David Garcés, born in Bilbao (Spain), is the managing director of BU Intesis, HMS Networks division for building automation. He holds an M.Sc. in electrical engineering and an MBA. David has 20 years of experience in factory and building automation, the last six years working for HMS Networks in different positions.

How did you become involved in the Smart Buildings industry?

It started in 2016 as HMS acquired Intesis and entered the Building Automation marketplace.

What excites you about the Smart Buildings industry?

We all live and work in buildings, our work has a direct impact in our lives.

Are there any particular technologies that we should be aware of?

I believe in near future machine learning and artificial intelligence will be disruptive technologies.

What services does your organisation offer?

We offer communication gateways for home and building automation to integrate building equipment such as HVAC into the BAS.

Are people aware of the regulations that they will need to comply with in the near future?

Many manufacturers underestimate the importance of cybersecurity in Smart Buildings.

What are the benefits of a smart building?

Save energy!

Who has been the biggest influence in your career?

One former manager at the start of my career that gave me the chance to develop a project that influenced my career.

What is the question you are most often asked in your business life?

How much does it cost...?

What are the best/worst things about your job?

Best is the impact you can make, worst is the little free time.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?

Focus always on your customer needs.

What living person do you admire and why?

Bill Gates because he has a brilliant mind, he created a company from scratch that changed the rules of the game, and at the end he invests all his wealth in solving the biggest challenges for mankind.

Where would you most like to live?

I'm a lucky guy who lives in Barcelona.

What is your favourite book?

Sapiens from Yuval Harari.

How do you relax?

Good food, good wine, good company.

What sports team do you support?

The best football team in the world, Athletic Bilbao! (God only created a true football team, all others he filled with foreigners)

What is your desert island disk?

Nirvana's Nevermind

What is your ideal holiday?

Relax on a beach on Formentera island!