2020 Adoption Leaders 50 List

As The Industry Tech Adopter Ranks Grow, This Year's List Focuses Exclusively on AEC Adoption Leaders

Much has changed since we first launched our Adoption Leaders Top List back in 2017.  We launched the list because we noticed people were being place into leadership roles at industry companies to help their companies find, select, and implement new technologies. In these earlier lists, we found people from across a full spectrum of industry players, including manufacturers, consulting firms, and even other tech companies. With the ballooning number of people being added or promoted into new positions in the past couple of years, we opted this year to focus exclusively on AEC Tech Adopters. We hope this will provide an even clearer understanding of how significant the industry's shift is.

Fielding the List Exclusively From BuiltWorlds Member Companies

BuiltWorlds' member companies have naturally been leaders in growing their tech adopters ranks. This list features people newly hired or recently given new tech adoption-related titles and responsibilities from thirty-two of our AEC Member companies. Many of our member companies have added several people just in the past couple of years to their tech-related teams, across a range of investment, VDC, data science, innovation strategy, field tech, and other roles.  In fact McCarthy  is this year's "winner," with four entries on the list. Close behind, ARCO/Murray, DPR, EllisDon, Haskell, and Suffolk each added three people to the list.

AEC Tech Ranks Are Anticipated To Continue Growing

Beyond the number of industry players of all sizes now adding Tech Adoption Leaders and the number of folks added in the past couple of years, BuiltWorlds Members overwhelming plan to continue adding to their teams.  Our recent Virtual Design and Construction Benchmarking Report revealed that two separate survey of our members indicated the majority plan to add to their VDC teams, alone, in the coming year.  Sixty percent of members taking our High Performance Buildings Survey and fully seventy eight percent of members participating in our Pre-Construction Survey as part of our Member Adoption Practices Benchmarking Program indicated plans to add to their VDC teams in the coming years. Of course, VDC teams are now only one area where AEC firms are adding to their tech ranks. We hope the list below provides some interesting insights about the variety of positions being created as leading industry organizations adapt to win the future of our industry.

*List appears in alphabetical order

Want to Learn More About the Adoption Leaders 50?

As always, members can access member profiles and request to connect with Adoption Leaders by clicking through their names and photos on this list.  Others can still access the company profiles for information about the companies they come from. For more on joining the BuiltWorlds Network, visit the BuiltWorlds Member Network Page.

Didn’t make the list? Know an individual that deserves to be included?  Find out more and apply to for our future lists on the Adoption Leaders 50 Home Page.

1. Samir Abdelmawla

Company: ESD
Job Title: Vice President, Digital Practice Leader


2. Ankoor Amin

Company: DPR Construction
Job Title: Innovation Leader - Central Region


3. Charlie Bank

Company: ARCO/Murray
Job Title: Technology Project Manager

4. Jeremie Bertaud

Company: Leonard by Vinci
Job Title: Head of Acceleration


5. Andrea Blair

Company: Kraus-Anderson
Job Title: Senior BIM/VDC Specialist


6. Bob Borges

Company: Suffolk Construction
Job Title: Property Strategy & Innovation Director

7. Kevin Bredeson

Company: BE&K Building Company
Job Title: VP of Preconstruction and Technology


8. Ben Callam

Company: McCarthy Building Cos.
Job Title: Innovation Lead


9. Nicholas Carbone

Company: Suffolk
Job Title: Manager, Data Science


10. Matt Dealy

Company: STO Corp
Job Title: Construction Design Manager


11. Dominic DiMarco

Company: Rock Solid Stabilization
Job Title: Chief Technology Officer


12. Thomas Donoghue

Company: Bechtel
Job Title: Senior Business and Venture Manager, Innovation


13. Caleb Elsinger

Company: Nabholz
Job Title: Director of Information Technology

14. Dana Erdman, CD-BIM

Company: Bulley & Andrews
Job Title: Director of Technology and Innovation

15. Mo Fahim

Company: ESD
Job Title: Practice Leader - Intelligent Building Technologies

16. Stefanie Fassbender, EIT

Company: Burke Construction Group
Job Title: Virtual Design & Construction Manager


17. Bethany Gardner

Company: Bechtel
Job Title: Design Thinking Lead


18. Aaron Geiger

Company: Alberici
Job Title: Chief Technology Officer


19. Raja Ghawi

Company: suffolk
Job Title: VC


20. Mert Gonen

Company: Gulermak
Job Title: Business Development

21. Kyle Gray

Company: Bulley & Andrews
Job Title: Virtual Design & Construction Engineer

22. Ryan Haines

Company: McCarthy Building Company
Job Title: VDC Innovation Analyst

23. Badri Hiriyur

Company: Thornton Tomasetti
Job Title: VP, Director Artificial Intelligence

24. Aidan Hitt

Company: HITT Contracting
Job Title: CoLab Manager

25. Rob Ioanna, PE, LEED AP

Company: Syska
Job Title: Sr. Principal, Executive Director of National BIM team

26. Trevor Johnston

Company: XL Construction
Job Title: Manager, Construction Technology

27. Ricardo Kahn

Company: Mortenson Construction
Job Title: Senior Director, Innovation

28. Cutler Knupp

Company: Dysruptek
Job Title: Director

29. Shannon Kuyt

Company: Priestly Demolition
Job Title: Operations Excellence Manager

30. Kitty Lichtenstein

Company: McCarthy Building Company
Job Title: Innovation Analyst

31. Helena Mendez

Company: EllisDon
Job Title: Vice President, Virtual Design & Construction

32. Juliana Mohney

Company: Comfort Systems USA
Job Title: PMO Director/Digital Innovation Lead


33. Josh Molitor

Company: McCarthy Building Company
Job Title: National VDC Director

34. Nichole Carter

Company: Big D Construction
Job Title: Corporate Services-Implementation & Adoption Manager

35. Jon Pahl

Company: Nabholz
Job Title: Corporate Director of Innovation

36. Thanos Papadimitriou

Company: Amana Contracting & Steel Buildings
Job Title: Chief Information Officer

37. Randy Plewes

Company: EllisDon Corporation
Job Title: Prefabrication & Modular Manager

38. Kathleen Rodrigo

Company: EllisDon Corporation
Job Title: Enterprise Tech Solutions Consultant


39. Henning Roedel

Company: DPR
Job Title: Western Region Innovation Leader 

40. Scott Sass

Company: DPR
Job Title: Special Services Group Leader

41. Hamzah Shanbari

Company: Haskell
Job Title: Manager, Construction Technology & Innovation

42. Rob Spencer

Company: SpawGlass
Job Title: Manager, Construction Technology & Innovation

43. Ibrahim Tadros

Company: Amana Investments
Job Title: Corporate Development

44. Weston Tanner

Company: Graycor
Job Title: Dir Construction Tech and Innovation

45.  Jason Tschetter

Company: Mortenson
Job Title: Director, Field Data and Emerging Tech

46. Vin Varghese

Company: Dysruptek
Job Title: Manager, Strategy Research, & Development

47. Travis Voss

Company: Mechanical Inc
Job Title: Leader of Innovative Technology

48. Eric Whobrey

Company: ARCO/Murray
Job Title: Director of Technology

49. Brooks Williams

Company: Alberici
Job Title: Director of Construction Technology

50. Vickie Yurcheshen

Company: ARCO/Murray
Job Title: Software Support Specialist


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