Tommy Russo, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, is a nationally recognized leader in technology advancement, innovation, cyber security and the Internet of Things (IoT). Under Tommy’s supervision, the Akridge technology team works closely with development, property management, and building engineering to provide state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise to ensure the most efficient and cost effective support and enhancement of all building systems. Every building system in the Akridge portfolio receives the trained, experienced, and creative attention of the Akridge technology team. Tommy uses the latest technology solutions to confirm that Akridge maximizes property revenue and optimizes performance and reliability.
Since joining Akridge in 1997, Tommy has provided innovative services to internal and external Clients. Most notably, he installed the first complete neutral-host, in-building wireless system in a multi-Client building nationwide (The Homer Building in Washington, DC). Additional creative technology services include the design of a wireless Web-based camera that can be linked to project Web sites for construction monitoring, allowing investors and project managers to observe their asset while under construction. This innovation has proven integral to preventing unnecessary construction expenses, as it provides verification of on-site progress and circumstances. Tommy also assists with Akridge’s green efforts, promoting energy-efficiency across the firm’s portfolio.
Under Tommy’s vision the Akridge technology value proposition includes the optimum performance in building connectivity, rooftop management, riser management, infrastructure security, wifi, and cellular service for every Akridge managed property.
His professional designations include Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA).
Tommy is often sought after to speak on emerging technology trends in commercial real estate. Notable among his speaking engagements are; The MIT Sloan School of Management’s World Real Estate Summit, BOMA’s International Convention, BOMA’s National Advisory Council, and the Building Energy Summit.