The B+I Conference has been postponed.We will post new dates as soon as they are confirmed.

Join leaders from across the construction ecosystem to shape the future of construction finance.

The Builders + Innovators Conference is the only event focused solely on the most pressing concerns and modern solutions impacting the construction industry.

Designed to connect and inspire innovation, this first-of-its-kind event will bring together the top bank and non-bank lenders along with other leading technology providers, regulators, experts, and developers to help move the industry forward.


Meg Crofton Headshot

Former President, Walt Disney Parks &
Resorts Operations, U.S. & France
Meg Crofton

Meg Crofton is a 35-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company. She retired from her position as president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S. and France in 2015 and currently coaches and speaks on a wide range of leadership issues while serving on multiple Boards.

Throughout her Disney career, Meg held multiple executive positions in both operating and functional areas, as well as key leadership roles in the opening of many domestic and international properties. In her last role she was responsible for the operations of the company’s theme parks and resorts in Florida, California and France and led a workforce of over 100,000. In addition, she led the global division’s functional lines of business which included food and beverage, merchandise, hotel and park operations, facilities/maintenance, safety and security.

Nima Ghamsari

Founder & CEO
Nima Ghamsari

Nima Ghamsari is CEO and co-founder of Blend, a Silicon Valley technology company propelling consumer lending into the digital age. He leads the company’s corporate and product strategy toward the vision of a more frictionless, compliant, and accessible consumer finance ecosystem. Nima is currently focused on expanding the Blend platform both in breadth and depth, bringing a seamless process to more consumers across more of their financial lives. He is also spearheading a number of the company’s initiatives around emerging technologies and how to implement them. Prior to founding Blend, Nima was one of the first employees of the commercial group at Palantir Technologies. He is a graduate of Stanford University where he earned a B.S. in computer science.

Built Technologies
Chase Gilbert

Chase Gilbert is the founder and CEO of Built Technologies. Chase and his co-founders formed Built in 2014 after living through the frustrations of navigating construction loans and recognizing there had to be a better way with technology. Today Built’s platform powers the residential and commercial construction lending divisions of over 100 banks and also helps thousands of developers and contractors navigate lien waivers and accelerate construction payments.

Teraverde management Advisors
Jim Deitch

James M. Deitch is an entrepreneur, having founded two national banks, several mortgage banking ventures, and four technology-oriented companies. He currently serves as co-founder and CEO of Teraverde group of companies. Teraverde is a professional advisor to financial services companies. Teraverde helps banks and mortgage bankers achieve greater profitability, streamlined operations and process improvement while staying fully compliant with regulatory requirements.

manager, commercial Real Estate
John Cannon

Cannon began his financial services career in 1996. Before joining Pinnacle in 2015, he was a senior vice president and Tennessee market manager for commercial real estate at U.S. Bank, where he was responsible for developing and maintaining its commercial real estate finance portfolio. Cannon previously held commercial real estate roles with PNC Bank (formerly National City Bank) in its special assets division and investment real estate finance group. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Hanover College and master’s of business administration from The University of Louisville.

VP, Professional Services
Built Technologies
Brent Blane

Brent leads the Professional Service Department at Built Technologies. Prior to joining Built, Brent led the Implementation Services department of one of the largest SaaS providers of Electronic Health Records in the Behavioral Healthcare space. He oversees all onboarding and training efforts across Built’s rapidly growing client base. In addition, Brent leads Built’s Lender Services division. Lender Services expands Built’s value proposition beyond its core SaaS product into tech-enabled services. Brent received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Partner, Affordable Housing Development elmington
Hunter Nelson

Hunter provides leadership on Elmington’s affordable housing portfolio. With an expertise in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) development, Hunter oversees Elmington’s 4% bond financed and 9% competitive tax credit development portfolio. He is responsible for the affordable housing strategic direction and day-to-day operations, including: sourcing new construction and rehabilitation deals, project management, financial analysis, government relations, syndication, and due diligence activities. As a principal of the firm, he participates in determining overall corporate growth objectives. Hunter graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelors of Business Administration.

Product marketing manager
Built Technologies
Mel Jackson

Melissa Jackson is a self-proclaimed storyteller and tech nerd, driven by feature adoption and user retention metrics — creating the perfect storm for helping take Built’s products to the market. If you’ve been a client of Built the past year, you’ve likely been greeted with a “Mel from Built” message promoting new features, offering demo and training webinars, soliciting feedback, you name it! Hailing from Asheville, NC, Melissa enjoys any sort of outdoor adventure, a good beer, and Clemson football.

Lead Project Manager
Built Technologies
Eric Mirowitz

Eric is currently serving as Lead Product Manager for Lender Software Solutions and is primarily focused on the commercial real estate lending market. Before shifting career focus to enterprise SaaS product management, Eric worked in consumer audio electronics as a firmware and embedded systems architect for Beats Electronics and Apple. Eric earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UCLA.

General Manager, Contractor Solutions
Built Technologies
Geoff Arnold

Geoff is responsible for leading product and strategy for Built’s new Built for Contractors division. Geoff came to Built through its acquisition of, where he was CEO and Founder. Started in 2016, (now Lienwaivers powered by Built) has been used on over 13,000 construction projects across the United States, covering more than $5B in payments. Prior to starting, Geoff was VP, Technology at Intent Media in NYC where he helped grow the company from concept to $100M in revenue during his 6 year tenure.

solutions engineer
Built Technologies
Tyler Matheny
Tyler Matheny is a Solutions Engineer at Built Technologies. Since 2014, Tyler has helped build and lead teams and processes including implementations, client success, quality assurance, and now pre-sales. His focus is on expanding the Built platform both in breadth and depth, bringing a seamless process to the construction finance ecosystem.

Director, CRE Strategy
Built Technologies
Jim Fraser

Fraser has over 30 years of experience in financial services, with an emphasis in construction lending and real estate development. Before Built, Fraser was EVP of Commercial Lending at Axos Bank [NYSE: AX], where he was responsible for commercial construction lending, income property, lender finance, equipment leasing  and factoring, with a combined portfolio of $5 billion. Prior to joining Axos, Fraser was Managing Director at Banc of California [NYSE: BANC], managing $500 million in residential and CRE construction, including FNMA and FHA renovation lending programs under Banc Home Loans national mortgage lending brand and 3rd party, fee-based services under RenovationReady(R), a division of Banc Home Loans.

VP, Product
Built Technologies
Chris Boyd

Chris oversees the strategic direction and focus of the Product, Design, and Product Marketing teams at Built. As VP of Product, he works to understand the needs and pain points of Built’s current and future customers in order to draw the entire business closer to its target market. With nearly a decade of experience in leading Product teams across numerous industries, Chris has helped guide Built’s product strategy since 2015. Chris received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Central Florida.

The Builders + Innovators Conference powered by Built is a collective.

Commercial and consumer lenders, borrowers, builders, developers, and inspectors have the opportunity to join forces alongside the people and companies that will power new growth.


The state of the construction finance industry and economy

Major issues and regulations impacting lenders, developers, and builders

Innovative technology solutions aimed at enacting industry-wide change


  • 6:00 Pm

    Kickoff Event at Built Headquarters 

  • 7:30 – 8:45 am

    Breakfast at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

  • 8:45 – 9:00 am

    Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Andrew Sohr, Co-Founder of Built

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am

    The Vision for Built: The Journey from Lender to Vendor
    Chase Gilbert, CEO, Built

  • 10:00 – 10:30 am

    Networking Break

  • 10:30 – 11:30 am

    As Leaders We Can All Make “Magic”
    Meg Crofton, Former President, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Operations

    Meg Crofton, the first woman President of Disney Worldwide Resorts, will deliver our opening keynote. Meg will share countless “magical stories” about modernizing legacy systems at Disney and remind all of us about our privilege and responsibility as leaders to shape the minds and hearts of those around us.

  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    Lunch and Work Break

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm

    Commercial Track: Commercial Construction Loan Administration: How Built is Changing the Game
    Chris Boyd, VP of Product, Built

    Collaboration is absolutely critical when you are working on the funding of the next multimillion-dollar project. In this session, Built’s product experts will highlight how Built is creating the first of its kind digital to digital network for the entire construction ecosystem.  This NEW network will allow information and funds to flow seamlessly from Lender to Vender, reducing friction and risk for every party involved. Too often the information needed to make good construction lending decisions lacks standardization and is siloed in spreadsheets, emails and legacy systems. Built’s team will demonstrate new collaboration tools to help the industry work smarter.

    Consumer Track: Simple Tips for Optimizing the Way You Use Built
    Mel Jackson, Product Marketing Manager, Built
    Tyler Matheny, Solutions Engineer, Built

    Simple Tips for Optimizing the Way You Use Built will guide you through some of our favorite insider tips to work smarter and get more out of Built — whether you’re an Administrative Team or Risk Management. In this collaborative presentation, our Product and Solutions Engineers will demonstrate ways to create bookmarked shortcuts, apply filters, drill down into reports and dashboards, and more. You’ll walk away with workflow options that are proven to increase efficiency such as not requiring borrower approval on draws, prescheduled inspections, auto-draw, etc

  • 2:00 – 2:15 pm

    Networking Break

  • 2:15 – 3:15 pm

    Consumer Fireside Chat: Consumer Fireside Chat – The Current Opportunities Within Housing, and How Technology Can Help Capture Them 

    Rather than just discussing the problems surrounding the growing housing shortage many low income families face today, this session will discuss real solutions and how our community of lenders can create profitable loan products that address the core issues.These loan products will require technology to scale, but together we can make a real and measurable difference.

  • Commercial Fireside Chat: What Inning Are We In + What Risks To Look For
    Chase Gilbert, CEO, Built
    Jim Fraser, Director, CRE Strategy
    John Cannon, Manager, Commercial Real Estate, PinnacleCycles are inevitable, so exactly where are we in the current cycle? This panel will take a candid look at the current decade plus expansion, and what to expect when an inversion does happen.  Industry experts will tell what they are seeing and hearing in the current market, including what risks you should be looking for specific to the construction portfolio As the saying goes, “You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out”.
  • 3:15 – 3:45 pm

    Networking Break

  • 3:45 – 4:45 pm

    General Session – All
    The Future of Real Estate Tech in Banking
    Nima Ghamsari, Founder + CEO, Blend
    Chase Gilbert, CEO, Built

    In this Fireside chat two CEO’s, who have helped changed the borrower experience for tens of thousands of consumers, discuss the future of banking and the technology that will propel it.  The discussion will focus on how core systems will evolve, employees will adapt, and when a lender should invest in technology.

  • 7:00 pm

    Rooftop Honky Tonk Party



  • 8:00 – 9:00 am

    Breakfast + General Session: The Future of Construction Payments
    Geoff Arnold, General Manager, Built for Contractors

    Let’s face it, the construction industry is archaic when it comes to payments paper checks are still king.  In this session, we will take a hard look at the way money moves down the construction value chain from lender to vendor.  Statutory lien laws have long been the regulatory bottleneck for money to move quicker, and technology is finally changing this.  We will articulate our vision for how real-time payments will modernize the mobile-first construction industry, and the impact this could have on your business.

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am

    2020 Vision: The Market Now and Ahead
    Jim Deitch, CEO, Teraverde Management Advisors

    2020 election? Coronavirus? Trade Wars? Interest Rates? In this session we will discuss the macro environment, and how it is affecting real estate investing today. We will openly discuss the market now and ahead, and what key indicators you should be looking for in this uncertain environment.

  • 10:00 – 11:00 am

    Residential Panel: Built Lender Services — How Built is Helping Make Progress Inspections Simpler

    Have you ever had an inspection report or title search update delay money getting out the door? Do risk mitigation activities have to be at odds with providing a fantastic customer experience? Now, more than ever, we believe technology will enable a better way to deliver services that increase service quality, decrease time to decision, and fundamentally change the experience and outcomes for all stakeholders. Come learn how we are taking the first step to streamline and simplify this experience for our clients and vendor partners, starting with our Inspection Marketplace!

    Commercial Contractor + Developer Panel: What’s Important to the Borrower?
    Hunter Nelson, Partner, Affordable Housing Development, Elmington
    Randall Rothschild, Managing Director, Global Head of Debt, Tishman Speyer
    Cliff Atchison, VP of Finance, Homes by Dickerson

    In this interactive panel, you will hear directly from the borrowers themselves. You will gain insight into what key factors influence a borrowers decision when selecting a lender and what frustrations they experience during the life of a loan. We will also tackle the key topics that plaque borrowers today like technology, relationship management and overall user experience.

  • 11:00 – 1:00 pm

    Residential Q+A: Interactive Product Demos

    Commercial Q+A: Interactive Product Demos

    With two focus areas – Consumer and Commercial – these interactive sessions will allow you to sit down with the teams behind the magic to learn more about new releases, provide product feedback, and get answers to your workflow specific problems. Included are features and tools such as Source Accounts, Enhanced Transactions, Retainage, Revolving Loans, and more. We’ll also be featuring a hands-on demo of our latest solution for Homebuilder Finance Lenders who offer Borrowing Base Loan Types.

  • 1:00 pm



The Westin Nashville

807 Clark Place, Nashville, TN 37203

Group Room Rate: 
$279 per night

*Please book your room as soon as possible. Group rate availability is limited.

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What is the B+I Conference?

The Builders + Innovators Conference powered by Built is a first-of-its-kind three-day executive event for the construction finance industry. It will include keynote speeches, breakout sessions, informative panels, and networking opportunities.

When is the conference taking place?

The conference is postponed due to Coronovirus (Covid-19). We will post new dates as soon as they are confirmed.

Where is the conference?

Schermerhorn Symphony Center
1 Symphony Place
Nashville, TN 37201

What am I responsible for?

Each Builders + Innovators attendee will attend this year’s conference as a distinguished Built guest. With that said, there are some costs that attendees will be responsible for covering.

What Built covers:

There is no conference registration fee. Your meals and activities will be taken care of.

What you’ll cover:

You will be responsible for covering your own transportation to and from the area, as well as your lodging at The Westin Nashville. We ask that you book your hotel accommodations immediately upon registering for the event as rooms are limited.  You will be responsible for any additional purchases.



What if I can’t make it?

The Builders + Innovators Conference 2020 is by invitation only. Invitations are non-transferable. However, if you would like to nominate another executive from your organization, please contact

How do I get there?

Each Builders + Innovators attendee will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

For the Sunday evening event, Built will provide transportation to and from the Built headquarters from the Downtown Westin.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for Builders + Innovators is business casual. Keep in mind the weather will likely be warm with temperatures ranging from the upper 60’s to mid-to-upper 70’s.

How will breakout sessions work?

In order to ensure each Builders + Innovators attendee receives the most pertinent information to them, portions of the conference will be divided into two separate tracks (consumer construction and commercial construction). More details to come.

Additional questions?

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding Builders + Innovators 2020, please contact