Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) hired Matthew Abeles as vice president of construction technology and innovation. Abeles will spearhead efforts to integrate construction technology and innovation into all aspects of ABC’s strategic initiatives, particularly total human health, safety and workforce development.

“As technology and breakthrough innovations continue to transform the construction industry, we’re thrilled to have [Abeles’] expertise and counsel,” said Michael Bellaman, president and CEO at ABC. “In the last decade, construction technologies have revolutionized how we connect through the design, build and delivery processes, but our industry remains ripe for disruption. [Abeles’] contributions to our chapters, members and industry will be essential as we assess how to best integrate, advance and leverage the digital age in the years to come.”

Abeles cofounded Chicago-based BuiltWorlds in 2014, a media company and digital network for construction, real estate, finance and development leaders, which hosts global events and produces industry research. He was responsible for outreach to established and emerging players in the construction and real estate sectors developing next-generation technologies, as well as talking to influential audiences about the future of the construction industry. Abeles is based in Chicago.