Kathy Jo Van
Kathy Jo (KJ) Van is an industry veteran and former Sr VP of Southwire. Throughout her 30+ year career in the electrical industry, KJ built a reputation for her leadership skills and positive impact, for her employers and for the industry overall. Following her retirement in 2017, KJ started another chapter of her life with a focus on staying connected and giving back to an industry that has meant so much to her and her family.
KJ now provides coaching and mentoring to individuals at all stages of their careers. Through workshops and custom programs, KJ empowers companies and individuals to understand the value of mentoring and define a path to capitalize on these benefits.
A graduate from The University of Notre Dame, KJ earned her graduate degree from Northwestern University’s JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management. KJ is an avid Cubs fan and enjoys living in Chicago with her husband Ron, 3 children, a grand-daughter, and puppy Addison (their latest addition to the family).
For more than two decades Josh Bone has been implementing, training and presenting construction technology solutions to AEC&O (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owners) professionals. Having worked with some of the top technology leaders in the industry, Josh specializes in identifying best practices and methodologies for integrating construction technology into everyday workflows. Josh started his career working with design teams, then transitioned into helping construction professionals leverage technology in both the preconstruction and construction phases. Mr. Bone has had the opportunity to work on hundreds of projects throughout his career where he has delved deep into the VDC process.
Josh has worked with companies like JBKnowledge, Graphisoft and Stanley Black & Decker. Today he works with Caisson a company that is focused on helping drive technology adoption within the trades. Josh envisions the trades playing a more active role in the design phases of projects in the future (DfMA) helping drive the increased delivery of offsite construction methods. In addition, he’s had the opportunity to share his knowledge with audiences and publications across North America as a frequent professional speaker and guest editorial contributor. Josh is also a frequent host on The ConTech Crew podcast.