Mitch has over twenty-five years’ experience in Construction & Program Administration/Oversight, CPM Scheduling including Schedule Risk Identification and Evaluation, Cost Control, Schedule Delay Analysis and Entitlement Determination, Risk Mitigation, Claims Avoidance and Resolution.
As an Owner Agent, Mitch has overseen the construction of numerous projects including infrastructure, office buildings, laboratory structures and waste water treatment facilities. As a senior project controls and dispute resolution consultant, he has led teams providing comprehensive claim evaluation and responsibility assessment, schedule uncertainty evaluation and delay analysis, change management, cost control and contract oversight. Mitch has extensive experience performing claim evaluation including schedule delay/disruption analysis. He is proficient in critical path method schedule delay methodologies and schedule risk identification strategies. Mitch holds a Master’s Degree specializing in Construction Management from Colorado State, is a CMAA Certified Construction Manager and an AACE Certified Professional Planner & Scheduler.
Tarek is currently the Project Controls Manager at CB&I. He has over 35 years of experience in project management and project controls. Career highlights include leading the risk management program at the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center and facilitating risk-based value planning workshops to coordinate the $16 billion World Trade Center site design and construction. He also led the coordination of 100 construction schedules in Lower Manhattan to minimize the impact on the community and to ensure on-time project completion at the World Trade Center site.
Tarek earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil and Structural Engineering from Cairo University.
Manoj is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, and a member of the Construction Solutions practice based in London. He is both a chartered civil engineer and building engineer with over 20 years of experience working in a consulting, contracting and an expert witness environment.
Manoj is experienced in the review of programs/schedules and progress records together with prospective and retrospective delay analysis techniques. His experience also includes building projects (new build, maintenance and refurbishment), commercial schemes (financial services, data center and office fit-out), residential, EPC, leisure, IT and infrastructure (rail, airports, power, utilities and highways). Manoj is adept at the production of supporting tablature and written reports as part of an expert submission at litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation. He also has experience providing oral testimony and under cross examination.
In addition to his expert practice, Manoj is regularly retained by construction companies to provide commercial advice and to prepare extension of time applications. He is also regularly instructed by asset owners and developers (together with their professional teams) to help in the management of projects and to assess time-related claims received.
Manoj holds a M.Eng. (Hons) in Civil & Building Engineering from Loughborough University and a M.Sc. in Construction Law Dispute Resolution from Kings College London.
Ken is a Senior Vice President of Hill International’s Construction Consulting and Claims practice and its Western Regional Senior Vice President. His work is in the areas of contract dispute resolution and construction claims, expert testimony, litigation and ADR support services, construction management, construction advisory and claims avoidance services, CPM scheduling, innovative procurement procedures and document development, and training seminars.
Ken’s specific expertise includes the identification and evaluation of construction claims related to scope changes, schedule delay impacts and extended performance, lost productivity and disruptive impacts, and construction manager professional practice issues. Ken has prepared and evaluated as-planned and as-built schedules, contemporaneous and retrospective delay analyses, productivity-impact analyses, issue merit and responsibility analyses, and cost and damages claims. In support of his extensive expert testimony experience, Ken has composed graphs, charts, and schedules for use as trial exhibits and in expert presentations. Ken has also provided construction management and general contracting services to owner-clients during programming, design, and construction phases.
Ken’s project experience includes power and industrial process plants; waste water treatment plants; pipelines and underground utilities; hospitals and health-care facilities; educational facilities; hotels; apartments; high-rise office and condominiums; R&D and laboratory buildings; luxury residences; casinos; restaurants; airports; highways and bridges; parking structures; and correctional facilities.
Gwen owns a consulting firm for Process Improvement and Project Management Training. Her credentials include PMP, Lean Master Black Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt. Gwen’s extensive experience in Program and Process Management spans a wide variety of industries including IT, manufacturing, banking, consulting, energy, R&D, education, software development and healthcare. Presently, Gwen has created a training solutions consulting firm, Never Stop Learning.
Rod is Vice-President of Gannett Fleming, Inc., an International Engineering and Program Management Consulting firm where he specializes in providing clients program management and oversight services. Throughout his career, Rod has focused on the delivery of major capital projects in urban rail transit, airports, wastewater, highways and public infrastructure. Most recently Rod served on the executive management team of the program management consultant joint venture for the Baltimore Red Line transit project, and he is currently advising on the Regional Express Rail program in Toronto, Canada.
Prior to joining Gannett Fleming, Rod held various executive positions with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation’s second largest provider of public transportation, including Deputy Executive Officer, Construction; Deputy Executive Officer, Finance; and Interim Executive Officer, Finance.
Ph.D.Jesus de la Garza
Jesus is the holder of the Vecellio Endowed Professorship in Construction Engineering and Management at Virginia Tech and has been inducted into the National Academy of Construction. He is the Editor-in-Chief for ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
Jesus has served as Director of the Civil Infrastructure Systems program at the National Science Foundation. His research is organized in three tracks: Project Controls, Information Technology for Construction Management, and Infrastructure Asset Management. He has co-authored ninety-two papers in refereed publications.
Jesus received his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois and his BSCE from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. He has held visiting professorships at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, Arizona State University, and Georgia Tech.
Stephen is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for WSP│Parsons Brinckerhoff for the US, Caribbean and Latin America region. He was formerly a partner with the law firm of Smith Pachter McWhorter, a construction and public contract boutique located in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Stephen is co-author of Construction Schedule Delays, an 816-page treatise on construction schedule delay law and analysis published by Thomson Reuters and updated annually. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina and a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina Law School.
Steve has trained and consulted in project management for over 25 years with corporate and governmental groups including the US Air Force, BAE Systems, iRobot, Siemens, Wells Fargo, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, American Electric and many others. He has taught graduate project management courses at Suffolk University, Brandeis University and University of the West Indies/Barbados, and in Executive Education programs at Bentley University and UMass/Lowell.
Steve is the author of Managing Projects as Investments: Earned Value to Business Value and Total Project Control: (2nd edition) A Practitioner’s Guide to Managing Projects as Investments (CRC Press, 2014 and 2015). He contributed chapters on his new CPM metric, critical path drag, in two 2013 books: Project Management in the Oil and Gas Industries and Handbook of Emergency Response. His Sep/Oct 1992 article in Project Management Journal titled “When the DIPP Dips: A P&L Index for Project Decisions” was republished by PMI in 1999 as a featured article in the book Essentials of Project Control (Pinto & Trainer, eds.). He is the author of numerous articles and PMI webinars, and has been a speaker at PMI Chapter meetings throughout the US.
Steve has developed several new metrics and concepts in project management including critical path drag (now computed by both Asta Powerproject and Spider Project software packages), drag cost, true cost, the value breakdown structure (VBS), the cost of leveling with unresolved bottlenecks (the CLUB), the doubled resource estimated duration (the DRED), the DIPP (Devaux’s Index of Project Performance) baseline for project value, and the DIPP Progress Index (DPI).
Steve has a BA in English from UMass and an MS in Project Management from Northeastern University and is a veteran of US Army Intelligence, Vietnam.
Mike is a founding shareholder of CPMI and a recognized authority in the analysis and resolution of the most challenging construction disputes. His technical knowledge makes him a highly sought-after expert witness who has provided testimony before federal and lower courts, boards of contract appeal, and alternative dispute resolution panels.
Mike’s more than 35 years of experience includes engineering, project management, and project controls. He specializes in the use of critical path method (CPM) scheduling, productivity/inefficiency, and learning-curve theories, and the line-of-balance technique. He has evaluated construction disputes that run the gamut—from delay, disruption and termination to differing site conditions and suspension—on a vast array of complex projects in the United States and abroad. Mike frequently offers his expertise on high-profile projects, including the Daewoo 53-mile roadway construction in the Republic of Palau. Other clients include national law firms, private owners, design professionals, and contractors.
Mike is the co-author of Avoiding & Resolving Construction Claims, published by R.S. Means Company, and the author of numerous technical papers and chapters. He lectures at seminars and professional conferences and has been engaged in the professional debate over the AACE International Recommended Practice for Forensic Schedule Analysis. In addition, Mike recently explored the method of location-based scheduling as it pertains to his experience with scheduling and delay analysis.
Rob specializes in claims evaluation and resolution. Before he joined CPMI, he spent five years on-site at the World Trade Center construction project in New York, analyzing schedule delay and disruption disputes. In total, Rob has evaluated over $4 billion in construction claims.
Rob co-wrote Construction Schedule Delays, a comprehensive 1,110-page book on schedule delay law and analysis, which is published by Thomson Reuters and updated annually. He has also written or co-written numerous articles, including “Reconciling Concurrency in Schedule Delay and Constructive Acceleration” in the Public Contract Law Journal and “What is a Schedule Good For? A Study of Issues Posed by Schedules on Complex Projects” in Construction Lawyer.
Rob has presented more than 50 lectures on construction management, scheduling, and claims at industry events and academic institutions including Cornell University, Virginia Tech, University of Michigan, and University of California, Berkeley. As a faculty member for Federal Publications Seminars, he teaches three courses: Construction Schedule Delays; The Masters Institute in Construction Contracting; and Construction Delay, Acceleration & Inefficiency Claims.
David has developed and is currently leading Granite’s Corporate Project Controls Planning and Scheduling Team providing oversite and assistance to project and proposal teams. He is responsible for developing and maintaining corporate scheduling practices and standard operating procedures.
David is a Certified Oracle University instructor providing training in Primavera P6 for Granite employees and is a certified Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) in AACE International.
David has extensive Heavy Civil Contracting experience including Transportation, Water and Wastewater, Light Rail and Structures. He has experience in working with a variety of stakeholders including consultants, designers, government agencies, JV partners and owners. He is also active in the Project Controls Community with AACEI, PMI, PMCOS and Planning Planet / Guild of Project Controls.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Washington State University.
Tom is a Senior Vice President of Hill International’s Construction Claims Group. He has over 35 years’ experience as an international consultant in program, project, and construction management practice. A fellow and past president of the Construction Management Association of America, Tom is held in high esteem among contractors, engineers, and owners for his teaching and training abilities in this important skill for construction management.
Tom is the inventor of the Time Impact Analysis procedure, now the standard for evaluating delay claims on almost every construction project in the US and internationally, coauthor of the book, Construction Scheduling: Preparation, Liability, and Claims, and a recognized expert in construction claims and schedule and delay analysis.
Sami founded Fercan Corp in 1989 and has developed it into a company that offers training, dispute resolution and project management for the construction industry. He is actively involved in construction contract administration and project management with both public and private companies for whom he has developed and delivered educational programs and training for the last 35 years. He has also served as an expert witness in Canada and as an arbitrator, mediator, negotiator and technical advisor in the Middle East, as well as a peer reviewer on a wide range of international projects. He was a professor at Kuwait University for many years and a visiting professor in Canada, the US and Japan. He is the author of a five-volume series of textbooks in Arabic, dealing with contract management in engineering and construction projects.
Sami holds a Doctorate in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Applied Science from University of Waterloo, and an LL.M. in Construction Law from Salford University. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Sami has been a member of PMICOS since 2004 and a Fellow of the ASCE since 2009.
Mr. Fertitta is a Managing Director with Secretariat Advisors, LLC and has over 30 years in the construction industry with extensive experience working with owners, owner agents, architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors by resolving potential project pitfalls that may adversely affect performance on large complex commercial projects. He continually produces positive results for project stakeholders with his broad experience and his unique view of project issues during all phases of the construction process. His insightful strategies assist clients by identifying and avoiding potential project risks, complying with severe contract requirements, exploring efficient construction sequences, and preparing persuasive analyses.
Mr. Fertitta’s construction experience has included leadership positions responsible for project management, cost estimating and fieldwork coordination. Examples of his project experience include private and municipal projects such as embassies, schools, rail and rail stations, office buildings, co-generation plants, industrial facilities, military facilities, condominiums, wastewater treatment plants, prisons and courthouses. has provided scheduling related services such as preparation of CPM Schedules, critical path analyses demonstrating delay, disruption, and acceleration, and resolving issues involving contract terminations.
Mr. Fertitta has been identified as an independent expert on matters of delay and disruption on construction disputes and has appeared in mediation/settlement negotiations, state and federal court, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. Mr. Fertitta has been recognized as a top construction expert by Who’s Who Legal.
“He has a knack for distilling complicated schedules and damages into a readily understood, and persuasive, narrative”
“He is calm under pressure and very detail oriented”
Raquel has over 30 years of private and public sector construction experience in scheduling, estimating, cost control and schedule delay analysis. She has provided professional services across all areas of construction including specialty, residential, heavy industrial, hotel/casino, high rise, transportation, commercial and water/wastewater for both owners and contractors.
Raquel is dedicated to instituting “best practices” for her clients in implementing and managing critical path method scheduling on their projects where she proactively manages claims mitigation, delay analysis, document control and process training. She directly manages baseline schedule roll-out and progress management of high profile and at-risk projects for both contractors and owners, excelling in communication and collaboration with all project stakeholders.
Raquel provides senior expert services for clients in both the horizontal and vertical sector speaking routinely as a project controls subject matter expert locally and nationally.
BOB FREAS is a Principal in Exponent’s Construction Consulting practice. He advises clients on a range of topics including risk management, project control, change management, project scheduling, process improvement, change order negotiations, dispute avoidance and the preparation or defense of claims.
Bob has participated in several major construction and contract claims and disputes including the development, analysis and defense of construction claims related to delays, inefficiencies and cost overruns. Bob has been recognized as an expert in CPM scheduling, construction delay and inefficiency claims and related damages. He also provides risk analysis services to large construction owners and contractors including contract risk assessments, probabilistic scheduling, Monte Carlo simulations, and schedule and cost assessments. Bob also has provided project management oversight, construction management and lender presentation services; developed project control systems and prepared project status reviews.
Bob is a Fellow in the Project Management College of Scheduling, the 2020-2021 Board of Directors’ 1st Vice Chairman for the Washington Building Congress and the Past President of the National Capital Section of AACE International. He has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil, Environment, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University and frequently lectures on project controls, construction claims avoidance and preparation, and risk management and mitigation strategies.
Frank Giunta is a Professional Engineer (PE) and Partner, Head of the Americas for HKA, a global expert, construction claims and litigation support consultancy. He has more than 35 years of construction experience, providing expert testimony in various legal forums on issues including differing site conditions, defective contract documents, adequacy of design, construction defects, schedule delays, productivity evaluations, and cost analysis. He has extensive experience in various alternative dispute resolution formats.
Frank’s expertise has been utilized in the evaluation of the adequacy of design issues, professional performance, differing site conditions, defective specifications, contract terminations, cost and financial analysis, productivity and delay analysis. He has been responsible for the evaluation of cost and time impacts resulting from construction problems.
Mr. Giunta is an accomplished expert witness, providing testimony in various legal forums on issues including differing site conditions, defective contract documents, adequacy of design, construction defects, schedule delays, productivity evaluations, and cost analysis. He has extensive experience in various alternative dispute resolution formats. He has been published in industry journals and textbooks on topics ranging from claim avoidance, contracting methods to project delivery. He lectures extensively throughout North and South America on matters pertaining to project deliver, risk management and dispute avoidance/ resolution. He is a former adjunct faculty member of Drexel University and Widener University teaching in the construction management program.
Mr. Giunta is a Professional Engineer with memberships in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Mr. Giunta earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering & Construction Technology and a B.S., Cum Laude, in Civil Engineering from Temple University and an M.B.A. in Financial Management from Drexel University
Dave is a Senior Project Scheduler for Gannett Fleming. His studies include construction and civil engineering at Erie Community College and the University of Michigan and he is a graduate of Penn State with a degree in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology and holds an EIT in Pennsylvania. Dave has experience as a transportation owner/operator with the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation in Michigan overseeing the preliminary engineering of a regional light rail system and a commuter rail improvement program for the Detroit, Michigan, metro area.
His tenure with Gannett Fleming includes planning, design and construction of highway, rail mass transit, transit maintenance facilities, facility and building renovations and construction cost estimating/scheduling. Dave’s scheduling responsibilities include program and project schedule development, maintenance, and progress oversight and reviews.
Dave recently completed a nearly nine-year program supporting the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s implementation of computerized scheduling on their design projects and spearheaded the development of a scheduling philosophy for PennDOT.
Mark is a Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He focuses his practice on construction and government contract issues.
Mark has litigated contract claims before federal and state courts, boards of contract appeals and arbitration panels and advises clients regarding bid protest issues. He has extensive experience in contract drafting, construction scheduling issues and the mediation and settlement of contract claims.
Mark is a co-author of Construction Scheduling: Preparation, Liability and Claims, Aspen Law and Business (3rd Ed. 2010). For over twenty years, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Project Management Program, where he teaches graduate courses on the legal aspects of project management and design, engineering and construction. Mark is also a member of the Contract Content Advisory Council for ConsensusDocs, which is a coalition of leading industry associations who collaboratively develop and promote standard form construction documents that advance the construction process.
Mark received his BA magna cum laude from Hofstra University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his JD with high honors from the George Washington University, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Dave Halligan, PhD, PE, is a Managing Director with Ankura’s Global Construction Practice and has thirty years of experience in construction management, loss of productivity analyses, schedule delay analyses, cost overrun analyses, project controls, and disputes resolution on a wide variety of projects. Dr. Halligan has worked on power plants and industrial process facilities, tunnels, pipelines, high-rise projects, transportation projects, military and high-tech facilities, water and wastewater treatment plants, correctional facilities, hospitals, educational facilities, and dams. Prior to joining Ankura, Dr. Halligan was a Senior Project Manager involved in managing the construction of over $750 million in projects.
Miklós is a research fellow and professor of construction management at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. His research focuses on construction management topics with an emphasis on planning and scheduling issues. Miklós has published extensively in these areas. He is also the editor of the International Journal of Construction Management and a member of the editorial boards of Automation in
Construction [AUTCON], Organization, Technology & Management in Construction
[OTMC] and Ybl Journal of Built Environment. Miklós holds an BS in Civil
Engineering, an MS in Business/Managerial Economics and a PhD in Construction Management from Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
John is a Global Project Controls Director at CH2M, a leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management. He has been a project controls professional for more than 20 years and has led project controls teams in both the public and private sectors of the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. John has extensive experience throughout the project lifecycle, from early conceptual planning through design/engineering to construction and operation.
John has a BS in Industrial Studies/Construction Management from Moorhead State (Minnesota) and is a Certified Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP) with AACE International. He is an active member of AACE, the Project Management Institute, Construction Management Association of America, and the Project Management College of Scheduling.
Ginny Harvey is the Senior Director of Program Design and Planning for Raytheon Missiles and Defense (RMD) business in Raytheon Technologies and provides program design and planning services for the $16B annual revenue RMD business. Ginny leads an organization of approximately 170 professionals, and is responsible for establishing planning processes and tools, hiring/staffing projects, and providing her team with training, mentoring and career development. Her organization provides expert level support for schedule analytics, Schedule Risk Analysis (SRA), Critical Chain, program startup, and schedule quality assessments.
Ginny is a certified Raytheon Six Sigma Expert and serves as an independent reviewer. She has held program leadership roles in several industries, including Director of Program Management at Micro-ASI, a flip chip technology design company, and Program Manager for a contract under the Dept of Energy (DOE) Building America Project.
Ginny holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology, and a Masters of Liberal Arts in Management from Harvard University.
Jeff is a subject matter expert in construction schedule management with the US Army Corps of Engineers. He has been with the Corps since 1995 and currently works for the District Headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.
Jeff works in the construction division claim section reviewing cause and responsibility of project delay and testifies as expert witness when required where time impacts are in question. He is involved with the updating and editing of the Corps scheduling guide specification in addition to helping Headquarters assure that construction scheduling engineering regulations and pamphlets are up to date. Jeff assists Corps offices worldwide with hands on construction schedule management review and evaluation. He has assisted in projects ranging in scope from dams in Puerto Rico to the AEGIS Ashore Missile Defense System in Romania along with projects in Israel and Afghanistan.
Jeff holds a BS in Civil Engineering from The Citadel.
Steve is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. and Tysons Corner, Virginia, offices of Akerman LLP. For over 30 years, Steve’s practice has primarily focused on government contract and construction litigation with an emphasis on resolution of delay and other schedule-related claims. His engagements have included all types of disputes throughout the United States and abroad, including power production and energy-related construction projects, federal buildings, hospitals and laboratories, mixed-use, and heavy civil projects.
Steve represents a wide variety of government contractors and virtually all parties in the construction industry before federal and state trial and appellate courts, boards of contract appeals, and arbitration panels. Recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S., and AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, Steve has also co-authored many industry publications including Construction Scheduling: Preparation, Liability and Claims (Aspen Publishers 1991, 3rd Ed. 2010); and Use of Critical Path Method Techniques in Contract Claims: Issues and Developments, 1974 to 1988, Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2. Additionally, Steve has been a frequent instructor on the topics of federal contract disputes, postal contracting, and construction scheduling. Steve received a BA from the University of Virginia and his JD from Washington University.
Dennis has a long history in managing higher technology projects and programs that involve complex systems, software development and integration, coordination of resources, vendor management and stakeholder relations. He is adept at working closely with the key staff and project teams and also communicates effectively with senior management, always keeping the goals and objectives in mind. Dennis has strengths in developing and managing project plans, yet employing creativity and agility to accomplish effective results. He is results oriented and familiar with working in environments where competing agendas are normal and conflict management is needed, as well as risk management. Dennis often acts in the capacity of mentor and coaches project managers and team members in best practices, and he assists others in career development.
Dennis is amongst the earliest PMPs with PMP No. 226 in 1987. Dennis’ career has been dedicated to Project, Program, and Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM). He effectively and enthusiastically managed many large projects, programs, and groups of programs during his 20+ years in the Defense and Aerospace industry, always being an advocate of Process Based Project Management. He was a major contributor to companies developing a robust Project Management System capability including Magnavox, Hughes, Raytheon, Eaton, DRS Technologies, Marathon Oil, and Shell Canada.
Dennis demonstrates in-depth experience in developing, understanding, and deploying Earned Value Management (EVMS) and Integrated Program Management Systems (IPMS). He enjoys working with companies that have a passion for implementing project management systems among the users as well as the decision makers.
Dennis has accomplished many successful Primavera P6 business implementations and contributes to best practices for PM organizational change leadership. Primavera skills include detailed familiarity with the Implementation Methodology, Accelerated Implementation Methodology, database schema and complex report design and integration requirements and approach assistance. Dennis is a Certified Oracle University Trainer and has also developed curricula and acted as advisor to Graduate Students in pursuit of post-graduate degrees in Project Management.
Paul has more than 25 years of contract administration, project management, scheduling, and claims consulting experience involving a wide variety of projects including nuclear and hydroelectric power plants, transit systems, railroads, convention centers, warehouses, recycling plants, office buildings, and aquariums. He has devoted an equal amount of time to writing and publishing editorial content on construction topics including claims, project controls, green building, scheduling, building information modeling (BIM), and most recently, the use of drones in construction.
In 2016, he formed Construction Scheduling Analytics, a consulting firm to help owners and contractors develop and analyze schedules. Paul had previously worked for Revay & Associates, Navigant Consulting and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority before retiring in 2011.
Paul holds a BSCE in Structural Engineering and Masters in Construction Management from George Washington University.
Ed is President of the Project Administration Institute, Inc. [PAI], a consulting firm providing project scheduling and administration services to the corporate world since 1992. Prior to founding PAI, Ed was an IBM systems engineer for 23 years working on international customer accounts and as a project manager or consultant on internal IBM projects.
Ed was both founder and President of the PMI Westchester Chapter from 2002 to 2008, growing the chapter from 0 to over 500 members, and Vice President of Programs for the New York City PMI chapter from 1994 to 2001. Ed has presented at PMI Symposia and Congresses, Project World, Boston University Frontiers in Project Management, IPMA (International Project Management Association) Conferences, PMI College of Scheduling Conferences, Construction CPM Conferences and PMI and other organization chapter meetings.
Rick is a Director at Berkeley Research Group. He has over 25 years of experience in project management, risk management, project control and claims management on industrial, infrastructure and institutional construction projects. Rick is an experienced testifier on issues related to construction delay, productivity and damages. He actively promotes the education and advancement of scheduling, delay analysis and loss of productivity techniques. Rick serves on the faculty for the Osgoode Hall Law School in their construction law certificate program.
Mike has significantly contributed to the Zachry Group’s success in their still expanding role in the U.S. power and petro-chem industries as one of the premier EPC contractors for industrial facilities. He is responsible for the development, negotiation, execution planning, and implementation of large, complex, multi-project opportunities. Mike served as the Project Management Institute Deputy Project Manager for the first Practice Standard for Scheduling from 2003 until its publication in 2007. He then followed as Committee Chair for the update project leading to the second edition of the practice standard, from 2007 until its publication in 2011.
Mike holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, is a registered professional engineer in Texas, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Mike is the past Committee Chair for the PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling 2nd Ed. In 2011 he was recognized by the PMI College of Scheduling for his Significant Contribution to the profession.
Jacqui is the Director and Program Manager for Cybersecurity Compliance for Raytheon’s Global Business Services. She leads a global, enterprise-wide team to ensure Raytheon’s systems meet US Government regulations regarding cybersecurity.
Previously at Raytheon, Jacqui was the Director of Program Performance Assurance at Integrated Defense Systems. She was responsible for overall program performance during program proposal, startup and execution for all Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) programs and contracts. She also has led numerous projects and initiatives during her time at Raytheon in other engineering and IT divisions.
Prior to joining Raytheon, Jacqui was owner and President of J. Nevils Consulting, an IT Strategy and Project Management consulting firm. She has also been a Senior Consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and before that spent six years in the Air Force as an acquisitions officer, separating as a Captain.
Jacqui has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an MS in Information Systems from Northeastern University. She holds an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Stu is President of Ockman & Borden Associates, project management consultants specializing in project planning and control, claims management and claims avoidance. He has over 25 years’ experience in engineering and construction management utilizing computerized project management systems for scheduling, estimating, cost control and financial analysis of projects including rapid transit systems, refuse-fired steam generating plants, food processing facilities, power plants and industrial research centers.
Previous experience with Bechtel and United Engineers & Construc¬tors has provided Stu with an extensive back¬ground in the design and construction of both nuclear and conventional power generating stations.
Stu is a registered professional engineer in California and holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Construction Management from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is President of the Project Management College of Scheduling and was elected Chairman Emeritus of the former PMI College of Scheduling. Previous positions within PMI include President and Chairman of the College of Scheduling, Vice-President of PMI Global and a Member of its Board of Directors, President and Chairman of the Delaware Valley Chapter, and Vice-Chairman of the Project Management Journal Advisory Board.
Stu has authored a number of papers on scheduling and claims avoidance, many of which were presented at PMI and both PM and PMI College of Scheduling Annual Symposia.
Ph.D.Gui Ponce de Leon
Gui is recognized as one of our nation’s foremost planning and scheduling subject matter experts. His broad professional experience includes executive and senior roles as investor’s developer, program manager, construction manager and EPC contractor planner/scheduler. Gui has continually pioneered innovations in project management throughout his career at PMA. He has written widely on the use of CPM in construction contracts as well as on schedule, delay, and acceleration analysis. His recent work with the Graphical Path Method (GPM®) is revolutionizing planning and scheduling at a level not seen since the advent of the critical path.
As founder and CEO of PMA, Gui is based in the Detroit office. His diversified project portfolio includes power generation, petrochemical, oil and gas, water, wastewater and combined sewer overflows, and transportation projects, as well as real estate development, resorts and hotels, and corporate headquarters, with a cumulative value of over $85 billion.
Gui has a BS in Civil Engineering from the National University of Engineering in Lima, Peru, and an MS and PhD in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Michigan
Les has spent his entire career in the field of technology. As a civil engineer, he has a passion for design and construction of all types of projects including schools, hospitals, power plants, petrochemical, aerospace and manufacturing facilities just to name a few. Early in his career, he got involved in project management which led him to develop software to control scheduling, manpower and resource planning and costs for complex projects.
That led to the co-founding of Primavera Systems which became the leading project management system in the industry. Located in Philadelphia, employing over 500 people, it became the second largest independent software company in the area and the 26th largest independent software company in the US. Today Primavera software is a household name to any project manager in the world who works on large, complex projects.
Les serves on the Board of Directors of the Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, advising on information technology and marketing, and on the Board of Governors of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering and Project Management from NYU.
Rich is a delay and quantum expert with over 45 years of experience in the construction and engineering industries. He was part of The Kenrich Group’s team of construction experts prior to the company joining HKA in July 2019.
Rich has acted as an expert on numerous occasions in international and domestic arbitrations, federal and state courts, mediations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Rich has worked on projects throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. He has worked for clients from a variety of sectors including aerospace, buildings, defense, industrial, infrastructure, oil and gas, power and utilities, and technology. His expertise has particular focus on the construction, electrical utilities and government contract sectors.
Rich has extensive experience in both damages and delay analysis. He is proficient in critical path analysis, analysis of project cost growth, productivity studies and other analyses related to issues arising from scheduling acceleration and disruption. He is also a skilled claims consultant with experience in construction management, delay and planning, programming and scheduling, and project monitoring. He has consulted for Fortune 500 companies and has over 11 years’ industry experience in design and construction.
Rich holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering and is a member of the American Bar Association, AACE International, the Project Management Institute and a board member and fellow of the Project Management College of Scheduling .
Henry has over 25 years of experience in construction claims and as an expert witness, largely in the Seattle and Pacific Northwest market. Henry has provided expert testimony on over two dozen occasions on subjects such as scheduling and delay analysis, cost impact and disruption analysis, labor productivity, calculation of damages and wrongful contract termination. Henry also provides project level advice and support to assist clients in recognizing and resolving potential claim issues, analyzing schedule issues and mitigating and avoiding disputes.
Henry has been involved in hundreds of projects of all types throughout the US and abroad including residential, schools and university buildings, hotels and casinos, high-rise, commercial, performing arts venues, highways and bridges, prisons, power plants, water and wastewater treatment facilities, industrial and heavy civil work. He is also experienced in insurance matters, having handled claims involving commercial general liability, builder’s risk, property damage, professional liability and construction defects.
Henry provides construction consulting services to owners, contractors, construction managers, design professionals and attorneys. He has lectured on delay analysis and construction claims, having appeared as a guest panelist for the APWA for reducing conflicts during design and construction and as a guest lecturer for the University of Washington’s Masters in Construction Management program, CM 500 Design and Construction Law.
Henry has a BS in Construction Management from Bowling Green State University.
Bruce leads PMA Consultant’s Atlantic & Pacific Business Unit. He is a nationally recognized licensed civil engineer and attorney with more than 30 years of experience on medium, large/complex, and mega engineering/ construction projects. His career includes public service, general contracting, and consulting nationally and internationally, and he remains actively involved in managing mega construction programs. As a program manager, Bruce has managed multiple projects as part of a larger program, and he has implemented systems, procedures, and reporting tools to ensure consistency. As a project manager, he has been responsible for projects from conception through closeout and warranty. As a construction manager, he has led teams of multiple consultants responsible for a full range of CM services. His award-winning experience includes design-build, integrated project delivery, CM-GC, and CM at-risk delivery methods; dispute resolution; complex change order negotiation; claims analysis; schedule management; technology solutions; and management consulting on public capital improvement programs. He is a frequent lecturer on topics designed to improve project delivery, and he has consulted with numerous public agencies to implement industry best practices. His project experience includes transportation, power, water/wastewater, architectural buildings, and process plants.
Bruce has a BS in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and a JD from Golden Gate University.
Clark’s legal practice is concentrated on construction project counselling and dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, and litigation. He advises facility owners and developers, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals on anticipating and managing the associated risks inherent in the construction process. His experience includes prosecuting and defending complex construction disputes involving delay and acceleration, cost overruns, breach of contract, professional liability, design errors and omissions, construction deficiencies, economic loss, and insurance recovery issues. Clark writes and presents extensively on issues involved in distressed or troubled construction projects.
Clark holds Bachelors and Masters of Architecture degrees from the University of Wisconsin and obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis. He is a licensed contractor in California and a registered architect accredited by the National Council of Architect Registration Boards. As a practicing architect, Clark was involved in all phases of the design and construction of commercial and residential projects throughout the US and Asia.
Ms. Wagman is a Managing Director of Secretariat, based in New York, and leads the Northeast practice. Ms. Wagman has 25 years of experience and specializes in providing independent expert services to owners, contractors, and designers on complex construction disputes. Her area of expertise is in dispute resolution, delay, disruption, productivity/inefficiency, and other scheduling matters. Ms. Wagman has provided services across a wide range of projects, including heavy civil, oil and gas, infrastructure/transportation, power/energy, petrochemical, medical facilities, and vertical construction. She has consulted on a multitude of complex construction projects throughout the world, including the Panama Canal Expansion and the Burj Khalifa. Ms. Wagman is an author and frequent speaker on various construction related topics. She has also appeared on the History Channel’s “The Engineering That Built the World” TV series providing insights on historic engineering projects. Ms. Wagman has been appointed as an independent expert on matters of delay and disruption on construction disputes in arbitration, litigation, adjudication, mediation and formal settlement negotiations. Ms. Wagman has been recognized as a top construction expert and Global Elite Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal.
Frank Walker has worked for forty years on many unique and challenging projects worldwide for many different industries and public agencies. He was co-founder and president of Gates, Taylor Walker, Corp. (GTW) from 1988 to 1997. GTW was a Project Management (PM) consulting and PM Software company, and the Primavera dealer for Alaska. We worked on many large projects, initially for the aerospace, oil and construction industries on the USA, West Coast. In 1993, thanks to PMI and our relationship with Microsoft, we grew and diversified rapidly into multiple industries, globally, as PM became its own profession and PM software migrated from the mainframe to the personal computer. Fluor Daniel approached us regarding purchase in 1996 and Frank sold his interest in GTW in 1997.
TWG, incorporated in 1998, is a similar, smaller company that supports clients through all the stages of the program or project life cycle. It allows Frank to stay more hands-on with clients and in PM instead of marketing and running large offices in multiple states. He is an excellent leader with the ability to pull the best people together for a project and to create great teams. He is adept in all the aspects of project management including the management of time, resources, cost, risk, scope, procurement, quality and communication. Specialties include, team planning, fast-track project management, management by exception using earned value, litigation avoidance and mediation. He is also experienced at portfolio management and has helped implement PM Offices (PMOs).
Frank has given classes to more than 12,000 people on PM, PMP certification & PM software in North America, Europe and Asia and produced videos for IIL, Atkins, ASCE, et al. At Microsoft’s request, he led a team to produce and market GTW’s Project Partner (derived from our PVS Mainframe software) and to customize Microsoft Project for specific industries and companies. He has been quoted in Fortune Magazine, Engineering News Record, PMI publications, etc. and has lectured on Satellite/Webcasting and Distance Learning classes. Frank has lived long-term in Sydney, Vancouver, Turkey (where he was found equal to a donkey by a Turkish magistrate), Seattle, Dallas and Tallahassee. He now lives in Washington Crossing, PA, USA between Philadelphia & New York City.
There has been no litigation on GTW or TWG projects. However, Frank was called in on other projects to mediate many construction disputes and as an expert witness on schedule impact claims. We have learned from others’ mistakes. We discovered that multi-billion projects are often easier to manage than small projects, which can go wrong so quickly. Frank has a unique perspective because he has worked as Owner, Designer, Contractor and PM consultant. The photo is of a Spectra project to pipe natural gas from NJ into Manhattan. We did schedule control and impact analysis each week for 18 months, and specifically for Hurricane Sandy.
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