President and CEO
Arol Wolford is a pioneer and passionate advocate of building intelligence. He has devoted his career to the proposition that sharing information among owners, architects, contractors, and manufacturers is the key to creating better and more efficient buildings.
Arol is the founder of Construction Market Data (CMD), a global leader in building information serving the United States, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. The company grew from 5 employees in 1982 to 1300 employees in 2000 and offered well-known information sources such as CMD Bulletins, Architects’ First Source, CanaData, Clark Reports, CMD Electronic, CMD Connect to Sales Force and Microsoft CRM, Manufacturers’ Survey Associates, and RSMeans. CMD Group was acquired by Reed Elsevier $300 million in 2000.
Arol was one of the original board member’s of Revit Technology Corporation, creator of the first parametric building modeler. Revit was sold to Autodesk in 2002 for $133 million. In 2003, Arol founded SmartBIM, a creator of Revit Objects. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) named Arol an honorary member in 1997 and in 2007 chose him to serve on the AIA 150 Board, the first non-architect to be so honored. Arol was the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) President’s Award Winner in 1999. Arol serves on the board for Building Systems Design (BSD Speclink) and ManufactOn.