2018 NATIONAL CONFERENCE CHAIR
GLOBAL CORPORATE ACCOUNTS MANAGER
David Blink brings multiple years and success as a Global Corporate Accounts Manager with Butler Manufacturing. They are the leader in construction solutions, using advanced building technologies to satisfy customer’s needs.
He has gained great success in this market with highlights in managing Fortune 500 corporate accounts nationally and
David’s greatest strengths are his drive for success, leadership and building relationships. He thrives on challenges as we see in taking a declining market and going beyond the company’s expectation. He stands with humility and attributes his success on building relationships and the support he receives from Butler Manufacturing.
Prior to his commitment with Butler, he built his vast experience of sales in the golf industry. After graduating from University of Northern Iowa, he landed himself in Scottsdale, Arizona and took his love for golf to the next level – playing daily (ha!). He had a pipe dream of playing with the best but instead found himself creating relationships that started his sales career as an Account Executive for Slazenger Golf and then Bridgestone Sports. Both of these careers took him to the South in Birmingham, AL where he was the recipient of The National Salesman of Year for Bridgestone Sports.
David is happily married and coming up on his 25th year anniversary. He has three children with the last just graduating High School. He still carries a love and passion for golf and is an avid snow and water skier while living in Colorado. He feels he is entering the next stage of life and feels more invigorated about his career and looks forward to greater success.
DIRECTOR, GLOBAL PROCUREMENT
Marathon Petroleum Company
Nelson Almond is the Director of Global Procurement, Marathon Petroleum Company LP. His current responsibilities pertain to acquisition of indirect goods and services for MPC totaling approximately $7 billion per year. Prior to his current position he was the Manager of Marketing & Transportation Engineering which was responsible for the evaluation, engineering development and execution of small capital, expense and major growth projects for Marathon
Almond joined Marathon in 1982 and has held engineering, project management, engineering manager and procurement manager positions for the pipeline, terminal, retail, and refining components of Marathon Petroleum Company LP.
He completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1982. He also is a Registered Professional Engineer in various states in Mechanical Engineering.
VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
G-CON Manufacturing, Inc.
Mr. Backstrom serves as Executive Director, Business Management for G-CON Manufacturing, Inc. He functions in multiple areas for G-CON overseeing Human Resources, Quality and Information Technology. He also handles contract negotiations, partnerships, risk and insurance, regulatory, sales and marketing, management, company policies and procedures, etc. Backstrom has also provided consulting services to other biotech based companies Gradalis, Inc.,
He previously served on the Business Advisory Board to Path4 venture capital firm based in Austin, Texas, a firm that specializes in the Life Sciences musculoskeletal sector with a focus on early-intervention orthopedic solutions. Sid received his B.S. in Finance at the Louisiana State University and his J.D. from Louisiana State University as well.
CHAIRMAN & CEO/CHIEF ECONOMIST
Sage Policy Group, Inc./Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Pennsylvania and Cambodia. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.
In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission.
He lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Global Strategy and has also taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins. His radio show can be heard weekdays on 88.1FM, WYPR, Baltimore.
In both 2007 and 2016, the Daily Record newspaper selected Mr. Basu as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.
Mr. Basu has been on many boards over time, including First Mariner Bank, the Baltimore City Public School System, Port Discovery, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and Union Memorial Hospital. He is currently on the boards of St. Mary’s College, the University System of Maryland Foundation, the Center for Emerging Media, the Lyric Opera House and the Archdiocese of Baltimore School System.
Mr. Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990. He earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His Juris Doctor was earned at the University Of Maryland School of Law.
CONSULTANT-PREMIER RESOURCES GROUP
Sizemore & Company LLC
Rick is a consultant to the CURT’s International Committee. He has 37 years of experience in the construction industry covering positions from Cost Engineer to Site Construction Manager/Resident Engineer to Global Construction Owner for Procter & Gamble. Rick holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of WIsconsin.
With a breadth of Fortune 500 experience in the world of Global Construction Management, Rick has implemented
Outside of the office, you can find him enjoying the outdoors or traveling the world.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Greg Boucher focuses his practice on complex civil litigation matters, with a concentration in construction and employment law. His experience includes representing and counseling businesses, public entities and individual clients in the areas of business litigation, employment, professional liability, insurance coverage and tort defense.
Greg is active in the community, annually participating in Discovering Justice’s “Stand Up For Your Rights” program, where
- Obtained a directed verdict for a Fortune 500 construction company in a case involving allegations of defective workmanship
- Settled over 20 lawsuits and claims on behalf of a local subcontractor, arising from a substantial fire at a multi-unit apartment complex
- Represented a general contractor in the defense of several lawsuits arising from a multi-fatality construction accident in downtown Boston
- Obtained dismissals of several employment discrimination claims and advocated for clients in front of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on employment-related matters
US/LAM MANAGER-PROJECT CONTROLS
Dustin currently resides in Houston, TX and works for Pentair in their Industrial Heat Tracing Solutions division as their US/LAM Manager of Project Controls. Prior to working as the Project Controls Manger, Dustin spent 7 years
After graduating in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from Purdue University, Dustin moved to Houston and started his professional career with Pentair as a Project Engineer. After 3 years managing small projects and assisting Project Mangers Dustin became a Project Manager and began managing large projects. Soon thereafter Dustin was assigned to opening a satellite office and managing all work and operations in the Freeport, TX area where he worked until taking on his current role. Dustin began his involvement in CURT through the YP program in 2013.
MANAGER, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Mittie Cannon is a seasoned workforce developer for Wood Group, an engineering, procurement, and Construction Company that designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors. In this capacity, she is responsible for making sure that Wood’s craft employees have the skills they need to do a quality job in a safe manner. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Cannon recruited and mentored
Dr. Cannon has been recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of Birmingham’s Top Business Women, inducted as Who’s Who in Black Alabama, and has received accolades as a business leader and champion for women by the Birmingham Women’s Exchange. She serves on the Board of Directors for SkillsAlabama, Co-Founder of CraftTrain, Founder of Power Up, Chair of the Advisory Council for the Career & Technical Education of the Alabama Department of Youth Services, and the first woman to serve on the board of directors for SCOAR (Southeast Construction Owners and Associates Roundtable). Cannon has written articles for and been profiled in The Cornerstone Magazine, appeared as a guest on National Public Radio with David Brancaccio, is a host of Marketplace Morning Report, and Co-Author of the book Unexpected Pathways: The Journeys of Women in the Workforce.
A former construction worker in the electrical trade, Dr. Cannon received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix, with a specialization in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Cannon’s dissertation addressed the topic “Exploring Reasons Women Choose to Pursue Entry-level Construction Trades Employment.”
A native of Baxley, Georgia, Dr. Cannon is passionate about creating opportunity for the craft professional – particularly women in construction!
CONTRACTING & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES MANAGER
Eddie Clayton supports Southern Company’s Generation business unit with developing and implementing contracting and workforce development strategies. His responsibilities include supporting the Southern Company’s generating plants and construction projects with workforce development initiatives for Southern Company’s indirect hire needs, labor market
Eddie is Chairman of the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) Workforce Development Committee. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for the Central Gulf Industrial Alliance (CGIA), a local construction users’ council, and the board of trustees for the NCCER. Eddie has been with Southern Company for over 33 years. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering.
SMALL CAPITAL PROJECTS GROUP HEAD
Zachary Cook is currently a group head with ExxonMobil, supporting a portfolio of capital projects in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, Zac was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, and served in combat engineering assignments in
CAPITAL EQUIPMENT, CONSTRUCTION, & MRO SOURCING LEADER
Honda North America, Inc.
Matt Daniel is the Capital Equipment, Construction, and MRO sourcing leader for Honda North America, Inc., where he has worked for 24 years. Currently, he is responsible for establishing the strategic procurement direction for these indirect spend categories across Honda’s 11 North American manufacturing operations, while leading team(s) that
FOUNDER & CEO
Brent Darnell International
Brent Darnell is the pioneer in bringing emotional intelligence to the construction industry. He began teaching it in 1999 before the AEC industry knew they needed it. In 2012 he was awarded Engineering News Record’s top 25 newsmaker’s award for his record breaking program that transforms Alpha males into service focused leaders. In 2017, he also won the volunteer of the year award for AGC Georgia.
Brent is second generation in the industry. He grew up walking projects like the Plaza Tower in New Orleans with his Dad.
The impact of Brent’s unique programs spans the globe to 20 countries from the US to places such as New York, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Cape Town, Helsinki, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Prague, London, and as far away as Hong Kong.
His clients include Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Beck, Jacobsen, McCarthy, Beck, Manhattan, Clark, Heery, Kiewit, Barton-Malow, Batson-Cook, Brasfield & Gorrie, and Granite.
He has also worked at the national level with AEC support organizations like the AGC, ABC, DBIA, CURT, COAA, CMAA, and LCI among others. He is a sought after speaker at these national conferences.
He is an adjunct professor at such notable universities as Auburn, Penn State and Virginia Tech in an effort to ensure that young people come into the industry with much needed people skills.
He has authored many books geared to the construction industry such as The People Profit Connection and The Tough Guy Survival Kit. His books have sold over 50,000 copies worldwide.
Brent has recently developed the world’s first online e-learning courses on emotional intelligence and soft skills for the AEC industry. He is a true Renaissance man. He is a mechanical engineer, actor, playwright, musician, poet, yoga instructor, and book publisher.
VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL STRATEGIC PROJECTS
Pete Dumont is Vice President, Global Strategic Projects, for Pentair Technical Solutions, and is based out of Houston, Texas. He is responsible for global business development and project execution for large, strategic industrial projects. In his 17 year tenure at Pentair, Dumont has held the roles of Canadian Operations Manager, Director of Global Projects Business Development, and Project Director. Dumont has a Master of Science degree in Construction Engineering & Project Management and has an extensive background in lean, front end planning, project information management systems, project controls, and quality management systems.
SENIOR LEADER – NORTH AMERICAN CONTRACTOR SAFETY
Chris began his career over 24 years ago when as a site Safety Supervisor with Morrison Knudsen at DuPont Washington Works in his hometown of Parkersburg, WV.
He then became the Southeast Regional Safety Director for Maxim Crane overseeing safety and risk management programs for eight crane yards in the southeastern US and the island of St. Croix in the USVI. He was successful in
In his current position at General Motors, he’s developed a guide for Greenfield Construction projects that identifies safety programs and activities to be implemented from the time the first shovel goes into the ground until the first part comes off the production line. He has provided extended onsite construction safety guidance for projects in Brazil, Uzbekistan and Russia. While working in Tashkent and Asaka, Uzbekistan he focused on developing local safety talent for GM and the construction companies working at the GM sites. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with emphasis on Environmental Policy and a Master of Science in Safety Management.
Chris believes that a true safety culture is one that is Living Values That Return People Home Safely. EVERY Person. EVERY Site. EVERY Day.
Construction Users Roundtable
Joe is a Global Project Construction Management resource recognized for his extensive technical mastery across Project and Capital System Management in the consumer goods industry. He frequently coordinates professional development programs for clients, performs safety audits, reinforces quality, and conducts assessment reviews. Overall, he stands as
Joe has 34 years of construction industry experience with Procter & Gamble in roles from Project Resident Construction Manager to Global Beauty Sector Construction Manager. He holds a BSME in Mechanical & Materials Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
George began his career in the pre-engineered building business started in 1980 at the Varco-Pruden plant in Turlock, CA. Varco-Pruden (VP Buildings) is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueScope. Over the course of three years he worked in Engineering, Sales and Estimating. This was an invaluable experience that provided him with a solid foundation in
In 1983 George joined the Span Construction and Engineering organization as a Project Manager. The company’s primary focus at that time was agricultural projects located in the Central California market.
Today, George leads the Span Organization as President of the company. Their primary focus is large commercial and industrial projects. They specialize in design-build turnkey work, steel supply and erect services, and development work. Span Construction is actively doing business on four continents and to date has completed in excess of 130 million square feet of building construction utilizing BlueScope Steel Building products.
George is happily married with one son, one daughter and most recently a three year old grandson.
Continuum Advisory Group
Mona Haggag’s specialties include change management, organizational design, business planning, financial management, market research, quantitative analysis, and new product development. She has previously worked at the Corporate Executive Board and Deloitte Consulting, LLP where she provided expertise to Fortune 1000 organizations and the Department of Defense.
More recently, Mona managed an engineering services firm providing innovative solutions for structural integrity
Ms. Haggag holds a Masters of Business and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Continuum Advisory Group
As a Senior Consultant with Continuum Advisory Group, Kelcey works with capital asset owners, utilities, contractors, engineering firms, building material suppliers, homebuilders, and construction industry associations. Kelcey specializes in strategic planning facilitation and the development of integrated project teams. She is experienced in process improvement efforts, the design and development of dashboards and analytical tools, team assessment utilities, and process and project management frameworks. Kelcey is passionate about collaborative culture development and
Kelcey is a founding member of Continuum Advisory Group and has been instrumental in startup and development of the organization. She has developed several management tools for improving overall business productivity and is responsible for sourcing and implementing operations applications and solutions. Kelcey is focused on understanding the evolution and impact of new technology, communications and media in the construction industry. She brings these skills and perspective to the broader Continuum Advisory Group practice and intellectual development.
Prior to joining Continuum Advisory Group, Kelcey worked as a Consultant Associate at FMI Corporation. In her role, she supported Senior Consultants and Principals in project delivery, administration, marketing collateral development, peer group coordination, workshop and training support, website management and market research. Before becoming a member of the FMI team, Kelcey worked in property management, where she gained valuable insights into the multifamily and mixed-use industry.
Kelcey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a concentration in marketing. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
INDIVIDUAL and TEAM PERFORMANCE BUILDER, AUTHOR
Dr. Dale Henry grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, an area that is bountiful in two things—hospitality and story-telling. Dr. Dale has been a teacher, principal, Dean of the oldest college in Tennessee, a businessman, author, and a speaker and trainer. Dale has been in customer service over half his life. His story-telling ability propelled him as a teacher. This, combined with his customer service and unique ability to captivate audiences, has sky-rocketed Dale in his
Since he began speaking just a few short years ago, corporate, government, and educational agencies call on Dr. Henry regularly to have him train their professionals. His client list is a virtual who’s who of the top business and agencies in the nation. Dr. Henry is a master teacher in every aspect of the term, and he is what motivational speakers aspire to become.
Craig Hohnberger is a former Fortune 500 executive, and since 2001, an international speaker and co-founder of Buji ActionCOACH a business and executive leadership company with 25 sister offices around the Midwest and 1,000 globally. He is a very engaging and entertaining speaker with a unique ability to connect the dots for people. He and his team work with companies of all sizes to help them achieve goals much faster than they could ever do on their own, typically focusing on revenue and profit growth, building winning teams and cultures, and increasing business valuation.
VICE PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING
John worked for The Coca-Cola Company for over 42 years as Director of Engineering responsible for all company owned bottling operations globally. During his tenure, he had the opportunity to build bottling operations in North America and numerous other countries, work with all the major equipment manufacturers, establish strong protocols for designing and executing major capital projects, and leading a diverse set of engineers and operation personnel around the
Currently John is the Vice President of Engineering for fairlife, LLC and is responsible for all operations. fairlife, LLC is a Value Added Dairy beverage company. Now with fairlife, John has the opportunity to bring the same level of professionalism and ambition to this organization as they continue the pursuit of bringing health and wellness through the power of dairy to the world.
John is a global professional experienced in the field of Supply Chain operations, civil/structural and operational design management, engineering, professional consulting, permitting/approval process, budget planning, master planning, strategic planning, quality and process development, technical engineering, buildings infrastructure with a diverse range of roles across professional engineering consulting, project management, client management, and business development for a broad spectrum of projects ranging from buildings; civil and operational infrastructure projects. He has worked in over 35 countries in all aspects.
Sabine Hoover is FMI’s content director and is responsible for leading content and research initiatives across the organization to drive thought leadership and promote industry engagement. She is also the chief editor for FMI’s flagship publication, the “FMI Quarterly.”
Sabine has worked for over a decade in the engineering and construction space with a broad range of industry
Sabine has authored dozens of whitepapers aimed at C-suite audiences. Articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, ENR, CFMA’s Building Profits and other key industry publications.
Sabine holds a masters in science from the University of Berne, Switzerland — her native country — and speaks five languages (English, French, German, Swiss German and Italian).
HEAD OF GLOBAL SYSTEMS
Jaimie is the Head of Global Systems at Bryden Wood, and integrated design practice and operations consultant with offices in London, Singapore and Barcelona. These ‘systems’ includes both physical systems (design for manufacture and component build solutions for healthcare, education, aviation, pharmaceutical and infrastructure projects)
Jaimie is part of the Digital Built Britain team and recently wrote the report ‘Delivery Platforms for Government Assets: Creating a marketplace for manufactured spaces’ and ‘Data Driven Infrastructure: From digital tools to manufactured components’. These have been adopted by as the key articulation of the UK Government’s aspiration to adopt a more manufacturing-led approach to construction.
He is currently leading a team in the design and DfMA strategy for the new prison estates transformation, a £1.2 billion programme for the Ministry of Justice in the UK.
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
Dodge Data & Analytics
At Dodge Data & Analytics, Steve Jones focuses on how emerging economic, practice and technology trends are transforming the global design and construction industry. In addition to hundreds of speaking engagements around the world and numerous articles in industry publications, he produces Dodge Data & Analytics’ SmartMarket Reports on key industry trends, which are read by millions worldwide and frequently cited as authoritative references. Steve holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from The Johns Hopkins University. He has
SR. MANAGER, PROJECTS CONSTRUCTION
William (Bill) Lewis is a Sr. Manager, Projects Construction for SABIC. He has 39 years in the construction industry supporting projects globally in the chemical, power and petrochemical industries. Bill has participated and led multiple industry studies for lean construction and modularization knowledge advancement. His current role in SABIC is project support and development starting in site selection through turnover and commissioning. Bill’s strategic role is development and implementation guidance of project execution plans to support the most cost effective and risk
DIRECTOR OF SOURCING
Rodney began his career at Duke Power in 1986 at the Bad Creek project while it was under construction and worked in the materials area with a focus on requisitioning and managing the construction equipment needed by craft to support construction. He then transferred to Duke Power’s Purchasing Department in 1990 and has worked in Supply Chain roles in Charlotte since that time. He will celebrate his 31st anniversary with Duke Energy in October 2017.
He transferred into Duke’s Strategic Projects Supply Chain in 2014 to a Field Services team that performed contract management on new gas fired and environmental projects. Currently he is a Director, Sourcing for Duke Energy’s Strategic Project Supply Chain and leads a team that supports sourcing of Project Management and Construction’s new gas fired generation and environmental projects.
BS from the College of Science and Mathematics from the University of South Carolina in 1979
MBA from the University of Phoenix
Teresa’s work experience has focused on the planning and management of major construction programs, workforce and labor strategy, and the prevention, as well as, resolution of complex claims. Teresa has served as both the Manager of Project Services and the Construction Contract Strategy Manager for Southern Company, a leading US producer of electricity. In these roles, she was responsible for the redevelopment and implementation of Project Controls and Project Management Office for over $10 Billion of capital projects. Teresa was also responsible for the planning and execution
Teresa has presented to industry groups and authored papers on the topics of construction contracting strategy, labor strategies, measuring and reporting project performance, claims avoidance and resolution, market growth and expansion, business relationships and collaboration, strategies for corporate economic policy, and strategies for diversifying project execution. She continues to contribute to the industry initiative–ConsensusDOCS.
Teresa’s community involvement focuses on education, inclusion, and the advancement of the field of Construction. Teresa has served as an Advisory Board Member for the Shelby County Schools Technical Education Program, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee, the Advisory Board of the Alabama Go Build Initiative, and the Georgia Governor’s Workforce Development Committee. She has served as a committee member for local bargaining organizations for multiple crafts and as a Trustee on pension funds. She has served on the board of the local YMCA branch and currently chairs annually the Girls Can Camps she co-founded in Alabama. Teresa was awarded the Crystal Vision Award in 2010 for her work in promoting the inclusion of women in the construction industry, and has been recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal and Southeast Construction magazine for her leadership.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and is a CPA licensed in Ohio. She holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Samford University Cumberland School of Law and is admitted to the Georgia Bar. She is a member of the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
CONSTRUCTION GROUP MANAGER
General Motors Company
Mike has over 30 years’ experience with General Motors Company in their Global Facilities organization. He has managed construction projects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, and Russia. He recently returned from a 4 year assignment in Shanghai, China responsible for the design and construction of their International Headquarters and a Technical Development Center. Previously, He led the development of the company’s project management process and the construction general terms and conditions. Currently, Mike is a Construction Group Manager responsible for asset sustainment and other various programs. Mike worked as an environmental engineer 5 years prior to joining General Motors. He holds a BSE in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER, USA-LAM
Greg McQueen is Vice President & General Manager, USA-LAM, for the Pentair Electrical Business Segment, and is based out of Houston, Texas. He is responsible for all aspects of the Industrial Heating Solutions product-line, including Safety, P&L, Sales, Engineering & Design and Construction. In his 30 years of experience in the industrial sector, Greg has held roles from Engineering to Project/Construction Management to Global Business Development to Regional Leadership, and has expat experience in Saudi Arabia and Canada, not to mention extensive travel and work throughout the rest of
Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and is currently Co-Chair of the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) Offsite Construction Committee.
CONSULTANT-PREMIER RESOURCES GROUP
Sizemore & Company LLC
Todd Mills is the founder and President of LS2 – Lean Safety Leadership Solutions. He is also a member of the Premier Resources Group for Sizemore & Company LLC in Cincinnati and works closely with the Construction Users Roundtable.
He has over 30 years experience in general industry and construction. His goal is to help organizations incorporate lean
He began his career with Briggs and Stratton in HR & product development before transitioning to Toyota in 1988 as a member of the start-up team for their first wholly owned vehicle assembly plant in North America. Todd led multiple department and plant-level initiatives in Safety at Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant before moving to Toyota’s North American Headquarters in 1998. During his time there he served in corporate leadership roles in Safety Engineering, Environmental, & HR.
Before retiring Todd was a Senior Manager in Safety Engineering with responsibility for construction safety, machine & robot safety, electrical safety, and ergonomics for Toyota’s 16 vehicle plants, engine plants, & R&D facilities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Todd has held a multitude of leadership positions outside of Toyota including as a Board Member and Treasure of the Construction Users Roundtable (http://www.curt.org), a member of the ANSI B11.19 Committee (Performance Criteria for Safeguarding), and a member of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. He is also a 2005 graduate of Leadership Kentucky.
He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is past Secretary for the ASSE Northern Kentucky Section. He holds a B.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Marshall University and did his Masters work at Murray State University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is the Secretary-elect for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Marshall University Alumni Chapter.
Todd and his wife, Pamela, enjoy living in Northern Kentucky.
GLOBAL PROJECT SSHE TECHNICAL LEAD
Dennis holds a BS Civil Engineering and Masters, Civil/Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University. With 40 years’ work experience, 13 farming and ranching in south Texas, 28 years with Mobil now ExxonMobil. His primary area of responsibility is now along the Texas Gulf Coast focusing on early project engagement activities and establishing governance agreements between project teams and manufacturing sites. Dennis’ primary background has been in projects and manufacturing operations including salt dome storage operations. Discipline focus has been construction
Dr. Stephen Mulva directs CII, a research and development component of the University of Texas at Austin. His current research projects are focused on the performance assessment and productivity of capital projects in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, transportation, power generation/transmission, metals/mining, and oil and gas industries. In addition to his research responsibilities at CII, Stephen teaches graduate courses in Construction Engineering and Project Management at the University of Texas. Before coming to CII in 2007, Stephen was an Assistant Professor of Construction
SENIOR ENGINEERING MANAGER
Brent has a Masters in Construction Management from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont. Brent has 30 years of experience holding leadership positions for both Owners and AEC companies. Brent was a Vice President of O’Neal Engineering managing an office and was also a Capital Project Manager for Pfizer. Brent has been with Grifols since 2009 managing plant engineering and maintenance organizations, and is currently tasked with managing the design and construction of the new Fractionation project.
Kimon Onuma, FAIA, builds architecturally informed environments for the digital and physical world. Having used BIM for over two decades in his architectural practice, Kimon guides architects and owners into information driven design. In 1994, years before it was mainstream, he demonstrated BIM benefits on numerous large scale U.S. government projects.
Kimon leads a unique team of architects and computer scientists at the 1988 company he founded, Onuma, Inc.
As the creator of over 35 BIMStorms, the BIM charrette that became a “Woodstock” for the building industry was a 24 hour event, bringing together 133 design professionals and industry specialists from 11 countries together to plan, design and collaborate 420 buildings totaling over 55 million square feet. BIMStorm LAX garnered a 2008 AIA TAP Award.
In addition to presenting domestically and internationally at over 400 industry events, Kimon authored numerous industry journals, like the 2006 AIA Report on Integrated Practice titled “The 21st Century Practitioner.”
Recent federal agency projects include the Department of Defense Military Health System and Department of Veterans Affairs for their healthcare strategic planning, programming and facility management. His approach focuses on agile, lean and implementable big ideas for all stages of the facility life-cycle. As an innovator, Kimon services his clients with design and processes that become the catalyst for the building industry.
Kimon is on the buildingSMART Alliance Board of Direction and served as the 2013 AIA TAP chair.
VICE PRESIDENT SALES AND MARKETING
Greg began his Butler career in 1996 when he joined Butler Construction as a Senior Project Designer. From there, he advanced to roles in engineering management and preconstruction management, including time with BlueScope Buildings Australia. Prior to leading the Conventional Steel Services team, Greg served as VP Construction Services for BlueScope Construction and as VP Building Solutions for the Tata BlueScope joint venture in India. From June 2015 to April
Currently, Greg Pasley is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Butler Manufacturing. Greg’s primary responsibilities include delivering sales growth through Butler Builders, leading the implementation of strategies and plans to expand the Butler brand identity, driving the development of high performance sales teams, and ensuring continued focus on achieving zero harm and providing customer service excellence.
MANAGER, BUILD YOUR FUTURE
Ashleigh Potuznik is the Manager of Build Your Future (BYF) for NCCER in Alachua, Florida. She focuses on educating the general public about the rewarding careers available in the construction industry as well as building partnerships with industry associations, contractors and states. She promotes BYF’s mission by attending national construction career days, education and industry conferences and military hiring events. Ashleigh was a Career and Technical Education instructor
Ashleigh holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point in secondary education and psychology.
Rudolph Libbe Group
Bill Rudolph was appointed president of the Rudolph Libbe Group in 1998 and assumed the role of chairman in 2001.
The Rudolph Libbe Group is the parent company of Rudolph Libbe Inc., GEM Inc., Rudolph Libbe Properties, GEM Energy and Lehman Daman.
Bill graduated from The Ohio State University in 1983 with a B.S.in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, Bill began
In 1986, Bill returned to Toledo and joined GEM Inc. as a project manager, focusing on the power generation, metals and oil refining markets. He progressed to mechanical department manager and was named president of GEM in 1995.
Under Bill’s leadership, RLG has expanded to a regional, full-service construction firm, with capabilities encompassing site selection, all aspects of construction, process improvements, energy efficiency and facility maintenance.
RLG’s commitment to safety has earned recognition from the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC) and the Associated General Contractors of America.
RLG consistently ranks each year among Engineering News-Record’s Top Contractors. In 2016, GEM Inc. was named Specialty Contractor of the Year by ENR Midwest, and GEM Energy was ranked 15th among Solar Power World’s Top Solar Developers.
Bill is a member and past president of the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of northwest Ohio and a trustee for Lourdes University. He is a member of the Toledo Rotary and serves on the board of trustees for the Toledo Mercy Health Foundation. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness and Mercy Health recognized Bill and RLG with the 2016 People of Vision Award for outstanding visionary leadership and philanthropic work in northwest Ohio.
The Construction Users Roundtable honored Bill with its 2016 Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes individuals from member firms who demonstrate exceptional service above and beyond the support of CURT initiatives. Bill is an active member of the CURT National Conference Committee.
Rudolph Libbe Group
Albert Schwarzkopf (Al) is an Associate Director for Merck and Co. Inc. currently working In Durham, NC. He has 21 years of experience with Merck in Operations and Capital projects. The last 17 years Al has managed numerous small and medium capital projects from concept phase to Post OQ support throughout the South East United States, Puerto Rico and other international locations. Al is a certified Green Belt and has applied various lean tools to capital projects and processes.
Prior to joining Merck, Al was a Submarine Warfare and Nuclear Trained Officer in the US Navy. Al received a BSc in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
CO-FOUNDER and FOUNDING EDITOR
Bill Taylor has encouraged a generation of executives and company-builders to think differently about change, leadership, and the new world of work. A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Bill co-founded Fast Company, easily the most influential voice on business and innovation in the last two decades. Fast Company chronicles the revolution in management and competition driven by technology, and profiles the mavericks and rule breakers who achieve outsize success by taking a different path. In less than six years, a magazine that took shape in borrowed office space in Harvard
Bill’s latest book, Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, offers a set of messages and a collection of case studies about how to unleash breakthrough creativity and cutting-edge performance in even the most competitive, hard-to-change fields. Simply Brilliant was published in September 2016 by Portfolio. The book was named “Best Book of 2016” by Leadership Now. Wharton professor Adam Grant calls it “a fascinating look inside companies that are rewriting rules of success.” Sir Ken Robinson says it “offers transformative messages for leaders in all walks of life.” Simply Brilliant is a sequel of sorts to Bill’s popular book, Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself. Bestselling author Daniel H. Pink called Practically Radical “the most powerful and instructive change manual you’ll ever read.” Anne Mulcahy, former chairman and CEO of Xerox, called it “a handbook for successful transformation and a great tutorial for implementing your change agenda.”
Before Practically Radical, Bill co-authored Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win. Just weeks after its release, Mavericks became a New York Times bestseller, a Wall Street Journal Business bestseller and a BusinessWeek bestseller. The Economist called the book “a pivotal work in the tradition of In Search of Excellence and Good to Great.” The Economist also named Mavericks one of its “Books of the Year” for 2006, as did The Financial Times.
Bill’s three books are just the latest chapter in a career devoted to challenging, conventional wisdom and showcasing the power of business at its best. As co-founder and founding editor of Fast Company, he launched a magazine that won countless awards, earned a passionate following among executives and entrepreneurs around the world—and became a legendary business success.
Fast Company has won just about every award there is to win in the magazine world, from “Startup of the Year” to “Magazine of the Year” to three National Magazine Awards. In recognition of Fast Company‘s impact on business, Bill was named “Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance” by the American Society of Training and Development. Past winners include Jack Welch of GE and Fred Smith of FedEx.
A graduate of Princeton University and the MIT Sloan School of Management, Bill Taylor lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with his wife and two daughters.
NATIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
FC Construction Services
Bradley Taylor is a National Account Executive at FC Construction Services based out of Dallas, TX. Bradley works with General Contractors and owners across the United States in ensuring the construction jobsite is controlled from the use of Workforce Screening, Workforce Badging, Access Control Systems and Monitoring & Reporting.
Since inception, FC-CS’s growth is largely attributable to a willingness to embrace and adapt new technology to the
Bradley is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. He received a Communication Degree with a Minor in Business all while playing football and was a member of the 2000 WAC Championship Team. He lives in Southlake, TX and has two daughters Berklie (12) and Brielie (9). Bradley is involved in his community where he is on his 2nd term on the Carroll ISD School Board.
VICE PRESIDENT & MARKET LEADER INTEGRATED INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Michael Verdier is a highly effective, results oriented Global Business Manager with 25+ years of experience in Engineering and Program Management within the Manufacturing & Industrial Business Sector. He currently serves as Vice President & Market Leader-Integrated Industrial Design at BHDP Architecture. Michael’s team provides clients possessing Manufacturing & Distribution operations with forward-thinking solutions in Capacity Master Planning, Logistics, Site & Facility Master Planning and Production Facility Design & Design Standardization.
Jennifer is a member of the NCCER leadership team and director of marketing, public relations and Build Your Future. She has a background in both education and construction. She taught high school English for 13 years and is part owner in a welding and fabrication company where she was the acting business manager for six years.
For the past eight years she has been with NCCER where she began as a project manager overseeing the development and revision of curricula and assessments. She now leads a successful marketing team who has won numerous
Jennifer currently is a member of the AGC Industry-Educator Taskforce, the CURT Workforce Development Committee and is a member of the Power Up Board. She actively presents about workforce development issues and resources, construction career pathways, industry-education partnerships and recruitment into the construction and maintenance industries.
She holds degrees in English Education and Business Administration.
VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Justin has spent his 20-year career exclusively in the design, construction and operations of commercial and industrial facilities, the last 15 focused on how to make them more energy efficient. He helped start Ally Energy Solutions, who has implemented over 70 million square feet of energy efficiency upgrades across North America, leveraging millions of dollars in rebates, grants and tax incentives along the way. Wanting to take learnings from facility retrofits and implement
BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Jennifer Wycisk graduated from College of Notre Dame with a B.S in Business Management. While completing her degree, she performed a construction administration department head for a local architect for approximately 7 years. In 2004 Jennifer began her career with Turner Construction Company in Northern California. Following a construction operations management role for a large semiconductor client. Jennifer embraced the opportunity to join the safety department as a health & safety coordinator. Over the course of several years she developed into the Northern California Regional Safety
Jennifer joined Webcor Builders as their Corporate Safety Director in 2014 and was promoted to VP of Environmental, Health & Safety just over a year of joining the Webcor team. Webcor is a California based construction company providing general contractor and construction management services in addition to running a large self-perform workforce throughout California. For several years, she worked in conjunction with executive leadership with focus on improving their company safety culture.
She now has partnered with PNW regional leaders at BSI EHS Services and Solutions (formally known as EORM). BSI offers robust environmental, health & safety consulting services across a vast number of market sectors and industries. Early in her safety career, Jennifer recognized that the people performing the highest risk operations, the craft worker, are the most critical to reach for influencing safe operations. From that point, Jennifer developed her approach to health and safety based upon the foundation of relationships and trust. Jennifer is married with two children ages 11 and 8 and resides in Beaverton, OR.