William George, age 53, has served as Comfort Systems USA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since May 2005. In addition to being CFO, Mr. George leads the acquisition program and is a Regional Vice President. Mr. George was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from May 1998 to May 2005. From September 1992 to September 1995, Mr. George practiced corporate and antitrust law at Ropes & Gray, a Boston, Massachusetts law firm. Mr. George is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Harvard Law School.
Co-Founder and CEO
Ardalan is Co-Founder and CEO of OnSiteIQ, the most advanced visual documentation and risk assessment platform for the construction industry. OnSiteIQ has documented over 60 million square feet of data and operates in eight markets across the United States. In addition, Ardalan was a Runway Startup Postdoctoral Fellow at Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute where OnSiteIQ was born. Ardalan grew up in a construction family and received his P.hD. from the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Partner Development Manager, ISV
Kevin helps Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) leverage Microsoft cloud platform innovation to create and promote new business value for customers. Previously, Kevin was global business development lead at Systems Integrator (SI), Infusion creating custom applications for enterprise clients. Earlier Kevin led business development for ISV MobileQ creating wireless applications. Kevin started his career at IBM Canada as a Systems Engineer introducing retail banking solutions then worked for CIBC launching electronic banking channels. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Math/Computer Science degree from University of Waterloo and MBA degree from University of Toronto.
Senior Teaching Fellow
Charles is the Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity at the University of St Andrews. Prior to entering academia, Charles was a successful entrepreneur. His commercial interests reflect a life-long love of music and fascination with technology. He has founded, or co-founded, over a dozen businesses – two of which became market leaders and continue trading today. Charles has been involved with entrepreneurship education since 2004. His academic interests include strategy, innovation, technology, business development and enterprise history in the Creative Industries. Charles is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts where he is active in the Media, Creative Industries, Culture and Heritage Network group based in Edinburgh.
Jon Murrell has been working in Management Consulting since 2008, with a strong history of varied engagements in the construction sector. Now leading CSaccelerate (broad-based management consultancy) and CSobjective (ERP consultancy), Jon is bringing a refreshed approach to agile, high value consulting using the team’s experience to find practical, realistic solutions to business problems. Jon’s understanding of the construction lifecycle and of industry innovation and strategy brings considerable value to industry clients.
Technical & Innovation Director
Oliver has been involved with innovation in the construction sector for over 20 years, working in product development, application, and cultural change management. As a young engineer, Oliver patented a foam injected whole house solution, which became the widely used Space4 system. Oliver has also worked for the BRE as a Board Director, working on the Green House on BRE’s innovation park. Leading a team that has assessed 100 innovations in the last 2 years, Oliver’s role at Barratt is to assess and initiate innovation across the business, including integrating offsite methods of construction and delivering BIM.
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.
P. Michael Pelken
Innovation Director – Research & Development
Group. The position has been created to help capture, harness and promote Research & Development across the business, leading to winning the 2019 Construction News Specialists Innovation Award of the year. He has over 20 years of industry and practice experience working on projects ranging from industrial design to large scale architectural structures and has practiced in Germany, Italy, the UK, USA and China. Following academic appointments including a tenured Professorship at Syracuse University New York, Visiting Professorships at Nanjing and Southeast University, Michael is a Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. In close collaboration with colleagues from across the group he has secured grant funded Innovate UK project values of £1.1m, and is co-inventor of three pending Keltbray patents.
Head of Business Improvement
Neil has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, half of which have been at Overbury PLC. Neil has worked within local government, consultancy and contracting gaining vast knowledge and experience of all aspects of the construction industry.
Neil is responsible for quality processes and delivery of efficiency and risk management projects. He heads up our Business Improvement Team embracing innovation and improvements for the company and interested parties
Neil has designed and developed bespoke software applications during his time within fitout, providing the foundation for construction excellence and continual improvement.
With 15 years’ journalistic experience covering the built environment, Damon Schünmann has spent the last 11 as associate editor at Construction News. Here he oversees technical content, industry research and helps steer many of the conferences, awards and other events CN organises. With a background in mechanical, military and civil engineering, Damon made the career shift to journalism having realised it was far easier to write about construction than actually do it. He also leads on ConTech, a new CN event for 2019, at which Coins is the Innovation Partner. Selected Grand Challenge finalists will be invited to present their entries at ConTech in London on 4 December. To find out more visit contech.constructionnews.co.uk
Chief Information Officer
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.
Head of Product
Katie Tamblin is the Head of Product and manages a team of procurement experts to drive the development and release of innovative supply chain solutions for Achilles Information Limited. Prior to joining Achilles, Katie was Director of Supply Chain Solutions for IHS Markit. Katie has 15 years’ experience supporting procurement clients with insights and analysis. She has supported several clients across heavy industry through to consumer and retail. She has been recognized as one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s Pros to Know (2015), and one of the top 100 people influencing EMS by VentureOutsource.com (2012).