WASHINGTON, March 9—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Matthew Abeles has been appointed to the newly created role of vice president of construction technology and innovation. As a leader in this space, Abeles will spearhead efforts to integrate construction technology and innovation into all aspects of ABC’s strategic initiatives, particularly total human health, world-class safety and workforce development.

“As technology and breakthrough innovations continue to transform the construction industry, we’re thrilled to have Matt’s expertise and counsel,” said Michael Bellaman, ABC’s president and chief executive officer. “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. Matt’s 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 has advised and raised capital for many construction technology companies, as well as positioned himself as an industry leader in the technology construction field. He co-founded 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. In this role, 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 holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate from Indiana University Bloomington. He will be based in Chicago.