Chicago 2016 Speakers


Stephen Dale, Senior Vice-President/General Counsel, WSP│Parsons Brinckerhoff

Stephen Dale is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for WSP│Parsons Brinckerhoff for the US, the Caribbean and Latin America. He was formerly a partner with the law firm of Smith Pachter McWhorter, PLC, 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 Doctor from the University of North Carolina Law School.


Rod Dawson, Vice-President, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Rodney J. Dawson 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.


Jesus de la Garza, Professor of Construction Engineering and Management,                       Virginia Tech

Jesus M. de la Garza, PhD, is the holder of the Vecellio Endowed Professorship in Construction Engineering and Management at Virginia Tech and a member of the National Academy of Construction.  He, also, is the Editor-in-Chief for ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering and Management and has served as Director of the Civil Infrastructure Systems Program at the National Science Foundation.

Jesus conducts research organized into three principle 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.


Rob D’Onofrio, Principal, Capital Project Management, Inc.

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.


Tom Driscoll, Senior Vice-President, Hill International

Thomas J. Driscoll has more than 45 years of program, project, construction management and claims experience.  He has served as a planning engineer, assistant field superintendent, project manager, project executive and president of a project and construction management consulting organization that included international program and construction management services.  Tom has held senior executive operational positions for three different CM firms. His duties included commercial, technical, managerial and oversight responsibilities; and direct involvement in a number of major assignments.  Tom pioneered critical path techniques including time impact analysis, and his career spans the evolution of construction management.

As a Senior Vice President and Project Executive at Hill International, Tom directed project, construction management and claims services.  In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, he was the first president of the Project Management Group and was responsible for expanding Hill’s services into construction management.

Tom has served as an expert witness in the areas of construction management, construction claims, scheduling, delay analysis and labor productivity.  He has appeared before both federal and state courts, several Boards of Contract Appeals, a dispute review board and arbitration panels.  Tom has also served as lead negotiator, arbitrator and a member of the AAA Panel of Neutrals.

Tom is the author, co-author or contributing author of numerous publications on the topics of construction management, scheduling and delay analysis, project delivery methods, CM compensation, time impact analysis, loss of productivity, cumulative impact, as well as claims avoidance and mitigation.   He has presented at more than 200 professional seminars, conferences and training sessions. ______________________________________________________________

Tom Fertitta, Founder, TDF, LLC

Thomas D. Fertitta, PSP, founded TDF, LLC in April 2001 as a construction consulting services company.  His firm has built one of the finest reputations in the construction industry by continually producing positive results for project stakeholders.  Tom’s broad, hands-on experience provides Owners and Contractors with a unique and objective view of project issues during all phases of the construction process.  His insightful strategies assist clients in identifying and avoiding potential project risks, complying with severe contract requirements and restrictions, exploring efficient construction sequences and preparing persuasive analyses.

Tom specializes in preparing CPM schedules and schedule analyses demonstrating delay, disruption, and acceleration.  He has provided expert services for negotiation, mediation, arbitration, state court, and federal court regarding scheduling matters.


Charles Fournier, Managing Director, Long International

Charles P. Fournier, JD, CCA, is a Managing Director with Long International.  He has over 15 years of experience in both national and international engineering and construction management and dispute resolution consulting which includes construction contract dispute analysis, claims preparation, arbitration and litigation support, expert testimony, schedule control, commercial negotiation, risk assurance, construction audit and contractual process engineering.  Charles is a bilingual French-English business strategy and construction advisory professional with extensive experience leading teams that solve client problems involving dispute resolution, claims negotiation and performance audits.  He focuses his practice on owners, engineering firms and contractors in the petroleum refining, petrochemical, oil and gas, power/cogeneration, mineral processing, industrial, building, and infrastructure market sectors worldwide.


Brian Furniss, MWH Constructors

Brian works with MWH Constructors global operations and has more than 15 years in helping prevent and resolve risks on projects ranging from $450 thousand to over $1 billion.  Brian has provided scheduling, risk, change order, and claims analysis; expert witness and construction management services for public owners (local, state, and federal agencies), developers, contractors, subcontractors, designers, engineers, suppliers, and their attorneys.  Brian has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida and is a co-author of Construction Delays: Understanding Them Clearly, Analyzing Them Correctly.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Florida, Texas and Colorado; and holds AACE certifications as a Planning and Scheduling Professional and Certified Forensic Claims Consultant.


Dave Gorski, Senior Project Scheduler, Gannett Fleming Inc.

Dave Gorski is a Senior Project Scheduler for Gannett Fleming Inc. Harrisburg, PA.  His studies include construction and civil engineering at Erie Community College, the University of Michigan and he is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University 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 metro area.

Dave’s 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. His scheduling responsibilities include program and project schedule development, maintenance, and progress oversight and reviews.  Dave recently completed a nine-year program providing support to PennDOT for developing and implementing both a scheduling philosophy and program for planning and tracking its design projects.


Mark Groff, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Mark J. Groff is a Senior Counsel in the Washington, DC, offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.  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, Mark 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.  He is also a member of the Contract Content Advisory Council for ConsensusDocs, 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 in 1981 from Hofstra University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his JD with high honors in 1984 from the George Washington University where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.


John Hartman, Global Project Controls Director, CH2M

John Hartman is the Global Project Controls Director in the Transportation Business Group at CH2M, a worldwide 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 of an asset.

John has a BS in industrial studies/construction management from Moorhead State University (Minnesota) and is a Certified Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP) with the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE).  He is an active member of AACE, the Project Management Institute (PMI), Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), and the Project Management College of Scheduling (PMCOS).


John Homer, Construction Project Manager, ProjectLEADER Inc.

John Homer, MSCE, PE, has extensive experience delivering industrial construction projects including refineries, pharmaceutical plants, paper mills, semiconductor and power plants.  He is currently rebuilding four solid waste incinerators for a local utility, adding environmental controls and five new centrifuges.  John recently converted four central district steam boilers to gas-firing and completed a chiller/boiler plant for a new hospital.  John has served as a corporate officer in three construction companies and has presented at numerous Project Management Institute symposia.


Steve Hurlbut, Partner, Akerman LLP

Stephen B. Hurlbut is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. and Tysons Corner, VA 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.  He 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 appeal 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.


Ed Mahler, President, Project Administration Institute

Ed Mahler 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 both 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 Moffat, Director, Berkeley Research Group

Rick Moffat 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.


Matt Murch, Senior Manager, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP

Matt Murch is a Senior Manager for the Capital Projects practice of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP.  Matt’s primary experience is in providing capital projects advisory services working in a variety of industries including public infrastructure, power and utilities, oil and gas, manufacturing, real estate, healthcare and entertainment.  His previous work has been focused on project management, cost and schedule reviews, risk assessments, project management procedures and controls assessments, organizational assessments, change order analyses, contract reviews, damages analyses and numerous other issues.  He has significant experience in performing Monte Carlo simulation analyses to evaluate potential cost and schedule outcomes, assess potential risks and develop mitigation strategies to improve schedule or cost planning.

Matt has conducted process reviews for major capital construction projects including performing gap analyses to identify potential deficiencies in project controls and procedures and developing recommendations based on leading industry practices.  Matt also has significant experience in evaluating the cost accounting records and construction management systems, processes and reports.


Tony Nedinsky, Manager, TDF, LLC

Over his career, Tony Nedinsky has amassed experience in several roles including project management, cost estimating, scheduling, field coordination and leadership, negotiating with owners and contributing in community outreach for heavy civil projects.  His experience includes constructing several types of bridges, deep foundations, post and panel retaining walls, retaining walls, crib walls, combination walls, sound walls and support of excavation.  Tony has worked on heavy civil projects such as large earthwork and roadway construction, reinforced concrete pavement, large concrete underground structures, storm drainage, water lines, sanitary sewers, gas lines, duct banks and overhead electrical lines.  He has also performed tenant fit out work including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and interior finishes.

Since joining TDF in 2012, Tony has taken a leadership role in preparing schedule analyses for delay, disruption and acceleration as well as assisting contractors and owners with specific scheduling assignments to develop, enhance and update baseline schedules.


Andy Ness, Partner, Jones Day

Andy Ness assists owners and contractors with troubled projects, solving complex construction and design-related problems without need for formal dispute resolution whenever practicable.  In litigated matters, 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 has drafted and negotiated design, EPC, and construction contracts for a wide range of major projects around the world.   He also has extensive experience in resolving disputes through the use of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques; and he frequently serves as an arbitrator, mediator, or Dispute Review Board member.

The projects on which Andy has assisted encompass a broad range of energy, industrial and process, government, institutional, commercial and building projects across the United States and numerous other countries in Europe, South America, Asia, and (especially of late) the Middle East.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2011, Andy was co-leader of the team that received the 2008 and 2010 Awards for Excellence in construction from Chambers USA.  He has been recognized individually by Chambers USA (Band 1) and Best Lawyers in America since each publication commenced coverage of construction law and has been named one of the global “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” by International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers each year since 2012.

Andy is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and was Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, the world’s largest organization of construction lawyers, in 2012-13.


Stu Ockman, President, Ockman & Borden Associates

Stu 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.  Previous experience with Bechtel Corporation and United Engineers & Construc­tors, Inc. has provided Stu with an extensive back­ground 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 University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.  He has authored a number of papers on scheduling and claims avoidance, many of which have been presented at PMI and College of Scheduling Annual Symposia.

Stu is President of the Project Management College of Scheduling and Chairman Emeritus of the former PMI College of Scheduling.  Previous positions within PMI include President and Chairman of the College, Vice-President of PMI International and a Member of its Board of Directors, President and Chairman of the PMI Delaware Valley Chapter and Vice-Chairman of the Project Management Journal Advisory Board.


John Owen, Chief Operating Officer, Barbecana Inc.

John Owen is COO of Barbecana Inc, a company specializing in schedule risk analysis. He has over 30 years of experience using, implementing, and developing project management software tools across multiple industries.

Prior to joining Barbecana, John was the VP of Development for Welcom (creators of Open Plan and Cobra EVM) until 2006.   He next was Product Director for Scheduling and Risk tools at Deltek until 2014.   John’s interests include modelling uncertainty, home automation and Land Rovers.


Lee Peters, President, ProjectLEADER Inc.

Lee A. Peters, PE, F.ASCE, graduated from Rose‑Hulman, is a Vietnam veteran, earned MSCE and MSM degrees at Purdue, is an honor graduate of Command and General Staff College and commanded a combat engineer battalion.  Lee’s consulting practice began in 1978. Challenges include accelerating product development for global companies, providing operations consulting for the Tenth Pan American Games, replacing a paper machine in Mexico, performing military construction in four countries, industrial plant commissioning; consulting on industrial maintenance process improvement at eight facilities, constructing aircraft hangers for business jets and helicopters, building a franchise athlete’s 17,000 square foot  residence, renovating a century old theater to Broadway standards, claims prevention consulting for a Big Ten university, numerous AAA arbitrations, constructing the chiller boiler plant for Eskenazi – a 316 bed hospital, converting two oil and two coal fired steam boilers to gas, adding environmental control equipment and three centrifuges to four sewage incinerators, overseeing five storm and sanitary projects and (as a laborer) building clinics in Bolivia.


Jim Quilliam, Principal Analyst, Tecolote Research, Inc.

Jim Quilliam is currently a Principal Analyst in the Los Angeles Division of Tecolote Research, Inc., a privately-held company that provides high quality, integrated services that rely on an empowered and experienced professional staff, proven business and analytical processes and automated tools that are based on a strong knowledge of customer requirements and leading edge technology.  He has supported multiple federal and military mission-driven organizations.  Jim has successfully assisted and consulted with a myriad of organizations to help them foster and implement initiatives to produce intelligent, fact-based decisions to improve mission effectiveness, resource efficiency and resource savings.

Jim holds a BS in Business Administration, an MBA and a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


Kirk Rainer, Consultant

Howard Kirk Rainer has worked with multiple organizations including Boeing/Global-Aeronautica, Northrop-Grumman, Honeywell and General Dynamics, supporting defense and commercial programs during proposal, development, planning, production and post-delivery phases as an industrial engineer involved in manufacturing, maintenance and materials management.  His primary pursuits involve scheduling, planning and control [SP&C], operations, and materials management, with applications and contributions ranging from master scheduling to shop floor control.

Kirk holds a BS in industrial engineering from Auburn University, an MS in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle and an MS in Operations Research from the University of Central Florida.  He has acquired a PMP-SP along with other certifications:  ASQ, SSGB, APICS, CPIM and technical writing.  He was also an adjunct instructor in operations management, statistics and logistics from 1994 to 2003.


Frank Saladis, PMP, President, Project Imaginers Inc.

Frank P. Saladis is a consultant, an instructor, a motivational speaker and an author within the discipline of professional project management.  He holds a Masters Certificate in Commercial Project Management from the George Washington University and has been providing training to aspiring and experienced project managers for more than 20 years.

Frank is a Project Management Professional and has presented at many PMI World Congresses and other international project management events.  He is a graduate of the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class and has held several positions within the Project Management Institute including President of the New York City Chapter and President of the Assembly of Chapter Presidents.  Frank is the author of Positive Leadership in Project Management, and a co- author of Value Driven Project Management with Dr. Harold Kerzner, PhD.  He is the originator of International Project Management Day and was recognized as PMI Person of the Year in 2006.  Frank was awarded the prestigious title of PMI Fellow in October 2013 and received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in October 2015.


Steven Scott, Manager, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP

Steve Scott is a Manager for the Capital Projects practice of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP. His experience is comprised of project advisory, dispute resolution and risk management on both domestic and international projects. Steve has extensive experience in business process improvement, internal audit support of capital projects and project oversight. Additionally, he has significant experience in the review and preparation of claims, resolution of construction disputes and provision of litigation support. Steve has also assisted on a number of Monte Carlo simulation analyses to evaluate potential cost and schedule outcomes, assess potential risks and develop mitigation strategies to improve schedule or cost planning.

Steve received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA from Katz Graduate School of Business. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Certified Construction Auditor.


Ken Sparks, Associate, McMillen Jacobs Associates

Ken Sparks has over 20 years of experience in project controls and project management including schedule development, maintenance and management.  Areas of expertise include claims, delay/time impact analysis, cost estimating and field inspection.  He has worked as both an owner representative and contractor on major infrastructure projects and coordinated with subconsultants for project/program master schedules.  His project experience includes work on heavy construction projects including railways, tunneling, roadways, bridges, wastewater treatment plants, process piping and commercial developments.

Ken is currently an associate with McMillen Jacobs Associates in Seattle, Washington.  He has a BS in Architectural Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University and is an AACE International Planning and Scheduling Professional.