Bring Mel on to your team if you’re looking for someone to roll up their sleeves and get in the trenches with you. He pours himself into his work and won’t rest until even your most difficult challenges are solved. He recently was instrumental in turning around a $60 million ERP implementation.
Mel is more than just a consultant — he’s a partner. His work ethic is second to none and that enthusiasm is contagious. He encourages critical, out-of-the-box thinking that evolves into solutions that truly benefit his clients.
He’s been with West Monroe since 2017. He joined our team from Plano Synergy where he was director of business analytics. He has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree from The University of Chicago’s Booth School of business.
Mel earned his stripes as an owner of three different consulting businesses over the years, two of which were purchased by larger organizations. He is also married with three teenage kids, enjoys outdoor activities such as backpacking and camping, and occasionally dabbles in woodworking.
Mel works with Big Shoulders Fund, which provides support to inner city schools in Chicago. He also works with the American Red Cross’s Sound the Alarm program, which provides free fire alarms to underprivileged neighborhoods across the country.
Angus Frost is a Senior Consultant with over 20 years of experience (14 in the construction industry) providing strategic technology consulting. With his background as a CTO/CIO, Angus is most often involved in performing assessments of current infrastructure, the applications that it supports, identification of risks and inefficiencies and the skills and processes needed within IT to fully support an organization.
Angus applies his technical expertise to understanding clients’ business requirements, translating them to the underlying technology resources required in terms of personnel, processes and products. He takes a practical approach wherever possible, weighing the cost-benefit of different options.
Angus brings a significant value to clients, leveraging his broad technical background to a range of projects that include:
• Interim CIO and provider of CIO recruitment services for multiple large General and Specialty Contractors throughout the US, overseeing day-to-day IT Operations that included Cloud migrations, data center reduction, disaster recovery planning and IT Governance implementations
• Large scale technology risk assessments for system integrations, developing integration architecture and tool definitions
• Identifying scalable tools and processes for IT departments to manage the end-user experience better; improving systems’ reliability, cost recovery and overall ROI
Prior to working at BCG, Angus was a Chief Technology Officer for a design/build firm in Chicago. He regularly contributes his knowledge and expertise to the software development community, Advisory Boards and software start-ups in the construction industry and beyond.
Craig is a principal in the Eau Claire office of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, and a member of the Construction Group. Craig has over 30 years of experience providing services to privately held construction companies.
Craig provides assurance, tax, consulting services and succession planning services to privately held construction and real estate companies. He has assisted these companies with organizational restructuring, financing and ownership transition.
Craig is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association, Associated of General Contractors of Wisconsin, and the Surety Association of Wisconsin.
Craig has presented at several construction conferences.
Nathan C Wood
Nathan C. Wood is the Executive Director of Construction Progress Coalition (CPC), a grassroots non-profit initiative to educate AEC professionals about the need for open interoperability standards between project delivery stakeholders. Nathan’s experience with Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Lean process improvement, and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has led him to realize how even proven technology solutions can result in lost ROI when the needs of people and process are not addressed. As Executive Director of the Construction Progress Coalition (ConstructionProgress.org), Nathan balances a passion for data insights and interoperability with stakeholder empathy and to produce pragmatic strategy for digital standards adoption in design and construction. When not fighting for open standards, Nathan also supports the people and process transformation as Chief Enabling Officer of SpectrumAEC. Nathan continues to support industry progress through speaking engagements, research publications, and workshop facilitation.
Patrick has over nine years of cybersecurity consulting, compliance and audit experience in manufacturing, construction, distribution, financial institutions, healthcare, etc. Patrick’s experience includes: penetration testing, web application security testing, vulnerability assessments, social engineering assessments, firewall/router configuration and ruleset assessments, and network security architecture reviews.
He attends and presents at multiple security and industry conferences annually. Patrick’s education includes a BS degree in Finance from North Central College and an MS in Information Security from Lewis University. Patrick is a member of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
Kristopher M. Lengieza
Kristopher M. Lengieza, is the Director of Business Development, Marketplace at Procore Technologies. The marketplace team oversees the development of partnerships and integrations built upon the Procore platform. Kris has been a long time construction technology evangelist and continues to push the construction industry forward. Prior to working at Procore, Kris was the Vice President of Operational Excellence at Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kris oversaw a team that leads many initiatives including Quality, Safety, Innovation, Training, VDC, and Financials. Kris has also been instrumental in the implementation of VDC, LEAN and LEED principles at several other companies over the course of his career.
Kris has earned a multitude of awards for his work and has been nationally recognized as one of the top 40 construction professionals under 40 by ENR and BD&C. He is constantly seeking to further the use of technology and foster innovation in the construction industry. As such, Kris has been a sought-after speaker for national conferences including Autodesk University, BIMForum, Ecobuild, SPAR and many other regional events. More importantly, Kris is always willing to volunteer and share his knowledge and has taught for numerous organizations over the past 5 years, including AGC and AIA to name a few. Kris earned his Civil engineering degree in 2004, from Lehigh University.
While growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Benham began writing code at the age of 11 and by 14 had developed his first application. Three years later, he
co-managed an internet services provider (ISP), providing dial-up Internet to over 4,000 users. James went on to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Information Systems while in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. During his final year at Texas A&M in 2001, James established his second company, JBKnowledge, Inc. He has continued to stay involved with his alma mater by joining the university faculty as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M.
James is now the Chief Executive Officer of JBKnowledge, and host of The ConTechCrew podcast. James has led JBKnowledge to become a premier provider of
technology solutions for the construction and insurance industries, with clients across North America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. As a rapidly growing business year after year, JBKnowledge is a seven-time recipient of the Aggie 100 award, six-time Newman 10 recipient, and was recently named to the LSU One Hundred for the second time. The company, and James, are headquartered in Bryan/College Station, TX with offices in North America and South America.
With extensive experience in the design, development and use of technology to improve efficiency, James is a sought-after speaker across the United States, Canada and abroad on business information technology, data security and innovative technology solutions.
James’ dynamic speaking style allows him to share his vast technical knowledge in a down-to-earth, engaging manner. In 2015, James presented at a variety of national events including: Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) IT Forum, CONEXPO, Construction Financial Management Association Annual (CFMA) Conference, Construct Canada, BIMForum, Augmented World Expo (AWE), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Annual Convention, and more. In addition, he was recognized among ENR Texas & Louisiana’s 2014 Top 20 Under 40 for his advancements in construction technology and is a founding member of the Construction Open Standards Alliance.
The IT Conference Steering Committee not only assembles this conference from A to Z, but also presents two of the most fun and interactive sessions: “Affordable Solutions” and “Epic Failures/Lessons Learned”.