John Riccitiello - Chairman & CEO, Unity Technologies
John Riccitiello currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Unity, where he joined the company in 2014. During his tenure as Chief Executive, Riccitiello has helped establish Unity as the world’s most widely used real-time 3D development platform reaching 3 billion devices globally. While Unity is best known for powering more than 50% of the games industry, the company is also extending into new business verticals outside of games, including automotive, film, and AEC. Unity powers more than 60% of AR/VR and cites Facebook, Google, Microsoft, VW/Audi, BMW and Gensler as customers.
Riccitiello also serves on the board of Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley and the Board of Councilors for the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He was one of the early investors in Oculus Rift, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014.
Riccitiello has lived all over the world in cities including New York City, Chicago, Nicosia (Cyprus), Dusseldorf, Paris and London.
James Lynch - VP & GM, Construction Business Unit, Autodesk
As vice president and general manager of Autodesk’s Construction Business Unit, Jim Lynch leads Autodesk’s efforts to create and deliver products and services that accelerate the construction industry’s transformation from analog-based processes to digital workflows.
Jim manages all aspects of business operations within the Construction Business Unit, including product design and development, marketing, sales, and customer success. Jim and his team are focused on delivering innovative, cloud-based solutions to help the global construction industry reduce risk and increase margins using Autodesk construction products.
Previously, Jim served as the company’s vice president of the Construction Product Group. In his 20+ year tenure at Autodesk, Jim has held a number of key leadership roles in AEC product development, product management, and marketing efforts. He was a key contributor in scaling Revit into one of Autodesk’s flagship products and establishing BIM as an industry standard.
As a 30-year veteran of the CAD industry, Jim has served in a variety of senior management roles in the AEC, manufacturing, and electronic design automation industries. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Fitchburg State College.
Andy Leek - VP - Technology & Innovation, PARIC
I am responsible for strategic planning, implementations of enterprise technology, and innovation. My tenure at PARIC has focused on developing a proactive strategy to integrate cloud-based tools; with processes that enable extended project teams to be more collaborative and efficient. With an architectural background, I have utilized technology to design building solutions and compelling presentations that communicate the entire build process from early planning, through final construction. The convergence of AEC technology and a variety of industry experience has enabled me to lead a proactive VDC team with a focus on both design and field innovation. I have developed several collaborative partnerships with various technology providers to influence the development of new tools and processes, and this interaction has enabled their support of PARIC’s core business practices. In recent years, our use of reality-capture technology including drones, survey instruments, and robotic layout technology has enabled highly accurate projects with controls for the installation of prefabricated MEP systems and structural components. PARIC’s use of integrated technologies has further enabled their project teams to focus on ‘building’, with significant reductions in design and field related errors. Most recently, I and the VDC team have collaborated with leading technology developers to integrate preconstruction activities, including model-based QTO and cloud-based estimating, and aerial scanning to more closely align and integrate project coordinate systems using GPS while continuing with our cloud-based approach to data management and content sharing. My highly integrated approach to technology has enabled PARIC to grow our use of technology rapidly, with confidence and accuracy.
Brandon Lacourciere - Sr. Manager North America Technical Sales, Autodesk
Brandon LaCourciere grew up in construction, joining his first framing crew at age 16. After receiving his degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University he returned to Construction to lead the Design Build department of Detroit based GH Group. With a heavy interest in technology and an eagerness to bring BIM to construction he founded RevCore Construction Services which specialized in Virtual construction and HDS. Today he leads the North American AEC Technical Sales Organization at Autodesk. Brandon and his teams are committed to solving industry challenges and helping customers optimize their workflows through the use of Autodesk Solutions.
Anthony Renteria - Technology Manager, Mott MacDonald
Anthony Renteria is a Technology Manager and Digital Lead for Strategic Project Applications at Mott MacDonald. Anthony is responsible for assisting design and construction teams with project delivery and BIM planning while integrating innovative solutions to complete tasks faster and with the utmost quality. Since joining Mott MacDonald in 2017, he has been Technology Manager on the Lower Catskill Aqueduct for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Anthony is CM-BIM certified (AGC of America) and has eleven years of experience working in the AEC industry, with the past eight years dedicated to BIM, technology, and digital delivery. While Anthony began working in the general contracting realm of the industry, he has worked extensively with designers and owners to improve modelling standards and develop BIM implementation that encompass the full project lifecycle. Anthony holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Kelcey Lemon - Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, AEC, Autodesk
Kelcey Lemon is the senior technical marketing manager for building design products at Autodesk. He’s been with the company since 2000 in various technical marketing roles, and travels the world evangelizing Autodesk products. A metro-Atlanta native, Kelcey is a huge Joseph Campbell fan and spends his spare time sharing his love of sci-fi, fantasy, and music with his children.
Cory Dippold - Head of Strategic Project Applications, Mott MacDonald
Cory Dippold is a Vice President and Head of Strategic Project Applications for Mott MacDonald. Cory is responsible for digital project delivery technology and is a licensed professional engineer. Since joining Mott MacDonald in 2003, he has worked as a lead design engineer, project manager and applied technology professional on a wide variety of infrastructure projects including industrial facilities, water and wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, solid waste facilities, subsurface infrastructure, and tunnels.
Cory led the implementation of BIM within Mott MacDonald’s North American region starting in 2007. He took over as the North American Project Technologies Group director in 2013, followed by Head of Digital Delivery Services in 2016 and is now Mott MacDonald’s Head of Strategic Project Applications. Through this group, Mr. Dippold works with selected project teams to identify the best technologies and digital delivery strategy for advanced project delivery. The strategic project applications team develops strategies to implement the technology, and provides ongoing support to ensure the project delivery efforts are fully enabled by the selected technology. Cory is also currently the project manager and EoR on a major capital project to evaluate and restore the Lower Catskill Aqueduct for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Cory has been working in the AEC industry for over 15 years and holds a BS and MS Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut.
Nidhi Sekhar - Senior Computational Designer, LERA Consulting Structural Engineers
Nidhi Sekhar is a Senior Computational Designer at LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (LERA). Nidhi focuses her efforts on developing and optimizing software that solves problems arising from the structural design workflow. She creates complex parametric models and simulations and devises solutions for automating various parts of the design process. She is the co-creator of Cuttlefish, an interoperability platform developed by LERA+, LERA’s in-house computational research arm. She earned a Master of Science in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was involved in researching generative design and real-time human-machine collaboration in high skill domains. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from L.S. Raheja School of Design in Mumbai, India.