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Boston Smaht Summer Social
Boston Smaht Summer Social
Jul 30, 2024, 5:30 PM EDT
888 Boylston

The digital transformation has rapidly changed the way we live and the expectations of our life experiences. The consumer lifestyle has become highly personalized and available on-demand from personal wearables, app-based access to information, and intelligent home devices. Many have ventured down the path to bring these types of conveniences to larger buildings. As we continue the journey of intelligent buildings, we want to take a pause and discuss the current state of the industry.


Our panel will discuss the current state of Intelligent buildings.  We will explore what seems to be working vs what seems to provide less value than expected.  We will discuss what technologies have been surprisingly easy to implement and which technologies were more of a challenge than expected.  We will review panelist opinions on which technologies people should be implementing first and which technologies are not for the faint of heart.  We will explore different use cases and how they have been implemented and which ones have met or exceeded the value expected.  Further we will explore what is next for intelligent buildings.


Making buildings intelligent requires contributions from stakeholders across multiple areas of expertise. The Building Intelligence Group brings all of these folks together, tearing down the silos between trades, departments, and disciplines to network and learn from each other. Join us to learn more about the current state of the industry, what to expect when implementing an intelligent building, and where we are going.

Meet our Panel

Matt White

As a Smart Buildings SME, Senior Consultant & Advisor, Solutions Architect, Matt has spent over 20 years in building technology, initially running a team of software & network test engineers in the physical security world, followed by over 15 years of project execution. Over that time Matt has personally designed, programmed, integrated, and supported systems for hospitals, government, commercial, pharma, telecom/data centers, educational campuses and more on a global scale.

Drew Depriest

Drew DePriest leads Facilities Management Technology for a large technology client at CBRE, where he previously led Digital Solutions globally for the firm's workplace experience platform, Host. Prior to CBRE, Drew headed the global Collaboration Services team at  Aon, led business development at workplace technology startup  Comfy (acquired by Siemens), and spent 12 years operations and business development at building automation firm  Automated Logic. He earned his undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as an MBA and a Masters in Finance from DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (where he also had a blast as an adjunct professor of marketing for a while). He’s credentialed as a WELL AP, a Leesman AP, and previously served on the board of the  Chicago Chapter of CoreNet Global.

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Ed Merwin

Ed Merwin has over 46 years of experience in the smart building  industry in field operations, sales, marketing, and management. Ed is currently the Director of Strategic Business working with Tridium marketing, engineering, and sales teams to support Tridium’s long term business strategy in various markets. He also works with end users, owners, consultants, and system integrators daily to help understand the technology needs of these valued customers.


Francisco Ruiz

Francisco Ruiz is the Global Director of IoT and an Infrastructure Strategist for Real Estate and Facilities at Oracle.  He leads a global team that’s responsible for the strategy, design, security and implementation of enterprise IoT Solutions across a 22+ million square foot Real Estate Portfolio.  He’s recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert in all things IoT and is a frequent speaker on related areas of expertise.  During the last two decades he’s advised various Real Estate teams along their digital transformation journeys optimizing operations, portfolio utilization and developing smart building strategies that inclusive.   He’s also contributed to various Industry firsts, patents for continuous commissioning and is a board member, advisor and participant in various thought leading CRE Tech Organizations including Realcomm and CoreNet.

Larry Andriunas

Larry Andriunas currently works for TEC Systems as a Business Development Leader with over 30+ years in the intelligent buildings industry.  In his current role Larry is working on expanding TEC Systems reach nationally, in adjacent markets and into more intelligent buildings.  Previous roles include analytics/software business leader, sales and business leader for multiple Honeywell building controls brands including, Alerton, EMON, Phoienix, Vykon etc.  While at Honeywell he was senior Product Manager in charge of all DDC controls for the Americas. 

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