Jake Smithwick

Assistant Professor

UNC Charlotte

Dr. Jake Smithwick is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. His research focuses on organizational performance benchmarking within business services, facility management, and the broader built environment. His industry experience also includes field inspection of nearly 2,000 waterproofing systems (74 million square feet) across the United States, and six years in the US Air Force Reserve (civil engineering squadron). Jake also possesses IFMA’s Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) credentials.



Kenn Sullivan


Arizona State University

Dr. Kenn Sullivan specializes in performance measurement, risk management, best value contracting, organizational transformation, and accountability systems. His processes have been implemented in design, engineering, construction, and facility services projects valued at $3B+. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering; MBA in Real Estate and Urban Economics; and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Author of 120+ peer reviewed publications, he won the 2012 ASCE Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering Best Article. Dr. Sullivan has created a Masters Degree program in Facility Asset and Project Management, and won the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering 2008, 2009 and 2012 Teaching Awards and 2013 IFMA Educator of the Year.



Brian Lines

Assistant Professor

University of Kansas

Dr. Brian Lines is an assistant professor in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. Brian specializes in the areas of alternative procurement methods, expertise-driven project delivery, and organizational assessment. The objective of his research program at KU is to integrate with organizations to transform their operations into more efficient and performance-driven environments. His industry-focused research has been implemented on a total project value of more than $1B and participating organizations have documented $10’s of millions in direct savings. Brian is also active in continuing education seminars and short courses for professionals internationally.