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Thursday, July 30 | 4 PM - 5:30 PM CDT

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We have an exciting event planned for July, brought to you by the Twin Cities and Chicago chapters of the Building Intelligence Group. BIG-TC and BIG-CHI will be hosting a virtual panel discussion on Cyber Security for Intelligent Buildings.   Local chapters of the Building Intelligence Group from Chicago and the Twin Cities present cyber security experts with experience in networked building technologies and OT (Operating Technologies) for this virtual panel discussion.

Topics will include the following:

  • Introduction to Cyber security for IT/OT

  • Importance of Cyber security for buildings

  • Cyber security Vulnerabilities

  • Best Practices and Preparedness



Marc Petock

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Lynxspring, Inc. 

Marc is a pioneer in leading the Intelligent Buildings and IoT movements, pushing them forward. As Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Lynxspring Marc leads corporate and product marketing, strategy, brand management and communications that support the company’s strategic and growth initiatives. Prior to Lynxspring, Marc was the Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications at Tridium.
Marc is a contributing editor for and industry at large contributor for Control Talk and Realcomm’s Advisory. He is also a noted industry speaker and recognized leader having earned Realcomm’s Top 35 People to Watch for the last seven years in a row and several other industry accolades. He is the first recipient of Control Trends Awards’ “Petock Award”, an annual industry award named in his honor. He is also an inductee into the CTA’s Controls Automation Hall of Fame. Marc also serves on the board of directors of Connexx Energy, Project Haystack and as an advisor to the Realcomm Organization and Totem Building Security. 


Chris Christensen

Manager, Cyber Security


Chris Christensen is the Cybersecurity Business Consultant for Honeywell Building Solutions (Americas) and specializes in securing Operational Technology (OT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS). Chris passionately believes that cybersecurity is everyone's shared responsibility and through awareness, education, accountability and positive reinforcement, everyone in an organization can work together to create a safer workplace and more secure society at large. Prior to joining Honeywell Chris worked in several high profile functions managing special projects in the State of Michigan where he served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Homeland Security Preparedness Committee. He was responsible for crafting the first Cyber Disruption Response Plan for the State of Michigan which is still in use today. Chris is on the Board on the Michigan InfraGard, he has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.


Fred Gordy 

Director, Cyber Security

Intelligent Buildings, LLC

Fred Gordy is an industry expert within building intelligence data analysis for building control and power monitoring systems with an emphasis on cybersecurity. His control systems knowledge gives him insight into challenges of interlacing traditional IT environments with control systems for a cohesive and secure operational technology (OT) platform.  With over 16 years in the BAS space, over five years of BAS cybersecurity, and 20 years in the IT space, Fred is nationally recognized as an OT cybersecurity thought-leader. Fred was Chairperson of the Cybersecurity Committee for the InsideIQ 55 international member companies, Security Steering Committee Member for Sports & Entertainment Alliance in Technology, and founding member of Cyber Security for Control Systems Association International (CS2AI), as well as the past president and current president emeritus the Atlanta CS2AI Chapter.


Matt Woesthoff

Director of Technology

Foundation Technologies 

Matt is the Director of Technology for the local managed service provider Foundation Technologies LLC. He oversees a staff of about 30 full time employees who focus on supporting about 300 small and medium businesses locally, as well as several national retailers across over 5000 locations in North America. Matt has given numerous keynotes and presentations ranging from mobile device management, BYOD policies, wireless engineering for complex spaces, and Apple deployment programs. In his nine year tenure at the company, Foundation has more than doubled its staff, and grown to be a regular winner of local Fast 50 and national Inc 5000 awards. Aside from technology, Matt is an avid participant in his local city where he serves on the planning commission, and is the former president of a local nonprofit association.


Joel Rakow, Ed. D.


Fortium Partners

Joel Rakow, Ed.D. secures building systems against cyberattack. Rakow is Chairman, of Ollivier Corporation, a physical security systems supplier, Partner at Fortium Partners (Cybersecurity for building IoT), and Cybersecurity SME for the Building Automation Division of ISA (International Society for Automation). He originated the NeverCry Cyber Defense for 3rd-party suppliers of building systems, as well as the "Electronic Crime and Risk Management Practice" for a national consulting company. He is on PSA’s Cybersecurity Committee for 400+ suppliers of building systems. Rakow is actively engaged in securing the input from building systems to AI Machine Learning solutions for Sixgill, a leader in automating decision making. Rakow is a former Harvard University Fellow, a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Fellow, Microsoft Partner Award Winner and Microsoft’s Implementation of the Year Award Winner, plus 3-Time PC World’s Best Product of the Year. Rakow lives with his wife on a large ranch in rural Texas.


Michael Kohn

President & Chief Technologist


Michael Kohn is a critical thinking, technology consultant that focuses on designing, deploying, and managing intelligent building networks.  From sports arenas to 50 story office towers to large industrial campuses, Kohn’s skills are respected and demanded by clients looking for logical, secure, and stable network platforms to support their building’s operational technology needs. Kohn has operated as an independent consultant for nearly his entire career.  Roles in property management, real estate brokerage, and ultimately, technology systems engineering have provided the strong foundation from which he operates today. Kohn is responsible for developing the intelligent building methodology currently in use at many of the largest commercial properties in the Minneapolis market. Kohn holds a bachelor’s degree in real estate from the Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University and has been active in the industry for nearly 30 years.

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