Our Keynotes

Leo Abruzzese
Global Director of Public Policy,
The Economist Intelligence Unit

Keynote Speaker

W. Craig Fugate
FEMA Administrator, (2009 – 2017)

Keynote Speaker

Lt. General Russel L. Honoré
US Army (Ret.)

Keynote Speaker

Rick Knabb, Ph.D.
Hurricane Expert & Tropical Program Manager, The Weather Channel,
National Hurricane Conference Director (2012 – 2017)

Keynote Speaker

Dave Shull
Chief Executive Officer
The Weather Channel Television Network

Keynote Speaker

Wendy Spencer
President, Leadership Florida
CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service (2012 – 2016)

Keynote Speaker

Our Speakers

Sebastain Awondo, Ph. D.
Associate Researcher – Alabama Center for Insurance Information & Research

Measuring the Value of FORTIFIED HomeTM Construction on Home Resale

Illya Azaroff*
Director of Design +lab architect PLLC

Building Resilient Homes – Breezy Point Update

Randall Behm
Chief, Flood Risk and Floodplain Management, US Army Corps of Engineers

Current Trends in Non‐Structural Flood Risk Adaptive Measures

Mark Benthien
Director of Communication, Education, and Outreach Southern California Earthquake Center; Global Coordinator, Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills; and Executive Director, Earthquake Country Alliance

Earthquake Breakout Facilitator and Subject Matter Expert

Faith Berry
Associate Project Manager, NFPA Wildfire Division

Wildfire Breakout Facilitator and Subject Matter Expert

Vincent Brown
Senior Program Specialist, Risk Management Directorate, FEMA

Effective Mitigation Outreach Awareness and Action Through Local, State, Federal and Private Sector Collaboration (High Water Mark Campaign)

Marcus Coleman
Acting Deputy Director – DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships

Faithful Readiness: Strategies to Improve Engagement with Faith-based and Community Organizations

Anne D. Cope, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Vice President of Research and Engineering, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

Innovative Building Science Research Leading to Real World Applications

Kevin Davis
Director of Sales, Quad-Lock Building Systems, Ltd.

Building Resilient Homes – Breezy Point Update

Jamie Farny
Director, Building Marketing Portland Cement Association

Building Resilient Homes – Breezy Point Update

Lawrence Frank
Resilience Program Manager, Atkins North America

Future Proofing Cities — Simulation Tool for Risk Management

Denton Herring
Senior Analyst, GAO

Evaluating and Encouraging Integrated Disaster Resilience Action

John Ingargiola
Lead Physical Scientist – FEMA Building Science Branch

FEMA Advances Resiliency with Building Codes Policies and Practices

Will Johnston
Tiny House Atlanta

Kim Bucciero
Tiny House Atlanta

Justice Jones
Austin Fire Department – The University of Texas at Austin

Wildfire Breakout Facilitator and Subject Matter Expert

Jack Jordan
Senior Technology Researcher, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

The Evolution of ArcFault Circuit Interrupters in the National Electrical Code

Annie Kao
Senior Field Engineer, Simpson Strong-Tie

Innovative Connections for Stronger Homes

Carolyn Kousky
Director for Policy Research and Engagement Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton

Harnessing Insurance to Advance Mitigation

Ed Laatsch
Director, Safety, Planning and Building Science Division, Risk Management Directorate

Jennifer Goldsmith-Grinspoon
Physical Scientist — FEMA

An update on FEMA studies underway to measure past and future impacts of disaster resilience

Michael Lingerfelt
American Institute of Architects

Looking Ahead: Building on Ten Years of Disaster Assistance

Tom Little
Vice President, Smart Vent

Floodplain Design, Construction and Impact Upon Flood Insurance

Dr. Forrest Masters
University of Florida

How the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) is bringing America›s Universities together

Joel May
Program Manager, Disaster Durable Solutions – BASF Performance Materials, Construction

Building Resilient Homes – Breezy Point Update

Rachel Minnery
Sr. Director, Sustainable Development Policy - American Institute of Architects

Coordinated Community Resilience: Using the NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide as a Tool

Mehdi Noori
Postdoctoral Associate - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Streamlined Hazard Mitigation Cost Assessment Framework for Residential Buildings

Aris Papadopoulos
Founder & Chair at Resilience Action Fund

How the Sendai Framework will Affect Future Resilience for Businesses and Consumers

Wendy Phillips
Emergency Management Specialist, DHS/FEMA, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Building Science Branch, Risk Management Directorate, and National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

Earthquake Breakout Facilitator and Subject Matter Expert

Thomas L. Pratt
Ph.D., Research Geophysicist USGS

The Latest on the Earthquake Front, including Early Warning Systems and much more.

David Prevatt
Associate Professor – University of Florida

Severe Wind Breakout Facilitator and Subject Matter Expert

Karthik Ramanathan
Senior Manager, Research and Modeling – AIR Worldwide

Role of Building Codes in Catastrophe Models

Bill Read
Former Director National Hurricane Center

Storm Surge Resilience for Houston/Galveston Region

Audrey K. Rierson
J.D., Senior Policy Analyst, FLASH

Case study of residential building codes in Texas and potential implications of recent legislation.

Mike Rimoldi
SVP Education and Technical Programs, FLASH

Flood Breakout Facilitator and Subject Matter Expert

Heidi Rosofsky
Disabilities, Access & Functional Needs Specialist - Global Vision Consortium

Building DAFN Community Resilience Through Inclusive Messaging Strategies

David Roueche, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Auburn University

Severe Wind Breakout Facilitator and Subject Matter Expert

Laurie Schoeman
National Program Director, Resilience, Enterprise Community Partners

Resilience – An Investment to Protect and Strengthen Our Communities

Daniel Smith
Research Fellow – James Cook University

Parallels in Tropical Cyclone Mitigation Research for Australia and the US

Joe Tankersley
President, Unique Visions

Keynote Speaker

Dale Thomure
Hazard Mitigation Manager, ISO

Analysis of National Trends in Building Code Adoption

Mary Uher
Engineered Wood Specialist, APA

After the Storm – Lessons Learned about Building for Tornado Resistance

Sara Yerkes
SVP Governmental Relations, International Code Council

Status Report from the Coalition for Current Safety Codes on adoption trends and state activity.

*Invited Speaker