Officers

  • CHAIRMAN

    STU OCKMAN

    STUART OCKMAN 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 of 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.

  • PRESIDENT

    BOB FREAS

    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.

  • VP OF COMMUNICATION & PUBLICITY

    CLARK THIEL

    CLARK THIEL leads Pillsbury’s Construction Counseling & Dispute Resolution practice. He advises facility owners and developers, contractors and design professionals on managing the risks inherent in the construction process from the planning, design and entitlement stages through project closeout and dispute resolution. Also a licensed contractor and registered architect, he not only litigates complex construction disputes regarding delay and cost overruns, breach of contract, professional liability and other issues; he also assists clients in negotiating and drafting design, construction and EPC contracts.

  • VP OF PROGRAMS

    JACQUELINE NEVILS

    JACQUI NEVILS is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for L3Harris Technologies.  She leads the information technology organization’s 1,400+ global employees and partners with the business and corporate functions to establish strategic roadmaps, leveraging both legacy and emerging digital technologies to provide high-value business solutions.  Jacqui is also responsible for continuing to evolve enabling technology to drive innovation and growth at L3Harris, allowing more effective and efficient delivery of services and products to their customers.

    Prior to joining L3Harris, Jacqui held the position of Vice President, Procurement and Program Services, in the corporate enterprise services organization at Raytheon Technologies, leading a multi-functional portfolio of business services as well as program execution and earned value services.  Previously, Jacqui held IT, cybersecurity, and program management leadership roles at Raytheon Corporation.  Before joining Raytheon, Jacqui founded and ran an independent IT consulting firm focused on IT strategy development and program management.  Jacqui began her career proudly serving as an Air Force acquisitions officer.

    Jacqui holds an MS in information systems from Northeastern University and a BS in electrical engineering from Tufts University.  In addition, she earned an Executive Certificate in strategy and innovation from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

  • VP OF FINANCE

    TOM FERTITTA

    TOM FERTITTA is a Managing Director with Secretariat Advisors 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 pitfalls that may adversely affect performance on large, complex, commercial projects.  He provides scheduling related services such as preparing CPM Schedules; critical path analyses demonstrating delay, disruption and acceleration; and resolving issues involving contract terminations.  His construction experience has included leadership positions in international construction and consulting companies with responsibility for project management, cost estimating and site coordination.  Examples of his project experience include private and municipal buildings such as embassies, schools, railway stations, offices, co-generation plants, industrial facilities, military facilities, condominiums, wastewater treatment plants, prisons and courthouses.

    Tom 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.

    Tom has been appointed 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. In addition, he has given numerous seminars and written significant articles regarding scheduling matters.

    Tom has a BS in Civil Engineering and an MBA from George Washington University.

  • VP OF MEMBERSHIP

    RICH SIERACKI

    RICH SIERACKI is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Kenrich Group LLC. The Kenrich Group is an eighty-person national consulting firm with nine offices across the US. Kenrich provides business and litigation services with a focus on delay and damage related issues. Prior to the creation of Kenrich in 2004, Rich was a Vice-President at Tucker Alan Inc. and Peterson Consulting firms providing similar services to Kenrich. Rich also spent eleven years at Bechtel prior to entering the consulting field.

    Rich has consulted for Fortune 500 companies and others including electric utilities, construction contractors, architects, engineers and project owners, manufacturers, insurance companies, and various government entities, including state agencies.

    Rich’s extensive experience on both damages and delay analysis has primarily been focused in the construction, electric utility and government contract industries. Rich’s experience includes work on numerous power plant projects, shopping centers, hotels and condominium projects and other facilities, including prisons and wastewater treatment plants. Rich’s work includes critical path schedule analysis intended to determine extended activity durations and responsibility for events delaying those activities, analysis of project cost growth issues, productivity studies and other analyses related to issues including schedule acceleration and disruption.

    Rich has testified as an expert witness in state and federal courts, in domestic and international arbitrations, and has presented damage and schedule delay analysis in formal mediation and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He has also consulted to companies on techniques to avoid disputes and to minimize the impact of existing disputes.

  • VP OF EDUCATION & TRAINING

    FRANK GIUNTA

    FRANK GIUNTA, PE, is Senior Vice President and Managing Director (Americas) of Hill International’s Construction Claims Group. With over 35 years of experience in the construction industry, he is a leader, manager, seller and doer with responsibilities including strategic planning, operational oversight, business development growth and management of key client assignments. Geographically, Frank is responsible for all countries and territories throughout North and South America. Operationally, he is responsible for all business decisions and all financial aspects of his group.

  • VP OF GLOBAL SERVICES

    MACARENA DIAZ

    MACARENA DIAZ has more than 12 years of experience in the Construction Industry where her specialty is Planning and Delay-Quantum Analysis.  She is a Chartered Civil Engineer in Chile, and in 2013 she completed a Master of Science in Construction Project Management from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK.  Macarena also has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with distinction from Universidad Central in Santiago.

    Her expertise encompasses the evaluation of claims, independent expert witness and construction management discipline, with emphasis in the processes of planning and control for the whole project lifecycle. She has worked for owners, contractors, engineering consultants, litigants and courts in the development, construction and dispute resolution procedures for large infrastructure projects in the UK, USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Finland, Poland and India. Her prior engagements include a range of hydroelectric power plants; thermoelectric power plants; nuclear power station; wind farms; photovoltaic plant; substations and transmission lines; roadway construction; large marine facilities; metro, rail and airport transportation; hospital, residential, office and hotel buildings; and construction of operational facilities for the mining sector.

    Macarena is a member of the Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile, the Corporación Chilena de Dirección de Proyectos, the Guild of Project Controls, the Society of Construction Law in the UK, the Sociedad Chilena del Derecho de la Construcción and AACEi.

  • VP OF SCHEDULING EXCELLENCE

    JESÚS DE LA GARZA

    JESÚS DE LA GARZA is the Chair of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University.  He is also the Vecellio Professor Emeritus in Construction Engineering and Management at Virginia Tech.  Jesús has been inducted into the National Academy of Construction.  He has received ASCE’s Peurifoy Construction Research Award, ASCE’s Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize, and he has been elected to the grade of Distinguished Member of ASCE.  Jesús is the Editor-in-Chief for ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.

    Jesús has received the Construction Industry Institute’s Outstanding Researcher Award, Distinguished Professor Award, Outstanding Instructor Award, and the Richard L. Tucker Award for Leadership and Service.  He is a Fellow of the Construction Management Association of America and a Fellow of the Project Management College of Scheduling.

    JESÚS DE LA GARZA served as Director of the Civil Infrastructure Systems program at the National Science Foundation.   His research is organized around four tracks, namely, Project Controls, Information Technology for Construction Management, Project Delivery Mechanisms, and Infrastructure Asset Management.

    Jesús 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.

  • DIRECTOR AT LARGE

    ANDY NESS

    ANDY NESS is an attorney and partner with Jones Day, where he assists owners and contractors with troubled projects, solving complex construction and design-related problems. He has served as lead counsel on a wide variety of large construction disputes that were resolved in federal and state courts and via domestic and international arbitrations. Andy also has drafted and negotiated design, EPC, and construction contracts for a wide range of major projects around the world.

  • DIRECTOR AT LARGE

    ROB D'ONOFRIO

    ROB D’ONOFRIO is a Principal at Capital Project Management, Inc. He is a frequent lecturer on CPM scheduling and delay claims and serves on the faculty of Federal Publications Seminars. Rob is the co-author of Construction Schedule Delays, the comprehensive reference work published by Thomson Reuters. He has evaluated over $4 billion in claims on construction projects including schedule delay and disruption claims at the World Trade Center in New York City.

  • DIRECTOR AT LARGE

    MATT BOOT

    As part of Lendlease Corporation’s Centre of Excellence, Matt is currently responsible for overseeing the international business delivery and execution of their projects across Asia, Europe and the Americas. The role’s focus is on business strategy, conversion, governance, risk management and the safe delivery of both its construction and integrated development projects.

    Prior to this, Matt was the Regional Operations Manager for Lendlease in Asia. In this role, he worked with the country/project teams in Singapore, Japan, China and Malaysia to ensure safe project delivery. He also was instrumental in ensuring that Lendlease’s operating policies and procedures, governance protocols and team capabilities benefited from continuous improvements.

  • DIRECTOR AT LARGE

    ED MAHLER

    ED MAHLER is President of the Project Administration Institute, Inc. [PAI], a consulting firm providing high visibility project scheduling services to the corporate world since 1992. Prior to founding PAI, Ed was an IBM systems engineer supporting international customer accounts and project manager on internal IBM projects. Ed founded the PMI Westchester Chapter, was President from 2002 to 2008, and was VP of Programs for the New York City PMI chapter from 1994 to 2000.

  • DIRECTOR AT LARGE

    PAT WEAVER

    PAT WEAVER is the Managing Director of Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd and the business manager of Stakeholder Management Pty Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Building, a graded arbitrator, a trained mediator and an experienced negotiator. Pat’s consultancy work encompasses developing and presenting project management training courses, developing and advising on project schedules and the development of internal project control systems for client organizations.