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Scott West
VP Quality Management
Granite Construction

Scott joined Granite Construction in 2016 and is responsible for execution of the quality system across the organization. He focuses on customer satisfaction, risk prevention, and driving continuous improvement throughout the business. Prior to joining Granite, Scott was the Director of Quality at Mortenson Construction in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He provided leadership to the quality team across the company and was responsible for developing, deploying, and improving their quality system.  He leveraged principles of lean, ISO 9001, Malcolm Baldrige, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create a system that supported the company’s enormous growth. He also managed a group dedicated to assisting customers with facility start-up, operations and maintenance, and transition to sustainable operations.

Day One

Tuesday October 1 2019

7:50 am | Chair’s Opening Roundtable

5:10 pm | Chair’s Closing Remarks

Day Two

Wednesday October 2 2019

8:20 am | Breakouts: Getting to the Heart of Everyone from the CEO to the Boots on the Ground

12:25 am | Chair’s Closing Remarks: Taking Action

7:30 am | Chair’s Opening Remarks

Deb Sheehan
Executive Director of Firmwide Strategies
CannonDesign

Regarded for her ability to activate organizational change, Deb Sheehan is CannonDesign’s executive director of firm strategies. Her data-driven approach to business leadership leverages research and intelligence to advance innovative ideas that optimize the firm’s competitive position in the market and fuel client success. Deb recently spearheaded the development of CannonDesign’s construction delivery service line, which expands the firm’s ability to deliver customized solutions that accelerate speed to market and lead to predictable outcomes in cost and time. Prior to advancing into her current role, Deb served as the Executive Director of CannonDesign’s health division, increasing net revenue for the division from $68 million to $94 million during her tenure. Her success partnering with clients around the world makes her a sought-after industry expert, frequently contributing to outlets such as Modern Healthcare, American Business Journals and Becker’s Hospital Review, as well as forums hosted by the National Building Sciences Institute, ASHE and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Carl Johansen
Section Manager, Utility Shared Services Quality Management
Con Edison

Carl Johansen, also known as “The Bearded Guru” is a quality management subject matter expert with over 10 years’ experience in program development. In his current role at Con Edison Carl is the Section Manager for the Utility Shared Services Quality Management department and the program manager for the company-wide certification of its environmental management system to ISO 14001. Carl is applying quality management techniques honed in the manufacturing industry to the energy and utility sector at Con Edison. Carl is an active member of ASQ holding the marketing chair for the Design and Construction Division (DCD), the technology chair for the Customer-Supplier Division (CSD), and he’s a member of the environmental management sub-committee of ASQ’s Energy & Environment Division (EED) in the role of environmental management SME.

Loan Ngo
Senior Director of Quality
Mortenson

Loan Ngô, also known as’Q’, short for Quality, serves as the Senior Director of Quality at Mortenson Company.  She joined the company and the construction industry a little over a year ago to lead the advancement of the company’s Quality culture and help drive improved performance.  She brings with her 26 years of work experience from multiple industries:  aerospace, automotive, chemical processing, metals & mineral processing, and distribution and from various cross-functional roles in Engineering, Quality, Operations, Business Transformation, Lean Six Sigma, IT, and Talent Development. She has been a trusted business partner to multinational manufacturing and service organizations to orchestrate change and drive improved results, which includes building high performance organizations and cultures of excellence.   She is a continual learner as demonstrated by her education background, starting with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering focused on Aerospace, an MBA with focus on Strategy and Organizational Design, Master in Financial Management, and a Master in Manufacturing Operations.

Rob Crotty
AVP Capital Improvement
HCA

Mr. Crotty is currently responsible for capital productivity and execution strategies for HCA's Design and Construction's $1.5B project portfolio.  Mr. Crotty has over 30 years of experience in leading a diverse set of supply chains from check printing, automotive parts to power generation in operational excellence and transformations. He also has provided operational excellence and transformation leadership in over 40 industries to include telecomm, defense electronics and the aviation industries.  Mr. Crotty joined HCA in May of 2015 to lead the embedded Building Capital team and the extended partner advocate team leading HCA’s Design and Construction transformation.

Paula Bodine
Director of Quality
TDIndustries

Paula Bodine is passionate about improvement and excellence.  She has 20+ years in quality leadership, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt, as well an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence and Certified Quality Engineer.    Paula is well versed in engaging all levels of the organization to improve processes, products, and services to create a quality culture that promotes business success. She has led numerous process improvement events, leading to noteworthy improvements in quality. At TDIndustries, she plans and directs the quality assurance policies, programs, and initiatives. Working with a team of Engineers, QA/QC partners and operations management, she is guiding TD toward achieving “best-in-class” quality systems and ensuring that TD is consistently meeting customer requirements.

Day One

Tuesday October 1 2019

8:50 am | Maintaining Momentum & Full Support of Upper Management to Ensure Quality Remains at the Heart of Your Company Culture

Jake Bowron
Construction Operations Manager & Superintendent
JE Dunn Construction

Jake is currently leading field operations as a Superindendent for JE Dunn Construction in Nashville, TN. He prides himself as a strong operations professional with a demonstrated history of meeting clients’ needs. Jake is skilled in Negotiation, Budgeting, and Construction Management.

Day Two

Wednesday October 2 2019

7:40 am | Taking the Lead in Quality as a Field Leader: How Have I Been Successful in Motivating Crews?

Rob Quattrociocchi
Building & Material Sciences Manager
EllisDon

Rob has been a member of the EllisDon Construction Sciences Division since 2004, elevating to the position of Manager of Building & Material Sciences in 2011.  During his time there, he has worked on several high profile and high performance ICI construction projects across Canada as well as internationally.  He leads a multi-disciplined team of specialists whose main functions are to mitigate the technical risks associated with their projects, as well as to identify and investigate emerging technologies.  Rob is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Civil Engineering, and is a voting member of CSA committee S478 Durability in Buildings. He is passionate about high performance facades and currently sits on the board of directors of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC).    

Brendan Bartolo
QC Manager
Dynalectric Colorado

As Quality Assurance Manager, Brendan develops and administers the quality program covering the full scope of Dynalectric Colorado’s work.

 

Brendan works directly with field teams and project management to help ensure that every job and task meets or exceeds client's expectations. He assists with the continuous monitoring and updating of Dynalectric’s quality program, in order to maintain its relevancy and effectiveness. Additionally, he leads project commissioning efforts on everything from simple distribution panels to complex data center projects.

 

Brendan takes a client-centered approach, evaluating each project individually and tailoring a quality and commissioning plan to meet its particular needs.

Chad Dorgan
VP Quality & Sustainability
McCarthy Building Companies

Chad Dorgan is Vice President - Quality and Sustainability for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., a 100% employee-owned national construction company specializing in complex, high technology facilities such as hospitals, research laboratories and industrial plants. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of McCarthy’s innovative Quality without Question Program and oversees McCarthy’s Virtual Design and Construction efforts, both focused upon consistently building the best buildings in America for the firm’s clients and industry partners. Chad is also responsible for McCarthy’s Sustainability Initiatives and is the Corporate Leader of McCarthy’s Green Steering Committee.

Day One

Tuesday October 1 2019

8:10 am | Keynote: Why Does Quality Matter? Developing a Business Case That Will Drive Commitment from the Entire Company

Roderic Egert
Director of Construction & Commissioning Excellence
TCEnergy

Rod is the Director of Commissioning & Construction Management Services at TransCanada, accountable for the Commissioning and Construction Management strategy and associated implementation to support TransCanada’s North America projects portfolio. He provides the required leadership/vision to a team of approximately 85 core employees and a large contingent of excluded contractors (>1000) helping the organization foster a culture of high performance and exceptional business outcomes. The CCMS core function/service is to supply Construction Project Clients with the required inspection/commissioning personnel. CCMS category management focus areas include but not limited to; Program Governance, Standardized Performance Reporting, Supplier Management, Market Intelligence and Operational Excellence.

My Nguyen
VP Corporate Quality
Katerra

My is a highly collaborative, results-oriented leader focused on driving quality excellence through a culture of problem solving and continual improvement to achieve the highest customer loyalty. He is focused on building world class quality products and services employing end to end customer experience philosophy leveraging software solutions and mistake proofing processes. Coming from a long history working in Quality across a variety of industries, My is now leading Katerra as the VP Corporate Quality to ensuring the organization focuses on "outside-in", transforming how they interact with customers and deliver best value.

Day Two

Wednesday October 2 2019

2:30 pm | Exploring How is the Industry Changing & What This Means for the Way We Will Do Quality in the Coming Years

Mike Kotubey
President
TDIndustries

Day One

Tuesday October 1 2019

8:50 am | Maintaining Momentum & Full Support of Upper Management to Ensure Quality Remains at the Heart of Your Company Culture

Charles Tasto
Assistant Vice President of Construction Specialty Products
Arch Insurance

Day Two

Wednesday October 2 2019

2:30 pm | Exploring How is the Industry Changing & What This Means for the Way We Will Do Quality in the Coming Years

Mike Clippinger
VP & National Quality Director
JE Dunn Construction

Michael Clippinger is the National Quality Director for JE Dunn and has been in the construction industry for over 35 years. Clippinger brings a unique perspective to construction quality though his seasoned experience as a Navy Seabee and as a managing partner with architectural/engineering firms in design and construction administration services. Since joining JE Dunn, Michael earned a Master of Science in Quality Assurance and continues development of the DunnRight™ processes and procedures for the enhancement of the client experience.  

Emily Wilson
Senior Quality Consultant, Performance Management
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Emily Wilson has more than 36 years of Quality Assurance/Quality Control experience, the majority of which have been with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) or its national laboratories. In her current role as the Facilities & Operations (F&O) Campus Planning and Projects Senior Quality Assurance Consultant at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Dr. Wilson provides Project QA/QC expertise to support strategic laboratory initiatives through the development, maintenance, and implementation of project-specific QA programs. She currently trains, coaches, and mentors project staff in quality processes and practices. She also draws upon her expertise in Construction QA/QC to assist F&O management in identifying facility operations and supplier-related quality issues, including the performance of QA audits, assessments, and surveillances to ensure effective implementation of the QA program. Before joining PNNL in 2008, Dr. Wilson provided quality assurance expertise in roles at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory. She also served QA functions with DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management’s Yucca Mountain Project and the Defense Logistics Agency within the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force, which included supporting NASA and the fabrication, testing, and quality acceptance of the Space Shuttle main engines.  

Ken McMillan
QA Director
Ledcor

Ken is the current Director of Quality Assurance at Ledcor, having been a member of their quality leadership team since 2016. He is a professional Engineer with over 18 years of experience in commercial, heavy civil and industrial construction with a recent focus on quality systems and their implementation and maintenance to facilitate project delivery.

Brian Stroik
Chair
Air Barrier Association of America

Brian Stroik is a recognized industry leader in the construction of energy efficient, sustainable and durable buildings.  Brian is a Union Trained Carpenter who also spent 13 years as the Quality Manager for a large National Construction Company. He enjoys working with key industry organizations including: The Air Barrier Association of America, the National Building Enclosure Council, and Zurich Insurance through research and assisting companies in developing processes to ensure High Performing Enclosures. Brian’s focus on the enclosure not only includes the enclosure commissioning process for new construction, but also on energy efficiency, constructability, and retrofitting existing building enclosures.  

Russell Templin
VP
JE Dunn Construction

Corrie Neuens
Corporate Director of Quality
The Boldt Company

Corrie believes a commitment to collaboration, innovation and problem solving are the core components of a successful project. In her role as the Corporate Director of Quality, Corrie provides corporate support for Built-In Quality (BiQ) and Continuous Improvement services across the company. She fulfills her commitment working directly with project teams and BiQ resources to ensure the latest technology advancements are aligned with the design and construction strategies used. She applies lean business principles to help achieve cost, quality and scheduling efficiencies for clients as well as facilitating a collaborative approach to innovative project delivery. Her goal is to help project teams be proactive in their approach to construction to aid in uninterrupted workflow and defect free work.

Chris Hauska
National Director of Quality Management
Gables Residential

Chris Hauska is currently the National Director of Quality Assurance at Gables Residential, having joined the company as a Project Manager in 2013. This has led him to build on over 15 years of construction management experience leading teams for companies such as LendLease, The Weitz Company, and Warner Construction.  

John Hausfield
Director of Quality
Baker Concrete

Upon graduation from the University of Cincinnati, John started working as a Field Engineer for Baker Concrete Construction, Inc. He has since worked for Baker as a Project Engineering Coordinator, Project Manager, Operations Manager, and is currently serving as Director of Quality. Early in his career, John was involved with implementation of several quality processes that eventually became the Baker Job Management Process (JMP) that served Baker for many years. In 2008, in response to projects in the nuclear market, John was assigned as the Baker Director of Quality. Since then, John has led the development and implementation of both general and site-specific quality programs. John is passionate about continuous improvement, documenting practices, knowledge asset management, and implementation of Operational Excellence programs.  

Jeanette Shaw
Director of QA/QC & Sustainability
Powers Brown Architecture

Jeanette is a licensed Architect and registered Interior Designer who has 16 years of experience working on a wide range of project types including industrial, office, interiors, laboratories, mixed use, and high-rise condominiums. She has spent the majority of her career at Powers Brown Architecture, starting as an intern, then a Project Architect, Project Manager, and currently as the  Director of QAQC and Sustainability. Jeanette has a passion for technical proficiency and commands a team that comprises one of the premier QAQC programs among architecture firms in the nation. Powers Brown Architecture sets the standard for quality control procedures, which include preplanning of documentation, identification of complex design and detailing areas on each project, third-party in-house drawing reviews which include all trades, and a premiere staff training program. Jeanette and Powers Brown Architecture are proud to be the first Architect members of the CQEC, an organization dedicated to a cross-industry initiative to improve construction project delivery through enhanced documentation and communication. They work as allies with the CQEC members to establish Quality program standards for Architecture firms.

Adam Makino
Director of Quality Assurance
EllisDon

Adam is the Corporate Director of Quality Assurance at EllisDon; a world-leading construction and building services company that completes in excess of $4 billion worth of contracts annually. He leads an experienced and dedicated team of quality leaders tasked with the continuous development, implementation, and improvement of the company’s knowledge-driven quality program. Adam graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, a minor in Engineering Business from the Rotman School of Management, and a certificate in Preventive Engineering & Social Development. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario with specific expertise in building science, concrete technology, forensic investigations, and quality management systems. Prior to his current role, Adam spent 5 years as a Building & Material Sciences Specialist providing technical support to some of EllisDon’s most complex projects across Canada.

Day One

Tuesday October 1 2019

4:20 pm | Rethinking the Relationship Between Quality & Operations: How Can Quality Truly Be Accepted as a Team Player?

Daniel Batty
Director of Construction
Dutch Bros. Coffee

Cheryl Prince
Quality Director
GSI Companies

Cheryl has more than thirty years of experience in a variety of Quality positions spanning multiple industries from laboratories to environmental restoration to construction. She served as a Performance Excellence Award examiner for both the Department of Energy and the State of Nevada programs. She holds American Society for Quality (ASQ) Quality Auditor and Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence certifications She is currently the Director of Quality for GSI Companies, a Native Hawaiian-owned company based in Honolulu, HI.

Day One

Tuesday October 1 2019

8:50 am | Maintaining Momentum & Full Support of Upper Management to Ensure Quality Remains at the Heart of Your Company Culture

Bill Vandrovec
Director of Quality Assurance
Kitchell

As Kitchell’s Director of Quality Assurance, Bill Vandrovec leads the development and deployment of QA policies, procedures, tools and metrics, ensuring all projects are planned and built with close attention to detail and risk avoidance. His dedicated QA program focuses on constructability, risk management, construction conformance, metrics and analytics. This copyrighted approach uses proprietary tools to harness real-time data, monitoring vulnerabilities and nonconformance, and analyzing the data as part Kitchell’s ongoing process of continuous improvement. With each new project, Kitchell is able to leverage this historical intelligence at significant benefit to owners, trade partners and all who impact the construction process. A registered architect with more than 40 years of architectural and project management experience, Bill joined employee-owned Kitchell in 2006. His meticulous standards evolved through his tenure as an architect, program manager and owner’s representative. He is a board member of the Construction Quality Executive Council, a past board member of the DBIA Western Pacific Region and Chairman of the DBIA Arizona Chapter. He obtained his degree in architecture from North Dakota State University and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.  

Ted Boyce
Quality, Training & Organizational Development Director
Hathaway Dinwiddie

Thomas E. (TED) Boyce is the Director of Quality and Organizational Development at Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, a premier General Contractor serving California.  He has been working in this capacity for 2 years after having worked with Hathaway Dinwiddie for more than a decade as a consultant to its now world-class safety program.Trained as a behavioral psychologist, Dr. Boyce has 25 years of experience in culture change and brings a unique perspective to construction quality. With a focus on “how do we get people to do what we’re asking of them?”, his  practical boots on the ground approach has contributed to the development of realistic yet effective organizational change processes by narrowing their application to that which is focused and efficient in producing the intended result.  He believes ease of use and a clear value proposition are critical factors in the successful adoption of any quality program.

Paz Arroyo
Quality Leader
DPR Construction

Josh Molitor
National VDC Director
McCarthy Building Companies

Josh Molitor is now leading McCarthy’s VDC division as National Director. In this position, Molitor will focus on leading McCarthy's Phoenix-based VDC team to ensure a successful, integrated approach throughout design phases of complex construction projects. From the start of preconstruction, Molitor works closely with preconstruction directors and design teams to bring added value in the design phase based on innovation and his construction experience.  McCarthy's VDC team utilizes the latest technology to bring clients' plans to life in 4D models. VDC tools can be used in complex projects to identify potential construction issues before any shovel hits the ground, resulting in cost savings for clients.

Mike Stajduhar
Director of QA
The Neenan Company

Mike Stajduhar has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry and is the Director of Quality Assurance at Neenan Archistruction.  Mike has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Colorado State University in Industrial/Construction Management, is an AIA Professional Affiliate and a member of ASHE.  Neenan Archistruction is a fully integrated design build firm located in Northern Colorado.

Carol Post
Chief Quality Assurance Officer
Thornton Thomasetti

Joseph Quattrochi
Director of Quality – Heavy Civil
The Walsh Group

As Director of Quality for the Walsh Group, Joe drives Walsh’s Quality Culture that focuses on actively planning, reporting, improving and delivering a legacy of prideful work to our customers. He has worked at The Walsh Group for 16 years, initially as a Field Engineer and Project Manager in the Midwest prior to leading the Quality Department.  Project highlights include the Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing P3 contract and Congress Bascule Bridge Rehabilitation.

Jose Rivera
Director of Operational Excellence
Stiles Construction

Day One

Tuesday October 1 2019

4:20 pm | Rethinking the Relationship Between Quality & Operations: How Can Quality Truly Be Accepted as a Team Player?

Matthew Biehl
Director of Quality Control
Kinsley Construction

Laurie Stidham
QA/QC Program Director
Crown Alliance Group

Laurie Stidham, founder of Crown Alliance Group, a consulting firm, is a Project Management Professional with over twenty years of experience in Project Management, and development, implementation, and execution of successful QA/QC programs in the construction industry for multi-billion dollar companies.  Through Crown Alliance Group, Laurie provides consulting on QA/QC programs and provides insight to establishing Quality-based jobsite cultures driven by respect, pride of workmanship, and safe practices.   She was a national Quality Assurance / QC Program Director for Balfour Beatty Construction and, with her combined deep industry knowledge and proven leadership, she facilitated program excellence on a broad range of national and high profile projects such as the Pentagon, Smithsonian, and Disney’s World of Avatar.  She was a key resource in the development and bringing consistency to their QA/QC Program.  With her years of field experience, she has created and implemented sustainable, early engagement methods for trade partner success.  She established collaborative partnerships with project teams resulting in irrefutable compliance documentation, decreased deficiencies, and increased profits.  Throughout her career, she has been directly responsible for award-winning quality on nearly $1 billion of projects.

Dave Jones
Corporate Quality Director
John E Green Company

With 40 years in the mechanical contracting industry, Dave began his career as a summer helper, then completing an apprenticeship through the United Association Plumber & Pipefitter Union. He’s spent the last 31 years with John E. Green Company as an installation drawing coordinator, estimator, project manager, branch manager, and the last 5 years as Quality Director.

Bruce Lindsay
Regional Director, Southeast US
Woodworks

Day Two

Wednesday October 2 2019

2:30 pm | Exploring How is the Industry Changing & What This Means for the Way We Will Do Quality in the Coming Years

Paul Stewart
Quality Director
Kiewit Corporation

Paul Stewart joined Kiewit/TIC in 1994 as a Quality Inspector at the Kennecott Copper Smelter Modernization project in Magna, UT. Early in his career with Kiewit he held positions as Field Engineer, Superintendent, Purchasing Agent, and Project Quality Manager on mining, OGC, and power projects throughout the country.  Beginning in 1999, he served as District Quality Manager for TIC’s Rocky Mountain Region with additional responsibilities to oversee ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code work throughout the company, working his way to Quality Director for the Kiewit Energy Group in 2014. This included overall responsibility for Power, OGC and Industrial work quality management, as well as forming and managing Kiewit’s Welding Services Group. Paul currently serves as Quality Director for Kiewit Corporation with responsibilities for Quality Management and Continuous Improvement throughout the company.

Day Two

Wednesday October 2 2019

2:30 pm | Exploring How is the Industry Changing & What This Means for the Way We Will Do Quality in the Coming Years

Corey Zussman
Director of Quality Management
Pepper Construction

Corey is a registered Architect in several states, practicing for more than 28 years. He specializes in building envelope, restoration, preservation, life safety, and interior finishes. Corey is currently the Director of Quality Assurance for Pepper Construction Company in Chicago, where he has promoted a formal quality program for more than seven years and works on 50-75 projects a year, conducting constructability reviews, pre-installation meetings, comprehensive envelope meetings, and construction observations, in addition to providing educational opportunities throughout the industry. Corey has produced more than 150 “lessons learned” papers about building envelope and life safety concerns to proactively address issues during design review, pre-construction, and construction. He maintains an extensive database of quality metrics gathered on more than 1,000 buildings and $3 billion worth of work and developed a quality app for mobile devices which houses the lessons learned papers and allows for easy access and construction verification in the field.

Carl McFarland
Market Sector Lead
Kitchell

Jeff Cumpston
Quality Management Director
Nabholz Inc.

Jeff joined Nabholz as a carpenter in 1997. He has worked as a foreman, assistant to General Superintendent, and Superintendent. He has been in the Quality Director position since March 2016. His duties include managing Nabholz’s Quality Management System, working with project teams on identifying and resolving quality issues, training project team members, developing improved quality procedures, strategic planning, and helping to create a Culture of Quality within Nabholz.  

Day One

Tuesday October 1 2019

4:20 pm | Rethinking the Relationship Between Quality & Operations: How Can Quality Truly Be Accepted as a Team Player?

Sue Klawans
Principal
SK Lean

Sue most recently served as the SVP of Operational Excellence at Gilbane Building Company, starting as a Senior Project Executive 2001, before rising gradually to become SVP. She is currently the chair of the Off-Site Construction Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences, as well as significant involvement with the AGC, CQEC, and Lean Construction Institute.  

Day One

Tuesday October 1 2019

4:00 pm | Breakouts: Taking Action & Sharing Lessons Learned

Day Two

Wednesday October 2 2019

8:20 am | Breakouts: Getting to the Heart of Everyone from the CEO to the Boots on the Ground

Jeremy Carkner
QA/QC Director – Toronto Buildings
EllisDon

Jeremy is the Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) for EllisDon's Toronto Buildings group, and oversees a team of construction QA/QC professionals with direct touch points on more than 50 active projects in the Greater Toronto Area. Prior to his current role at EllisDon, Jeremy held various management and technical positions over 18 years at Morrison Hershfield, a 1,000-person North American consulting engineering firm. He has worked with architects, engineers, developers, real estate professionals, and building owners on projects for all building types within the technical areas of building science and sustainability. Jeremy also volunteers with Professional Engineers Ontario as part of the Association's Experience Requirements Committee.    

Rob Zdenek
Enclosure Executive
Mortenson

Rob Zdenek is an experienced professional in building science and materials, currently working with Mortenson as an Enclosure Executive.  

Jason Koppert
IT Applications Manager
Kitchell

Jason is leading several transformational activities in his primary capacity as Applications Manager at Kitchell. From business intelligence and systems integrations to enterprise architecture his team is undertaking game-changing projects modernizing Kitchell’s technology platform. He brings to Kitchell experienced technology leadership with a proven engineering background, seeking to drive positive change. As a practitioner of the entire application lifecycle, his full-stack development expertise focuses on delivering valuable business solutions from thought to finish. A graduate of Arizona State University, Jason also holds several technical certifications and is a certified Scrum Master. Jason’s commitment to Kitchell is demonstrated through guiding and inspiring Team members while embracing agility to quickly adapt to change. Jason and the Kitchell IT Team provide management information systems, hardware and software and technical expertise about emerging technologies to the Kitchell companies. The department works with employees to analyze, design and implement computer systems that provide quality information. Founded in 1950 as a modest family-owned construction company, Kitchell offers a wide array of services in the building industry including development, construction management, program management and facilities management through five operating companies. Kitchell is consistently ranked one of the top commercial builders both regionally and nationally, with expertise in hospitality, healthcare, corrections, gaming, utility, multifamily, renewable energy, retail, performing arts, custom homes and academia.

Peter Ukstins
Risk Engineer
AXA XL

Having left the contracting world this year with over 10 years’ experience in Quality and integrated construction management with James G Davis Construction, Peter recently joined AXA XL as a Risk Engineer. He is a leader and coach passionate about changing behaviors and culture, to improve quality and performance excellence. He enjoys building relationships, delivering value to stakeholders, and uses innovation as fuel.

Rebecca Reeves
Quality Manager
The Whiting-Turner Company

Rebecca has over 18 years of experience in the construction industry, with a special focus in healthcare construction and interior fit out. She has completed projects for many of the major hospital systems in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Region. With numerous out-of-the-ground buildings, and over $100M / 1,000,000 SF of completed interior space, her responsibilities include management and oversight of both field and office staff dedicated to her projects.  

Trey Griffith
Manager of Quality Management Systems
Gray Construction

Trey Griffith has been with Gray for over 20 years, and is currently the Manager, Quality Management Systems out of their headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, a nationally ranked, design-build firm with nearly 60 years of experience in manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, distribution and retail facility construction.

Andy McKerrow
Corporate Quality Manager
Bowen Engineering Corporation

Andy is the Quality Manager at Bowen Engineering, where he leads all aspects of QA/QC, including PQR/WPS, Hydro test , Turnover Packages and 3rd Party Nde, on Coal Fired power plant projects. Andy has over 10 years’ experience in quality management.  

Day One

Tuesday October 1 2019

4:20 pm | Rethinking the Relationship Between Quality & Operations: How Can Quality Truly Be Accepted as a Team Player?

Don Archer
Principal
PQM Inc.

Mr. Archer is the founder of PQM, Inc., and has provided a wide variety of quality management consulting services to public and private clients in the infrastructure industry. He has developed quality programs for an entire organization, transportation divisions, Capital Improvement Programs, and several mega projects. He is fluent with traditional and alternative delivery project methods. Since 1992, Mr. Archer has focused on Quality Management as a proven approach to increase reliability and consistency with design documents, construction materials, and workmanship to minimize rework, construction cost overruns and schedule delays. He was instrumental in developing a successful progressive closeout process, establishing program to measure performance of design and construction activities; implementing ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems; applying Requirements Management to monitor contract compliance.

Don Keenan
Project Quality Manager
LeChase Construction

I have been involved in the Construction Industry for nearly 25 years.  I have been employed by LeChase Construction for 21 years and held roles as a Superintendent, Project Engineer (Asst. Project Manager), Project Manager, and Quality and Safety Manager on high risk projects.  I became focused on Quality in 2008 when our organization established Quality Champions in our Regional Offices in which I took on that role.  I am currently managing Quality on a new Hospital Project however, I am also involved in supporting Corporate Quality Initiatives as well as assisting Project Teams develop and implement Quality Programs for their Projects.

Russell Klapperich
Risk Engineer
AXA XL

Russell Klapperich is a United States Navy War Veteran with a BS in Civil Engineering. Russell has 15 years of construction Project Management experience stemming from Portland, OR to San Diego (with primary emphasis in healthcare construction).  Russell is currently a Risk Engineer at AXA XL.

Greg Wangler
Quality Control Manager
Kinsley Construction