Thom is currently the owner of Metro Building Consultants LLC. His firm specializes in intelligent mechanical and network systems integration, assessment, management, and data visualization for commercial properties in the Minneapolis, MN area.
Immediate Past President
Brad has a passion for intelligent buildings that drives him to encourage greater adoption and aspire to raise the profile of the industry. With a background in low voltage systems, including Building Automation, Audio/Video, Security, Fire Alarm, and Telecommunications, he has a broad perspective of industry trends and future trajectory. Brad believes intelligent buildings should be safe, secure, and comfortable, proactively responding to occupants and enabling efficient, effective management.
Executive Vice President
Ben is co-founder of Minify Energy, a St. Paul MN based energy efficiency implementation firm, where he serves as a Building Solutions Consultant helping people & their buildings run SMART, CLEAN & WELL, leveraging smart building controls, LED lighting, efficient HVAC, EV charging, solar PV and other building-performance solutions. Ben leads consulting, project development/ implementation, go-to-market programs, and community engagement to accelerate smart, sustainable energy adoption. Ben also serves as Business Development for EnergyPrint a commercial building utility data analytics and benchmarking platform. Market experience with building automation, software/web UX and development, IT integration, remote monitoring, open source, and BI/data analytics.
Aakash is currently the Director of Advanced Development at EMC, LLC. As Director of Advanced Development, Aakash and his team assist Fortune 1000 businesses with their respective transition to intelligent, and sustainable building ecosystems. This includes the development and creation of new IoT products and solutions, and the implementation and integration of building control and emerging lighting technologies. Prior to joining EMC, Aakash served in executive positions at Xcel Energy and practiced law for 10 years.
Robbie’s interest in smart buildings developed when working with a low voltage systems installation and integration company. She was fascinated with the power of interconnected systems and the benefits of networking. An early recognition was that while the smart building concept was not entirely new, there were many gaps in defining purpose, function, application, and implementation. A particular passion for promoting open-source intelligent building technology is making the concept accessible and achievable in incremental intervals.