Judges

Mark Beard

Chairman & Chief Executive
E W Beard (Holdings) Ltd
Mark is Senior Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and a Chartered Environmentalist and has been Chairman / Chief Executive of Beard since 1999. Mark’s key achievements include developing a culture which is focused on staff development, customer service and continuous business improvement. Mark was Oxfordshire Businessman of the Year in 2004.  Beard is a £150m / annum construction company with offices in Oxford, Guildford, Swindon and Bristol. Beard was West of England Business of the year in 2014 Mark is a Patron of Radley College Real Tennis Court and a playing member of the MCC.

James Benham

CEO
JBKnowledge
CEO of JBKnowlege, James Benham, is an ambassador for technology adoption and innovation for the construction and insurance industries. JBKnowledge was co-founded by James out of his dorm room at Texas A&M University in 2001. The company has grown into a premier provider of technology solutions for the construction and insurance industries, with clients across North America, the Caribbean and Middle East. James shares his passion for technology by professional speaking appearances domestically and abroad. You can also find James hosting The ConTechCrew, and InsureTechGeek podcasts, or working as an Adjunct Professor of Construction Science at Texas A&M.

Mohamed ElZomor

Assistant Professor
Florida International University
Dr. Mohamed is an Assistant Professor at Florida International University, Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability. Mohamed holds a diverse cross-disciplinary academic knowledge from Engineering to Architecture to Construction Management. With more than a decade of professional managerial experience in the construction industry, he developed a tool that identifies scope and associated risk for infrastructure systems. His passion couples sustainability in the built environment and health/safety with technologies, which was reflected in successful million-dollar research endeavor. Dr. Mohamed’s goal is to foster active, creative and inclusive learning environments for future workforces and embrace sustainability into construction for societal good.

Michael Pearson

CEO
DSA Technologies
Michael Pearson has been with DSA since it was founded in 1991. DSA Technologies has had consistent growth and been an early provider of cloud (IaaS) and ITaaS (IT as a Service) to its clients. Michael has a desire to provide IT services for DSA’s clients that is both first class and a clear change from what they have experienced IT to be in the past. Whether purchasing products or working with the DSA Services teams, his goal is to make sure it is not the same old IT experience.