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.
senior member, IEEE
Jackie Adams earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She is the founder of Ristole, an engineering consulting company which transforms corporations through employee development. As an IEEE senior member, Jackie serves as the Vice-Chair of IEEE’s Continuing Education program. For her professional achievements, she has received local and national recognition including “Top 40 Under 40″, “Outstanding Young Alumni”, and “Outstanding Women in Business”. Jackie writes a column for IEEE-USA’s Insight platform called “Lessons on Leadership” in which she shares leadership hacks based on her experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer, corporate engineering trainer, and entrepreneur.
worldwide head of engineering and construction
Sandra Benson is the World Wide Head of Engineering and Construction for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Sandra has over 25 years in the E&C industry including the role of VP of IT at SNC-Lavalin, WW Construction GTM Lead at Hexagon, Global Industry Director of E&C for Oracle and has worked with many of the largest Construction companies in the world.
She has spent her entire career in the E&C industry and is passionate about transforming its’ productivity through the use of technology. The Construction industry is ripe for disruption and AWS is uniquely positioned to take a leadership role.
Outside of work, she teaches Pilates and enjoy dancing, travel, wine tasting and riding her Harley.
design technology specialist
Julide Bozoglu is a Design Technology Specialist in HED Chicago office. Julide earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a Master of Business Administration and a PH.D. in Arts Management in Turkey. She also completed Post-Doctoral research at the Illinois Institute of Technology in BIM & Construction Technology. Julide developed the BIM curriculum at Armour College of Engineering at IIT. She presented and published on BIM Teaching and Learning methodologies both in the US and abroad. She was previously employed by ESD as a BIM Specialist and is currently teaching at IIT within the Department of Civil Architectural Environmental Engineering. Julide is also a licensed architect in Turkey and a member of the International American Institute of Architects.
President and CEO
Home Builders Institute (HBI)
Ed Brady is the President and CEO of Home Builders Institute (HBI), a national nonprofit that trains underserved populations, including veterans, transitioning military, justice-involved youth and adults, and high school students for careers in the building industry. He currently oversees the operations, products and services for HBI.
A second-generation home builder from Bloomington, Illinois, Brady learned carpentry from a union master carpenter in college and started building houses in 1988. During Brady’s 30+ years in the industry, he has been advocating for and defending the building industry through leaderships positions at the local, state and national levels. He brings to HBI decades of experience leading a multi-million-dollar home building company, serving as director of the Chicago Federal Home Loan Bank and working with leading experts to advance the nation’s housing policy. Brady has also served as a senior officer with the National Association of Home Builders and as the 2016 chairman of the board of directors.
Born and raised of Mexican descent on the Northwest side of Chicago with Catholic upbringing, Heidi E. Cervantes graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) with both a Bachelors of Architecture and Master’s Degree in Architecture. She has been married for 12 years to her high school sweetheart, Jose M. Garcia.
With over 15 years of experience in the industry (retail and corporate interiors), she has played a critical role in FitzGerald’s project teams supporting architectural and interior design projects with a skill for both aesthetics and technical accuracy.
In addition, she is part of the Social Media Committee for the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI Chicago) and is on the Membership Committee for the Near South Planning Board.
senior director of virtual construction
As Senior Director of Virtual Construction at Ryan Companies, Megan Conrad currently leads the national VDC Media team in bringing technology-based experiences to Ryan’s development, marketing, pursuit, construction, and operations groups. In her role she spearheads the efforts for AR/VR, game engine experiences, drone content, architectural visualization renderings and animations, video production/editing, and real estate technologies. For the last several years Megan served as the lead Virtual Construction Manager in Ryan’s Great Lakes region and facilitated the widespread adoption of Virtual Construction and Technological Excellence within Ryan. Prior to her career at Ryan, Megan spent over 7 years in construction project management providing her with a unique skillset to bridge design and construction communication and maximize integration. Megan holds a degree in Architecture with a focus on Construction Management from the University of Minnesota.
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.
As Vice President of Smart Technologies & IoT at GCP Applied Technologies, Susan Dalton is driving the company’s vision of introducing disruptive technologies into the construction industry. She led the creation of a new category in the specialty construction industry that combines sensor technology with predictive analytics to measure and manage concrete in transit. The industry transformative IoT solution is recognized for its impact on safety and sustainability while achieving its focus goal of delivering consistent, quality concrete. In this role, she also led the development and roll-out of a new global corporate website as well as a custom built CRM system serving the commercial teams globally.
Susan works actively with women at GCP Applied Technologies supporting both their projects and their careers. She has served as a mentor to several women in all phases of their careers working with them to achieve their goals. In addition to her work in the company, Susan coaches undergraduate students at Babson College in the Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program. In addition, she serves as a mentor for a graduate student in Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program.
Previously, as VP of Technology with LocaModa, Susan reorganized and led the client delivery organization for the social media leader including the largest digital out of home social media campaign in the UK for ESPN’s TV launch of the Barclay’s Premier Football League. She previously spent eight years in Executive VP roles with Local Matters, where she was the founding technology executive and grew the business from inception to $40M+ while enabling evolution of an early stage business concept into a global offering in the local search market.
product marketing manager
Garrett is a member of the product team at Jamf, a software company that helps organizations better manage and secure their Apple devices in the office and in the field. With more than 30,000 customers and 15M devices under management, Jamf is the global leader in empowering employees with the Apple devices they prefer, even when they’re in the field.
board of direction, ASCE
Regional Director – Illinois and Missouri Operations Lochmueller Group
Marsia is an experienced executive with over 26 years of engineering and construction industry experience, 15 years as a leader of privately held companies. Chosen as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Women of 2010 for her commitment to the St. Louis Region, and strong presence in the engineering community. Marsia has a passion for inspiring others to dream big. She encourages her teams to recognize the importance of collaboration. Her favorite quote by President John F. Kennedy – “A rising tide will lift all boats,” reflects that creed.
Marsia is an experienced speaker and has addressed a wide variety of audiences on leadership, entrepreneurial pursuits, public policy and civil engineering as a career. Marsia has a strong entrepreneurial mindset, founding two successful businesses. Her fearless approach to business is deeply rooted in her belief that hard work and authenticity will always succeed, and having fun is paramount.
Registered Professional Engineer in the states of; Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming.
She serves as the Chair of the South Dakota State University Civil Engineering Department & member of St. Louis University – Park College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology Industry Advisory Boards.
Marsia is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, she currently serves as the Region 7 Director responsible for the states of Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Colorado and serves on the Board of Direction.
She currently serves as a volunteer for the Women’s Safe House and the Blessing Basket Project.
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.
sr. director of electric tools & accessories
Eric Hollister is the Senior Director of Marketing for Hilti North America’s Electric Tools and Accessories. Eric earned a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He’s spent most of his career in product marketing for automation and tools.
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 a State Senator in Illinois, 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, an 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.
Fouad is an architect with over twenty years of experience in design and in the U.S. and overseas. As the design director for BLOX and its sister company GA Studio, he is responsible for new product development and the management of the multidisciplinary in-house design studio. He also serves as team lead and main facilitator for a wide array of manufacturing and technology process improvement projects throughout the enterprise.
Fouad has extensive experience in prefabrication and off-site and lead GA Studio’s initial proof of concept project in off-site in 2011, which was the precursor to BLOX.
Prior to his work at BLOX, Fouad was a creative director at White Arkitekter, the largest architecture firm in the Nordics, where he was lead designer on several significant project in the eastern region of Sweden. His experience in Sweden was also rooted in heavy use of prefabrication and offsite construction, which has a deep and well-developed basis in the Nordics. Fouad was also a member of the corporate leadership team at White and led several R&D and technology initiatives at the company.
Fouad has maintained a keen interest in both design and construction technology throughout his career. In addition to his professional activity, he has served as a visiting critic at numerous institutions including Auburn University, Georgia Tech, the University of Virginia and Viriginia Commonwealth University. He has also been on the advisory board of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University and served as an academic advisor to the department of Building Construction and Logistics at Linkoping University in Sweden. He is a graduate of the Auburn University School of Architecture and earned his B’Arch there in 2000.
VP, business development – iTwin services
Bentley Systems, Inc.
Adam Klatzkin is Vice President, Business Development for iTwin Services at Bentley Systems. He joined Bentley in 1998. His previous roles have included leading various platform and product development teams including Senior Director of Construction Product Development. In 2010 Adam co-founded The Engineering Essentials Company (TEEC) which developed SpecWave a software product to help architectural, engineering, and construction organizations intelligently manage their engineering specifications and related codes and standards. SpecWave was acquired in November 2012 by Bentley. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in Electrical and Computer Engineering with an additional major in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Tereza Kostova is a native of Bulgaria and she moved to Chicago in 2010 to pursue her Bachelor degree. She received a Bachelor of Architecture (2015) and Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering and Management degrees(2017) from Illinois Institute of Technology. Throughout her college studies, she has worked for various Architectural and Engineering firms in the city of Chicago. Her latest experience was working for Skanska on the design side, providing Design-Built Services for large commercial, industrial, and pharmaceutical projects throughout the states. Currently, she is working for VIATechnik where she is able to contribute her experience in providing BIM services for clients from the A/E/C industry and also pursuing her Architectural license.
Jennifer Kuether, P.E., principal at Chicago Engineers, has nearly 20 years of experience in the MEP industry and has led numerous projects in the Chicago area and nationally. Jennifer is responsible for supporting her company’s strategic plan, project management, quality control and business development. Project experience encompasses many sectors including airports, commercial office buildings, fitness centers, healthcare, museums, parks, retail, residential, restaurants, schools and transportation. Jennifer holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a licensed engineer in the state of Illinois. Jennifer is also an active member in several professional societies.