Saint-Gobain North America & CertainTeed
Mark Rayfield is Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain North America, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions.
Saint-Gobain North America has more than 15,500 employees across approximately 160 locations throughout the United States and Canada and reported sales of approximately $6.5 billion in 2018.
Mr. Rayfield also serves as CEO of CertainTeed, Saint-Gobain’s leading manufacturer of building materials for commercial and residential construction. CertainTeed has more than 6,900 employees at 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada and reported sales of approximately $3.9 billion in 2018.
Mr. Rayfield began his career with Saint-Gobain in 1999 in a sales role within Abrasives North America. He spent the next two decades working in various roles, including as Vice President of Saint-Gobain Abrasives North America; President of CertainTeed Siding; and CEO of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution United Kingdom and Ireland. Most recently, Mr. Rayfield was appointed to CEO of CertainTeed in 2017.
Mr. Rayfield holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from Clarkson University.
worldwide head of engineering and construction
Sandra joined Hexagon PPM in 2018. Sandra has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Most recently Sandra served as vice president of systems integration at SNC as vice president of SNC Lavalin, and as CIO at Kentz prior to its acquisition by SNC.
corporate manager of construction technology
Leveraging more than 15 years of field experience in the Heavy Infrastructure and Industrial segments, Keith has held roles of increasing responsibility, including Operations Manager for Bechtel’s Corporate Construction team. Keith now focuses on developing new designs, methodology, processes, and materials to improve the way that we execute mega projects, working to maximize productivity, while enhancing safety and quality.
SVP of global channels and alliances
An award-winning executive with more than 25 years of experience in the IT outsourcing, cloud, security and SaaS industries, Tina Gravel is senior vice president of global channels and alliances at Cyxtera. She previously served as a senior vice president of global channels and strategic alliances for Cryptzone and before that, was general manager for Dimension Data’s Cloud Services Business in the Americas.
director of capital development and buildings administration
Wayne County, Michigan
Tom Kelly is the Director of Capital Development and Buildings Administration for Wayne County. Prior to joining the County, Tom served as a Senior Policy Adviser at the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Barack Obama, with a portfolio that included transportation, infrastructure and workforce development. Other positions held during the Obama Administration include: Deputy Director of the Office of Recovery for Automotive Communities and Workers, where Tom played a critical role in helping distressed communities identify federal support for recovery, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, serving in both the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Tom’s experience in government, however, goes back further, beginning with former President Obama during his time as an Illinois State Senator, and carrying over to staff positions on his 2004 Senate and 2008 Presidential campaigns. Moreover, Tom worked for current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual during his 2002 congressional campaign and Secretary Hillary Clinton on her 2016 Presidential bid. Tom holds a B.A. from DePaul University, a M.Sc. from the University of Oxford and an MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2008, Tom was named to the Windy City Times 40 under 40 list for his commitment to social justice and equality. He is also an Eagle Scout and published author.
researcher and project manager
Dr. Laguarda-Mallo, is an Architect and Engineer specialized in Innovation and Mass Timber Construction. She holds two Master’s degrees (Timber Construction and Bioproducts Engineering) and a Doctorate in Bioproduct Engineering. She has published over twenty-five peer-reviewed, industry and conference proceedings papers and articles. She has presented at national and international conferences such as the World Conference on Timber Engineering, Forest Products Society International convention, International Mass Timber Conference and IUFRO International Convention.
From 2010 to 2012 she worked as an Architect and Professor (Design and Structural Calculus courses) in Montevideo, Uruguay. From 2012 to 2017 she worked as a PhD Fellow and Guest Lecturer at the Department of Bioproducts Engineering at the University of Minnesota.
She is currently working as a Researcher and Project Manager at VIATechnik, specializing in BIM Management, Prefabrication, Wood Construction and Innovation. Additionally, she is part of the ICC – ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings working group and the CTBUH Tall Timber Working Group.
Amy Marks is the CEO of XSite Modular, the world’s leading critical infrastructure design-builder (CIBs) including Modular Cable Landing Stations (MCLS), ILA and PFE shelters, Edge and Micro Data Centers constructed in the United States and shipped all over the world. XSite’s permanent, structural steel and concrete buildings are non-combustible and built to withstand security threats and the harshest environments including heavy wind and seismic loads.
Amy’s published white papers including Risk Mitigation through Industrialized Construction. She is a sought-after chairperson and keynote for international conferences on construction and was appointed by Singapore’s Building Construction Authority’s (BCA) International Panel of Experts focused on prefabrication and construction productivity. As a prefabrication consultant, Ms. Marks works with Fortune 500 clients all over the world. Aside from enabling the optimization of off-site elements into projects’ design, she has launched innovative companies producing full volumetric steel and concrete modules as well as high-tech, multi-trade subassemblies.
Michael Oster is the founder of Gemba Technologies. Gemba Technologies provides CIO services for the construction industry. Services include development of IT strategies, business plan development, process re-engineering services, cloud strategies, contract negotiations, technology assessments, security strategies, emerging technologies, and other CIO services.
SVP of construction
Nancy has more than 25 years of construction experience. Prior to joining Compass, Nancy was the national vice president of operations for Balfour Beatty Construction. Nancy holds a degree in Construction Engineering and Management from San Diego State University.
chief design officer
Dan Patterson founded BASIS, a company that developed an artificial intelligence (AI) planning software tool that was acquired by InEight in 2018. Following the acquisition, Dan became a member of InEight’s executive leadership team. He now focuses on expanding upon his vision of creating next generation planning and scheduling software solutions for the construction industry.
As a globally recognized project analytics thought leader and software entrepreneur, Dan has more than 20 years of experience building project management software companies, including Pertmaster and Acumen. Throughout his career, Dan has focused on solution innovation and project management, including advanced scheduling, risk management, project analytics and AI.
Dan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He attended the University of Nottingham in the UK where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a PhD in construction management.
director of innovation & technology
Lead the identification and implementation of future technologies, adoption of innovation, and business process improvements while providing his senior leadership and experience to IT Services, Operations technologies and processes, and the VDC team as well as partnering with the Business Development group to promote innovation and technology with our existing and prospective customers.
construction technology corporate service leader
Justin Schmidt’s passion for the built environment began at a young age. Helping his grandpa with the family construction business later inspired him to study civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin. Currently living in the Washington, D.C. area (while remaining a true the Green Bay Packers fan), Justin serves as DPR’s Construction Technology Lead. With the unique ability to synthesize how various technologies should work together, he is key to delivering on DPR’s collaborative project delivery approach and promise of more predictable outcomes.
From miscellaneous construction tasks as a boy, to project engineer and current DPR leader, Justin has experienced all facets of construction—from the field to the office—working on more than $2 billion of work since joining DPR in 2005.
CEO, Berkeley Varitronics Systems
author Hacked Again
Scott N. Schober is the author of Hack Again and the President and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems (BVS), a forty-year-old New Jersey-based privately held company and leading provider of advanced, world-class wireless test and security solutions. Schober also invented BVS’s cell phone detection tools, used to enforce a “no cell phone policy” in prisons and secure government facilities. Scott is a highly sought-after subject expert on the topic of cybersecurity.
director of transportation services
City of Dubuque, Iowa
As director of transportation services, Tyler is responsible for the operation of The Jule, Dubuque’s public transit system with fixed-route bus service and door-to-door paratransit mini-bus service, and management of the city’s parking system, including public ramps, lots, and parking meters. She will serve as project manager for the department, coordinate vehicle and major equipment purchases, analyze ridership and route performance, manage and maintain all parking facilities/assets and enforcement activities, control and administer budgets for the transit and parking activities, and be responsible for departmental marketing programs and activities.
Prior to coming to Dubuque, Tyler was employed by the City of Little Rock, Ark., from 2013 to 2016 as fleet acquisition, parts, and special projects manager. She served as a divisional manager and was responsible for vehicle procurement, acquisitions, parts, and inventory control for the city’s 1,400 fleet assets. Tyler also implemented a performance measurement system, acted as legislative and state government liaison for fleet issues, ensured grant compliance, identified alternative energy and fueling projects, and managed the division’s annual budget.
Tyler’s previous experience includes serving as executive administrator to the CEO of RVM Enterprises, an eDiscovery and consulting services firm in New York, N.Y.; chief of staff to New Jersey Assemblyman Jerry Green in the New Jersey General Assembly in Plainfield, N.J.; and assistant to the CEO of the Promontory Financial Group in New York, N.Y.