JUDGES

Brian Lane CEO of Comfort Systems USA

Brian Lane

CEO

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.

Brian Lane CEO of Comfort Systems USA

David Brown

President

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 many great teachers, mentors, managers and industry executives. David progressed through various positions including foreman, superintendent, and project manager before moving into executive management at an ENR Top 600 contractor performing work in multiple states. David’s 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. This passion lead to the founding of D. Brown Management in 2005.

James Benham JBKnowledge

James Benham

CEO

JBKnowledge

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.

Larry Sullivan, COINS

Larry Sullivan

Chairman

COINS

Larry Sullivan is Chairman and co-founder of COINS; he is also co-founder of five other niche market software houses including one in Poland and one in Russia. His companies include Total Objects and OASIS Solutions, where he is also Chairman. In 2004 Larry also funded and established the not for profit Stepping Stones, a school for children with hemiplegia. In 2008 he established COINS Foundation and is its president. He also sits on the board of Habitat for Humanity (UK). His past directorships include CSBI SA (Poland), Computerland Poland, CSBI EE (Russia), CSB Meridian, and Matrix Ventures, a venture capital trust.

Michael Pearson DSA Technologies

Michael Pearson

President

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.

Robert Brown COINS

Robert Brown

CEO

COINS

Robert joined COINS in 2015 as Group Operations Director after working with the Governance Board on a consulting basis. As well as spending 4 years as the CEO of a construction contractor, Robert has spent more than 20 years managing software development companies on an international basis, bringing new and emerging technologies to market. Robert is a passionate advocate of using technology to reduce time, cost and improve the quality of life for all. Robert works with the Global Management Team to continue driving improvement and change, as well as coordinating group wide projects to improve systems, procedures and the provision of management and financial information.

James Benham JBKnowledge

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