evolving business environment. Well-respected within thePropTech community and active within the VC community,Herrenkohl connects the technology ecosystem of interdependent players, in effort to introduce new software as an advisor andhelp technology companies refine their strategies for future success. Focusing on the data challenges of the real estate industry,he pushes the envelope by looking outside of the industry forsolutions in order to conceptualize effective delivery of automated processes. He defines practical solutions based on fact,reality and available technologies, as senior managing directorand business transformation leader of FTI Consulting’s realestate solutions practice.
During his more than 20-year industrycareer at the helm of numerous technology enterprises, serial entrepreneur,Brian Higgins founded the privately-owned technology company, Aditum in2014, upon selling his previous venture,the private wireless internet service,ForePoint Networks. As CEO, Higginslaunched Aditum as a competitive service provider to fill a void in the multi-tenant connectivity space. He leads the platform to offer a hybrid-cloud solution; enabling owners to fully equip their multi-tenantproperties with broadband infrastructure for better connectivity inthe digital future. Addressing residents and tenants demands,while accommodating a variety of smart devices and systems,Higgins works with business and solution partners in order to assistcustomers and improve both the physical structure and internaltechnologies of properties. Under Higgins’ direction, Aditum hasemerged as a leading platform; delivering double-digit growth fora sixth consecutive year.
PATRICK E. KLEIN
ESSEX PROPERTY TRUST
With combined knowledge from experience across each sector, Patrick Kleinhas applied his learnings to create anoptimal model for future success asEVP and chief technology officer atEssex Property Trust. Over the pastseveral years, Klein has introducedinnovation and new technologiesacross the firm’s portfolio as a leaderof cross functional teams. During histenure with the firm, he has transformed the business from apaper-reliant operating model to fully mobile-enabled, electronic processes. Responsible for evaluating new and existingbusiness operations and processes, while offering thoughtfultechnology solutions, Klein has additionally introduced changemanagement and program management at the firm in effort toensure business outcomes are ultimately met and/or exceeded.In addition to implementing cloud services at the firm, minimizing its existing data center footprint and streamlining officeefficiency tools, Klein also serves on several real estate advisoryboards.
KROLL BOND RATING AGENCY
Paving the way for CMBS surveillanceresearch and analytics, Steve Kuritz hasdeveloped industry-first products andplatforms aimed to support CMBSinvestors. A founding member ofRealpoint, an online surveillance platform for the CMBS market, Kuritz ledcountless achievements for the company for 13 years, before joining KrollBond Rating Agency in 2013 to spearhead the KBRA Credit Profile, which he has grown to become atrusted, industry leading service. Developing an entirely newresearch report and web interface, Kuritz has evolved the platforminto an essential credit monitoring service for CRE securitizationsand loan-level analysis. As senior managing director, he establishespartnerships for KCP integration, expands offerings and ensurestopical and timely research on credit events effecting the industry.
Earlier this year, Kuritz was additionally named the head of KBRAanalytics, where he will oversee numerous divisions and all sub-scription-based tools.
As one of few female C-suite executivesin the PropTech field, GabrielleMcMillan has proven to be a pioneerwithin the space. Founding Equiem in2011 as a property technology solutionin Australia, CEO, McMillan has grownthe platform to be a widely-adopted,global leader in tenant experience.
Empowering commercial landlords tomake informed decisions, McMillanleads Equiem to offer data-driven tools and analytics. Driving theplatform’s innovation, McMillan has rolled out the technologyacross more than 215 properties and more than 175,000 users,worldwide. She has cultivated a team of more than 230 experts, ledthe company’s recent funding round and guided the platform tobecome the first coast-to-coast commercial tenant experience technology provider in the US. More recently, McMillan transformedthe company’s offerings to better serve clients during the COVID- 19pandemic. Since March 2020, the platform has achieved more than40% growth in the US alone and a 50% increase in its US user base.
With a PhD in chemical engineeringand vast experience in data processing,sensor and Io T product manufacturingand algorithm development, NataliaMykhaylova has launched various companies globally, and developed noveldevices and adaptable networks to target major unmet needs. Aiming to promote sustainable infrastructure andcommunities by monitoring air distribution systems through proactive insights, Mykhaylova founded