RTC Event Chairman

Jim Balding, The ANT Group
Region Chairman, North America
Director, Partnerships

Jim Balding is a licensed architect with more than 25 years of experience integrating technology into the architectural field. Jim earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been a member of the Autodesk Revit Architecture Client Advisory Board since its inaugural meeting, and served as the Revit Product Chair for AUGI for five years. He also founded and served as the South Coast Revit Users Group (SCRUG) president for five years. 

Jim has spoken at several technology conferences and is one of the top-rated speakers at Autodesk University. He has developed a successful Autodesk Revit Architecture implementation strategy that has been adopted by some of the top architectural firms in the world. 

Jim has recently launched his own architectural and design technology firm - The ANT Group.

RTC Global Executive Committee

Wesley Benn, RTC Events Management / University of NSW
Executive Chairman
Region Chairman, Europe / Asia

A Sydney-based architect, Wesley is the founder of RTC Events Management and the Revit Technology Conference series. As a longterm user and advocate of BIM, Wesley has been speaking and teaching in the field since starting to play with a pre-release version of Revit.

Wesley has worked directly with Autodesk on Revit development and implementation, built content for manufacturers and end-users, and has implemented multiple BIM tools into well over 300 practices throughout South-East Asia. He is a regular speaker at events throughout Australia and overseas talking about technology, Integrated Practice, and facilities management; he founded (and chaired for 5 years) the Revit User Group, Sydney; and teaches design, BIM, and architectural technologies at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia.

Chris Needham, AECOM
Director, Systems & Operations
Region Chairman, Australasia

Chris has joined AECOM as a Project Information Manager and BIM Lead, working as part of their BIM Advisory business. He works closely with clients to leverage BIM for their advantage, during design, construction and operational phases of their facilities. He's also becoming keenly acquainted with the application of BIM principles to large-scale infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining AECOM, he was the owner of C3 Consulting Solutions, implementing BIM processes and practices within AEC companies since 2005. He has assisted firms in organizational change efforts, systems analysis and design, training programmes and project delivery. Chris's strengths are in converting technical experience to tactical approaches, and communication.

He has worked on projects in both Australia and the United Kingdom, using his expertise to develop systems and processes for numerous organisations. Over the last nine years, he has helped firms understand and implement BIM methodologies, and is passionate about exploiting information management technology to its limits. He acknowledges that despite developments in technology, altering people's behaviour is the most crucial and often difficult part of change.

Chris has taught hundreds of industry professionals across Australia, and students at both RMIT and Melbourne University. He is a co-author of ANZRS (Australian & New Zealand Revit Standards), steering committee member of BIM-MEPAUS, served as BIM Management Plans working group chair for the AIA/Consult Australia BIM/IPD initiative and as past chairperson of REVIC (Revit Users Group of Victoria).

Phil Read
Phil Read, Read | Thomas
Director, Marketing and Communications
Committee Member, RTC North America

Phil Read is the co-founder of Read | Thomas - an AECO consulting group focused on connecting designers, builders and owners through cross-discipline and technology integration. 

Phil has 20 years in Architecture and Engineering including 12 years experience using and implementing Autodesk Revit: the world's only fully parametric and integrated tool for the design of buildings. Since 2009, Phil has been one of the driving forces behind M-SIX and VEO™ - the world’s first fully integrated, cloud-based platform for visualization, construction and operations of buildings. A frequent public speaker and has presented Autodesk University and RTC on topics ranging from "Best Practices and Large Project Management" to "Parametric Design Iteration in Architecture" and the "Business Dynamics of Transitioning from 2D CAD to Building Information Modeling". 

Among other high profile clients and projects, played a lead role in providing training, implementation and ongoing support for the Architectural, Mechanical and Structural Engineers on the Freedom Tower World Trade Center Initiative in New York.

RTC North America Committee

Steve Stafford, AEC Advantage
​Region Manager, North America

Steve is the Region Manager for RTC North America. He has been a presenter at RTC events since 2006 as well as at Autodesk University since 2004. He has been working as a freelance Revit training and implementation consultant since 2005. His company is called AEC Advantage, Inc. Very active in the Revit community at large, he has been participating in online Revit groups since shortly after the product was released publicly in 2000. You can find him serving as the forum manager for the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) Revit Community and he served a two year term as a member of AUGI's Board of Directors (2006-2008).

As an author he has contributed chapters to two Wiley/Sybex Revit books and has three Revit focused blogs - www.Revitoped.com, www.revitinside.com and www.revitjobs.com. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.

R. Robert Bell, Stantec
Speaker Manager

Robert began working for Stantec when his former company was acquired. He immediately became part of an international team of BIM experts acoss the organization. He is involved in firm-wide practice integration, primarily focused on MEP engineering, training and education, development of best practices, and multi-discipline BIM collaboration with internal and external clients. Robert promotes the importance of working with truly collaborative teams to improve the overall building construction process and using technology appropriately to remove barriers.

Nicholas Kramer, LPA Inc
Program Manager/ Global Technologies Coordinator

Nicholas M. Kramer, LEED® AP, is the Director of Design Technology for LPA Inc., a fully integrated practice focusing on all areas of the built industry based out of Irvine, California. He has been using Revit since version 8.1 on projects ranging from 1,000,000sf to 600sf and from medical to libraries to commercial and office buildings. Nicholas has actively run projects day to day as well as helped to implement Revit and new technologies along with the development of standards, processes and best practices for worldwide architectural companies. Additionally, he is currently working with some of the largest construction companies in the world to implement these practices and new technologies.

At LPA, Nicholas provides strategic direction for BIM and new technologies, spearheads the company’s research and development group and co leads the company's ID, or Inspire Design, department. ID works alongside our multi discipline designers as well as many of our clients to provide inspiration through digital tools; utilizing technology to inspire those around us. In addition to LPA, Nicholas is currently serving as the chairman for the South Coast Revit Users Group (SCRUG), has guest lectured on BIM and sustainability at UCLA, Autodesk University and other forums.



Desiree Mackey, Martin/Martin
Program Manager

Desirée (Dezi) has been in the AEC industry for more than 15 years. After obtaining her bachelor's and master’s degrees from University of California, Davis and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she perpetuated her nerdy tendencies with Revit. She started her career in California with a construction company, then with a structural engineering firm, and now is a practicing structural engineer and BIM Manager at Martin/Martin in Denver, Colorado.

Dezi is a regular speaker at many conferences, she co-founded the Rocky Mountain Building Information Society and is the Chair of the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado's BIM Committee. Finally, as if that is not enough Revit in her life, she is married to “The Revit Geek” and acts as a partner in his BIM consulting firm, BD Mackey Consulting.