Brady Bryan of BRAYN Consulting

Anielle Guedes

CEO and Founder


Anielle is a serial entrepreneur focused on emerging technologies and a social economic development expert. She has worked with institutions such as United Nations, Singularity University and the Austrian government on projects that leverage the power of technology to address global challenges. She has lectured in over 35 countries, serves as an Advisor to the Presidency of Brazil and has founded several venture including NEXT and Urban3D, a 3D printing concrete company. Anielle is a Forbes 30 Under 30, a MIT Under 35 and Bloomberg Young Pioneer awardee and also a winner of the 2015 COINS Grand Challenge.

Brady Bryan of BRAYN Consulting

Brady Bryan

Founding Member and CEO

BRAYN Consulting LLC

Brady founded BRAYN Consulting LLC in early 2010. Through vision and heavy investment into technology and infrastructure, he has made BRAYN a sleek, technology-driven, quality-focused organization that brings optimal value to clients. Brady is a staunch advocate of adding value to clients through both tax credits and incentives, as well as supporting businesses in continuous process and quality improvement initiatives. This passion stems from his quality management and consulting background. As a result, BRAYN is committed to hiring BRAYNiacs with real-world industry experience to provide optimal value to clients. He obtained his JD from Southwestern Law School, and his BBA in Management from Sam Houston State University.

Brian Lane CEO of Comfort Systems USA

Brian Lane


Comfort Systems USA

Brian has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Comfort Systems since December 2011. Prior to joining Comfort Systems in 2003, he spent fifteen years at Halliburton holding various positions in business development, strategy, and project initiatives. He departed as the Regional Director of Europe and Africa. Brian’s additional experience included serving as a Regional Director of Capstone Turbine Corporation, a distributed power manufacturer. He also was a Vice President of Kvaerner, an international engineering and construction company where he focused on the chemical industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Boston College.

Bryant Donnowitz of BuiltWorlds

Bryant Donnowitz

Business Partner Executive


Bryant Donnowitz has been with BuiltWorlds since it was founded in 2014. During that time, he has been instrumental in fueling BuiltWorlds’ growth, nationally and internationally as well as establishing many successful partnerships identifying start-ups in the Built Worlds space early and helping them to grow. Bryant has a passion for pushing innovation and collaboration within the Built industry and among its many players. He holds a degree in Business from Indiana University, has successfully completed three marathons, and lives in Chicago.

Chris Peppler Trimble

Chris Peppler

Director of Product Management & Marketing

Trimble MEP

Chris leads Product Management and Marketing globally for Trimble MEP. In this role he is responsible for software product strategy, delivery, and go to market for Trimble MEP’s suite of estimating, CAD, engineering, and business software. Prior to joining Trimble, Chris held a number of leadership roles in technology and software companies, including business development, customer success, and product management. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and currently resides in Denver, CO.

David Brown D Brown Management

David Brown


D Brown Management

David Brown is the President of D. Brown Management, an advisory firm dedicated to helping contractors build stronger businesses for the next generation. David began his career in 1988 as an apprentice electrician and advanced quickly thanks to great mentors, managers and industry executives. David progressed through positions including foreman, superintendent, and project manager before moving into executive management at an ENR Top 600 contractor. His business philosophy is simple: Talented people form the foundation of every great company and if you grow people you will grow profits. He has a passion for operations and loves nothing more than helping unlock talent, which lead to the founding of D. Brown Management in 2005.

Fara Francis AGC

Fara Francis

Chief Information Officer


Fara Francis has served as Chief Information Officer at The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) since 2006 providing leadership for the continued development of an innovative, secure and robust technology environment for the organization. Fara is focused on advancing the innovation and technology conversation for the AGC on behalf of its members. As part of her role to extend the AGC brand, in 2009, Fara developed and now presides over the annual AGC IT Forum Conference and also spearheaded the creation of TechBrief- a monthly newsletter that provides technology information to over 30,000 construction professionals.

James Benham JBKnowledge

James Benham



James Benham began writing code at the age of 11 and by 14 had developed his first application. James went on to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Information Systems at Texas A&M University. During his final year at Texas A&M in 2001, James established JBKnowledge, Inc., makers of the SmartBid, SmartCompliance, SmartReality and SmartInsight cloud solutions, where he is currently CEO. With his extensive experience in the design, development and use of technology to improve efficiency, James is a sought-after international speaker on business information technology, data security and innovative software tools.

Linda Smart Southland Industries

Kevin Booth, CCIFP


WestCor Companies

Kevin Booth, CCIFP, is CFO at WestCor Companies, where he guides the organization’s controllers and division managers through weekly and monthly meetings, coordinates monthly fiscal audit reports, and handles all insurance matters and banking relations. In addition, Kevin oversees the legal, IT, human resources, benefits, and marketing departments and manages all other entities affiliated with WestCor Companies. He is an active member and supporter of numerous industry organizations, including Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Associated General Contractors (AGC), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and Southern Nevada Home Builders Association.

Linda Smart Southland Industries

Linda Smart

Chief Information Officer

Southland Industries

As Chief Information Officer of Southland Industries, Linda Smart creates and implements information technology functions that are integral to the organization’s business needs and help strengthen technology infrastructure, business capabilities, security measures, and customer accessibility. With over 25 years of experience in all aspects of IT management serving in multiple senior management global roles, Linda has a thorough understanding of information technology functions. She is also active in the community as co-chair of the University of California ICS/Engineering Diversity Committee and was instrumental in launching a mentorship program for female UCI students majoring in computer science and engineering.

Michael Pearson DSA Technologies

Michael Pearson


DSA Technologies

Michael Pearson has been with DSA since it was founded in 1991. DSA Technologies has had consistent growth and been an early provider of cloud (IaaS) and ITaaS (IT as a Service) to its clients. Michael has a desire to provide IT services for DSA’s clients that is both first class and a clear change from what they have experienced IT to be in the past. Whether purchasing products or working with the DSA Services teams, his goal is to make sure it is not the same old IT experience.

Stuart Binstock CFMA

Stuart Binstock

President and CEO


Stuart Binstock is President and CEO of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA).  He has extensive experience in management issues, including strategic planning, government affairs, educational programming and delivery, financial management, membership development, non-dues revenue growth, program development, and process improvements. Since Stuart became President and CEO of CFMA, the association’s membership has grown from 6,400 to over 8,000 today.  He has served in executive positions for such trade and professional associations as the National Electrical Contractors Association, Associated General Contractors of America, and American Institute of Architects.



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