Committee

BILT NA CHAIRMAN

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Robert Bell

Stantec
Robert began working for Stantec when his former company was acquired. He immediately became part of an international team of BIM experts across the organization. He is involved in firm-wide practice integration, primarily focused on MEP engineering, training and education, development of best practices, and multi-discipline BIM collaboration with internal and external clients. Robert promotes the importance of working with truly collaborative teams to improve the overall building construction process and using technology appropriately to remove barriers.

BILT NA COMMITTEE

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Nicholas Kramer

LPA, Inc.
Program Manager
Nicholas M. Kramer, LEED® AP, is the Director of Design Technology for LPA Inc, a fully integrated practice focusing on all areas of the built industry based out of Irivin, California. He has been using Revit since version 8.1 on projects ranging from 400,000sf to 600sf and from medical to libraries to commercial and office buildings. Nicholas has actively run projects day to day as well as helped to implement Revit and new technologies along with the development of standards, processes and best practices for worldwide architectural companies. Additionally, he is currently working with some of the largest construction companies in the world to implement these practices and new technologies.

At LPA, Nicholas provides strategic direction for BIM and new technologies, spearheads the company’s research and development group and overseas the company’s Technology department. In addition to LPA, Nicholas is currently serving as the chairman for the South Coast Revit Users Group (SCRUG), has guest lectured on BIM and sustainability at UCLA, Autodesk University and other forums.

Desiree Mackey

Martin/Martin
Speaker Manager
Desirée (Dezi) has been in the AEC industry for more than 15 years. After obtaining her bachelor's and master’s degrees from University of California, Davis and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she perpetuated her nerdy tendencies with Revit. She started her career in California with a construction company, then with a structural engineering firm, and now is a practicing structural engineer and BIM Manager at Martin/Martin in Denver, Colorado.
Dezi is a regular speaker at many conferences, she co-founded the Rocky Mountain Building Information Society and is the Chair of the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado's BIM Committee. Finally, as if that is not enough Revit in her life, she is married to “The Revit Geek” and acts as a partner in his BIM consulting firm, BD Mackey Consulting.

Phil Read

Read | Thomas
Director, Marketing and Communications
Phil Read is the co-founder of Read | Thomas - an AECO consulting group focused on connecting designers, builders and owners through cross-discipline and technology integration.

Phil has 20 years in Architecture and Engineering including 12 years experience using and implementing Autodesk Revit: the world's only fully parametric and integrated tool for the design of buildings. Since 2009, Phil has been one of the driving forces behind M-SIX and VEO™ - the world’s first fully integrated, cloud-based platform for visualization, construction and operations of buildings. A frequent public speaker and has presented Autodesk University and RTC on topics ranging from "Best Practices and Large Project Management" to "Parametric Design Iteration in Architecture" and the "Business Dynamics of Transitioning from 2D CAD to Building Information Modeling".

Among other high profile clients and projects, played a lead role in providing training, implementation and ongoing support for the Architectural, Mechanical and Structural Engineers on the Freedom Tower World Trade Center Initiative in New York.

Mark Schmieding

bKL Architecture
Partnerships Manager
Mark has led BIM design and project delivery for multiple firms on projects ranging from retail interior projects to large-scale commercial towers throughout the world. It is his diverse experience and previous history working at the original Revit Technology Corporation that has enabled him to fully comprehend design method technology.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas and held an International Study Scholarship at Universität Dortmund in Germany. He studied Post-Graduate Architecture and International Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Mark is licensed in the State of Illinois, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Mark is a Director at bKL Architecture as Technology Practice Leader.

Steve Stafford

AEC Advantage
Region Manager, NA
Steve is the Region Manager for BILT North America. He has been a presenter at RTC events since 2006 as well as at Autodesk University since 2004. He has been working as a freelance Revit training and implementation consultant since 2005. His company is called AEC Advantage, Inc. Very active in the Revit community at large, he has been participating in online Revit groups since shortly after the product was released publicly in 2000. You can find him serving as the forum manager for the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) Revit Community and he served a two year term as a member of AUGI's Board of Directors (2006-2008).

As an author he has contributed chapters to two Wiley/Sybex Revit books and has three Revit focused blogs - www.Revitoped.com, www.revitinside.com and www.revitjobs.com. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Jim Balding

The Ant Group
RTC Emeritus
Jim Balding is a visionary leader who combines an extensive knowledge of architecture and design practices with a passionate interest in technology. He is the Founder & CEO of The Architecture & New Technologies Group (The Ant Group), headquartered Orange, California. Jim has spent the last 30 years offering his architectural design and technology experience to private clients, AEC firms, property owners, and software companies. Jim is a practicing architect, consultant, technology enthusiast, author, educator, speaker, family man, and confidant.

Mr. Balding has been a leader in the Autodesk® Revit® software world for over 15 years. He founded the South Coast Revit User Group (SCRUG) and served as its president for 5 years. SCRUG is now the longest running Revit User Group in the world. Jim was also a co-author to Introducing and Implementing Autodesk Revit under the Autodesk Press label through 5 editions.

Jim, a licensed architect of over 20 years, has spent much of his career working with AEC firms and property owners on the proper implementation of design technologies in workflow and operations. He has served as an advisor to numerous startups and has been involved in several software beta programs including those for Revit, AutoCAD, Avail, SketchUp, Buzzsaw, Skooter, Revizto, Fuzor, ConceptCAD, and Showcase, among others. Jim has also served as an AEC Advisor to companies like Autodesk, ArchVision, HP, and Wacom. To learn more about Jim and his practice, visit www.theantgroup.com

Wesley Benn

RTC Events Management
A Sydney-based architect, Wesley is the founder of RTC Events Management. As a long-term user and advocate of BIM (starting with ArchiCAD in 1996), Wesley has been speaking and teaching in the field since starting to play with a pre-release version of Revit. 

Wesley has worked directly with Autodesk on Revit development and implementation, built content for manufacturers and end-users, and has implemented multiple BIM tools into well over 300 practices throughout South-East Asia. He is a regular speaker at events throughout Australia and overseas talking about technology, facilities management and process change; he founded (and chaired for 5 years) the Revit User Group, Sydney; and is now focused, via his partnership in theDIGITgroup, on SmartCities development worldwide.

Chris Needham

AECOM
Global Director, Partnerships, RTC Events
Region Chairman, BILT ANZ
Committee Member, Data Day
Chris works in AECOM's BIM Consulting Practice as a BIM Advisory Lead for the Southern Australia region. Chris' role is heavily focused on helping clients manage information effectively, whether during design, construction or operations. He's an advocate for the Abolition of Acronyms and Vagaries (AAV) in the pursuit of better communication and effective outcomes in an ever-changing environment. Prior to joining AECOM, Chris operated his own BIM consulting firm, assisting many firms in organisational change efforts, systems analysis and design, training programmes and project delivery. He has worked on projects in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom, using his experience to develop systems and processes for numerous organisations. Chris desperately hopes to one day cease his involvement in extra-curricular activities... though hopes his BILT commitments aren’t among those.