookfield’s global real estate portfolio. With a passion for user-centered design and extensive experience in digital infrastructure, Charlie has deep knowledge of deploying emerging technologies at scale within the built environment.
Ginny oversees venture investing and 1SV platform strategies. Prior to 1SV, Ginny led Ventures at Jamestown, a $12Bn real estate private equity firm. She has also worked on real estate technology initiatives at Apple, Fifth Wall Ventures, and Harvard University after starting her career in product design. Ginny received her MBA from Harvard Business School and studied Engineering at Dartmouth.
Michael Mintz is the founder and CEO of MD Squared Property Group a real estate advisory, property management and investment firm managing over 150 buildings and 3500 units in New York, Connecticut and Oklahoma. Michael and his team also provide due diligence, DHCR, HPD and rent stabilization consulting services including tenant relocation and buyout services. Since founding MD2 in 2014 Michael has syndicated multiple investments in NYC, Oklahoma and Connecticut ranging from Manhattan value-add deals, affordable housing in the Bronx and Oklahoma and office and industrial lease up projects in Connecticut. Michael currently lives on the Upper West Side but is originally from Minneapolis, MN and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007 with a bachelor’s in economics. Michael is an active lay leader within multiple philanthropies including the Jewish National Fund, UJA Federation of NY, AIPAC, Natal and The Riverside Park Conservancy.
Deepak is an Investor at Avanta Ventures, the Venture Capital arm of CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer. He invests in Insurance and Risk-adjacent companies including Climate, Proptech and Fintech. Prior to joining Avanta Ventures, Deepak was an Investor at MS&AD Ventures, where focused on investing in Insurtech, Fintech, and Supply Chain. He also brings experience from Scout Ventures, Amazon, Capgemini Consulting, Capco, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Deepak received his BA in Mathematics with minors in Statistics and Economics. He earned his MBA at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
The Moinian Group
Mitchell Moinian is Principal of The Moinian Group, one of the country’s largest as well as most active property owners and developers in major cities across the United States. Mitchell plays an integral role in the day-to-day operations of The Moinian Group, specifically in achieving internal / external growth goals, contributing to the advancement of the company’s most significant projects, and securing as well as increasing their development and acquisition pipeline. Mitchell leads Currency M, the firm’s VC arm, investing in plus-a dozen innovative brands. He is a REBNY, UJA Real Estate Executives Committee and Stefan For Life Foundation member.
Managing Partner & Founder,
Overlay Capital Build
Julieta Moradei is a structural engineer and architect, turned social entrepreneur, and venture capitalist investing in early-stage startups mitigating the biggest barriers in the built environment. Her unique path from technical design to VC, from Argentinian-native to digital nomad, has led her to hyperfocus on innovation in the construction industry, and empowering entrepreneurs through catalytic partnerships for the past decade.
Her career path ranges from technical engineering to venture capital: from structural engineering at Disney and Arup, to creating an R&D team to mitigate the biggest barriers in the housing crisis, to then launching and managing a venture capital firm investing in construction technology. As the 1st minority-female-led VC fund in construction, she launched Hometeam VC. As a founding member and former Partner of Hometeam Ventures, Julieta launched, fundraised, and managed operations of the venture fund investing in early-stage start-ups bringing breakthrough technology to the world's largest - but least innovative - industries: construction and housing. This was a spin-off from New Story (YCombinator) which was kickstarted and led as Head of R&D, building over 3,000 homes across Latin America. In 2018, they were ICON's first investor for the world's first 3D printed housing technology; in 2022, ICON raised its Series B with a $2B valuation and has partnerships with NASA, HUD, etc. Here is their press launch video, and here is the link to their Apple TV+ documentary.
SVP, Head Of Data Science & Research,
Paul Morgan joined Carmel in 2023 as a Senior Vice President, Head of Data Science & Research, and a voting member of the Investment Committee. He leads a department that combines innovative techniques in data science and proprietary research to drive differentiated insights for Carmel’s investment strategy. Mr. Morgan was previously at Essex Property Trust (ESS) where he spent six years, most recently as a Senior Vice President and Head of Portfolio Strategy & Analytics. At Essex, he built a department responsible for portfolio strategy leveraging advanced predictive analytics, and previously created and led the company’s Data Science division and its Analytics Academy. Paul brings a deep background in real estate research and data analytics and has held senior research roles over two decades on Wall Street including Morgan Stanley where he served as the company’s U.S. Real Estate Strategist. Mr. Morgan began his career conducting economic research at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.
Director Of Research,
Brandywine Realty Trust
Stacey Mosley is the Director of Research at Brandywine Realty Trust, providing data driven market analysis, implementing new technologies to improve internal operations, and developing strategies to take on emerging industry trends. Stacey has spent her career at the intersection of data and real estate, developing solutions to efficiently identify redevelopment and leasing opportunities. After studying Manufacturing & Design Engineering at Northwestern University, Stacey applied her interest in products and process at the City of Philadelphia working on both the Vacant Property Strategy and Open Data Initiative before starting her own proptech company, Stepwise. Stacey is the co-chair of the Women's Leadership Initiative at the Philadelphia Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, a member of NAIOP’s national Visionaries program, and a recurring guest speaker at Drexel, Temple, and the University of Pennsylvania for courses in Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis.
CEO & Founder,
In 2019, Marcus Moufarrige left his family business, global flex space operator, Servcorp, where he served as COO. The same year he founded ility, and set out on a mission to digitise the real estate sector. In just three years, ility’s unique and disruptive approach has won success with clients including L&G and Centuria.
ility is real estate’s only no-code platform that connects new and legacy systems within buildings to allow businesses to build their own ‘drag and drop’ tech stack. ility’s middleware gives companies complete control over their technology, operations and offer, by using physical rights management
Dave Mullen is an investor at SVB Capital where he covers PropTech, Fintech, InsurTech, and ClimateTech for the platform’s direct investing strategy. In addition, Dave is an active advisor on business strategy and fundraising to founders throughout the ecosystem, informally and more formally in board advisor roles. In 2020, Dave founded the Emerging Venture Capital Association’s PropTech vertical, creating discourse and awareness of the ‘Built World’ in the tech ecosystem. Dave has been published on TechCrunch and via personal blog on Medium and is an advocate and liason to StartOut, serving on the programming board, championing inclusion events at SVB, and assisting with almost a dozen panels over the last few years for the organization.
Chief Operating Officer,
Frank Nau is the Chief Operating Officer and a dynamic leader at a forward-thinking company called Loop Global Inc. which was founded in 2019. Committed to driving the global transition to sustainable energy, the company specializes in providing turnkey EV infrastructure solutions that are accessible, affordable, and convenient for mass deployments. Frank strives to enhance every aspect of the organization's operations with a deep passion for continuous improvement, focusing on activities that generate the most value for customers. Before co-founding Loop with his business partner Dustin Cavanaugh, Frank established a successful career in business development and operations leadership roles, with particular expertise in electrical and mechanical construction. He first joined RenewAge in 2012 as Business Development Representative and grew to become co-owner and Chief Operation Officer thanks to his outstanding project management skills and commitment to customer relationships. Frank graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Management and a minor in Mechanical Engineering.
CEO & Founder,
Federico, the founder and CEO of CANOA, created the only design and procurement tool with an embedded marketplace for new and second-hand FF&E products for commercial interiors. Since launching 3 years ago, users have listed tens of 1,000s of products for resale allowing designers across the country real time visibility into inventory they never had access to before. He founded CANOA to address the environmental failings of his industry and will continue to work towards solving these issues throughout his career. Before CANOA, Federico was the Head of Design for WeWork, where he led their internal global design studio, consisting of more than 600 architects, interior designers, engineers, and other professionals. He joined WeWork in 2015 following their acquisition of CASE, his first startup, a digital design consultancy in New York City that focused on developing and implementing custom software tools for architects, engineers, and builders.
Climate Deals Reporter,
Alan Neuhauser is a reporter for Climate Deals, the daily newsletter from Axios Pro covering investment activity in low-carbon energy and climate tech. He also spearheads a Saturday morning feature on electric vehicles, "Climate Wheels." Alan lives within the Providence area with his wife as well as two-year-old daughter. Alan has been on the energy beat since 2014, and previously worked as a reporter in D.C., NYC, Park City, and New Jersey. Reach out anytime to talk climate investment — or restaurant tips, recipes, movies, or skiing.
Director Of Innovation, Diverge,
As the Director of Innovation for Diverge, Thai Nguyen is pioneering a new approach to sourcing, evaluating, and deploying disruptive solutions for the construction industry. With over 20 years of virtual design and construction experience, Thai’s vision is to leverage technology and collaboration to empower the AEC industry and build the future. Thai joined Hensel Phelps in 2006 as an engineer. As technology opportunities started to grow within the construction industry, Thai rose to the challenge, leading a team of virtual design and construction (VDC) engineers on one of the largest semi-conductor projects in the United States that created the foundation today for all things VDC within Hensel Phelps. No stranger to adventure and uncharted territory, Thai was tasked with developing and managing Hensel Phelps’ VDC program which quickly grew into an eighty-person-strong department. As the Director of Virtual Design and Construction, Thai drove innovation for Hensel Phelps, creating new technology systems, tools, and processes for one of the largest employee-owned general contracting firms in the nation. Today, Thai oversees the operations and development of Diverge, a Hensel Phelps’ innovation entity, where he discovers and fosters new technology within the construction industry. When Thai isn’t developing advanced solutions and nurturing a technology incubator, Thai enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, mountain biking and attempting to relive his extreme sport adventure days.
William O’Donnell is the Managing Director of Prologis Ventures, the innovation platform and venture capital arm of Prologis. With over 24 years of experience in real estate and technology he heads this group’s efforts to invest in cutting-edge technology for supply-chain logistics and real estate. In addition, he has private equity fund management expertise including capital raising, joint venture negotiation, asset management, work-outs, debt structuring and disposition. Mr. O’Donnell also has acquisition and development experience throughout Asia, Europe and North America.
Prior to joining AMB, Mr. O’Donnell was Director of Acquisition Solutions at Acxiom Impact a leading digital marketing company and a management consultant at Cambridge Technology Partners. Mr. O’Donnell received his Bachelors of Arts in English and Spanish from Duke University.
CEO & Co-Founder,
John Oamen is the Co-founder and CEO of LiveVend By CutStruct, a company dedicated to transforming Nigeria's construction industry using innovative technology and data-driven solutions. With a background in real estate and construction, John is passionate about promoting transparency and eliminating inefficiencies in the industry. Outside of his work at CutStruct, John is a mentor at Join The Journey, a US-based non-profit that supports female entrepreneurs, and a member of Premia Business Network, a community of thought leaders in business and innovation. In his free time, John coaches an AAU basketball team for boys aged 12-14 years old and prioritizes his family life with his wife Victoria and their two children.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Remen Okoruwa is the co-founder & CEO of Propify, a unified API helping teams dramatically reduce the cost to build & maintain property management software integrations. Propify is a graduate of Y Combinator's recent Winter 2023 cohort. Prior to Propify, Remen worked in product development at HubSpot and consulting at McKinsey.
Senior Climate & Real Estate Correspondent,
Diana Olick is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, currently serving as CNBC’s senior climate and real estate correspondent. She also contributes her climate and real estate expertise to NBC News NOW, MSNBC, NBC’s “Today” and “NBC Nightly News.” She is a regular guest speaker and does guest segments on NPR and C-SPAN. Her work on CNBC.com won the Gracie Award for “Outstanding Blog” in 2015. Soon after joining CNBC in 2002, Olick recognized the quick run-up in the housing market, fueled by investor flipping, and consequently launched the network’s real estate beat. She covers both commercial and residential real estate as well as the mortgage market. Olick was at the forefront of reporting on the housing boom, the subprime mortgage collapse, the resulting housing crash and the ongoing recovery. She also launched the real estate page on CNBC.com and is its primary author. In 2018, Olick envisioned a new series for the network called “Rising Risks,” which examines all aspects of the growing risk to real estate from climate change. The series grew beyond real estate and in 2021, Olick began covering climate full-time across all sectors. That same year, she covered the COP26 United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, reporting on government, corporate and private sector investments in the fight against climate change. In early 2022, Olick launched an additional climate series, Clean Start, which follows venture capital money into climate startups. The series airs weekly and has its own page on CNBC.com/clean-start. Prior to joining CNBC, Olick spent seven years as a correspondent for CBS News. Olick began her career as a local news reporter at WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine; WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and KIRO-TV in Seattle. She joined CBS in 1994 as a New York-based correspondent for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” and “The Early Show.” She also contributed pieces to “48 Hours” and “Sunday Morning.“ At CBS, Olick worked in the New York, Dallas and Washington, D.C. bureaus, covering such stories as the World Trade Center conspiracy trial, the crash of TWA Flight 800, the JonBenet Ramsey murder mystery and was the exclusive correspondent for the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols. She also took a temporary assignment in CBS’ Moscow bureau, where she chronicled the brief presidential campaign of Mikhail Gorbachev. Olick has a B.A. in comparative literature with a minor in soviet studies from Columbia College in NY and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.
CEO & Co-Founder,
As CEO of Versatile, Meirav is a visionary leader who brings passion, collaboration, and a never-quit attitude to everything she does. Before co-founding Versatile, she spent 10 years at Intel, spearheading BizOps and financial services, leading international projects with multicultural teams. She leads the Tel Aviv chapter of the Society for Construction Solutions (SCS). Under her leadership, Versatile became the first construction technology firm named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Meirav holds multiple degrees, including an Executive MBA, LL.M, and a BA in Economics & Management, and is a former Lieutenant of the Israeli Air Force.
Bernd Oswald is Co-Founder and Vice President Development & M&A at PropTech GROPYUS, a company dedicated to transforming the residential construction industry through serial, digitized timber construction to make it more sustainable. With GROPYUS, he is ushering in a new era by taking a service-oriented product approach and digitizing all processes.
Before founding GROPYUS, the mechanical engineer and lawyer held positions including COO at CREE Buildings, a specialist in wood hybrid construction, and Chief Technology Officer and COO at Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG, where he was responsible for the production of glulam products. Prior to this, he held positions as Managing Director at KLH Massivholz and Head of Operational Performance at Mondi Group.
Senior Director Of Emerging Technology,
Danielle O’Connell, Senior Director of Skanska USA’s Emerging Technology team, focuses on client engagement and delivering enhanced, project-specific technology solutions that provide the most value. Additionally, she works with Skanska’s leadership across the country to provide support and solutions that address the unique needs of each of its geographic regions and market sectors. Danielle is well suited for this role with 14 years in the industry, the majority of which were spent in the field as a BIM/VDC manager and project manager. Prior to joining Skanska, she worked for Massport to enable technology and BIM adoption across their projects. O’Connell brings a unique perspective from her experience working on the client and construction manager sides and understands the needs of both customers and builders. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Architecture and Design.
2-10 Home Buyers Warranty Group
Ryan O’Hara is the Chief Executive Officer of The 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty Group, a leading home warranty and insurance company for new home builders and residential homeowners. Previously, Mr. O’Hara served as the CEO of Shutterfly, Inc., a public image-sharing company. From 2015 to 2019, he served as the CEO of Move Inc., a leading real estate portal, which operates real estate websites, including Realtor.com. Mr. O’Hara has also served as a board member of REA Group Limited from 2017 to 2019, a $12 billion market cap real estate portal in Asia and India. Mr. O’Hara currently serves on two real estate boards of directors: OfferPad, an i-buying innovator and leader, and Inside Real Estate, the leading enterprise software solution for residential brokerages and the recent acquirer of BoomTown, the leading software package for agent teams. Ryan holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from The Harvard Business School.
Head Of Strategy & Real Estate,
Michael Palmer is the Head of Strategy and Real Estate for the Volumetric Building Companies ("VBC"), a global vertically integrated modular design, manufacturing, and construction company. Michael has spent the past 10+ years in construction innovation having worked in a variety of capacities at Agya Ventures, Sidewalk Labs, DuPont, and Dow Chemical. He is a licensed Architectural Engineer (P.E.), has a BS in Engineering from Penn State University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago (Booth).
HeightZero Real Estate
We offer a full service, step-by-step solution for real estate companies who want to leverage AI and Blockchain to increase effectiveness, efficiency, profitability and advance ahead of competition. Backed by 20 years of Real Estate and Development experience, we are the oldest independent advisory firm in the blockchain space to focus strictly on real estate.
Brick & Mortar VC
Kaustubh Pandya, P.E. is a Partner at Brick & Mortar Ventures, a global early stage investor in solutions for the built world. Prior to Brick & Mortar Ventures, Kaustubh was with McKinsey & Company advising engineering & construction firms, investors, construction technology providers, and owners. He also contributed to and co-authored research in construction technology at McKinsey. Before joining McKinsey & Co, he worked as a forensic structural engineer assessing catastrophic failures and improving building resilience. Kaustubh holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, a M.S. in Design Construction Integration from Stanford, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
National Mortgage News
Heidi is the editor in chief of National Mortgage News, a sister brand to American Banker, The Bond Buyer and Financial Planning at Arizent, previously known as SourceMedia. National Mortgage News is host to the annual Digital Mortgage Conference, taking place in 2023 at the Wynn Las Vegas from September 26 to 28. Prior to NMN, Heidi was an editor at residential and commercial real estate publication The Real Deal and also served as features editor at hyperlocal New York news site DNAInfo, where she oversaw coverage of the city's residential real estate market. With a Bachelors of Science from the College of Communication at Boston University, Heidi majored in film and later worked for celebrated cinéma vérité documentarian Frederick Wiseman. She also did stints as film editor at Metro Newspaper and UsWeekly.
Portfolio Manager, Real Estate,
Born and raised in northern Alberta, Canada, Anthony Patenaude joined Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) in 2018 as a Portfolio Manager, Real Estate. His responsibilities have included investing and oversight of commercial assets across Western Canada and the U.S.A., as well as a specific focus on sustainability/carbon intensity and related property technology. Prior to joining AIMCo, Anthony enjoyed seven years as an Asset Manager with Humford Management/Canderel West, focusing on a diverse portfolio across all asset classes. He began his career in commercial real estate in 1999 with Keith Fraser & Company, one of the original appraisal firms which eventually became Altus Group. Through 12 years with Altus Group, Anthony worked in multiple capacities including valuation and tax management across all asset classes. Anthony currently has an active role with industry organizations, including BOMA and REALPAC. At home, Anthony coaches his son and daughter in hockey and soccer, and cheers on his daughter in ski racing. His family enjoys camping and outdoor pursuits such as hiking, skiing, and cycling.
CEO & Founder,
Roman is the Founder and CEO of Kasa Living, which he founded in 2016 while attending the Stanford GSB. Roman’s experience spanned investing and operating across hospitality, real estate, and technology. He was an investor at KKR and Walton Street, and founded his first company as a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of Kasa, Roman is an avid skier, traveler, and reader.
Build Studio Director,
Zac Penix is an award-winning entrepreneur, angel investor, corporate strategist, inventor, pilot and company builder. In his current role as Build Studio Director at Tenney 110, he is leading a diverse team building new real estate tech solutions that bring peace of mind and value to every place called home. Prior to Tenney 110, Zac built several successful businesses in consumer electronics, family entertainment, renewable energy, robotics and information security. Zac is the four-time recipient of the International CES Innovation award, holds multiple utility patents, and has been a featured speaker before the US House of Representatives, AUVSI, RIMS and Commercial UAV.
Managing Partner & Founder,
Clelia Warburg Peters is the Managing Partner of Era Ventures, a venture capital firm she founded in 2022 to invest in innovative business models which reimagine the physical world. Until late 2021, Clelia was a Venture Partner at Bain Capital Ventures, supporting the firm’s Proptech practice and investments. Previously, she was a co-founding Partner at MetaProp, one of the foundational early stage Proptech venture funds. Clelia sits on the Board of Trustees for Side and Mynd Management, and is a Board Member for the real estate innovation-focused SPAC, Shelter. She co-moderates the Inman Conferences and previously served as the founding co-chair of REBNY’s RLS Board of Directors. Clelia was the President of Warburg Realty (now Coldwell Banker Warburg) from 2016 until its sale in 2021, where she worked alongside her father, CEO Frederick Warburg Peters. At Warburg, she was responsible for the firm’s business development and marketing strategies and for maintaining a focus on revenue growth. Clelia earned her undergraduate degree from Yale, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She previously worked with the Boston Consulting Group in London, and with the International Rescue Committee in Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Head Of Strategic Partnerships,
Paige Pitcher is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Moderne Ventures. Paige manages programming and relationships across the firm, focusing specifically on Moderne’s Corporate Innovation Advisory practice, Passport Program, and Portfolio Companies. Paige is a futurist, innovator, and intrapreneur with a decade's worth of experience in real estate development and corporate strategy. Previously, as Director of Hines Office of Innovation, she led and launched new strategic initiatives, including products, processes, and technologies that drive the industry forward. Prior to joining Hines, Paige co-founded a planning and development company that built half a million square feet designed to stabilize neighborhoods and transform lives.
Senior Director, Information Technology,
Mili Popat is a Senior Director at Tishman Speyer overseeing the firm’s global application and data strategy. She manages strategic projects and partnerships to advance innovation through the evaluation and adoption of new technologies as well as the strategic roadmap and support of existing technology. She graduated from New York University and began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers followed by IBM in their management consulting practice working for Fortune500 insurance companies and banks. Her specialties include ERP selection and implementation, business process transformation, project and change management. She brings consulting and client centric approaches to deliver technology solutions that aim to make a positive impact and enhance the employee and customer experience.
CEO & Co-Founder,
A former project executive in Google's real estate division, Jeral Poskey is changing how cities are built by driving value to large real estate developers. Swyft Cities lowers costs and increases yields in large developments by using a new form of transportation -- a lightweight cable that supplements other forms of transportation. As the railroads taught us, the real value of transportation is in the real estate, and Swyft Cities is spinning up a land banking fund to take advantage of the value we add.
Kendall Pretzer brings more than 30 years of experience in property management and supplier solutions to her role as the Chief Executive Officer at Grace Hill. Kendall joined Grace Hill, who brings together today's policies and procedures with the industry's top training with leading SaaS technology, in 2018 after Grace Hill purchased her company, The Strategic Solution. Today, she and Grace Hill champion making a positive impact in real estate. In recognition of her dedication to the industry, Kendall was recently named a GlobeSt. Woman of Influence and one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in US PE-Backed Software by Calibre One.
Principal & Chief Strategy Officer,
Do Good Make Money
Laura Probst is a marketing and sustainability thought leader for CPG, luxury, real estate and media brands, having led impact at The Honest Company and built award-winning purpose and ESG programs for Blackstone, Paramount, and Dermalogica, among others. In her current position as CEO of Do Good: Make Money, she has helped dozens of COOs, CMOs and product development teams reduce operating costs, increase revenue, and gain access to additional capital through philanthropy, risk mitigation, and community investment. She is passionate about workforce development and equipping talent from diverse backgrounds with critical soft skills for success. Laura was Head of Social Goodness for The Honest Company (2014-2017). At Honest, she led development of the brand’s research, education, government affairs, and thought leadership assets, helping to grow the company from $170M to over $300M in revenue and achieve its $1.7B valuation. Laura created and oversaw the Medical Advisory Board, and led all certification strategy, including Honest’s status as a certified B-Corporation. Working across Operations, Marketing, Product Development, Legal/Regulatory, Finance, and HR, Laura served as a member of the Executive Committee. Laura is a frequent speaker on purpose-driven marketing, sustainability, and strategic partnerships. She holds a JD from UCLA School of Law, and a BA from the University of Virginia.
CEO & Founder,
Scott is the CEO of Fortress Financial Technologies, a financial, regulatory and technology infrastructure provider for Web3 innovators. Fortress provides B2B-focused, API-driven payments, compliance, embedable wallets, and minting for fungible and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Prior to Fortress, Scott founded Prime Trust and FundAmerica, providing financial services to securities and crypto-exchange firms globally. As the nascent NFT and crypto industry takes shape, Scott brings considerable experience in financial services and web-technology. In 1988 he founded a trust company that managed fixed income instruments for institutional investors, which he sold to a regional bank, and in 1994 he founded Epoch Networks, one of the world's first commercial internet service providers. As a founding Board member of the Commercial Internet eXchange (CIX), he often represented the then-nascent industry before Congress and the FCC. In 1999 Scott founded OnAir Networks and built the first music storage, streaming and downloading services for Sony and Universal. During this time he was retained by the Recording Industry Association of America to advise them on internet technology issues and copyright matters, and to represent the industry before Congress.
Momei Qu is a Managing Director at PSP Growth, and leads PSP’s venture capital and growth equity initiatives. PSP Growth has invested in over 20 businesses since its founding in 2018 including OpenSpace, VTS, HouseCanary, Rheaply, and Pronto Housing. Prior to joining PSP Growth, Momei was a Vice President at Baird Capital where she invested in healthcare and technology companies. Prior to Baird, she was at Independence Equity (IE), a technology focused venture capital firm. Momei started her career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co. She earned a BS in Computer Engineering and a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently serves on the Board of The Goldie Initiative, an organization dedicated to elevating the careers of high potential women in real estate, and on the Board of CRETI (Center for Real Estate Technology and Innovation).
Director Of Ventures,
Anvesh is a Director, Ventures at Crow Holdings where he co-leads the firm’s venture and technology investments. Anvesh has spent nearly a decade in venture investments and value creation strategy, and has been investing at the intersection of real estate and technology over the last 6+ years. He currently also serves as a Mentor at Reach Canada Accelerator and at Colliers PropTech Techstars Program. Prior to joining Crow Holdings, Anvesh was a Principal at Greensoil PropTech Ventures, where he was jointly responsible for deal execution and working with portfolio companies on corporate strategy, fundraising and strategic partnerships. Anvesh holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy and has a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science.
Co-Chair & Founder,
Spencer Rascoff is an entrepreneur and company leader who co-founded Zillow, Hotwire, dot.LA, Pacaso, Recon Food, Queue and Supernova, and who served as Zillow's CEO for a decade. Spencer is an active angel investor and is starting new companies through his Los Angeles startup studio “75 & Sunny.” Spencer is co-chair of Supernova, a family of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) which have raised over $1 billion in capital. He is also on the Board of Directors of Palantir. Spencer teaches a Harvard University course, “Startups from Ideation to Exit,” and co-created and co-taught the “Managing Tech Ventures'' course at Harvard Business School. Spencer is the host of "Office Hours,” a podcast featuring candid conversations between prominent executives on leadership, diversity and inclusion, and startups.
CEO & Founder,
KP Reddy is the Founder and CEO of Shadow Ventures and a prominent figure in the world of technology and innovation. With a background in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, KP has become a global authority in AEC environments, AI, robotics, automation, mobile applications, and cloud computing. He is the author of the definitive guide to Building Information Modeling, “BIM for Building Owners and Developers.” KP’s extensive experience includes founding and exiting three technology companies to NASDAQ, NYSE, and privately held futures, running Enterprise Transformation at Gehry Technologies and being the General Manager of ATDC at Georgia Tech, one of the oldest technology incubators in the country. A few major events where KP has appeared on stage are Autodesk University, SXSW, TechCrunch Disrupt, NYC Building Congress, Foreign Direct Investment World Forum, and BuiltWorlds. He’s a frequent lecturer at universities including NYU’s Stern School of Business, Georgia Tech, Columbia University, and Harvard GSD.
Sr Director Strategic Business Development,
With a combined 20 years of experience in construction and technology, Sasha Reed is known industry-wide as a “conversation facilitator”. Reed has hosted roundtables, panel discussions and podcasts, while creating platforms to spark meaningful conversations across the globe. As Sr Director, Strategic Business Development, she focuses on partnerships that maximize Procore’s impact on the construction industry, beyond product development.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Katy has over 30 years of experience in investment banking, private equity, corporate strategy, and
operational executive management. Prior to founding Shibusa Systems, Katy founded and managed
her own real estate development company where she led the design and development of 16
Powerhouse (75,000sf) in Sacramento, CA - the first NZE, LEED Platinum mixed-use development
to deliver greater than 40% IRR. Prior to that, Katy was CFO for Lighting Science, a publicly traded
LED lighting company and worked for Pegasus Capital Advisors in private equity. Katy spent nearly
15 years in her early career working for Merrill Lynch International in investment banking,
corporate strategy, and wealth management.
Chairman, President & CEO,
St. Louis Development Corporation
Neal Richardson is the President & CEO of St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC), the independent economic development agency serving the City of St. Louis, Mo. Since taking SLDC’s lead role in June 2021, Neal’s focus has been on intentionally implementing city-wide economic development activities aimed at creating equitable economic opportunity for all St. Louis residents, businesses and neighborhoods to thrive.
Neal earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Webster University. Prior to joining SLDC, his professional experience included over 15 years in the real estate finance and community development industry.
CEO & Founder,
Graham Rihn is the Founder and CEO of RoadRunner Recycling, a modern, fully-managed sustainable waste management service leveraging proprietary technology, for enterprises and mid-market businesses. Providing the necessary vision and execution framework, Graham has bolstered the company’s continued success in its mission to reinvent recycling in the United States. Prior to creating RoadRunner Recycling, Graham served as the Co-founder and President at Sequoia Waste Solutions. Graham’s leadership has grown RoadRunner Recycling to see over $149 million in capital raised, growth to a workforce of over 500 employees, nationwide expansion, and the acquisition of waste metering technology to assist with future improvements. In 2023, Graham was honored with Waste360's Changemaker Award, which recognizes leaders who are creating real, meaningful, positive change for the waste and recycling industry.
Director Of Transactions,
The Durst Organization
Jason Risorto is a Director of Transactions at The Durst Organization. Jason oversees Durst Ventures, a strategic investment portfolio that includes a corporate venture capital arm. Durst Ventures is dedicated to seeking innovative solutions in the design, construction, leasing, and operation of buildings, with the goal of delivering an elevated level of service to tenants as well as residents. Jason's professional background at such renowned companies as AmTrust Realty, UBS, and JP Morgan, has equipped him with a wealth of experience in diverse areas of real estate. His expertise spans domains including acquisitions, development, financing, asset management, dispositions, and investments in public equity. Jason actively engages in the PropTech industry via his participation in ULI New York's Real Estate Tech and Innovation Council and his role on REBNY's Tech Steering Committee. Jason holds a degree in Economics and Finance from Bentley University.
CEO & President,
Craig Robins is an entrepreneur, real estate developer, and art collector based in Miami, Florida. As the CEO and President of Dacra, the real estate development company he founded in 1987, Robins focuses on developing creative, sustainable communities that integrate art, design, and architecture to accelerate asset value creation and enrich urban life. Robins has spearheaded some of the most successful and transformative commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects in Miami’s history, including South Beach, the Lincoln Road area, Allison Island, and the Miami Design District. The latter is an 18-square block neighborhood dedicated to fashion, design, and art that incorporates the work of emerging and established architects, site-specific public art, and stores by the world’s most significant luxury brands. The Miami Design District is the first LEED-certified Gold Built Version 4 Neighborhood in the world. As an individual investor, Robins is focused is on early-stage investment in digital first brands and disruptive technologies — many of which have sustainability at the forefront.
Tom Rockford is a Vice President within the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging Group at Barclays where he helps to lead PropTech Coverage. Based in New York, Tom has spent over 6+ years providing M&A advisory services and raising equity and debt for public and private companies across various real estate sectors. Since the launch of the PropTech coverage effort in 2018, Tom has been integral to the execution of strategic advisory and capital raising initiatives for various companies at the intersection of real estate and technology, including i-buyers/power buyers, real estate marketplaces, home equity solutions, alternative accommodations, construction and management software, etc. Tom earned his MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Dr. Henning Roedel is the Robotics Lead at DPR Construction, an ever forward international general contractor specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects. He serves as an expert in robotics for DPR helping to source, pilot, and craft the implementation strategy of these new technologies across the company. Henning's career has spanned across all aspects of innovation to advance the construction industry for the needs of the 21st Century. He received his doctorate from Stanford University, where he invented a new type of concrete for construction on the Moon and Mars.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Christelle Rohaut serves as CEO and co-founder of Codi, a San Francisco-based company that aims to redefine the model behind private, commercial offices for the hybrid era. Backed by investment firm a16z, Codi pairs flexible leasing with ongoing office management; structuring flexible leases that eliminate long tenant negotiations and fill office vacancies quickly. Christelle's vision for the company grew out of her previous work in urban planning and environmental engineering. She saw huge inefficiencies in the way companies acquired and used office space, and great inequities in how commutes affected workers. She seeks to change all that with Codi.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Michael Romanowicz is the founder and CEO of DEN, a managed marketplace for homebuilding, where he guides the company's strategic vision. Prior to starting DEN, Michael spent 15 years in the technology industry working with firms like WeWork and Prehype (Barkbox, Ro) leading teams and building software focused businesses that have either driven material platform value or gone on to be acquired. Bringing with him an experienced team spanning architecture, construction, and operations, DEN is able to build homes seamlessly despite industry complexities. Having recently raised a $3M seed round, DEN is poised to bring the next generation of custom home building to the United States.
Aaron Ru is a Principal at RET Ventures, a proptech focused early-stage venture fund backed by UDR, MAA, Greystar, Invitation Homes, and other real estate industry participants. Aaron focuses on investing in startups that address technology challenges in the single family rental, multifamily and short term rental spaces. Prior to RET Ventures, Aaron worked as an investment professional at Naspers Ventures, where he invested in early and growth stage technology companies. He began his career as an investment banker with UBS. Aaron has an MBA from Harvard Business School, as well as a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.
CEO & President,
Rick Rudman is a seasoned growth CEO with success running start-ups and public companies. Rick is currently CEO of Curbio, Inc., a PropTech company that works with real estate agents to get homes ready for sale reliably and without hassle. Prior to Curbio, Rick was CEO of Vocus (NASDAQ:VOCS), a leader in PR and marketing software. Under Rick’s leadership, Vocus grew from a start-up to $200m in revenue, with over 1,500 employees in the US, Europe and Asia. Rick raised over $100m in financing through multiple financing rounds and an IPO, leading Vocus until it was acquired for half a billion dollars. Rick began his career in the United States Air Force, serving in the US and Europe in a forward air combat unit, directing immediate air support for US and NATO ground forces. Rick has served on the board of directors of multiple public and private technology companies and as a board member for non-profits including the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Rick received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from University of Maryland and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1990. He also graduated from the USAF Technical Training School in Biloxi, MS with a specialty in Electronic Systems Technology. Rick has been recognized for his leadership many times over, including selection as Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Washington, D.C., High-Tech Council of Maryland’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Governor’s Citation recipient from the State of Maryland and Maryland Interfaith Works Humanitarian of the Year.
At New Valley Ventures, Dan invests strategically in emerging proptech companies that align with the network of sister-companies within Douglas Elliman, Inc., including the luxury real estate brokerage itself. The portfolio of proptech firms now represents everything from agent software to artificial intelligence to the electric vehicle space. Dan has been in a corporate venture capital role for over 9 years, after many more years in the start-up and technology world. Dan is based in Miami, Florida where New Valley Ventures operates out of Douglas Elliman Inc’s headquarters.
U.S. Business Development,
Gabriel Sadoun is a former investment banking associate at a small boutique firm in NYC. He worked on capital raises and M&A within the alternative investment management industry. After learning about the potential of blockchain technology to enable a new wave of democratization of capital markets, he joined DigiShares in April 2021. He is based in Miami.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Dareen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gryps, a construction technology startup powered by AI and Robotic Process Automation in NYC. Gryps is a fully managed data platform aggregating data and documents from different sources to support decision making for construction owners. Dareen has focused her career in the AEC industry on the application of technology, linking multiple aspects of project/construction management including cost, schedule and facility information using artificial intelligence, data analytics, building information modeling (BIM) and other emerging technologies. Prior to Gryps, Dareen was the Director of Technical Services at Lehrer LLC, leading the implementation of innovative technologies for $1B+ projects and programs in New York City.
Director Of Business Development,
New York Life Ventures
Dina is Director of Business Development at New York Life Ventures where she spends her time sourcing startups and shepherding them through NYL’s PoC and investment process. Her expertise lies within PropTech, FinTech, and ESG where she supports NYL’s Asset Management business. Dina has always been passionate about helping startups as they grow and scale. She worked at MassChallenge, for 5 years as Director of Partnerships where she stood at the intersection of corporations and startups and enabled them to work more efficiently together. She then spent time at NewLab where she spearheaded business development and launched a number of venture studio partnerships. Following her stints at startup support organizations, she transitioned to the corporate world where she joined First Republic Bank’s product innovation team. Dina is an avid history buff, and foodie with over 500 saved restaurants in her NY Google list.
Chief Industry Development Officer,
As the Chief Industry Development Officer of Zillow Group, Errol is responsible for the company’s real estate industry relations strategy, business-to-business product development, new construction and display advertising businesses, and Zillow Canada. Errol brings more than 25 years of experience in the technology and real estate sectors, helping inform Zillow’s evolution of its relationship with the real estate industry from customers to partners. He was named one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in the U.S. for seven consecutive years, and he ranked No. 19 on the Swanepoel Power 200 list of most powerful people in U.S. residential real estate in 2019.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Amol cofounded Life Extension Ventures, Aikito, CornerUp, Ratio21, and Popular Change. He is known for startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience, Knotel, and built a building in New York called East of East. He studied cognitive science for his Ph.D. at Stanford with undergraduate degree from Columbia. He teaches at Columbia. He is a backer, advisor, and mentor at 50+ companies.
Hines Global Ventures
Ms. Scheckel is Head of Hines Global Ventures (HGV), responsible for identifying, accelerating, and delivering transformative ideas across the built environment and beyond. In this capacity, she oversees the progress and implementation of cross-functional initiatives at Hines that help push the business forward. Prior to this role, she led the Strategic Project Office in delivering firmwide strategies for complex, multi-stakeholder projects involving internal and external parties, reporting to the Office of the CEO. Since joining Hines in 2019, she has initiated the global relaunch of OneHines Women's Network, which strengthens and empowers diversity, equity, and inclusion amongst women at Hines.
Louis Schotsky is a Managing Partner at Navitas Capital. Prior to joining Navitas, Louis spent over a decade at Equity Residential in operations and investments and time as a technology and management consultant at Andersen Consulting and The Boston Consulting Group respectively. Louis holds a degree in Philosophy and Economics from Trinity College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
President, Co-Founder & COO,
Jami Schulman has 25+ years of experience in the real estate industry. Over the past ten years, Jami has been an industry leader in the single-family rental market, responsible for building vertically integrated acquisition and operations platforms. Prior to founding Sparrow, Jami was COO of HavenBrook Homes and Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations at Progress Residential. At Progress, she was responsible for acquisitions, the internalization of the property management platform, the development of scalable centralized operations, and all related property operations functions. Prior to Progress, Jami was the COO and an executive member of the startup team for Beazer Pre-Owned Rental Homes, which was sold to American Homes 4 Rent. Jami’s real estate experience also includes management positions in land development and homebuilding companies. Jami was the COO of Communities Southwest, a privately held residential and commercial development company with operations in Arizona and California. Jami led the company’s acquisition, underwriting, entitlement and negotiation of complex multi-party development agreements, asset management, and sales and marketing of over $300M of residential land assets including 5,500 acres of planned communities and over 2,200 finished lots.
CEO & Founder,
A thoughtful, dynamic, and innovative entrepreneur, Tyler is currently the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Saltbox, a venture-backed startup on a mission to make logistics approachable, accessible, and efficient for all. Prior to Saltbox Tyler served as Head of Operations and Chief of Staff at Palantir Technologies, the world’s leading big data analytics software provider. As a key member of the company’s executive team, Tyler reported to the company’s President and was broadly engaged in scaling the operations of the business from 100 to nearly 2,000 employees. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Serenbe Land Corporation, a pioneering and nationally renowned wellness community connected to nature on the edge of Atlanta.
Head Of Proptech,
Allison Sedrish is a Managing Director within the Real Estate Investment Banking Group and Head of PropTech Coverage at Barclays. Based in New York, Allison has spent over 12 years at Barclays providing M&A advisory services and raising debt and equity capital for public and private real estate companies across various real estate sectors. In 2018, Allison launched a PropTech coverage effort at Barclays, where she is responsible for advising and raising capital for companies at the intersection of real estate and technology, including flexible office operators, i-buyers, real estate marketplaces, construction management software, etc. Allison joined Barclays in 2009 as an Analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group and has been at the firm since that time. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the Honors College at the University of Maryland – College Park. Allison is a member of ULI and is Vice Chair of Programming for the Technology and Real Estate Blue Council.
EVP, Operations & Chief Legal Officer,
Paul oversees the operations of Continental’s portfolio, ensuring that the firm delivers outstanding service to its customers and strong financial results to its stakeholders and that it provides an environment where its team members can learn, own their career and find opportunities to grow. In overseeing legal operations, he works with a team of legal professionals who help bring strong deals to completion.
Harshit Shah is the Chief Technology Officer at DivcoWest. In his role, Harshit oversees and is responsible for all aspects of technology across DivcoWest and LoanCore Capital and advises the investment and operating teams on technology initiatives, assessments, and adoption. Harshit holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Brookfield Growth Partners
Shahriar Shams-Ansari is an investor on Brookfield’s Growth team, where he focuses on venture capital and growth equity investments across areas including proptech, fintech, and enterprise software. Representative investments include Hopper, PassiveLogic, FLASH Parking, Material Bank, and Plentific. Shahriar joined Brookfield from H.I.G. Growth Partners, where he focused on high-growth investments in the technology, consumer, and healthcare sectors. He previously also worked in venture capital at ILONA Capital after starting his career in investment banking. Mr. Shams-Ansari holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is a proud Canadian and C100 member, serves as the Co-Lead of the Proptech Vertical for the Emerging Venture Capitalist Association (“EVCA”), and on the Venture Leadership Board of the Center for Real Estate Technology and Innovation (“CRETI”).
CEO & Co-Founder,
Suvi Sharma is Co-Founder as well as Chief Executive Officer of SOLARCYCLE, a tech-driven recycling company focused on producing sustainable and domestic materials at scale for the solar industry. A thought leader in solar PV innovation, Suvi has co-founded two leading companies in the solar industry, Solaria and Nextracker. Prior to founding SOLARCYCLE, Suvi was the CEO of Solaria, where he built the company from scratch, raised institutional financing and built a leading brand in residential solar. At Solaria, Suvi also co-founded and spun out Nextracker and served on the Board until its acquisition by FLEX. He started his career as an Associate at the venture capital firm, Geocapital Partners, a $500 million international private equity firm.
Alex Shtarkman is a Vice President at Revolution Ventures, where he focuses on identifying, investing in, and helping build innovative and impactful early-stage companies. He is currently a board member at Casted and Grid & Pixel and a board observer at eSUB, Mint House, HPNG, and MemberSuite, and formerly at Homesnap (acquired by CoStar) and Resolute AI (acquired by Research Solutions). Alex sits on the Innovation and Technology Council of the Urban Land Institute, focused on exploring technology-driven solutions within real estate, is on the board of the Center for Real Estate Technology and Innovation (CRETI), and is also an active supporter and mentor for the Endeavor, Techstars, and Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures FastForward startup and company incubation programs. Prior to joining Revolution Ventures, Alex was an investment banker in the Consumer Investment Banking Group at Raymond James & Associates. While at Raymond James, Alex advised numerous industry-leading consumer product, retail, e-commerce and restaurant companies in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.
CEO & Founder,
Susan Shultz focuses on the intersection of technology and industry transformation. With an extensive background spanning real estate, environmental stewardship, and infrastructure development through her career with major AEC companies, Susan is dedicated to driving sustainable growth through the power of innovation. She helps companies and public entities design, build, and operate lean, fit-for purpose facilities and organizations. Susan's intellectual curiosity led her to the Harvard Business Analytics program where she uncovered the transformative potential of AI and data, serving as the catalyst for her company, TeamStack.ai. Recognizing that the success or failure of any endeavor hinges on teams, TeamStack.ai quantifies the collective intelligence of the team ecosystem within projects and organization to predict and drive project and organization performance. Susan also serves on the Board of a Morgan Stanley portfolio company. She holds a BA in Geology and an MS in Civil Engineering.
Judah Siegal is a Senior Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management, responsible for sourcing, executing, and managing technology-enabled investments at Brookfield Technology Partners. Judah joined Brookfield in 2012 and has held several roles across the organization, including involvement in real estate and technology investments. Judah holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Brookfield, Judah worked in Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division.
EVP & Head Of Multifamily,
Khushbu Sikaria is an EVP and Head of Multifamily at Inhabitr, a platform-as-a-service start-up focused on solving end-to-end furnishing in real estate. She is a thought-leader in real estate operations, technology, growth strategy, and consumer experience serving as an advisor to numerous start-ups and committees. Before joining Inhabitr, Khushbu held various executive roles at multifamily firms over the last decade, including Bozzuto, Lincoln, and Sentral.
Prior to joining Bozzuto, Khushbu founded an e-commerce retail business and practiced law in Florida. Khushbu holds a JD/MBA from the University of Baltimore and a BS in Marketing from the University of Florida. Khushbu was awarded Multifamily Executive’s Rising Star award, highlighting her exceptional work in the industry. She also enjoys writing and sharing her industry insights on her Medium blog @khushbusikaria.
Head Of Climate Change Strategy,
Rob Simpson is the Senior Director of Sustainable Investment and Head of Climate Change Strategy at Ivanhoé Cambridge. In this role, Rob is responsible for global programs that are focused on carbon reduction, energy efficiency and renewables, ESG-related proptech, and climate change risk and impact. He also supports internal teams with the development of sustainable finance approaches and programs. Rob has worked in the real estate industry for the past 20 years in several different capacities, including roles in design and construction as well as management and operations. Rob currently serves as Chair for the GRESB North American Benchmarking Committee and has overseen IC’s GRESB participation since 2015. Rob holds a MBSc (Building Science) from Ryerson University and is a LEED AP. Previous to this, he completed B.Tech (Architecture) from Ryerson University and a BA in Sociology as well as Anthropology from Carleton University.
Infrastructure & Special Situations Partner,
Alok Sindher is a Partner on the Climate Tech Investment Team at Fifth Wall, where he leads the infrastructure investing platform. Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Sindher served as a Partner at The D.E. Shaw Group's renewable energy and infrastructure platform. He previously worked for J.P. Morgan's Energy Investment Banking group. He currently serves as an Advisor to The Department of Defense's energy transition and decarbonization efforts at the TomKat Center, a part of the Doerr School of Sustainability at Stanford University. Sindher is based out of San Francisco. He is a Computer Science & Economics graduate of Stanford and holds an MBA from The Wharton School.
Mr. Singh is Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for driving strategic, innovative technology solutions throughout Veritas and its affiliates. His area of responsibility includes Enterprise Applications, Software Engineering, Data and Business Intelligence, Information Security, Infrastructure, and Network Operations. Mr. Singh has over 20 years of Technology experience with both public and privately held companies. Prior to joining Veritas, he held key technology leadership roles with investment bank Houlihan Lokey (NYSE: HLI), alternate asset management firm Ares Management (NYSE: ARES), and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS).
CEO & Co-Founder,
With a PhD in computer science & AI, Claus co-founded DigiShares in 2018, a company focused on providing white-label software solutions for tokenization. He's a seasoned entrepreneur with a successful track record, including ventures like Dezide, and also serves as board member, advisor and mentor for many research-based startups. While pursuing a career as a serial entrepreneur, Claus has dedicated much of his time to assisting and guiding student startups at Aalborg University's innovation incubator. Claus believes in the vision of blockchain technology and actively strives to enhance the democratization, disintermediation, and self-sovereignty of assets. His expertise encompasses AI, tokenization, and real estate.
Investment Lead , North America,
Victoria brings a rare and unique perspective on innovation and technology to the construction industry, having spent time as a tech founder, serving as a startup success mentor with venture studios and accelerator programs, building and creating innovation programs with corporate partners, and now, investing with early stage startups and partners across multiple industries. Victoria is currently the Investment Lead for North America with Zacua Ventures, an early stage, global construction technology venture fund.
Partner & Co-Head Of The Climate Technology Investment Team,
Greg Smithies is a Partner at Fifth Wall, where he co-leads the Climate Technology Investment team. Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Greg was a Partner at BMW i Ventures where he led the Sustainability investing practice, investing in companies such as Prometheus Fuels, and PureCycle (NASDAQ: ROCH). Before joining BMW i Ventures, Greg led Finance & Operations for both The Boring Company and Neuralink simultaneously. Greg started his investment career at Battery Ventures where he covered early-stage enterprise technology startups, as well as industrial technology buyouts. Successful exits from his work there include Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), AppDynamics (acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.), and IST (acquired by Scott Brand). Greg was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and currently lives in Oakland, CA. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where he received a BS in Economics and BS in Computer Science.
Director Of Innovation Initiatives & Tech Investments,
Adam J. Smolyar is Director of Innovation Initiatives and Tech Investments at UDR. He has 29 years of experience in strategy, technology, innovation, and marketing, with a track record of successful deployments of technology solutions and leading organizational execution of complex, transformational initiatives. Prior to joining UDR, Adam was the Chief Marketing and Technology Officer at the Urban Land Institute. In his global role at ULI, Adam led marketing, membership, and information technology teams, in a coordinated effort to improve the customer experience and amplify impact through improved connections and knowledge sharing. Adam’s career also includes senior strategic, marketing, and tech roles at Savills Studley, JFNA, Blue Cross as well as Blue Shield Association, Pitney Bowes, and KPMG Consulting. Adam holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University.
CEO & Chairman,
Jackie Soffer is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Turnberry, a dynamic real estate company that develops, owns, and programs large-scale hospitality, retail, residential, and commercial properties. Turnberry’s portfolio includes an 800-key hotel connected to the Miami Beach Convention Center, currently being developed in partnership with the Terra Group; the 533-room JW Marriott Nashville; Aventura Mall, which has more than 30 million visitors annually; and Destin Commons, a 500K+ square-foot open-air lifestyle center in Northwest Florida.
Soffer is also collaborating with LeFrak to develop SoLé Mia in North Miami, the 184-acre project with plans for residential towers, retail and commercial space all anchored around Laguna SoLé, South Florida’s first 7-acre swimmable Crystal Lagoon®. Also in development is ONE Park Tower by Turnberry, a luxury condominium. The 32-story tower will deliver 303 bespoke residences. Other principal assets include Town Center Aventura, the Residence Inn by Marriott Miami Aventura Mall and the Courtyard by Marriott Aventura Mall. Turnberry is also an equity partner in and operates The Seagate in Delray, FL.
Corporate Partnerships Manager,
Plug & Play
Neda Sohrabi is the Corporate Partnerships Manager of Plug and Play's Real Estate and Construction vertical. Plug and Play is the most active VC in the Silicon Valley, investing in 200+ startups every year and working with top corporations within Smart Cities such as Prologis, Kajima, Mercedes Benz, LG Display, and more. Through the Corporate Partnerships program, Neda helps top corporations internationally with their innovation and sustainability strategies, specifically helping real estate and construction companies with the introduction of new startup technologies, investment scouting, POC/pilot assistance, trend reports and analysis, and more. Previously, Neda worked in Asset Management at PGIM Real Estate.
Antonia Soler grew up in Barcelona where she earned bachelor’s degrees in chemical and mining engineering and a master’s in industrial engineering. She has worked at Hilti for the past 8 years in various roles in Europe and the U.S., including supply management, product management, and sales management. Currently, Antonia works with Hilti’s Corporate Venture team to identify the technologies that will shape construction in the years to come. Antonia is a strong advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion, serving as a committee member for SMACNA’s Women In Construction Group and as a cofounder of Women in ConTech VC.
Julian Spector reports on the transition to clean energy as a senior reporter and founding member at nonprofit newsroom Canary Media. He worked at Greentech Media for nearly five years, documenting the rise of the energy storage industry. Before that, he reported for CityLab at The Atlantic and conducted grant-funded freelance journalism on climate impacts in Bangladesh. His stories have also appeared in The Guardian, HuffPost, Al Jazeera America and more. He graduated from Duke University.
SVP & Managing Director,
Coldwell Banker Commercial
Dan Spiegel is Managing Director of Coldwell Banker Commercial where he leads a network of over 2,500 brokerage professionals to reach new heights of success by fulfilling the CBC mission to be Pathfinders for clients. Dan previously served in national leadership roles at two publicly traded commercial real estate firms, Colliers and Grubb & Ellis Company. With degrees in Economics from the University of California and Urban Planning from the University of Illinois, Dan is keenly interested in the history and development of cities and volunteers as a docent guide for the Chicago Architecture Center. He is also involved in the commercial real estate tech space and has mentored start-up firms aiming to service the CRE industry.
Executive, R&D / Innovation.,
With over 20 years of experience in investing in, and fostering Technology companies, Anand currently champions internal innovation at CoreLogic, shepherding new projects and revenue for the real estate analytics and data leader. Prior to joining CoreLogic in 2021, Anand was a semiconductor sector head and senior technology analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on industries, companies, and government policy. Anand researched with coordinated the work product of the global Tech-Media-Telecom team of nearly 40 analysts and associates.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Mike Sroka is the CEO and Co-Founder of Dealpath, the real estate industry’s leading deal management platform. Prior to Dealpath, Mike spent over a decade growing venture-backed software companies including Fanhood (acq. by FOX), Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) and OneSeason (acq. by Cantor Fitzgerald). He started his career at Hudson Advisors, managing agent for the Lone Star Funds, and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.S. in Economics with Finance Applications. Mike lives in the Bay Area with his wife and 2 kids. He's a member of California Trout, Urban Land Institute, NAIOP, ICSC and Forbes Real Estate Council.
Housing Innovation Alliance
Dennis has extensive innovation experience and a broad network of innovation leaders in the housing industry from the U.S. and around the world. He’s a boundary spanner, a connector, and an investor in all things related to the built environment. Navigating complex networks of transactional relationships and promoting broader investment in research and development, Dennis seeks out opportunities to connect the dots on transformational initiatives to achieve objectives together that we shouldn’t, and likely couldn’t, tackle alone.
Global Head Of Real Estate,
Jesse is Airbnb’s Global Head of Real Estate. He joined Airbnb from KHP Capital, a real estate private equity firm focused on investments in boutique and independent hotels. He has deep expertise in sourcing and executing development projects including hotel, timeshare, residential, and fractional assets.
Jesse oversees Airbnb’s strategy to create new supply and growth opportunities through real estate development projects and partnerships. Prior to real estate, Jesse was pursuing a career in football and briefly played with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Gaedeke Group, LLC
Sabine Stener co-founded Gaedeke Group, a national full-service real estate firm, in Dallas, Texas, in 1995 and has served as its CEO since 2005. In 2015, the company started investing into property technology startups, both as a research lab as well as for diversification. Sabine was born and raised in Germany, where she received a graduate degree in Economics, and her postgraduate degree in Marketing, Psychology, and International Management from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Applied Technology Solutions,
John Stokes has led the Risk Solutions segment of HSB’s Applied Technology Solutions (ATS) group since 2019. ATS’ focus is on developing IoT and technology-based solutions that can be distributed to a variety of channels. The Risk Solution team’s focus is on development and delivery of insurance-backed warranties and guarantees that are enhanced by innovative and disruptive technologies. Prior to his current role, and over his 20+ year career at HSB, John was HSB’s Energy Practice Leader in the U.S., focused on development and delivery of innovative performance guarantees to support the growing renewable energy markets. Prior to that, John managed a large territory of Equipment Breakdown business out of HSB’s southeast U.S. insurance center, covering a variety of customers including agencies, national and regional brokers, and HSB’s transactional client
Bellwether Asset Managment
Nick Sulentic is a Senior Associate at Bellwether where he is currently responsible for coverage of office, multifamily and real estate tech venture investments. Prior to joining Bellwether, he was as an Associate at Tower 14 Capital, where he focused on opportunistic real estate transactions throughout the US, across property types and in both debt and equity. Previously, he was an analyst at Regent Properties and started his career as an investment banking analyst in J.P. Morgan’s Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging group. Nick holds a B.B.A. degree in Finance from University of Iowa.
SVP, US Head Of Construction,
Starwood Capital Group
David is the Senior Vice President at Starwood Design + Construction, responsible for project management of assets under development and construction across the US. He has an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and a BS in Architecture from the University of Illinois. David previously established Greystar's self-performing construction group in San Francisco. He is a seasoned professional with experience collaborating with PropTech companies to integrate innovative solutions. David is passionate about the intersection of technology and real estate and uses his expertise to drive innovation and efficiency in his projects. He enjoys sharing his insights and contributing to the advancement of the field.
SVP, Innovation, Sustainability & Social Impact,
Hudson Pacific Properties
Natalie Teear is Senior Vice President, Innovation, Sustainability and Social Impact of Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE: HPP), a Los Angeles-based real estate investment trust with a portfolio of office and studio properties totaling over 20M square feet, including land for development. Focused on global epicenters of innovation, media and tech, its anchor tenants include Fortune 500 and leading growth companies such as Google, Netflix, Amazon, Riot Games, Square, Uber and more. Teear is responsible for advancing Hudson Pacific’s proptech initiatives and Better BlueprintTM corporate responsibility platform, which aims to foster the growth of sustainable, healthy and equitable cities. Since Teear joined Hudson Pacific in 2019, the company has achieved numerous proptech and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) milestones, including but not limited to: achieving 100% carbon neutrality in all operations, securing Fitwel Viral Response certification over 100% of the company’s operations, boosting LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications to 82% and 71% (respectively) of the in-service office portfolio, rolling out a tenant app at all multi-tenant properties, maintaining a $1M+ corporate philanthropy program, and launching a $20M platform for investing in innovative homelessness solutions across its markets. Prior to Hudson Pacific, Teear was a leader in PwC’s Sustainability Services team, where she counseled businesses on strategies for sustainable growth, which included addressing environmental and social issues related to climate change, housing insecurity and homelessness, hunger and malnutrition, water scarcity, deforestation and human rights. Prior to PwC, Teear was an environmental consultant with URS Corporation (now AECOM), focused on large water infrastructure projects in the West Coast and Pacific territories. Teear serves on the Executive Committee for the LA Sustainability Executives Roundtable and on the boards of Westside Urban Forum and Hollywood4WRD. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the country. Teear earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Dartmouth and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University.
Dave is a serial entrepreneur co-founding CrossFiles, Inc., Roamie, Inc. and HOMEE, Inc., an industry disrupting insuretech company. He has served in multiple C-Suite roles: Chief Technology Officer, Chief Revenue Officer and Board Director and is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Prior to founding Roamie, Inc. and HOMEE, Inc., Mr. Theus was a member of the Executive Leadership Team at inno360 and served as inno360's Chief Product Officer. Prior to inno360, Mr. Theus held various sales, services and support roles at MSC.Software Corporation and prior to that various Engineering positions at General Electric Aircraft Engines.
He has established a proven track record for his leadership and vision in disrupting established industries, founding and growing new innovative companies, opening and developing new markets as well as uncovering and managing technically complex programs. From deploying extensive custom software solutions to implementing existing technologies in new and unique applications, to developing brand new platforms, Dave and his teams have delivered critical path solutions consumers as well as for many of the leading companies in the Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 in US and Europe.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Francis Thumpasery is the co-founder and CEO of PermitFlow, the “TurboTax for construction permitting.” In his current role, he combines his passions for building scalable workflow software and improving the built environment. Previously, Francis was an operator and investor in a variety of vertical software contexts. He started out his career at McKinsey. Francis has a BA in Economics from Harvard University.
Director Of ESG,
Becca Timms is the Director of ESG at Jamestown. She leads environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives through the Jamestown Green program and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. Prior to joining Jamestown in 2012, Ms. Timms worked as a local government consultant for Clark Patterson Lee, where she served as Community Development Coordinator and Sustainability Commission Staff Liaison for the City of Dunwoody. She is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and holds a LEED AP O+M credential. Ms. Timms is an active volunteer with the Urban Land Institute, the US Green Building Council, and Community Farmers Markets. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Environmental Policy from Sewanee: the University of the South and a Master of Science in Sustainable Development: Environmental Policy and Management from Utrecht University.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Brandon Tobman, a visionary leader and experienced technologist, brings an entrepreneurial spirit to every endeavor. From assembling computers in high school to his current role as a CEO, his career has been characterized by innovation and a commitment to enhancing efficiency. Brandon's proficiency lies in leveraging technology to create impactful solutions, and his work has influenced operations for some of the world's largest companies. His skills have played a key role in enabling businesses to navigate the complexities of the digital age, transforming challenges into opportunities for growth and success. Beyond his professional pursuits, Brandon is passionate about nurturing the next generation of technological leaders. He dedicates significant time to mentoring high school and college students, helping them to harness the power of technology and inspire the future. His constant drive for excellence, coupled with his ability to bridge the gap between technology and business, has established Brandon Tobman as a valuable asset in the tech industry. He continues to influence the digital world through his strategic insight and dedication to technological innovation.
Aaron Toppston is the Managing Partner of GS Futures' $70m early stage investment fund focused on real estate and construction technology. The fund is supported by GS E&C, one of the largest contractors in the world and member of GS Group, a large Korean conglomerate. In addition, GS Futures has a $155m fund focused on climate tech, energy transition and consumer technology. Aaron most recently worked at Navitas, a $160m proptech venture fund. Before Navitas, Aaron was Managing Director at The Walsh Group, an ENR Top 20 US contractor & developer. Aaron lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Greg is the Co-Founder and CEO of Poplar Homes, a tech-enabled property management company serving owners of single-family homes for rent in a $49 billion market. Greg and his Co-Founders – Rico Mok and Chuck Hattemer – launched Poplar Homes in 2014 at Santa Clara University where Greg studied finance. As undergrads struggling to rent in the competitive Silicon Valley market, they knew there had to be a better way for owners to manage their rental properties and for renters to find housing. Over the past nine years, Greg has led Poplar’s growth, both organically, and more recently through 16 acquisitions to become one of the largest property managers to offer owner and renter-facing products. Poplar currently has 15,000 properties under management in 24 markets across 16 states and plans to expand to 20 new markets and reach 30,000 doors by 2024.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Mike is Co-Founder and CEO of Mezo. After almost a decade of focusing on maintenance operations for institutional owners, Mike launched Mezo to transform property maintenance. Before Mezo, Mike ran the residential maintenance business unit of a facilities management service provider that managed 100,000 single family rental (SFR) homes. He previously oversaw national maintenance operations at Waypoint Homes, a publicly traded REIT and SFR innovator that owned and managed 20,000 rental homes.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Quang is a co-founder of UrbanForm, as well as a licensed architect, published author, and adjunct professor. UrbanForm automates the process of acquiring zoning and development information for architects, developers, and builders. Previously, Quang spent almost two decades as an architect lead leading large interdisciplinary teams at world-renowned firms. Quang studied art and engineering at Dartmouth College and obtained a masters in architecture from Yale University.
Tuomi served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director of Invitation Homes Inc, the nation's largest single-family rental company with a total market capitalization in excess of $23 billion, from 2017 until 2019. Prior to its merger with Invitation Homes, Tuomi served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Starwood Waypoint Homes. He also served as Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Colony American Homes, Inc. and as Executive Vice President and President—Property Management for Equity Residential, one of the nation's largest multi-family REIT, leading the growth of its property management group while helping to pioneer its leading operational platform.
Head Of Property Operations,
Mark is Head of Property Operations at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). He is responsible for all Property & Facilities Management operations across over 750 properties (c£20bn) in the UK and driving innovation across the platform. Re-positioning a large institutional landlord as a real estate partner has included the launch of Vizta by L&G: a B2B digital platform to collaborate with 1,000’s of occupiers across the portfolio to provide support and achieve our Net Zero Carbon objectives.
CEO & Founder,
Drew Uher is the Founder and CEO of HomeLight, the leading software platform powering the business of top real estate agents and enabling them to compete in a digital world. Drew has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate by Inman News and was recognized as a Tech Trendsetter by HousingWire. Under his leadership, HomeLight has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in North America by Deloitte, one of America’s Best Startups by Forbes, and a best place to work by both Inc. Magazine and the San Francisco Business Times. Prior to founding HomeLight, Drew worked in finance at Morgan Stanley and at Q Investments, a multi-strategy hedge fund. He also co-founded a startup in the social gaming space and worked in business development at PubMatic. He is a Venture Partner at 1984 Ventures, focusing on seed and early stage startups, and holds a BA in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a CFA designation.
Rafa joined LAB Ventures, an early-stage PropTech focused Venture Capital firm, as a Managing Partner in 2019. Prior to this position, Rafa had over 15 years in investment management experience, directly overseeing over $3B in AUM. As an entrepreneur Rafa was nominated by EY Brazil as "Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year - 2014" and selected "Endeavor Entrepreneur" by Endeavor Global, after launching a series of new businesses: one of the first online stock trading platforms in Brazil; restaurants and food services (including Pobre Juan, the largest steak house chain in Brazil); clean energy hydropower plants; and real estate development projects in Brazil, Spain and the US. Since joining LAB Ventures, Rafa is dedicated to support the growth of its investment platform and its portfolio companies.
Early Stage VC,
B Capital Group
EVP Asset Management,
Mr. Veltri is Executive Vice President of AMLI Management Company and Head of the Asset Management department. Prior to joining AMLI in 2005, he was the Senior Manager of Cost Assurance at Focal/Broadwing Communications (2000-05). He graduated with a B.S. from Bradley University in 1999.
CEO & Chairman,
Brent Wadas and his wife Christy have two wonderful daughters. He founded BotBuilt along with his two business partners Barrett Ames and Colin Devine. Before becoming the CEO and Chairman of BotBuilt, Brent enjoyed success with his investment firm and a SaaS company creating automated processes for business CRM technology. In between civilian adventures, Brent was an officer in the US Army, deploying with Special Operations units alongside the bravest men and women from around the world. He currently resides in Pinehurst, North Carolina and is dedicated to building the future of robotics and construction.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder,
Brendan Wallace is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, where he guides the firm’s strategic vision.
Prior to starting Fifth Wall, Brendan co-founded Identified, a workforce optimization data and analytics company that raised $33 million of venture funding and was acquired by Workday (NYSE: WKDY) in 2014. He also co-founded Cabify, the largest ridesharing service in Latin America, and has been an active investor, leading more than 60 angel investments including Bonobos, Dollar Shave Club, Lyft, SpaceX, Clutter, and Philz Coffee.
Brendan started his career at Goldman Sachs in the real estate, hospitality, and gaming group before joining The Blackstone Group’s real estate private equity practice.
Brendan splits his time between New York City, Park City, and London. He graduated from Princeton University, where he received his BA in political science and economics. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Thomas Walle is the CEO and Co-Founder of Unacast, the leading location analytics company that helps companies make better data-driven decisions by understanding how people move around on our planet.
Unacast has raised +$50m from VCs and has been awarded multiple awards for its tech platform to enable companies in retail, real estate, finance, and telcos to optimize their investment strategies and retail operations.
Prior to Unacast, Thomas was a part of the early team at the music streaming service TIDAL, which was acquired by Jay Z in 2014. Thomas shares his opinion on tech and startups regularly as a member of Forbes Technology Council and has been profiled by Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Lily is the CEO & Co-Founder of Demi, a start-up that is working to combat climate change by making composting mainstream. She is a lifelong composter who brings academic expertise in circular economy, as well as strategy and execution experience as a former consultant & investor. She received her BSFS from Georgetown University in Environmental Sciences & International Affairs, and is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Chicago where she has been recognized as an Obama Scholar, Forte Fellow, and C200 Scholar for her work on Demi. She is passionate about funneling the power of everyday consumers towards creating a more sustainable and equitable future.
Co-Founder & Director, Climate Capital Strategy,
Aegon Asset Management
Brian is the Co-Founder and Director of the Aegon Climate Capital strategy at Aegon Asset Management, with a thesis of investing in companies solving the world’s most pressing issues related to the environment and society. ACC focuses on decarbonizing the economy through technologies across areas of the built environment, distributed energy resources and advanced materials. Brian joined Aegon in 2017 to lead the design, development, and commercialization of numerous global investment businesses, with a specific emphasis on sustainability and impact-related solutions and is the co-chair of Aegon’s US Social Responsibility Committee. Prior to Aegon, Brian spent a decade at Congress Asset Management in Boston investing in private equity and venture capital and was head of product strategy, deploying in excess of $1 billion across innovative ventures. Brian is a member of The Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle, an expert advisor at AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, and a startup mentor to the gener8tor sustainability program.
SVP Corporate Strategy,
As the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Amy helps Morgan Properties look to the future and position the company for continued growth and success. As leader of the Innovation Team, she works with key stakeholders to review new technology and identify exciting new opportunities for Morgan Properties. Her focus is on helping to create property level and corporate structures that simplify and streamline global operations.
SVP, Chief Information & Technology Officer,
James Whalen serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Information & Technology Officer for BXP where he is responsible for the direction and implementation of technology services and solutions. Prior to joining the Company in March 1998, he served as Vice President, Information Systems of Beacon Properties. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a recipient of the New York City Urban Fellowship. Mr. Whalen is a current trustee and past President of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and serves on the Real Estate Cyber Consortium, Realcomm Advisory Council, Commercial Facilities Cyber Working Group, TechHire Boston and Boston Private Industry Council.
BXP (NYSE: BXP) is the largest publicly traded developer, owner, and manager of premier workplaces in the United States, concentrated in six markets - Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC. BXP is a fully integrated real estate company, organized as a real estate investment trust (REIT), with more than 50 years of experience developing, owning, managing, and acquiring exceptional properties in dynamic gateway markets.
Eric has managed web and data development teams, built his own tech, established an innovation strategy for a billion dollar business, and actively invests in startups in the built environment. Previously, he managed the Operational Effectiveness program at Basis Technologies (formerly Centro). He now leads Innovation for ARCO Construction, a Design-Build Construction company, and leads ARCO Ventures, an AEC focused venture capital investment fund.
As a partner at Building Ventures, Heather spearheads the firm’s investment activities within the real estate and real estate tech community. She utilizes 15+ years of operating experience to advise portfolio companies in go-to-market and product strategy. She is active throughout the ecosystem at organizations, including CREtech, MITdesignX, and AllRaise, and she serves on the advisory committee of Women In PropTech.
CEO & Founder,
Ryan A. Williams founded Cadre to begin to level the playing field in commercial real estate investing, leveraging technology to provide institutions and individuals access to previously inaccessible real estate and alternative investment opportunities. Ryan has founded and scaled multiple companies over the past fifteen years. More recently, he started investing in real estate as a student at Harvard University. Seeing the dislocation that resulted from the 2008 financial crisis, Ryan pooled funds from his classmates to acquire foreclosed homes in the Atlanta area, frequently working with previous owners to remain in their homes and eventually buy them back. Ryan also worked at Goldman Sachs in its technology, media, and telecom group, and at Blackstone in its real estate private equity division. Ryan was featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine in and has written extensively about the urgent need for social and economic justice for all members of society.
COO & Co-Founder,
Keyway leverages AI, machine learning and data science to drive investment and operational performance of commercial real estate assets. Sebastian leads the company’s technology, data science and product teams, developing proprietary algorithms and platforms that help Keyway source new opportunities. Sebastian’s innovative approach is transforming the way commercial real estate transactions can work with his creation of Keybrain, a fully automated underwriting platform that uses machine learning to help the real estate team make decisions in minutes.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Johnny Wolff is the CEO and Founder of HomeRoom, one of the fastest-growing coliving companies in the United States. After starting his career as a financial analyst in Silicon Valley (EA, SanDisk, Guidespark), he relocated to Austin, Texas, to pursue full-time real estate investing. His love for real estate investing and living with roommates motivated him to start HomeRoom in 2017 after an unusually terrible Craigslist roommate experience. In 2020, HomeRoom boasted 99% on-time rent payments, full occupancy, and zero evictions. Sales velocity for HomeRoom is up 300% in 2021, with hundreds of happy residents.
Senior Advisor On Climate To The Administrator,
General Services Administration
Jetta Wong is the Senior Advisor on climate change to the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration. At GSA she provides advice and assistance on all elements of the agency’s climate, energy, and sustainability programs and participates in key policy decisions, affecting the operations of GSA. Prior to her work at GSA Jetta worked as a consultant developing clean energy policies and programs that help commercialize new technologies. She was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Clean Energy Innovation at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation where she focused on U.S. competitiveness and the commercialization of technologies that reduce carbon emissions. Jetta was a political appointee in the Obama Administration and worked at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she established the Office of Technology Transitions for the Department and served as its first director. Before OTT she was in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Before joining DOE, she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Prior to that, she worked for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI). Her career in energy started in Uzbekistan where she was a natural resources consultant. She holds a MPS in legislative affairs from George Washington University and a B.S. in natural resources and the environment from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Wong joined Tishman Speyer in 2015. Jenny Wong has extensive industry experience with a strong focus on Proptech opportunities. Since 2015, Ms. Wong has served as Managing Director, Innovation, at Tishman Speyer. She leads Tishman Speyer’s innovation platform and the firm’s Proptech Venture investment activities. In her role at Tishman Speyer, Ms. Wong has acted as the development lead on MIRA, a condominium development in San Francisco, and led Northern California asset management. Ms. Wong also serves as Chief Investment Officer and Director of Tishman Speyer Innovation II, a position she has held since November 2020. She previously served as Chief Investment Officer and Director of TS Innovation Acquisitions. In addition to her work with Tishman Speyer, Ms. Wong is a frequent speaker at numerous conferences on the impact of Proptech in real estate. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer, Ms. Wong was a consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Innovation Council. Ms. Wong received an A.B. magna cum laude, and graduated with an MBA from Harvard University, where she was a Baker Scholar.
CEO & Founder,
Joseph is the Founder and CEO of Neighbor.com, a marketplace disrupting the $40 Billion self-storage industry. Joseph has raised more than $65 million in funding with participation from the world’s top investors including Andreessen Horowitz and the creators of Airbnb, Uber, StockX, and DoorDash. Joseph and his team have grown Neighbor’s user base to cover all 50 states.
CEO & President,
Dream Builders 4 Equity
Michael Woods, a St. Louis native and resident of the city's north side, is a multifaceted individual committed to his community. As an accomplished author, entrepreneur, community organizer, and dedicated non-profit President, Michael's journey has been one of empowerment and positive transformation. Michaell holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Lindenwood University. While in college, Michael acquired his first investment property and authored his debut book, setting the stage for his unique path. In 2013 he released "I Will Never Kill a Black Man," a thought-provoking collection of poetry. Michael published his second book, "Which is Best Test," a children's workbook designed to educate and inspire young minds. Michael's creativity continued to flourish as he gathered some of St. Louis' most creative millennials in 2016 to develop "Voices," a collaborative book. In 2018, Michael's literary journey expanded with the release of his book "Dark Matter". His remarkable achievements did not go unnoticed, as the St. Louis American recognized him as a person on the move, attesting to his impact on the community. Michael's dedication to improving his community is demonstrated through his position as co-founder and President/CEO of Dream Builders 4 Equity. This nonprofit organization, co-founded with Neal Richardson, supports young people with owning and rehabbing real estate in low-income and highly distressed communities and co-publishing a book through a semester-long program.
Based in Palo Alto, Michael Yang is a Managing Partner with OMERS Ventures, a multi-stage trans-Atlantic venture firm that invests in proptech, insuretech, healthtech and B2B SaaS. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Michael was a Managing Director with Comcast Ventures and previously a VP/GM at Yahoo! for the Autos, Real Estate and Health units. Michael sits on the boards of Landed, Clearcover, Crunchbase, PeerWell and WithMe Health.
Partner & Managing Director,
Since joining RET Ventures as Partner in 2019, Chris has overseen much of the firm’s activity, including leading new investments, fundraising and providing guidance to RET’s growing portfolio of real estate technology companies. Prior to RET, Chris spent twelve years at global private equity firm TPG, where he led growth investments in tech-enabled companies and partnered closely with CEOs and entrepreneurs. He began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Chris has an MBA from the Stanford GSB as well as an AB in Economics and an SM in Computer Science from Harvard University.
President & COO,
Charles Young is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Invitation Homes.
Headquartered in Dallas, Invitation Homes is a leading owner and operator of single-family
homes for lease with 85,000+ homes in 16 markets across the United States. Invitation Homes
emerged as the largest single-family rental company through investments and sequential
mergers with three of the largest real estate private equity firms.
Before Invitation Homes, Charles was Executive Vice President at Mesa Development (now
Avison Young), a national commercial and residential real estate developer. The firm developed
nearly $1B of large-scale residential mixed-use projects. Charles was the principle lead on
several developments and iconic buildings in Chicago and Northern California.
Before joining Mesa, Charles worked for Goldman Sachs in their Real Estate Principal
Investment Area (Whitehall) and Goldman's Investment Banking Division in Mergers and
CEO & Founder,
With 15 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage, private equity and technology, David started his career in CRE brokerage at CBRE in NYC. After CBRE, David worked at L&L Holding Company and Jamestown, LP before venturing to work at a Series-A proptech company - Truss, where David was Executive Vice President and member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. While at Truss, David saw firsthand how abysmal broker technology is, despite the centrality of CRE brokers within the commercial real estate industry (they are involved in 90% of CRE transactions). Having founded Enaia in 2020, Enaia’s mission is to transform CRE by elevating the critical role that CRE brokers play within the industry by better aligning CRE brokers with their brokerages and supporting the complex ways in which CRE brokers actually come together to do business.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Hans-Christian is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of IMMO Investment Technologies. He is an entrepreneur, investment professional, venture and distress specialist and award-winning innovator. Prior to starting IMMO, Hans-Christian co-founded Knomi, a London-based retail technology start-up that revolutionised the in-store shopping experience for customers of brick-and-mortar retailers. In 2016, Hans-Christian was recognised by Forbes as ’30 under 30’ for his role as a leading entrepreneur and commerce innovator. Before Knomi, Hans-Christian worked as an investment professional covering distressed investing, restructuring and M&A.
Managing Director & Co-Founder,
Wan Li Zhu is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Suffolk Technologies, a venture capital and innovation company investing in and partnering with startups transforming the built environment. Wan Li is an experienced technology investor and was previously a Partner at Fairhaven Capital, a Boston-based VC firm that has invested over $430M in enterprise software and deep tech companies. Wan Li also founded and runs MIT Alumni Angels, which has backed over 100 MIT-affiliated startups in technology and life sciences. Prior to venture capital, Wan Li held product and marketing leadership roles at Microsoft in Dynamics CRM. Wan Li holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from MIT in computer science, where he completed research in artificial intelligence and quantitative finance.
An entrepreneur at heart, TX Zhuo has been involved with startups since his college days where he started and successfully sold an online college textbook marketplace. After a stint at McKinsey where he was a core member of their financial services and consumer goods practices, he came back to his roots and he worked for Innovation Endeavors, a seed stage venture fund backed by Eric Schmidt. In 2012, he co-founded Karlin Ventures, based in Los Angeles, where he served as the managing partner for 4 years before co-founding Fika Ventures. He is a strong proponent of transparency and efficiency and is constantly on the lookout for new platforms that seek to disrupt old, antiquated industries.
Mateo Zimmermann is Investment Director at CEMEX Ventures, responsible for Venture Capital Investments. He joined in 2017, to build a better future for the construction industry through open innovation and has been involved in 25+ deals. He has 15+ years of experience in Management Consulting (BCG), Private Equity (Arcano) and Industrial companies.