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Cody Belton, AScT, PTech, CPHD

Passive House Specialist, Building Enclosure Consultant, Morrison Hershfield Ltd.

Cody Akira Belton is a passive house specialist with Morrison Hershfield’s Building Specialty Services team. He has served as a building enclosure consultant for over 15 years, with mature engineering knowledge in building science and experience developing building enclosure design packages for various building typologies, ranging from single-family homes to high-rise buildings. Cody has been a strong passive house advocate since 2010 and eagerly promotes its benefits to anyone who cares to listen. He has trained product manufacturers and architecture firms transitioning into the high-performance sector, along with providing passive house consultation and design implementation strategies for new building construction and retrofit projects. Cody is an enthusiastic communicator and champion for passive house, sharing his passion with various networking groups by delivering presentations on the significant advantages of super-insulated building enclosure design.

Session: Thermal Bridging Tools to Optimize Large Passive House Buildings

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James Bergevin, CSI, CDT, CCPR

Architectural Account Executive, Sherwin-Williams

James has been in the role of Architectural Account Executive since 2012 for Sherwin-Williams. James covers the Northern Plains area based out of Minneapolis; and has been in the paints and coatings industry for over 20 years. He has held his CDT credential since 2014 and CCPR since 2017. He served as the President of the Minneapolis-St Paul Chapter of CSI from 2019-2020 and is a veteran of the US Army.

Session: Understanding Paint, Coatings and Sealants in LEED v4.1

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Kaley Blackstock, CSI, CDT®, LEED & WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador

Sustainability Director & Specifications Specialist, Gensler

Kaley Blackstock is the Director of Sustainability at Gensler, and one of Gensler’s in-house sustainability specialists. She works with clients and project teams to establish and implement sustainable design measures on projects, as well as coordinate third-party green building certifications. She is also one of Gensler’s specifications specialists, responsible for developing project manuals for local projects as well as working to advance Gensler’s specifications practices through educational programs and documentation protocols across the firm. Kaley is a core member of Gensler’s Carbon Neutral Task Force, responsible for developing documentation strategies and specification language to meet Gensler’s commitment to designing carbon neutral projects by 2030. Kaley has a true passion for understanding the role and function of building materials in architectural design. Kaley is a licensed architect, LEED and WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, and holds her CDT® certification.

Session: Specifying Sustainability in a Rapidly Changing Market

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Principal | Specifier, Spec Services, LLC

With over 40 years’ experience in specifications writing, construction contract administration, interior design, and accessibility consulting, Susan Bliss now focuses on specification writing as principal of Spec Services, LLC. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of writing specifications with others and especially about training the next generation of specifiers. As an extension of her in-house specifier training, Susan created Spec-LAB, an online educational library designed to educate architects and builders in construction materials, products, systems, and assemblies.

Session: Writing Specifications for Modern Project Teams

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Trish Brindle

National Sales Manager, Fire Trol Columns

Trish is a National Sales Manager with Fire Trol columns, a division of United Steel. Her main focus is education - educating architects, spec writers and engineers on the benefits of using Fire Trol columns for their fireproofing solution in commercial buildings. Using her ability to honestly connect with others, Trish is able to gain the trust of her audience and provide them with the knowledge they need to feel empowered to use Fire Trol in future projects.

Session: Fireproofing Methods

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Chuck Bundrick, CSI, LEED GA

Veteran of the EIFS/Construction Industry

Chuck Bundrick, CSI, LEED GA, is a veteran of the exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) and construction industry with nearly 30 years’ experience in senior sales and business management roles. He assists a team of professionals that help building owners, architects, and their design and engineering consultants consider prefabricated solutions for their projects. The team helps these individuals address the critical issues associated with building with building envelope renovations, including making decisions about improving building performance and transformation of the building exterior. Chuck also helps owners access the specialized services often needed in prefabrication and renovations such as fabricators, third-party inspectors, forensic engineers, and energy analysts.

Session: The Deep Energy Retrofit Initiative: Maximizing Enclosure Performance in Existing Buildings

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Connor Christian, PE

CEO, Vendetta Software

Connor Christian is a licensed professional engineer in Minnesota with 18 years of experience in construction, consulting, and software development. He specializes in implementing new technology and processes, collaborating with industry experts, and finding the best technology solutions for his clients. Connor's drive to standardize technology in the industry has led him to be involved in several organizations, including AASHTO, the National BIM Council, buildingSMART International and USA, the BIMForum, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)/Industry BIM Consortia, and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

Session: How Digital Delivery Changes Your Practice AND What You Deliver

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Dan Corum


Dan has been in the coatings industry for 33 years, 22 of those years with PPG. Over that tenure, Dan has held several technical and managerial roles within PPG in numerous segments from Protective & Marine Coatings, Automotive Coatings and Corporate Training.  Dan is currently the Director of Specifications for Architectural Coatings in the US.  Dan is a AMPP Senior Certified Coatings Inspector #7922, an AMPP Coatings Inspector Program Instructor, an AMPP Concrete Coatings Inspector #22102 and an MPI Architectural Coatings Technologist #171.

Session: Moisture Madness: Unraveling the Flooring Fiasco and How to Prevent it!

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Paul Doherty, RA, CSI, CDT®, IFMA Fellow, DFC Senior Fellow

President and CEO, The Digit Group (TDG)

Paul Doherty is chairman and CEO of TDG (the digit group www.thedigitgroupinc.com). He is a globally renowned and award-winning architect who is one of the world’s most sought-after thought leaders, strategists, and integrators of process, technology, and business. As seen on The Wall Street Journal & Bloomberg TV, acknowledged by CNBC as one of America's Business Titans and reported by Forbes as “Changing the World”, Paul is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council and a fellow of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Currently he is chairman of TDG Global Ventures, a Smart City real estate development company that provides financing, design-build and innovative technology solutions around the world. He is also the co-founder and producer of the critically acclaimed AEC Hackathon (www.aechackathon.com) that launched at Facebook Headquarters. His past successful ventures include Revit Technologies (Sold to Autodesk 2002), Buzzsaw (Autodesk 2001), and TRIRIGA (IBM 2011).

Session: Unlocking the Metaverse: What It Means to You

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Timothy J Dufault, FAIA

Chief Revenue Officer, Concert

Tim Dufault is a founder and the chief revenue officer for ConcertVDC, a blockchain-based platform for registering and sharing digital design information in the AECO industry. Concert solves the problem of data ownership and the secure sharing of digital information during the design and construction process. The company was established in 2019 and attracted investment from major international architecture and engineering firms. With more than $10 billion in project work across the platform, Concert is leading the transformation to a true digital ecosystem in architecture and construction. Before joining Concert, Tim served as the chief executive officer of Cuningham, an award-winning firm with a solid history in designing a wide range of successful projects. As CEO, he was responsible for the direction of the firm and was focused on building the company while effectively moving resources across the organization to create award-winning environments. Tim is a licensed architect in Minnesota.

Session: How Digital Delivery Changes Your Practice AND What You Deliver

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Julie Foley, CSI, CDT®, AIA, NCARB

Architect, Summit Design and Engineering

Based in Michigan, Julie Foley has 16+ years of experience in project management, project architecture, spec writing, and tradeshows. Throughout her career, she’s engaged thousands of professionals across the AECO industry. Her diverse professional experiences allow for a multifaceted perspective when communicating and collaborating with others. Through her personal and professional experiences, she’s learned the valuable lesson of “I’m not the first. I won’t be the last. I’m going to help the next one.” She will unwaveringly support you in your personal and professional endeavors. In addition to her career as a project manager and architect with Summit Design and Engineering, Julie has co-founded Emerge AEC, written professional exam questions for CSI and AIA, and tutors architecture licensure candidates.

Session: Cultivating Collaboration In a Changing Industry

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Melody Fontenot, CSI, CCS®, CCCA®, CDT®

CSI DE&I Task Force

Melody Fontenot, AIA, CSI, CCCA®, CCS®, CDT®, LEED AP, SCIP works for Conspectus Inc. as a Senior Specifications Writer, working on a variety of US and International commercial project specs. A licensed architect with 21 years' experience of production, specifications, and construction administration, Melody is a member of CSI Portland, active on the JEDI, Outreach, and Education committees. Melody enjoys volunteering, sharing spec knowledge with others, and encouraging people to take the lead.

Session: CHANGE IS HERE: Helping Professionals Navigate Rapid Shifts in the AECO Industry

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Jennifer Friedland, CSI, CDT®

CSI DE&I Task Force

For the past 25 years, Jennifer Friedland has held positions as a building material manager involved with the specification, sales, and distribution of interior decorative surfacing, flooring, gypsum, fire-rated glazing, and custom acoustical ceilings. Her goal has been to inspire architects and to push material technical and performance capabilities to the limit. Sustainable building solutions has been her passion throughout her career.

Today, Jennifer is proudly working within the ceilings business unit at USG, a global supplier for walls, ceilings, flooring, and roofing materials. She has served as the President of the CSI Chicago Chapter, and is currently its Immediate Past President.  She continues to deepen her level of education and personal commitment to sustainability through classes at MIT and involvement in the local chapter of IL Green.

Session: CHANGE IS HERE: Helping Professionals Navigate Rapid Shifts in the AECO Industry

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Corinne Furfine, CSI

LiftMaster Architect Team

Corinne has been in the commercial electrical industry for 9 years managing multiple product lines, working with architects, engineers, and contractors to help facilitate project design. A member of the LiftMaster architect team, Corinne uses her knowledge of UL325 and ASTMF2200 to help clients design code compliant commercial door and gate systems. She utilizes Bluebeam to provide product placement recommendations to illustrate design intent. Corinne recently served a three year term on the planning committee of American Society of Landscape Architects (Florida chapter) and currently serves as Board Director of CSI’s Southeast Region.

Please reach out to her if you would like assistance with your designs or writing the 3-part specification- especially in the areas of sections 8, 11, 28, and 32!

Corinne resides in Florida and enjoys running the Disney World half marathons and fossil hunting for shark teeth along the beaches with her dog, Tessie.

Session: Commercial Door Operators

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Ronald L Geren, FCSI, Lifetime Member, AIA, CCS®, CCCA®, CDT®, SCIP

Owner, RLGA Technical Services LLC

Ron Geren has over 35 years of experience in the design and construction industry and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona. Ron is a professor of architecture at The School of Architecture, Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright, where he taught construction documents, building construction technology, and practice management, and currently teaches building codes. Ron coauthored CSI’s Project Delivery Practice Guide and Construction Specifications Practice Guide.  He is in his third year as a member of the AIA Documents Committee.

Session: Evolving Project Delivery: Mastering Change with AIA Contract Documents

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Mark Gies, Mechanical Engineer, Speaker

Director of Product Management, S-5! div. of Metal Roof Innovations, Ltd.

Mark Gies is director of product management at S-5! with 13+ years of solar experience and 30 years of engineering and management experience. Prior to S-5!, he held management positions at a mounting system company and with a solar project developer. His solar expertise includes product development, operations, installation, codes and standards, sales, and business development. Mark is vice-chair of the Mounting Systems Manufacturers Committee at SEIA, a member of SEAOC’s PV Committee, and a founding member of UL2703’s Standards Technical Panel. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Babson College and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth College.

Session: Mastering Solar/Roof Integration

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Lynsey Hankins

Color & Design Manager, PPG

Lynsey is a Color & Design Manager for PPG, specializing in Architectural Specifications, and Color and Design for Dealers. She is Master Painter Institute (MPI) Certified, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Construction Specification Institute as Institute Director from the South-Central Region. Lynsey is an AIA, IDCEC and NKBA accredited presenter. Lynsey’s passion for color and design comes from several years in the high-performance coatings divisions. Lynsey has partnered with owners, architects and designers to assist in providing the best quality products to fit the look and feel the space and owner requires.

Session: Moisture Madness: Unraveling the Flooring Fiasco and How to Prevent it!

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Shelly Higgins

Architectural & National Accounts Director, S-5!  Metal Roof Innovations Ltd.

Shelly Higgins builds and manages architectural and national accounts for S-5! Her focus is to develop a strategic, specification network and support the AECO community. Shelly joined S-5! Metal Roof Innovations in 2018 with a successful career in the building industry stemming from design work to architectural sales and representing manufacturers since 1989. Today, she creates, manages, and provides training through presentations, and she manages the specification programs. Her vast experience enables her to see things from a different perspective and understand the various roles and expectations of the people with whom she interacts. Shelly actively participates in industry organizations and trade shows. Her passion has always been working, learning, teaching and sharing knowledge in the construction industry.  She is currently organizing a construction camp for girls in NE Ohio, helping bring together various industry associations and trade unions to encourage junior and high school girls to consider a career in the construction industry.

Session: Mastering Solar/Roof Integration

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David Hutchinson

Founder & Director, Tremco CPG's Rising Stars Program

David is an expert in retrofit solution generation for the constantly aging existing building stock. Leading Tremco CPG's Deep Energy Retrofit Development program, he works with Building Owners and Architects to bring full turnkey solutions to the market and address the challenges facing carbon reduction. Additionally, Hutchinson is Founder and Director of Tremco CPG's Rising Stars Program and focuses on creating opportunities for diverse workforce development through training, education, and networking.

Session: The Deep Energy Retrofit Initiative: Maximizing Enclosure Performance in Existing Buildings

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Tom Hysell, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Principal, Alliance

Tom is a principal at Alliiance, a Minneapolis based planning, architectural, and interior design firm. His career has been focused on managing complex, high-profile projects, along with firm management. With over 35 years of experience, Tom understands the challenges of the building industry and is committed to keeping architects informed of vital advances and innovations in this rapidly changing field. His practice has been particularly focused on collaboration and leadership within both practice and the AIA; he has fostered a culture of team building through influential mentoring and leadership all while ensuring the successful development of the business of design. His projects include the Minneapolis United States Courthouse; Minneapolis Central Library; University of Minnesota Football Stadium; and the NBA Target Center Renovation. Over the past decade he has focused on managing airport projects from Papua New Guinea to Spokane, Washington.

In 2017, Tom was appointed to a ten-year term to the AIA National Documents Committee. In 2019 he
was elevated to AIA Fellow. Tom has served as the AIA Minnesota President and continues to serve on the AIA Minnesota Finance and Government Affairs Committees.

Session: Evolving Project Delivery: Mastering Change with AIA Contract Documents

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Chris Kasa, CSI

Architectural & Design Specification Manager, Nystrom Inc.

With over two decades as a seasoned sales veteran in the commercial building industry, Chris Kasa had the privilege of sharing my expertise through CE presentations and impactful training sessions. Guiding industry professionals through intricate concepts, Chris has delivered comprehensive workshops and presentations that resonate with diverse audiences. His strong communication skills, deep industry knowledge, and ability to simplify complex ideas have consistently earned positive feedback. From boardrooms to conferences, he’s fostered engaging learning environments, helping professionals excel in the dynamic landscape of the commercial building sector.

Session: Consideration for Specifying Expansion Joints

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Tarek Khan, FACI, Associate DBIA

Architect and Designer Solutions, Master Builders Solutions

Tarek Khan has worked in the concrete industry for 41 years. He joined the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) in 1982, where he led research projects, and taught concrete technology and EHS compliance. Tarek joined Master Builders in 1996. Heis an expert in sustainable concrete, helping concrete producers, engineers, and architects specify, design, and build with low-embodied carbon concrete on numerous projects. Since 2008, Tarek has helped contractors and concrete producers meet Caltrans’ requirements for low-embodied carbon concrete. He helped Central Concrete Supply revamp their mix catalog to be low-carbon concrete leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area and produce the first EPD for concrete in the US. Since then, he has helped many concrete producers design low-carbon concrete mixes with verified EPDs. He is an ACI Fellow, a co-recipient of ASTM’s Sanford E. Thompson Award for research, and an accredited member of the Design-Build Institute of America.

Session: Specifying Sustainability in a Rapidly Changing Market

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Candace Kitchen

Primary Presenter & Educator, Total Door Integrated Door Systems

Candace is the primary presenter and educator for Total Door integrated door systems, life safety and building code courses. She has more than four years’ experience in working with architects, engineers, hotels, fire safety personnel and others to ensure that they have the latest information on life safety building codes and product options to ensure compliance. Candace is a central part of Total Door Systems’ customer service team, and helps each customer with her characteristic high energy and positivity.

Session: Integrated Door Systems

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Sneh Kumar

Director, Arconic Building and Construction Systems (BCS)

Sneh Kumar is the director of global sustainability for Arconic Building and Construction Systems (BCS), which includes Kawneer. Sneh is responsible for the development and execution of sustainability strategy to deliver an increasingly sustainable product offering to customers and stakeholders. This entails reducing GHG emissions, delivering increasingly sustainable product offerings to customers and stakeholders, enhancing product design and certifications, improving resource efficiency, enhancing supply chain transparency, and optimizing the company’s manufacturing footprint. With more than 20 years in the building products industry, Sneh has been involved in the commercialization of over 40 high-performance building facade products and has received multiple patent grants. He is a visionary leader with proven abilities to solve complex and relevant problems to unlock business value. Sneh has been actively involved with industry associations, architects, and customers, and has served on the Board of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). He is an invited speaker and panelist at multiple industry conferences.

Session: Specifying Sustainability in a Rapidly Changing Market

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Cynie Linton, CSI, CDT®

CSI DE&I Task Force

Cynie Linton has 25 years of experience writing specifications. She has been a CSI member since the early 1990s and has served as president of the Boston Chapter, and as secretary for the Northeast Region. She is currently Vice President of the Boston Chapter, and also serves on the CSI National Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. As a specifications consultant with Kalin Associates she particularly enjoys working on public projects, and making a difference in civic life through participation in design and construction of schools, libraries, fire stations, and community centers. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, yoga, travel, and cats.  Her recent travels have taken her to volcanic islands – Iceland, and São Miguel, the Azores.

Session: CHANGE IS HERE: Helping Professionals Navigate Rapid Shifts in the AECO Industry

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Carlota Longo, CSI, CDT®

CSI DE&I Task Force

Carlota Longo has been with LS3P since 2006 and is currently the Specifications Leader of a dynamic yet small team to support all 12 offices throughout the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida.  Carlota’s previous experience in Retail Facilities Management awakened her interest in construction and architecture.  As she works on multiple project types and industries, she is eager to mentor the next generation of spec writers at LS3P.  Having recently made Associate Principal & Shareholder of her firm, she still finds time to volunteer with CSI, nationally and locally in Charlotte, NC.  She is fond of cooking & baking, exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, and spending time with her husband and cats.

Session: CHANGE IS HERE: Helping Professionals Navigate Rapid Shifts in the AECO Industry

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Bill McHugh, CSI, MBA

Executive Director, FCIA, NFCA, CRCA

Bill McHugh is the executive director at the Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA), National Fireproofing Contractors Association (NFCA), and Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA). Bill participates in the code development processes at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Code Council (ICC), State of Illinois, and City of Chicago. He has served on the ICC’s Fire Safety Code Development Committee, serves on the NFPA Fire Protection Features Committee, and is a past member of the International Accreditation Services (IAS) Board of Directors. At the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), he serves as organizer and moderator for the ASHE/TJC/FCIA/UL Barrier Management Symposiums. He is also a past Institute director, chapter president (No.IL), and region president (North Central) at CSI. Bill produces Life Safety Digest, the magazine of effective compartmentation, is principal author of the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice, NFCA Handbook of Accepted Fireproofing Knowledge, and other documents. He presents at industry events locally, nationally and internationally, and liaisons with many other associations. Bill can be reached at bill@FCIA.org

Session: Firestopping and Specifications: 2023 and Beyond

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Andrew Miller, CSI, CDT®

Principal, President, Dakota Safety

Andrew Miller has 30+ years of industry experience with the last 12 years particularly focused on safety products specified and used in the built enviornment. In 2010 Andrew established Dakota Safety to market safety products that could be specified and included as construction building products. In 2021 in the midst of the pandemic, Dakota Safety was approached by a new healthcare technology company for disinfection and pathogen reduction to introduce the new technology, developed in healthcare, to the general building market as well as healthcare projects. Andrew is a 30+ year member of CSI and has been active in the Minneapolis St Paul Chapter, serving on the board and as Certification Committee chair. He is a published author, consultant, and a leader and volunteer on local boards.

Session: Engineered Building Solutions for Continuous Surface and Air Disinfection

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Brian Miller, CSI

Senior Vice President, ARCAT

Brian began his career in commercial construction working with the once iconic Sweet’s Catalogue File in the late 1980s and early 1990s, very much the go-to product reference pre-internet. In 1992, Brian founded Constructive Marketing Services, Inc., a full-service sales and marketing consulting business, which focused on the building product trade. When Rick Jannott, the founder of ARAT and his former boss at Sweets, approached Brian in late 2000 with an opportunity to leverage the transitioning of product selection from print to electronic media, he couldn’t resist. In the twenty years since, ARCAT has grown to become North America’s most comprehensive, most active, and most trusted product sourcing research platform. Brian was recently a participant in AIA’s Smarter Together Initiative which examined how product data is distributed and consumed, and is available for public speaking engagements across the county.

Session: When Marketing is Sales in Commercial Construction

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Robert Miller, PSP, CDT®

Owner, Imperial Professional Consulting Services

Robert Miller is a perimeter security consultant with over 35 years’ experience and who offers proactive insight into physical security solutions needed in today’s challenging world. He has been hands-on both in the office and in the field, providing him the ability to professionally guide those looking to secure their perimeter by assessing the vulnerability of their site and determining the correct products and design layout relative to their needs. Robert is a member of Security Industry Association, American Society for Industrial Security, CSI, ASTM, and SAME. He also is a board-certified ASIS physical security professional (PSP) and CSI construction document technologist (CDT). He currently serves as chair of the SIA Perimeter Security Terminology group and as technical advisor on the ASTM F14.50 Subcommittee on High Security Fence and Perimeter Barriers. He is committed to lifelong learning to ensure that the latest trends and standards are being utilized to ensure a complete and effective perimeter security solution.

Session: Protective Design Concepts and Standards: Navigating Product Solutions

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Trevor S Mitchell, MBA, FASAE, CAE, CDP

Consultant, Event Garde

As a consultant for Event Garde, Trevor Mitchell helps associations be successful. In his role, he provides facilitation and consultation around strategic planning, strategic visioning, business analysis, and leadership facilitation. Trevor has held numerous positions throughout his association career with two different associations. His most recent role is as Executive Director/CEO for American Mensa and the Mensa Foundation.

Session: Build It: Confident Leadership Workshop

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Caitlin Morgan, CSI-EP, CDT®, Assoc. AIA

Project Designer, Moseley Architects

Caitlin Morgan is a goal-oriented emerging professional who strives to elevate industry standards and people across the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) community. After experiencing first-hand how much of a toll the pandemic took on emerging professionals, she focused her professional development on networking and continuing education through co-founding Emerge AEC. Caitlin is a national speaker on topics ranging from goal-setting to continuing education standards, fueled by her passion for mentoring those entering an AECO profession. As a member of CSI, Caitlin is the 2022 inaugural recipient of the CSI Outstanding Emerging Professional award and serves the Central Virgnina Chapter board of directors as the communications chair and marketing chair.    

Session: Cultivating Collaboration In a Changing Industry

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Senior Director Building Innovations, NRMCA

Frank Mruk is an architect and technology strategist. He is a founder and executive director of the NY Center for Strategic Innovation, the Boston Center for Smart Building Technology, and is a senior director of Building Innovations at NRMCA. He was educated at Pratt Institute, Pace University, and the University of Oxford. He has taught architecture at the School of Visual Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, Parsons School of Design, New York University, and New York Institute of Technology, where he served as associate dean for the School of Architecture and Design. Frank has been a visiting critic at the United Nations, Oxford Brooks University, the University of Chile, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Yale University, and MIT. He also taught at RISD, NYU, Parsons, SVA, and RWU.

Session: Decarbonizing Concrete Now: Reports From the Field

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Scott Neal, AIA

Principal, Wendel

Scott Neal is an award-winning, registered architect with over 25 years of experience in public transportation projects across the country as well as multiple international projects and competitions. As one of the firm’s design directors, Scott’s primary responsibilities include fulfilling the project sponsor and lead project designer role in which he is intimately involved in project development from kickoff meeting through construction. Natural daylighting, sustainable building design, and simplicity of form are the focus of his design philosophy. He is an expert at driving award-winning designs by implementing a heavy client- and public-participation approach in his work. Scott also helps steer Wendel’s strategic vision as a member of the board of directors. He has co-authored and presented multiple papers on mobility, public transportation sustainability, and firm leadership.

Session: How Digital Delivery Changes Your Practice AND What You Deliver

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Hana Nguyenky, CSI-EP, CCS®, CCCA®, CDT®, AIA, LEED AP

Architect 1, VMDO Architects

Hana Nguyenky has an educational background in architecture, anthropology, and design research. She intends to craft a professional career path that will allow her to pursue her interests in education design, specifications writing, material studies, and fabrication methods. Her goal is to be involved in work that will prepare, provide for, and help in nurturing the next generation. Three things she endeavors to accomplish in her life are to investigate, innovate, and inspire. Hana’s greatest passion is knowledge, and as a co-founder of Emerge AEC, she is able to use the platform for sharing knowledge across the industry. As a member of CSI, Hana serves on the Central Virginia Chapter board of directors as the education and certifications chair.

Session: Cultivating Collaboration In a Changing Industry

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Alejandra Nieto, MBSc

Sustainability Manager, ROCKWOOL

Alejandra Nieto's role as sustainability manager at ROCKWOOL is defining and implementing sustainability strategy and initiatives, ensuring the development of high-performance stone wool insulation products with the lowest embodied footprint. Her role includes managing the sustainability profile of ROCKWOOL products through certifications and listings, keeping to date with policy and regulatory work on the topic of life cycle assessment and decarbonization, and working with industry leaders to drive the use of low carbon sustainable products. Her background also includes building science and building materials expertise, focusing on low carbon and energy efficiency design. Alejandra is an active member on multiple ASHRAE technical committees including her role as chair for TC 4.4 Building Materials and Building Envelope Performance. She teaches part-time at George Brown College in Ontario and is also a certified passive house consultant.

Session: Specifying Sustainability in a Rapidly Changing Market

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Patrick J. O'Connor, Jr.


Patrick is Arbitrator/Mediator: Construction, Insurance, Government Contracts, Suretyship. He has spent the past forty years practicing construction law, representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, suppliers, architects, and engineers. Engaged as an expert witness in more twenty construction arbitrations and court cases.

Patrick has represented parties in hundreds of construction-related arbitrations and mediations throughout the United States. Acted as a mediator in more than fifty construction cases. Acted as an arbitrator in more than twenty construction cases.

He was admitted to the Bar: Minnesota, 1981; U.S. District Court (D. Minn), 1982; U.S. Court of Appeals (8th Circuit); and U.S. Supreme Court.

Patrick holds degrees; Hamline University, B.A. 1975; American University, J.D. 1981.

Session: Evolving Project Delivery: Mastering Change with AIA Contract Documents

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Senior Manager of Projects, CRE

Mark has over 27 years’ experience in the construction industry, spanning the Consumer Goods, Manufacturing, Industrial, and Commercial markets. He is a credentialed PMP, CDT, and CCCA. With an extensive background in cost estimating and project controls, work process development, technical design development, construction safety, and contract negotiation. Mark manages the project life cycle from conception through completion.  Mark is currently the president of the CSINext Chapter and serves on the Editorial Advisory Committee for Construction Specifier Magazine. Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati and his Master of Construction Management from Western Carolina University. Mark currently serves as a Senior Manager of Projects with a global commercial real estate services firm.

Session: Influencing Our Industry’s Future Though Participation in Education

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Michael J Parkyn, MRICS

Regional Director/Senior Project Manager/Lead Trainer, Leland Saylor Associates

Michael Parkyn entered the construction industry in the UK as a junior trainee at 16 years of age, engaging with construction technology training at community college before completing a university bachelors degree in quantity surveying in London. Becoming certified with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2006, Michael has developed wide experience and expertise, including construction cost estimating, cost planning and management, budget validation/benchmarking, and value engineering, mostly in building projects. Sector experience (UK/USA) includes Education, Transit, Cultural, Commercial, Aviation, Healthcare, Entertainment, and Infrastructure, with project values ranging from $100,000 to multiple $billions. Signature projects include Salesforce Transit Center San Francisco, Apple Park Cupertino, and The Shard, London. Today, he mostly manages teams, projects, and processes for successful outcomes. In 2020 he became a certified team member of Maxwell Leadership (John C. Maxwell) bringing revolutionary personal growth that he loves to share as an inspiration and growth pathway for others.

Session: Steady the Ship: Achieving Budget Stability through Intentional Cost Planning

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Minnie Robles

Senior Sales Representative, Johns Manville Commercial Roofing Systems

Minnie Robles has been in the roofing industry for over 18 years from contracting to distribution to manufacturing and is currently the Senior Sales Territory Manager for Johns Manville Commercial Roofing Systems for Arizona. Minnie has worked over several positions in the industry and is current president of the CSI Phoenix Chapter and sits on the board of the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association. Over the course of her career, Minnie has held administrative positions, inside sales and outside sales as well as manufacturing territory sales positions. Her expertise as a member of National Women in Roofing and her involvement with ARCA an CSI Phoenix has given her the passion for philanthropy and causes which help generate positions for women in the workforce.

Session: So, You Want to Start Your Own Girls Camp

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Richard J Ruppert, RA

Supply (Building Product Manufacturer, Product Representative), Director of Partnerships and Strategic Alliances, RIB Software

Rick Ruppert is a registered architect with over 20 years of professional practice experience prior to a move into building product manufacturing and now building project delivery software. As director of partnerships at RIB Software, he is focused on topics concerning the delivery of effective and integrated resources driving architectural design, building construction, and facility operation processes. An architect himself, Rick has a well-informed perspective regarding the transformational technologies impacting successful, environmentally responsible project outcomes. The results of his efforts can be seen in the collaboration, education, and process management consultation he regularly provides to the building design and construction community.

Session: Write Now: Generative AI and Successful Technology Driven Project Outcomes

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Keith Sanford

Field Engineer, Specified Technologies Inc.

Keith is a Senior Field Engineer with Specified Technologies Inc. (STI) who works primarily with design professionals to make the specification of firestopping easier and code-compliant and reduce clients’ liability through education and consulting. Keith is a PE (Professional Engineer) who believes in the importance of firestopping, a belief that solidified after a personal experience during the legal aftermath of a major fire. For over 30 years, he has worked for two of the largest firestop manufacturers in the world, both domestically and abroad, in positions including sales, field engineer, technical service manager, product manager, global marketing manager, and director of business development. These roles took him throughout the US and Canada, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, India, and the Pacific Rim. Keith holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University and an MBA from the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. He was a founding member of IFC (International Firestop Council) and served 2 years as President. He is a member of CSI and achieved both CDT and CCPR certifications.

Session: Firestopping in Mass Timber - How Is It Different?

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Allison Verley

Building Envelope Specialist, Construction Innovations

Allison Verley believes knowledge is power and there is always a solution for every situation. With a background in civil engineering and a focus on sustainability, longevity, and energy efficiency, she stays up to date on the most innovative solutions for the building envelope. Through public speaking, digital media, and articles, Allison is able to bring the forefront of information to local markets with a focus on proper use of materials situationally rather than with a cookie cutter approach. Her building envelope focus is: Masonry Restoration and Moisture Management, Waterproofing and Reducing Litigation Nightmares, Roofing, Single-ply and Protected Membrane, Garden Roofs and Plaza Decks, Claddings and Attachment, and Proper Insulations for Specific Conditions, Dewpoint Calculations and Assembly Solutions.

Session: Green Roof Design: A Sustainable Approach to Waterproofing

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Kevin Wang, CSI, CCS®, CDT®

Chair, CSI DE&I Task Force

Kevin Wang is a collaborator, analytical thinker, and problem solver. He began his career in traditional architectural production, and transitioned to specifications writing after being exposed to that aspect of the industry. His early specialization in the field of specifications and his work since then has resulted in accelerated exposure to building science and technology, making  him an asset to his clients. He joined INSPEC, an independent specifications consulting firm in 2004, becoming the Principal in 2016. Kevin’s passion for diversity has been a lifelong endeavor, so when CSI formed the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Task Force in the fall of 2021, he volunteered to serve. He currently leading the Task Force as its Chair and is excited to help make CSI a more welcoming community for all who have something to contribute.

Session: CHANGE IS HERE: Helping Professionals Navigate Rapid Shifts in the AECO Industry

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Adam Wilbrecht, AIA

Chief Product Officer, Concert

Adam Wilbrecht is the chief product officer and cofounder at ConcertVDC. He is a registered architect and specialist in building and design technologies. Today, Adam’s core interests focus on Web3 blockchain-based services for AECO, IoT edge technologies for buildings, and enabling digitalization of the design and construction industries. Adam was formerly the chief knowledge officer at the architecture firm Cuningham, where he worked as an architect, technologist, and researcher for 30 years. Adam received his Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

Session: How Digital Delivery Changes Your Practice AND What You Deliver

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Jay Yowell, AIA

Principal, Professor, Oklahoma State University - Stillwater

Jay Yowell has practiced architecture since 1994 and has led sustainable design efforts since 1998. In starting a firm’s Sustainable Design Task Force, he saw the impact that adapting specifications had with making projects more environmentally-friendly. This began his interest in building products and the impact the elements from manufacturing, installing and end-of-life handling had on the environment. Jay has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to share his work and research at various conferences. Presenting and teaching professionals led him to eventually begin teaching as an adjunct in 2004 while still maintaining an architectural practice. In 2017 he began a more formal teaching career, still practicing architecture. Jay’s teaching focuses on materials and biomimicry – working with nature. In 2020, he was awarded a grant to research mycelium to be used as bricks, which has led him to explore this material as an alternate to current building materials.

Session: Mushroom Mycelium for Construction Materials

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Corey Zussman, CSI, AIA, NCARB, ALA, RBEC, RRC, REWC, RWC, RRO, CDT®, CQM, CxA+BE, BECxP, CABS, LEED AP BD+C Level II Thermographer

Director of Quality, Pepper Construction

As a forensic architect registered in several states, Corey Zussman has practiced in the construction industry for more than 30 years. He specializes in building envelope, restoration, preservation, life safety, and interior finishes. While working on an average of 50 to 75 projects a year, Corey conducts constructability reviews, pre-installation meetings, comprehensive envelope meetings, and construction observations. He has also become known for providing educational opportunities throughout the industry and has produced more than 150 "lessons learned" papers. Topics include building envelope and life safety concerns, which enables Corey to proactively address issues during design review, pre-construction, and construction. In addition, he has written over 10 industry articles about building envelope and life safety topics and is also a frequent presenter at local and national conferences and association meetings. Visit www.pepperquality.com homepage to access all of Corey's lessons learned papers and a list of over 40 AIA CES presentations.

Session: What Every Architect Should Include in Drawings and Specifications