Constellation Brands Mexico
Previously, when he joined Constellation Brands (CBI) in 2014 as Senior Vice-president for Capital Projects and Expansions, Daniel led the $4 Billion USD capital program. In 2017, he was appointed Senior Vice-president and President for Mexico´s Beer Business Unit.
Because of his technical and executive education in recognized institutions, Daniel has been instrumental for CBI´s growth during the last five years and in developing this Business Unit in Mexico.
One of the key factors to Constellation´s success has been identifying strategic business partners. Daniel has built such network, with ample benefits for the company´s operations. Also, as the leader for one of the fastest growing companies in Mexico during the last years, Daniel has built a team of multicultural and talented individuals, and has always been eager to share his knowledge and experience as well as to convey the ideal strategy that a company like Constellation Brands needs.
Prior to Daniel joining Constellation Brands, he was President for Alberici Construcciones Mexico, a leading construction firm based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. His experience at Alberici spanned 19 years, where he held leadership and executive roles in the United States, Mexico and South America.
Daniel is a member of Mexico´s American Chamber of Commerce´s Board of Directors, has an active participation in the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial, is a member of the Board for CBI´s Distributors, participates in The Owners Round Table, and contributes to American Diabetes Association.
- Engineering Masters at Michigan University
- Harvard Business School, Executive Development Program
- Experimental and Educational Beer Institute, Berlin, Germany
- BS in Civil Engineering, Universidad Catolica de Cordoba, Argentina
VICE PRESIDENT OF CAPITAL PROJECTS
Patricio joined Constellation Brands in 2017 as Vice president of Capital Projects. He has been in charge of implementing a capital program that includes a greenfield, 5M HL brewery, a 5M HL brewery expansion and the final stages of a 2.5M HL expansion for the world´s largest brewery.
Patricio has over 25 years of experience building and managing projects for the industrial, healthcare, commercial and residential construction industries. Before joining Constellation Brands he worked as Construction Director in Marhnos, a general contractor and Public Private Partnership specialist in Mexico, and for Marhnos Alberici Construcciones, a joint venture between Marhnos and Alberici, a general contractor from St. Louis, Missouri.
His experience studying, living and working in both Mexico and the United States has enabled Patricio to lead multicultural teams and to blend the best practices from both countries.
- Stanford University, MS in Construction Engineering and Project Management
- Harvard Business School, Executive Development Program
- Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas (IPADE), AD2 Executive Management Program
- Universidad Iberoamericana, BS in Civil Engineering
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.
MANAGER, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, PROJECTS DEPARTMENT
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
Tony joined Exxon Research and Engineering’s Cost and Schedule Engineering Division as a cost engineer in 1981 after receiving a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.
In 1984, Tony was assigned as a project cost engineer to the Cerrejon Coal Project in Puerto Bolivar, Colombia. In 1987, Tony transferred to Technology Department’s Plant Computing Division. During 1989, Tony was assigned to the Exxon Valdez recovery efforts in Valdez, Alaska. Upon return from Valdez, Tony was transferred to Exxon Company, International’s Supply and Transportation Department completing assignments in supply systems and planning support.
In June 2008, Tony was named as Manager, Project Management Division, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. In August 2013, Tony was named to his current position as Manager, Project Management Division, expanding his responsibilities to include both refining and chemicals projects.
Tony and his wife Thea have two sons and live in The Woodlands, Texas. His interests include golf, fitness, movies and fine food.
DIRECTOR OF RISK MANAGEMENT
Lakeside Industries, Inc.
Cal Beyer is the Director of Risk Management since 2014 at Lakeside Industries, Inc. in Issaquah, WA. Cal has 33 years of safety, insurance and risk management experience; 20 years serving the construction industry in various capacities. Working in the insurance industry for two large national carriers, he worked with large contractors on strategic risk improvement and risk management best practices. Cal and his team are transforming Lakeside’s safety culture by focusing on personal safety leadership and crew accountability.
Cal is the Co-Chair and facilitator of the Washington Asphalt Pavement Association (WAPA) and Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Joint Committee on Paving Work Zone Risk Reduction. He serves on the Oregon Department of Transportation Work Zone Executive Safety Strategy Committee. Cal is a member of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) Health and Safety Committee. Lakeside Industries is a 2015 and 2017 recipient of the NAPA Operational Excellence in Safety Innovation Award and a Finalist in 2018.
Cal frequently presents at national and regional construction, safety and risk management conferences. He has written over 60 articles for various industry publications.
Cal is active in the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and served as National Secretary for 2009-2010. He is the 2016 recipient of the Danny Parrish Outstanding Leadership Award and the 2017 Chairman’s Award. In February 2017, Cal was named one of the 25 Newsmakers for 2016 in the global construction industry by Engineering-News Record (ENR).
Cal has served on the Workplace Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention since inception in 2010. He served as Co-Lead of this Task Force in 2015-17 and was appointed to the Executive Committee in 2016. Cal was a driving force in this Task Force being awarded the 2016 Gary Bird Horizon Award for Innovation from the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI). Beyer was appointed to the Expert Advisory Group of the Center for Workplace Mental Health of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation in 2019. He helped launched Construction Industry Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Groups in WA and OR in 2019.
JAMES BUSCH III
DIRECTOR OF SKILLED TRADES & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Central Arizona College
For the past twelve years, James Busch has trained diesel technicians and heavy equipment operators at Central Arizona College in Pinal County, Arizona. Now as the director of skilled trades and workforce development, he has the honor of fostering many partnerships with industry leaders and has a passion for bringing Industry and students together. These industry partners include: Sundt Construction, Underground Construction, ASARCO Mining, Freeport Mining, Empire CAT Equipment and Kubota Equipment. Before his move to education, Busch served 10 years in the U.S. Army and as a direct support mechanic for the Federal Civilian Service. Busch received his bachelor’s in career and technical education from Northern Arizona University and is a master trainer for NCCER. Busch’s favorite quote is by Albert Einstein — “If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t understand it well enough.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Alberici Constructors, Inc.
Dave Calcaterra is an Executive Vice President of Alberici Constructors, Inc. and has worked for Alberici since 1983. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dave’s management experience includes the Seabrook Gate Complex in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Holcim Cement Plant in Bloomsdale, Missouri, and Constellation Brands Brewery Expansions in Piedras Negras and Obregon’, Mexico. He has also worked on a number of significant automotive, industrial and general building projects throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Eddie is Chairman of the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) Workforce Development Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees. 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.
Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions
Kris has over 20 years of experience working in injury prevention and wellness, creating innovative and effective strategies for companies or projects looking to achieve a more productive, healthy, and injury-free workforce. Kris’ unique expertise in behavioral change methodology has been blended into her strategies to provide high levels of engagement and sustainable behavioral change.
Kris is also a nationally recognized speaker on Total Worker Health and how the approach relates to project safety ergonomics, and wellness. Kris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University and has pursued her MS from West Chester University in Health Science. She is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Brent is a third generation construction guy. He grew up walking projects like the Plaza Tower in New Orleans with his Dad. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1981 and spent 18 years managing projects such as the Brooke Army Medical Center and housing for athletes in the Olympic Village in Atlanta.
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, The Beck Group, Jacobsen, McCarthy, Manhattan, Clark, Heery, J.E. Dunn, 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 and is a sought after speaker at their regional and 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 100,000 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.
Kathleen Dobson, CSP is a 20+ year veteran of the construction industry. As Safety Director for Alberici Constructors, she has responsibility for and supports their automotive, heavy civil, mining and industrial processes divisions. Kathi is engaged in project start up and provides sites with ongoing evaluations, audits and training when needed.
Kathi is zealous regarding safety of workers and believes that everyone should be able to say they have the right PPE, the right training and the right environment in which to work.
She is active on CURT’s Safety Committee, AISC’s Safety Committee and represents the industry on the TAUC EHS Committee, NAWIC’s Alliance with OSHA, the national A10 subcommittee and ASSP, where she serves on the standards development committee and WISE (Women in Safety Excellence common interest group) Board of Directors.
MICHAEL DREWEL SR.
VICE PRESIDENT ENGINEERING
In 1994, Mike began his formal career with Anheuser Busch (St. Louis) working in the corporate engineering department. He began performing electrical designs and installations for new facilities. He later moved to Automation programming followed by software development. While working in software development, Anheuser Busch and Siemens Automation joined forces to develop the first version of Siemens PCS7 Software. During this time Mike spent two years in the development organization of Siemens in Karlsruhe Germany. Following the development of software, he later installed the newly developed systems in breweries in Columbus Ohio, Baldwinsville New York, Fort Collins Colorado, Wuhan China, Foshan China and the Budweiser Brewery in England.
Mike also spent a brief time working in the brewery operations department in Anheuser Busch – Fort Collins Colorado. While in the operations department, he was a brewing and fermentation manager responsible for production of all Anheuser Busch Products at that location.
After 18 Years in Brewing industry, Mike Joined the newly formed Constellation Brands – Beer Division in 2013. As the Vice President of engineering he was responsible for hiring the team and completing the expansion of the Nava Brewery to 30 Million Hectoliters, the world´s largest brewery.
Today, Mike is still actively working on the design and construction of two new breweries for Constellation. One in Mexicali Mexico, and the second in Obregon Mexico. Each Brewery is 5 Mhl in size and expected to be completed by Fall of 2022.
Mike is a native of St. Louis area and currently resides in San Antonio with his wife and two children.
Mike Graduated from Missouri Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. While attending school he began his career working as a Co-op for Ameren UE Missouri at the Labadie Power Plant where he spent most of time learning high voltage power design and installation.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Victoria is Director of Business Development for Alberici’s Industrial Process and Food & Beverage market. She earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Victoria has more than 30 years in the construction industry, serving in multiple roles with Alberici during her career, including project engineer/manager and preconstruction manager. Her experience crosses multiple divisions including food & beverage, buildings & healthcare, energy, automotive and water/wastewater.
PRESIDENT & CEO, CONSTRUCTION SERVICES GROUP, US
Jim is the President & CEO of Aon Construction Services Group U.S. and is responsible for operations of the Construction, Power and Environmental Practices. Aon Construction Services Group is responsible for delivering solutions to organizations that have construction and infrastructure risks. These practices have over 550 colleagues in the U.S. working to empower results for thousands of clients.
In his role as CEO, Jim works with other leaders to develop and implement strategies across the U.S. These strategies are focused on delivering value to clients and improving colleague engagement, which will result in growth of Aon’s business. Jim is also a member of the ARS U.S. Executive Committee.
Most recently, Jim served as President of the Aon Construction Services Group U.S. and previously was the Resident Managing Director of the Aon St. Louis office providing leadership to over 200 colleagues in support of over 500 clients. Jim has over 20 years of insurance brokerage experience with Aon and over twenty-five years of insurance industry experience overall.
Jim has deep experience in the Construction, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining and Power industries.
Construction Users Roundtable
Daniel Groves is the Director of Special Projects and workforce consultant for the Construction Users Roundtable, having joined CURT in 2007. In this role he assists CURT with metrics, benchmarking and implementation of leading industry practices to help owners achieve the most productive use of every capital dollar.
Mr. Groves is co-founder and CEO of Construction Industry Resources providing labor market intelligence and project risk mitigation technology and solutions for large global owner and contractor companies since 2010. CIR owns and manages the Construction Labor Market Analyzer® (CLMA®) which has emerged as a market leader for project labor risk analytics.
Mr. Groves holds degrees accounting and business management from Asbury University in Kentucky and spent the early part of his career with a law firm in Lexington focusing on corporate and estate taxation and planning.
From 1991 to 2007, Mr. Groves founded and managed a contracting company, building, renovating and selling about 2 dozen residential and commercial buildings in central Kentucky and Washington, DC.
In 1999, Mr. Groves was named the Chief of Staff (one of the youngest on Capitol Hill) to United States Congressman Ernie Fletcher after managing his successful campaign. In 2003, Mr. Groves managed Congressman Fletchers successful campaign for Governor of Kentucky then served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Governor until 2005, when he started his strategic business planning and consulting practice.
From humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles, to life as an imprisoned drug dealer, and then as an award-winning celebrity chef and best-selling author, Jeff is a role model for anyone who needs the encouragement to reinvent their life. Since he discovered his passion and gift for cooking in the unlikeliest of places – prison – Jeff has completely turned his life around, and today serves as a popular and powerful voice for self-transformation.
The creator of Food Network’s reality series, The Chef Jeff Project, host of Family Style with Chef Jeff, and the star of the nationally syndicated series, Flip My Food with Chef Jeff, he is also the best-selling author of two books.
From overcoming hardship to identifying one’s personal talents, Jeff reveals his hard-knock yet transformative life lessons and the secrets to rising above and realizing your potential. His dynamic and engaging presentations help audiences discover their hidden business aptitudes, make life-changing decisions, and gain a new foothold on the ladder to success.
LUIS JULIAN HERNANDEZ
DIRECTOR EH&S COMPLIANCE
Luis joined Constellation Brands in 2015 as EHS Director. He has been in charge of the creation of a comprehensive EHS Program for Beer Operations including Health, Wellness and Safety, Process Safety Management and Environmental Sustainability. Since 2017 he is also in charge of Compliance for two breweries (Nava and Obregón) and the Capital projects, covering all permits and licenses that allows CBI their license to operate/build. Currently he is coordinating the Sustainability Committee at Beer Operations with the target of creating the Vision and Goals for 2020-2030.
Luis has over 28 years of experience in the fields of EHS, Food Safety and Sustainability for the food and beverages, food ingredients and chemical industries. Before joining Constellation Brands he worked as EHS Latin America Director for PPG Industries (a coating / chemical company based in Pittsburgh, US), as a SHE (Safety Health and Environment) Manager for Dupont Nutrition / Health Division, and as SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment and Quality) manager for Danisco A/S (food ingredient multinational company based in Copenhagen, Denmark).
He is married (17 years last October) with two kids (a girl, 16, and a boy 12), he enjoys running and reading and cooking paella. He is passionate about creating an interdependent culture in Safety and is an advocate of Sustainability internally and externally (currently President of the Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee at American Chamber México).
GREGORY T. HESSER
Alberici Constructors, Inc.
Greg Hesser serves as President of Alberici Constructors, Inc. Having joined Alberici in 1997, he has more than 22 years of experience in construction and project development. Prior to his current role, Greg served as President and Chief Financial Officer for Alberici Group, which is a shared services company providing support to Alberici and Flintco LLC operating companies. He graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri with a B.A. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.
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 stakeholders. Projects require close collaboration with clients (both internal and
external), industry leaders, senior management and research staff. Specific project work includes assessing research requirements, designing research methods for data acquisition, conducting primary and secondary research, and synthesizing, analyzing and documenting research results into a
final product or publication.
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).
SENIOR PROJECT SAFETY MANAGER
Gilbane Building Company
Barry Jackson has over 24 years of experience in safety, working in the areas of heavy civil construction, process manufacturing plants, tunnels, water treatment plants, storm and sanitary sewer systems, bridges, highways, oil well pads and high-rise buildings. For the past 16 years, Barry has served as both a project safety manger in health, safety and environmental (HSE) and an HSE Consultant.
Currently, Barry is one of Gilbane’s dedicated safety managers who ensures that Gilbane and every contractor on his project sites never compromise when it comes to safety. He oversees 16 other safety representatives for a Constellation Brands’ large-scale industrial manufacturing plant project with a focus on ensuring contractor compliance with the Mexican NOM, US Federal OSHA Standards, and the plant’s safety and security policies and procedures. For the project, Barry developed a customized project-specific safety plan tailored to the site, aligned subcontractors with Gilbane’s safety standards, identified key safety challenges and created a plan to mitigate the risks throughout the life of the project. The plan Barry created includes all procedures, inspection, enforcement, documentation and reporting requirements. In addition to the safety audits, checklists and other tools that Gilbane utilizes, Barry is involved in training all project employees to embrace our safety culture, bridging the gap and resolving issues amongst our JV general contractors and subcontractors, conducting Group Risk Analysis (GRAs), JSA/JRA coaching and reviews, incident investigation/reporting, critical lift reviews, problem solving and conducting audits, inspections training and team building.
Johnson & Johnson
Keith Ledwith is a Senior Manager at Johnson & Johnson in Engineering and Property Services. As a Project Manager in E&PS, Keith manages large capital projects across all Johnson & Johnson’s family of companies. Keith joined J&J in 2015 and has managed key projects in the medical device sector, vision care sector, and various corporate functions. Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Keith worked for 16+ years in Construction Management in the NJ and PA region. Keith has managed multi-million dollar pharmaceutical and research projects, higher-ed, and multi-family high rise construction.
Gilbane Building Company
Randy Lowrance joined Gilbane Building Company in 1990 after serving as Executive Vice President of Lockwood Andrews & Newnam, a Houston based Architectural/Engineering firm. Through his 20 years in architecture/engineering he gained a broad background in commercial and industrial projects enabling him to provide Gilbane with a deep understanding of all aspects of project delivery. Randy served as the Client Executive for Gilbane with Constellation Brands until he retired from Gilbane in 2016 as a Senior Vice President. He continues to serve Gilbane part time as a Construction Professional.
Ron Magnus is founder of FMI’s Leadership and Organizational Development practice. This practice has focused on developing the strategic capability of leaders worldwide. Many of the largest engineer and construction firms in the world are clients and friends. Ron also serves on several boards as a director and trusted advisor.
Ron graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs. He has a Master of Arts in religion from Liberty University and was nominated and accepted as a Wharton Fellow participant in 2004 and conferred alumni status in 2008.
Prior to joining FMI, Ron flew fighter aircraft for 12 years for the U.S. Air Force; his distinctions include receiving the Top Gun award. He retired from the Colorado Air Guard in 1998 — being among the first guardsmen to graduate from the U.S. Air Force space and missile training program. He spent more than five years at West Point providing leadership development instruction to cadets and officers at the U.S. Military Academy and now leads numerous seminars on leadership, team building and teamwork worldwide.
Since joining FMI, Ron has not only pioneered FMI’s global growth initiatives — which currently include Southeast Asia, Europe, Canada and the Middle East — but also created the Leadership Institute, which is the industry’s premier leadership development program focused on improving the quality of individual and corporate leadership for the construction industry. The Leadership Institute has 8,000-plus alumni in industry positions of influence that are committed to building a better future for the industry.
Ron was awarded as a Top Global Consultant for Influence for 2018 by Consulting Magazine in London.
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
Anne’s father, Joe Aristeo, and her grandfather founded Aristeo Construction in 1977 with $10,000 and a truck. Over forty years later, Aristeo is one of the nation’s top 10 general contractors in the manufacturing sector, and is the country’s largest WBENC-certified general contractor (Women Business Enterprise National Council). As part of Aristeo’s leadership team, Anne is the Chief Strategy Officer, leading the Strategy, Business Development and Marketing teams.
Anne is involved in numerous industry associations, such as CURT’s National Conference Planning Committee, the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council MentorWe program for the advancement of other women-owned construction businesses, and the Associated General Contractors of Michigan. She and her sister, Aristeo President Michelle Barton, were honored with the designation of Crain’s Detroit Business 2019 “40 Under 40.”
Prior to her time at Aristeo, Anne spent 16 years in leadership roles at management consulting firms, most recently at McKinsey & Company as the COO of the North American Consumer practice, and as a digital executive at two major retailers.
Anne completed her MBA and BA degrees from Stanford University, where she was as a member of its national championship swim team. She is a Detroit-area native and resides there with her husband and two young children.
PRESIDENT & CEO
Gilbane Building Company
Michael McKelvy is president and chief executive officer of Gilbane Building Company, a private, family-owned construction fi rm that began as a carpentry shop in 1873 and has expanded its roots globally, currently employing more than 3,000 people with over 45 offices worldwide. Gilbane is a prominent builder and developer of some of the most highly visible projects domestically and internationally—providing global integrated construction and facility management services.
Mike has spent his entire career in the architecture and construction industry. A fi rm believer in promoting construction sites that are safer, stronger and better equipped, he is an advocate and champion of Gilbane’s safety program—Gilbane Cares. Gilbane Building Company has been an honored recipient of the Construction Industry Safety Excellence Award from the Construction Users Roundtable in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2017. Continuing the fi rm’s strong commitment to safety industry-wide, Gilbane is proud to be a national sponsor of Construction Safety Week 2020 with Mike serving as co-chair.
In addition to being a member of multiple professional societies and organizations, Mike is currently serving on the board of directors for Gilbane, Inc. and RPS Group PLC, a leading global professional services firm. He is chairman of the board of trustees for Meeting Street, a Rhode Island-based non-profit school where children of all abilities strive. As a registered architect in 16 U.S. states, Mike is a certified member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Oklahoma, a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana Tech University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.
Alberici Construcciones S. A. de C.V.
Oscar Moctezuma Carrillo is General Manager of Alberici Construcciones S. A. de C.V. He oversees all operations, estimating, business development, safety and general administration for Alberici’s projects in Mexico. Oscar graduated from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey with a B.A. in Civil Engineering, and he has an M.S. in Business Management from University of East Anglia in the UK. Oscar has worked on a number of Multinational JV’s in Mexico for the execution of Automotive, Food & Beverage and Industrial projects including Constellation Brands’ New Breweries and Expansions.
DONALD C OBERLIES, P.E.
Alberici Constructors, Inc.
Don is Vice President responsible for Alberici’s Industrial Process and Food & Beverage markets. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana and is a registered Professional Engineer. Don brings more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction of a variety of food & beverage, industrial process, research facilities and bio-based chemical projects throughout North America. He is accomplished at developing project delivery and execution strategies for projects requiring unique schedule, financial, procurement/contracting sourcing or other specialty requirements.
Don is a member of the Gilbane-Alberici Joint Venture management committee and had a leading role in the initial project development and preconstruction activities for Constellation Brands, Nava brewery.
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 the information-driven design. In 1994, years before it was mainstream, he demonstrated BIM benefits on numerous large scale U.S. government projects.
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 through the National Institute of Building Sciences include the Department of Defense Military Health System, Department of Veterans Affairs for their healthcare strategic planning, programming and facility management, and Department of State Overseas Building Operations. 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 served as Chair of the Thought Leadership Subcommittee of the buildingSMART Alliance and served as the 2013 AIA TAP chair.
VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS – BEER DIVISION
Michael Othites is Constellation’s Senior Vice President, Operations – Beer Division, reporting to Paul Hetterich. In this role, Michael is responsible for oversight of the company’s brewery operations in Nava, Obregon and Mexicali, Mexico.
Constellation Brands is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. Constellation is the third-largest producer and marketer of beer for the U.S. market and the world’s leading premium wine company with a leading market position in the U.S. and New Zealand. Constellation’s portfolio is complemented by select premium spirits brands. The company recently added wine brands Meiomi (2015) and The Prisoner Wine Company (2016); Casa Noble tequila (2014); and craft beer brand Ballast Point (2015) to its robust portfolio.
Michael joined Constellation Brands in 1996 as Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Bell Winery in Madera, California. Before his current position, Michael served as Senior Vice President, Production Management for the Constellation’s wine and spirits business where he managed 14 wineries, including six bottling locations, the Black Velvet Distillery and two large distribution centers. He also managed the Constellation Brands Supply Planning and Logistics functions including our bulk supply and finished goods freight.
Before joining Constellation Brands, he was Vice President of Distribution for Federated Department Stores in Los Angeles, California. Previous to that, he enjoyed a 13-year career at PepsiCo Inc. where he held various manufacturing and distribution positions at both Pepsi Cola, Inc. and Frito Lay, Inc. across diverse geographic locations throughout the U.S.
DIRECTOR OF SOURCING RESEARCH
The Simplar Institute
John Savicky is a Researcher and Lecturer at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Director of Sourcing Research at the Simplar Institute. John received his degrees in Construction and Facilities Management. He has 20 years of experience with running progressive and advanced procurement systems with private, public, federal, and international organizations. John has published over 30 articles and has taught graduate courses on advanced procurement systems.
He has authored nine business books yet also won international stand-up comedy competitions. He’s earned six TV Emmys as a network talk and game show host yet credits his ability to resell bicycles at age 13. He flipped cars at 15 and flipped homes at 18. After college at 21, he started buying and selling companies. When you understand that he’s always stoked a burning pursuit of excellence through change, it all makes sense.
Since his early teens, Ross Shafer has been obsessed with understanding “Who succeeds? Who fails? And Why?” His confidence flourished when he discovered that there were specific blueprints for success in every job and every industry. That understanding led to his noteworthy achievements in business, television broadcasting, book writing, professional speaking (CPAE) and even stand-up comedy. His wildly diverse career choices have allowed Ross to communicate complex ideas with great fun – and an “everyman” quality.
Today, he coaches leaders and teams on how to cross-pollinate innovative ideas about emerging trends, shifting buying habits, and the motivation of workforces during mergers and acquisitions. His clients include 73 of the Fortune 100…as well as a broad array of associations. What most people don’t know is that Ross may have sparked the rise of the entertainment cooking channels when he wrote a funny bestselling book, Cook Like a Stud (38 recipes men can prepare in the garage using their own tools). Not bad for a guy who played college football (pre-concussion-era helmets) and who still aspires to get his hair right.
Gilbane Building Company
Sherman Shwartz is an accomplished and seasoned senior executive with 40 years of experience providing operational leadership for engineering, procurement, and construction management services. Throughout his career, Sherman has added value to his clients through improved business practices and as an effective consultative change agent. He is experienced in all aspects of construction management with core competencies in design engineering, project management, process engineering, finance, budget planning, contract negotiations/mediation and building strong teams.
As an Operations Manager at Gilbane, Sherman is responsible for working with clients from the onset of a project, to define the goals and objectives of the program and to ensure those are implemented into the day-to-day management of the program. He provides executive oversight and serves as an overall client liaison. Once in construction, Sherman ensures the highest level of quality standards and expectations are achieved. He attends all principal meetings and aligns resources to manage effectively and efficiently. Additionally, Sherman is working to further evolve key client relationships, leveraging his experience from both the Owner and Contractor’s perspective, by providing them with insights and services outside of their core competencies, to help them grow their businesses.
Prior to joining Gilbane, Sherman served as a senior vice president and director of program management practice for CH2M Hill’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals Business Group in Houston, Texas. He was responsible for developing and executing program management activities in the oil, gas and chemical industry markets. Managing projects totaling over $50 billion in client investments, Sherman has worked with clients in the Middle East, North America and South America. He also served as CH2M Hill’s director of project delivery and risk management where he was responsible for the delivery of a group project portfolio valued at $1 billion in annual revenue. He provided operational leadership, directed and oversaw risk management governance measures to maintain margin requirements and avoid profitability erosion. Through his efforts, Sherman reduced net margin erosion by over 10%. Prior to CH2M Hill, Sherman’s experience includes serving as the president and chief executive officer at Lurgi, Inc., later acquired by Air Liquide, where he guided their strategic entry into the Mexican market. He was also the vice president and director of operations in New Jersey for Lockwood Greene, Inc. where he led a business unit that provided design, construction and integrated EPC delivery to the Northeast Life Sciences and Refining markets.
Greg holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from the University of Cincinnati. He earned his Juris Doctor from The Northern Kentucky University College of Law, and is a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio.
PROFESSOR, DIRECTOR SIMPLAR INSTITUTE
Arizona State University
Dr. Kenneth Sullivan is a Professor in the Ira A. Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He specializes in organizational transformation, change and technology adoption, procurement and solicitations, best value contracting, expertise-driven project delivery, performance measurement, risk management, and accountability systems. His research processes have generated over $12 Million in research funding and have been implemented in the IT section, business services, and the built environment on projects and initiatives valued at over $6 Billion.
JUAN LUIS TOSCANO
VICE PRESIDENT HUMAN RESOURCES
Juan Luis is an Executive with more than 25 years of experience in leading the HR function regionally and internationally. He has experience in managing all HR areas such as Compensation and Benefits, Talent Management, Development, Performance Management, Labor & Union relations and Personnel Administration. Additionally, he has managed HR through fusions, acquisitions and business restructuring from an HR perspective.
As Constellation Brands Human Resources VP, Juan Luis has been responsible for building the Beer Operations group from scratch, from an HR perspective. Currently the group has two manufacturing sites in operation (Nava, Coahuila and Ciudad Obregon, Sonora) and one under construction (Mexicali). Including our glass Joint Venture, the group has close to 4,300 employees in Mexico.
Before joining the CBI in 2014, Juan Luis worked in Motorola as Latin America´s Human Resources Senior Director for the cellular business with Operations in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. He was also the International Compensation and Benefit Senior Director, responsible for Latin America, EMEA and Asia Pacific.
In addition to previous companies, Juan Luis also held HR leadership positions in Kellogg’s and Dow Chemical.
PROJECT SAFTY DIRECTOR
Derek’s resume includes more than 30 years of providing comprehensive and varied experience in the occupational health and safety industry. He has excelled in the development, implementation, and monitoring of health, safety and environmental systems on large and technically complex projects. He is knowledgeable in, and routinely interprets and applies, code requirements and industry specifications. On each project, Derek has been an integral part of the team and has demonstrated excellent communications, organizational and administrative skills.
Notably, Derek is Alberici’s Safety Manager for a new brewery project in Mexicali, Mexico, where he manages an average workforce of 1048 workers per day. This past year, Derek was instrumental in guiding the team to achieve the impressive milestone of 5 million hours worked without a lost-time incident.
OWNER & PRESIDENT
Richard Vestal, PE has 35 years’ experience in AEC industry, founded the full-service E&A firm Vestal Corporation (VESTAL) 18 years ago, and actively continues as owner and president.
VESTAL has 125 employees and designs approximately $400 million of capital construction annually. About half of VESTAL’s work is direct with owners and the other half teaming with international EPC process integrators and design-build contractors. VESTAL is headquartered in St. Louis, MO, has a branch office in Houston, TX, and a wholly-owned subsidiary in Mexico – Baja Industrial Engineering and Consulting, S.R.L.
In addition to his engineering experience on the last three Constellation Brands, Inc. breweries in Mexico, VESTAL also provided engineering, architecture and/or construction consulting on other projects in Mexico during the past 15 years for companies like Nestlé, Bunge, Hershey, Trinity Rail and Gillette.
During his AEC career, Mr. Vestal served as mechanical engineer and project manager for many projects for: Food, Beverage and Consumer Products sector owners M&M/Mars, Ralston Foods, Nestlé Purina Petcare, Coca-Cola, Ocean Spray Cranberry, Anheuser-Busch, Metal Container and P&G, and; Heavy Industry clients like Specialty Minerals, CEMEX, Mississippi Lime, Buzzi Cement.
During the 1990’s Mr. Vestal was very active in the opening of the Russian market on projects for Colgate-Palmolive, Eurobake, Coca-Cola, P&G, and Yukos Oil Company. During this time he served as Senior Corporate Vice President for Industrial for Atkins-Benham N.A., President and CEO of Benham International – Eurasia, Inc., General Director of ZAO Benham-Rus, President of Benham International Investments Ltd. and Vice President of Benham International (Mexico and Japan).
VESTAL is a Lean Design Practice and is the A&E Charter Member of the St. Louis Community of Practice of the Lean Construction Institute.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, AND BUILD YOUR FUTURE
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 8.5 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 advertising awards and has enhanced NCCER’s brand and presence in the construction and maintenance marketplace. The team has generated renewed interest in the Build Your Future initiative aimed at recruitment and image enhancement and launched the first credentialing portal providing veterans with industry-recognized credentials for the training they received while in the military.
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.