Rick Bawcum (Crosswalk)
Named one of the DC-area’s Top Association Tech Gurus, Rick Bawcum is the CEO / Founder of Crosswalk, the first agile API to network Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) MasterFormat®, Uniformat®, and OmniClass® classifications with the world’s building professionals, construction technology platforms, and data flows. He is a frequent presenter on the impact of disruptive technologies ranging from the Internet of Things (IoT) to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain. Rick describes himself as a ‘disruptioneer’ which he defines as the branch of change management concerned with meeting the expectations of customers and colleagues in an increasingly digital economy. He serves multiple clients as their virtual CIO/CTO and strategic technology leader. He has been a member of the leadership team in organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. Rick has a proven track record as member of the senior management team, consultant, and board adviser. His accomplishments as a technology thought leader includes development of the long-range technology plan for Verizon Wireless, chief operating officer of professional services firms with major clients in the healthcare and nonprofit industriesy, and development of an association-focused consulting firm focused on digital transformation. Rick has balanced his career across corporate leadership, entrepreneurial pursuits, and consulting engagements which has provided a unique perspective on digital disruption and change management. His early career as a machine-level programmer provided a solid technical foundation while nurturing his interests in communications, organization effectiveness and strategic planning.His network includes thought leaders, venture capitalists, and educators. Rick is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Society of Information Managers (SIM).