2021 U.S. Summit Mavericks Highlight: Entrepreneurs & Influencers

With our final day of honoring the BuiltWorlds’ Mavericks who will be attending the 2021 U.S. Summit, we highlight the Entrepreneur and Influencer Mavericks. Entrepreneurs take risks for the built world that others are not willing to take. They are at the forefront of our development and success and without them, the built world would stall. Influencers continue to bring attention to the built world and help prepare the next generation of innovators for success—they are essential for the future of our industry. We at BuiltWorlds thank all of our Mavericks for their innovations and commitment to the built world.

2021 Entrepreneur Mavericks

Thru Shivakumar 

Co-Founder & CEO, Cohesion

Thru Shivakumar is the CEO and Co-Founder at COHESION, a real estate software company that creates intelligent buildings and enhances human experiences by connecting people and systems in a single, comprehensive platform. She is responsible for leading COHESION’s alignment and execution of its strategic vision, as well as, delivering shareholder value. Thru has 15+ years of experience in private, public, and civic sectors of the economy holding positions across finance, business strategy, M&A, entrepreneurship, and business development. Prior to COHESION, Thru held roles at Hyatt, GE Real Estate, Green Courte Partners, World Business Chicago, and GCM Grosvenor. Additionally, Thru is a passionate entrepreneur and is the founding board member of Current, a water technology accelerator focused on advanced research and market-driven innovations. Thru holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Finance from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


2020 Entrepreneur Mavericks

Josh Kanner 

Founder & CEO, Newmetrix

Josh Kanner is the Founder & CEO of Newmetrix. Most recently he was co-founder of Vela Systems, a pioneer in the use of web and tablet workflows for construction and capital projects. The company was successfully acquired by Autodesk in 2012 and has been rebranded as BIM360 Field. Prior to founding Vela Systems, Josh was responsible for product management and strategy at Emptoris (now part of IBM), a web-based strategic sourcing software company. Kanner graduated from Brown University and earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.




2021 Influencer Mavericks

Raymond Krizek

Professor, Director of MPM/EMDC, Northwestern University

In the early 1990s, Professor Ray Krizek took a risk and launched an innovative program at Northwestern providing executives in the AEC field a curriculum that encompasses both business and technical skills and looks holistically at the management of buildings and infrastructure projects. Since that time, the program has grown significantly, spawned a second program, and built an impressive roster of adjunct professors who are also working professionals and alumni from all around the globe




2020 Influencer Mavericks 

Dr. Bernard Amadei

Co-Founder, Engineers Without Borders International

Dr. Amadei is a Distinguished Professor and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei is the Founding Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders – USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence; the recipient of the 2015 Washington and ASCE OPAL awards; the recipient of the 2016 C. H. Dunn Award of the Construction Industry Institute; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Construction; and an elected Senior Ashoka Fellow. He holds seven honorary doctoral degrees (UMass Lowell; Carroll College; Clarkson; Drexel; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Technion in Israel; and SUNY-ESF). In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Amadei served as a Science Envoy to Pakistan and Nepal for the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Amadei holds a commercial pilot license (multi-engine land, instrument).

Join us Wednesday, September 1st to Thursday, September 2nd at the BuiltWorlds’ 2021 U.S. Summit To Meet and Network with the Attending Mavericks