Here are some of the dynamic speakers you will hear at this year's OK Building Summit & Expo:
Gord Cooke is a Partner with Construction Instruction Inc. Gord is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. As an educator, industry consultant and much sought after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field, and presenting them in an easily understood and practical real-world manner. Gord has particular expertise in applied building science, energy efficient housing initiatives, innovative HVAC systems, ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). He has developed and delivered a multitude of workshops in these fields, as well as sales and marketing courses for builders and real estate agents to help them best promote the features and benefits of high-performance houses.
Dennis formed a new Construction Technology Company after 39 years in the industry working for Industry software providers (Sage/Timberline). He is consulting with contractors on their internal processes and showing them how technology can assist them with their process improvement efforts. He is going to speak about the cloud and it's presence and use in Construction Technology. He will be looking at the evolution of construction technology, how the "Cloud/Internet" first appeared and the trends we are seeing today. Will cover the differences /Pros & Cons between accessing servers located in your office via the internet/VPN, hosted servers, managed services hosting, hosted applications and finally full SaaS solutions. Will review all of the above from the perspective of the residential builder. He plans to cover how all of the above impacts a builder and things that should be considered as a company builds and implements a "Technology Strategy".
Fred Malik is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the FORTIFIED suite of programs, which seek to improve property resilience to natural disasters on a local, regional and national level. Since taking over the program in 2009, Fred has led FORTIFIED’s expansion to include existing residential, new residential and light commercial building standards. Under his leadership, FORTIFIED has quickly become the national building standard for resilience. With more than 20 years of construction experience and an M.B.A. from Virginia Tech, Fred has established himself as a recognized mitigation expert. He is a featured speaker on resilience and its value and practicality at conferences across the country.