Head of Industrialized Construction Strategy and Evangelism, Autodesk
Industry Innovator, Leader, Advocate.
PREFAB EXPERT | INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND CHAIR | D&I EVANGELIST
A pioneer in the construction industry, Ms. Marks is known as the world’s preeminent prefabrication consultant and often referred to as the ‘Queen Of Prefab’. Ms. Marks serves on the leadership team at Autodesk as the Head of Industrialized Construction Strategy and Evangelism. In this role, she leverages her passion and years of consulting experience to enable and empower the global AEC-M industry to implement and adopt processes for industrialized construction – including prefabrication and modular.
Prior to joining Autodesk, Ms. Marks served as CEO of XSite Modular, where she championed the use of optimized prefabrication across many building types including high-tech, healthcare, hospitality, data centers, residential, and commercial buildings. As the leader of XSite Modular, she established strong relationships across the world with many owners, architects and engineers, and supply chain partners – relationships that she continues to nurture as part of her industry strategy role at Autodesk. Ms. Marks is a unique and outspoken agent for change and is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and chairperson of conferences for prefabrication. She serves as the chairperson and ambassador of the Advancing Prefabrication conference - one of the largest and most innovative specialized event of its kind.
Ms. Marks has built a reputation as an industry innovator – with her former design-build company, she capitalized on the expansion and growth of the subsea cable industry and modular data center movement. She has been at the forefront of this evolution; combining her passion for technology and global expertise to implement these critical infrastructure building types globally in the space.
Ms. Marks is committed to using her extensive experience, thought leadership, and high-profile within the construction industry to promote participation, innovation, and advancement across all industry segments and markets. Knowing the importance of creating a sustainable and thriving industry, Ms. Marks is a fierce advocate for bringing critical attention to the importance of attracting a diverse talent pool, and creating an industry of inclusion that fosters new perspectives and skills to push the boundaries of what’s possible in construction. She is a passionate speaker on improving business results through increased diversity in thought and is often quoted as saying, “I’m not a feminist, I’m a capitalist.”
She is a graduate of the University of Florida and an alumna of Harvard Business School. She is a mom to her daughter Mackenzie and an avid sports fan having played competitive rugby for almost 15 years.
Peter has extensive experience working in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry. While working as an Architectural Technologist he has worked at a number of firms playing a key role in developing strategies for Building Information Modeling (BIM), including ground up implementation, complete overhauls, and incremental improvements.
At SolidCAD he currently provides his expertise to the AEC industry, providing training, and consulting on BIM projects with a penchant for problem solving. Peter is also a member of the Toronto Dynamo User Group.