November 12-14, 2023  |  Austin, TX











10am-5:30 pm

Registration & Orientation

12:30-5 pm

BBQ Pitmasters

Showcase your cooking skills and collaborate with other peers, all while learning how to prepare delicious BBQ dishes. This unique experience is the perfect way to bond with colleagues over shared interests and enjoy some friendly competition.

12:30-5:30 pm

Golf Outing

Enjoy a challenging 7,200-yard, par 72 course designed by Arthur Hills, offering scenic views of the Lower Colorado River and beautiful wooded landscape. Network, play, and connect in this exciting and picturesque setting.

6:15-7 pm

Welcome Reception

7-9:30 pm

Dinner Program with Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday

Modern Stoic & NYT Best-Selling Author




6-6:30 am

Group Fitness

7-7:50 am


8-9 am

State of Higher Ed Facilities

Russ Garcia

Industry Director, Higher Education – Johnson Controls (moderator)

Mike Chihoski

Sr. AVP, Facilities & Services – University of Rochester

Shane Conklin

Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities & Campus Services – UMass Amherst

Lisa James

 AVP, Facilities Management – Cornell

Doug Marsh

VP, Facilities Design & Operations and University Architect – Notre Dame

9:10-10:30 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:40-11:20 am

Innovation Talks

Developing a Business Strategy for Facilities Management

Bill Paulus

AVP, Facilities Management – Minnesota

Bridging the Gap: Principled Negotiation for Change

Peter Zuraw

VP, Market Strategy & Development – Gordian

Caroline Johnson

Senior Sales Director – Gordian

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sourcing Meetings

12:40 – 1 pm

Using Nontraditional Project Delivery Methods, from Public Private Partnerships to Design-Build to Single Prime

Angela Jacobs

Director, Capital Programs & Utility Services – University of Illinois System 

Mike Wilson

AVP, Capital Programs & Utility Services – University of Illinois System 


1-2 pm

Networking Lunch

2:10-3:10 pm

Innovation Talks

Delivering Sustainability Innovation at Scale

Stephanie Cooper

Executive Director, Planning, Design & Construction – Clemson University

Inside the New Resnick Sustainability Institute

Leandra Davis

Executive Director, Planning, Design & Construction – Caltech

Digital Transformation at Virginia Tech: Data Aggregation Enabling Improved Operations

Mary-Ann Ibeziako

AVP, Infrastructure & Chief Sustainability Officer – Virginia Tech

3:20-4:20 pm

Sourcing Meetings

4:20-4:30 pm

happy hour

4:30-5:30 pm

Mastermind Roundtables

(Facilities Leaders Only)

1 – Nevermind Deferred Maintenance; What About Routine Response Maintenance?
Facilitator: Lisa James – AVP, Facilities Management – Cornell

2 – Best Practices in P3 Project Delivery
Facilitator: Dan Cook – Executive Director, Campus Construction – UT Austin

3 – TBA
Facilitator: TBA

5:30-7 pm

Free Time

7-10 pm

Dinner Party

More info coming soon!




7:45-8:30 am


8:35-9:35 am

Implementing New Leadership Training & Professional Development Programs for Facilities Teams

Lander Medlin

President & CEO – APPA (moderator)

Dave Irvin

Chair of the Board of Directors – APPA

Jim Jackson

Associate Vice Chancellor, University Operations – University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kelly Schmader

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management – UCLA

Margaret Tennesson

Deputy Chief Facilities Officer – UW-Madison

9:45-10:25 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:35-11:15 am

Innovation Talks

How to Do Historic Renovations the Right Way

Dan Cook

Executive Director, Campus Construction – UT Austin

Brent Stringfellow

Director, Campus Planning & University Architect – UT Austin

Combatting the Deferred Maintenance Crisis Through Asset Excellence

Will Webster

Sr. Managing Director – CBRE Global Workplace Solutions

11:15-11:30 am

Bloody Marys + Mimosa Break

11:30 am-12:30 pm

Mastermind Roundtables

(Facilities Leaders Only)

1 – TBD
Facilitator: TBD

2 – TBD
Facilitator: TBD

12:30-1:30 pm

Bon Voyage Brunch

Wanna join us?



Qualified execs attend at no cost. The invitation includes accommodations for two nights, full meals and access to all networking excursions.



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