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Adam Snavely

President and CEO, The Poole and Kent Corporation Read the Bio

Adam Snavely

President and CEO, The Poole and Kent Corporation

Adam Snavely is President and CEO of The Poole and Kent Corporation. Adam has over 25 years of experience in the management of mechanical and general construction projects both nationally and abroad. Adam ensures the company’s continued ability to provide single-source construction and facilities solutions to major private and public clients in diverse markets. Adam has led the company’s growth in engineering and coordination by expanding its VDC resources and developing the HVAC and Plumbing fabrication services into manufacturing-like turnkey solutions for both domestic and global clients. An MCAA IPM and AIPM program instructor/facilitator, Adam is passionate about education and enjoys the opportunity to help other industry professionals hone their project management skills and ability to find simple solutions for complex problems in the project life cycle. Adam is a current board member of MCA-Maryland, Trustee of COUNT (Contractors and Unions Working Together), past board member of MCAA, and serves as a board member for local and national charities.

  • Seminar: Operations Management: Plan, Adapt, Profit
    Tuesday March 17 10:15 - 11:45 Marriott

Armand Kilijian

President, O'Brien Mechanical, Inc. II Read the Bio

Armand Kilijian

President, O'Brien Mechanical, Inc. II
Armand Kilijian was elected President-Elect of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America at the association’s Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, in March 2019. Armand is the President of O'Brien Mechanical, Inc. II, a family-owned, full-service plumbing/piping/HVAC contractor headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The company self-performs a wide range of plumbing and piping installation work for commercial projects throughout the Greater Bay Area. His thirst for professional knowledge brought him to the Northern California MCA where he held leadership positions including the offices of president, vice president and treasurer. In addition, he was a member of the organization’s board of directors, as well as a member of the Budget and Nominating Committees. He co-chairs the Northern California MCA Local 38 Negotiating Committee and is a trustee of the UA Local 38 Trust Fund. Armand’s first experience with MCAA was at an annual convention. He went on to chair the Plumbing Contractors of America (PCA) and serve on the Education, Construction Technology, and Management Methods Committees. He was elected to the MCAA Board of Directors in 2012. On a personal note, Armand enjoys spending time with his wife, Tamar, and their three children, Shant, Talar, and Aram. The family keeps busy with the kids’ sporting events, as well as volunteering as coaches and scouting assistants within the Armenian community. The family enjoys traveling, snow skiing, and just hanging out in San Francisco whenever they get a chance.  
  • Seminar: New Automation Systems Are Changing How We Design, Build and Operate Buildings
    Monday March 16 10:30 - 12:00 Marriott

Beverly Holcomb

Co-Founder of “The SATAURA Project” (SATAURA, LLC) Read the Bio

Beverly Holcomb

Co-Founder of “The SATAURA Project” (SATAURA, LLC)
Beverly Holcomb is the Co-Founder of “The SATAURA Project”; a comprehensive online educational platform that focuses on all areas of human health & potential. Beverly has an extensive background in the design and facilitation of Integrative Corporate Wellness Programs. She has merged her expertise and passion into the development of live and online programs for Corporations; with a laser focus on the long-term health and well-being of their employees.  Her programs massively improve the overall culture, community, productivity, and bottom line, with a measurable R.O.I. for the organization. Her programs have been profoundly impactful within various types of industries, including commercial real estate, manufacturing, construction, fitness, architectural, automotive, insurance, investment, banking, consulting, and functional & integrative health clinics. Holcomb is also the former CEO and Founder of NRG Solutions, a salivary hormone and neurotransmitter testing company.  She has years of research and clinical experience working with the various aspects of nutrition, hormones, detoxification and addictions. She also has extensive training from the Kresser Institute as an ADAPT-Certified Functional Health and Nutrition Coach. She is also a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer with a focus on Metabolic Training and Performance Enhancement.
  • Seminar: Time Management vs. Energy Management: And the Winner is…?
    Wednesday March 18 09:00 - 10:30 Marriott
  • Seminar: You Know Your Company’s ROI—What’s Your Body’s ROI?
    Wednesday March 18 11:00 - 12:30 Marriott

Bob Bolton

CEO, Arden Building Companies, LLC Read the Bio

Bob Bolton

CEO, Arden Building Companies, LLC
Bob Bolton is CEO of Arden Building Companies, LLC and Senior Vice President/Treasurer of MCAA.
  • Seminar: Alternative Risk Transfer (ART)–Captive Insurance Concepts
    Monday March 16 10:30 - 00:00 Marriott

Brad Karsh

Founder and CEO, JB Training Solutions Read the Bio

Brad Karsh

Founder and CEO, JB Training Solutions
Brad Karsh is the Founder and CEO of JB Training Solutions. An accomplished public speaker and generational expert, Brad has been featured on CNN, CNBC, and Dr. Phil, and has been quoted in all-but-one of the following publications: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, USA Today, and Tiger Beat. Brad is also the author of three business books including the critically acclaimed Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management, which you can read in Mandarin.

Prior to creating JB Training Solutions, Brad spent 15 years at advertising agency Leo Burnett in Chicago. Today, Brad travels the world speaking at major organizations including Google, Marriott, Discover, Eli Lilly, and The Chicago Blackhawks, among many others. Brad presents annually at the Society for Human Resource Management National Conference and was ranked #1 out of more than 200 speakers. When he’s not enjoying a copious buffet, you can find Brad playing racquetball or drafting the perfect fantasy football roster.

  • Seminar: Dude, What’s My Job? Managing 20 Somethings
    Monday March 16 10:30 - 00:00 Marriott

Brandon Jackson

Vice President Construction Sales, HVAC & Controls Building Solutions, North America at Johnson Controls, Inc. Read the Bio

Brandon Jackson

Vice President Construction Sales, HVAC & Controls Building Solutions, North America at Johnson Controls, Inc.
Brandon has worked for Johnson Controls, Inc. in the HVAC Commercial Building Automation System and HVAC Equipment industry for 20 years holding numerous roles that have all been focused on helping building owners, consultants and contractors in the HVAC industry achieve better outcomes.   Brandon is currently the Vice President of HVAC & Controls Construction Sales for North America. He is responsible for developing and executing the go-to-market strategy, HVAC system sales capability and sales excellence for over 1,000 sales professionals and sales agents across North America who serve customers in the buildings space. Throughout his 20-year career, he has served in numerous positions within the company; sales, business development and sales leadership. In each of these roles, Brandon has worked closely with customers and the Johnson Controls engineering teams to ensure the systems and solutions delivered by Johnson Controls exceeded customer expectations.   Brandon earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University and is a recent graduate of the Johnson Controls XLP Executive Leadership Program at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of MCAA, ASHRAE and a LEED accredited professional. Brandon lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two daughters (16, 13) and enjoys exercise, golf, mentoring, coaching and time with his family.    

Brett Young

Software Developer and Construction Technology Expert Read the Bio

Brett Young

Software Developer and Construction Technology Expert

Brett Young is a software developer, construction technology expert and recognized thought leader in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. His work focuses on the use of video game technology to democratize, expand and deepen software development for building information modeling (BIM).

  • Seminar: Next-Gen Business Practices—Future Proofing the Mechanical Contractor
    Wednesday March 18 09:00 - 10:30 Marriott

Brian Estill

Director of Controls Marketing and Strategy, Johnson Controls, Inc. Read the Bio

Brian Estill

Director of Controls Marketing and Strategy, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Brian has worked for Johnson Controls, Inc. in the HVAC Commercial Building Automation System (CBAS) industry for 25 years holding numerous roles that have aided the introduction of many new technologies into the CBAS market.  These technologies are the core of many of Johnson Controls, Inc. products. After graduating with his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering/Control Theory and an MBA, he joined the HVAC Systems Engineering team at Johnson Controls, Inc.  He was responsible for designing HVAC systems and equipment control applications before leading the field controller application development for early generations of Metasys.  In 2008, Brian took over leading the Control Applications and Advanced Algorithms team. Over the next 7 years, Brian helped the organization reach critical mass in the design and development of cutting-edge energy optimization platforms, smart-connected equipment and IoT mid-market solutions.  In 2015, Brian joined the Building Solutions, NA team and has served that business by helping to set the field strategy around HVAC controls and enabling the sales force with the marketing, sales tools and training required to support a healthy Building Automation Systems and Digital Solutions sales organization.   Brian is a patent holder and lives in Hartland, WI with his wife and two daughters (12, 10) and enjoys ironman, skiing, golf, mentoring, coaching and time with family.

Brian Helm

CEO of Helm Group, Inc. and MCAA President-Elect Read the Bio

Brian Helm

CEO of Helm Group, Inc. and MCAA President-Elect
Brian Helm is the CEO of the Helm Group, Inc., based in Freeport, IL. He has grown the company, organically and through acquisitions, into one of the largest contractors in the Midwest. He is Chair of MCAA’s Technology and Education committees and serves as MCAA’s President.
  • Opening General Session featuring President Brian Helm and Steve Wozniak
    Monday March 16 08:15 - 10:00 Grand Wailea Haleakala Ballroom

Brian Hughes

Executive Vice President, Hughes Environmental Engineering Read the Bio

Brian Hughes

Executive Vice President, Hughes Environmental Engineering
Brian Hughes is Executive Vice President at Hughes Environmental Engineering and a member of the MCAA Board of Directors. He is the fourth generation owner of Hughes Environmental Engineering, Inc. in New Jersey. Specializing in HVACR mechanical service and Design/Build, Hughes serves hundreds of commercial properties in the New York City metropolitan area. Brian has held many different positions in the mechanical service business, including Dispatcher, Service Contract Sales, HR, and Operations Manager.
  • Seminar: Growing a Strong and Profitable Service Business
    Tuesday March 17 10:15 - 11:45 Marriott

Chris Carter

Vice President of Service, Murphy Company Read the Bio

Chris Carter

Vice President of Service, Murphy Company
Chris Carter is Vice President of Service at Murphy Company. He is Past Chair of the MSCA Board of Managers and a current member of the MCAA Board of Directors. With nearly 20 years of experience in the mechanical construction and service industry, Chris Carter has an intense passion for providing valuable solutions for customers. In his current role as vice president of service for St. Louis-based Murphy Company, the nation’s 16th largest mechanical contractor, Chris is responsible for leading both sales and operations. Chris received significant management training and experience in previous roles with Murphy Company, Johnson Controls, and Berg Incorporated. His early experience as a craftsman and jobsite superintendent, followed by training in estimating, project management, service management, sales management, and overall leadership, provides keen insight into employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and operational excellence.  His experience with complex, multi-disciplined organizations helped sharpen his people skills. Along with leading strategic direction for service, Chris plays a key role in identifying and developing improvement initiatives, defining group policy and procedures, and recruiting new talent. He also manages the performance and development of key service leaders and sales professionals. Initially, Chris studied computer science at Louisiana State University and later completed his degree through the University of Phoenix in business administration with a focus on management. He also holds industry certifications in various disciplines and is a licensed commercial plumber in multiple states. An active member of the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, Chris was elected to the MSCA board of managers in 2012. He served as the MSCA Chairman in 2017. He has served on the organization’s national education committee since 2010.  He also is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).
  • Seminar: Growing a Strong and Profitable Service Business
    Tuesday March 17 10:15 - 11:45 Marriott

David Rabiner

Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach Read the Bio

David Rabiner

Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach

David Rabiner has been a leadership speaker, trainer, facilitator, and executive coach since 1993. His body of work spans more than a quarter century and includes more than 2,200 presentations in 13 countries and 46 U.S. states. For most of his life, David has been a student of how leaders develop themselves, how people influence each other, and how individuals, teams, and companies perform at their best. David continues to work extensively in the construction industry, with clients ranging from smaller contractors to several of the largest, international construction companies. David’s programs are fast, powerful, and funny, but more important, his presentations are substantive and practical. His common-sense approach and real-world examples are easy to listen to, and they compel change, which is the hallmark of speaking and training excellence.

David graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Prior to his work as an educator, he enjoyed a successful 15-year career in radio news broadcasting, in executive-level public service, and as an entrepreneur.

Sponsored by Baltimore Aircoil Company

  • Seminar: Creating a Dream Team: The Magic is in the Mix
    Monday March 16 13:30 - 15:00 Marriott

Don Brown

President and CEO, D.V. Brown & Associates, Inc. Read the Bio

Don Brown

President and CEO, D.V. Brown & Associates, Inc.

Don Brown is President and CEO of D.V. Brown & Associates, Inc. and a past member of the MCAA Board of Directors.

  • Seminar: The Benefits of a Peer Group
    Tuesday March 17 10:15 - 11:45 Marriott

Gene Shedivy

Controls Business Development, Trane Commercial North America Read the Bio

Gene Shedivy

Controls Business Development, Trane Commercial North America
Gene Shedivy lives in St Paul MN, where he is part of the Trane Commercial Controls business.  In his 40 years with Trane, he has been very involved in the Controls product planning and development process, as well as the commercialization and support of these products.  He is quite knowledgeable on HVAC systems and controls strategies, and has seen the evolution of BAS Controls over multiple decades.  Gene graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BSEE degree in 1979.  Outside of work, Gene engages in a wide variety of outdoor activities, and he plays in a band with a couple of long-time friends.

James Benham

CEO of JBKnowledge

James Benham is CEO of JBKnowledge and host of The ConTechCrew podcast. JBKnowledge is a premier provider of technology solutions for the construction and insurance industries. The company is a seven-time recipient of the Aggie 100 award, a six-time Newman 10 recipient and was recently named to the LSU One Hundred for the second time.

  • Seminar: 5G Platforms: Connectivity of the Future
    Wednesday March 18 11:00 - 00:30 Marriott

Jeff Sample

CEO, Ironman of IT LLC and Director, Strategic Accounts for eSUB Read the Bio

Jeff Sample

CEO, Ironman of IT LLC and Director, Strategic Accounts for eSUB

Jeff Sample is CEO of Ironman of IT LLC and the Director of Strategic Accounts for eSUB. He guides AEC companies through their digital transformations by designing solutions, optimizing strategic advantages and breaking down information silos. He has transformed how companies create and apply solid infrastructures for IT ecosystems. His signature technology solutions place emphasis on functionality and fiscal responsibility. Based in Vail, Colorado, his passion for outdoor adventure led to triathlons and Ironman competitions eventually garnering him the moniker "The Ironman of IT." Jeff studied Software Lifecycle as a DevOps Engineer where he learned and developed software solutions for ecommerce, security, compliance, as well as several operational environments. He also honed his skills in SaaS design, API’s, and implementing cloud solutions that scale; he's transformed how companies create and apply solid infrastructures for IT ecosystems.

   
  • Seminar: Technology Outsourcing: Augmenting Your IT
    Tuesday March 17 10:15 - 11:45 Marriott

Jon Finch

Vice President of Training, MILWAUKEE TOOL Read the Bio

Jon Finch

Vice President of Training, MILWAUKEE TOOL
Jon Finch is the Vice President of Training at MILWAUKEE TOOL. As the Chair of the Career Development Committee he is the first manufacturer/supplier representative to chair an MCAA national committee. Jon is a strategic leader with many years of executive leadership experience in recruiting and development, training design, and facilitation in leadership. He is also skilled in coaching, recruiting, sales, finance and presentations. Jon has expertise in documenting and teaching about behavior styles and mentorship. Jon also brings a passion for leadership development as a strategic advantage for an organization to his credentials. Since Milwaukee Tool began in 1924, the company has led the industry in both durability and performance. With an unwavering commitment to the trades, Milwaukee continues to lead with a focus on providing innovative, trade-specific solutions.
  • Seminar: Dude, What’s My Job? Managing 20 Somethings
    Monday March 16 10:30 - 00:00 Marriott

Kevin Osburn

Automation Segment Head, SIEMENS Read the Bio

Kevin Osburn

Automation Segment Head, SIEMENS
Kevin Osburn has been an employee of Siemens Smart Infrastructure since 1982. He is currently the N.Am Segment Head Automation and is responsible for strategy, positioning and productivity for the direct channel of the Building Automation business across the Americas. During the past 30+ years, Kevin has held positions in Engineering, Product Management, Business Development and General Management with responsibilities such as N.Am, S.Am, Euro and AP markets.
  • Seminar: New Automation Systems Are Changing How We Design, Build and Operate Buildings
    Monday March 16 10:30 - 12:00 Marriott

Kip Bagley

Vice President Service, EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems Read the Bio

Kip Bagley

Vice President Service, EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems

Kip Bagley is Vice President Service for EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems and Chair of the MSCA Board of Managers. As Vice President of one of the nation’s largest mechanical service companies, Kip oversees Mesa's 12 offices HVACR service operations, production and recruiting.  This includes supporting customer’s maintenance, repairs, automation, facility and energy requirements. Bagley's growth initiatives include Mesa's National/Regional service department which overlap office geography and require single line of customer communication for all multiple site customers with repeatable continuity across California, Arizona and Nevada. He understands the importance of every Mesa office having financial responsibility and accountability while creating their own "local" feel and presence with customer relationships. He also assists in the start up, deployment and continued operations of multiple offices that increased Mesa's footprint and created "service self performance" in the largest and most populated area of the country. During his tenure, Mesa has deployed hundreds of field work order devices (currently i-pads) that support wireless dispatching and work order generation along with deployment of fleet GPS to streamline response times and increase productivity. Bagley is consistently researching and guiding Mesa's service business to new heights in customer satisfaction, revenue, margins and maintenance base while maintaining focused goals and objectives internally and externally with new, existing and long time customers.

  • Seminar: Lessons from Best-in-Class Service Contractors—Leveraging Key Performance Indicators to Drive Results
    Monday March 16 13:30 - 15:00 Marriott

Landon Funsten

Chairman of FMI Corporation Read the Bio

Landon Funsten

Chairman of FMI Corporation
Landon Funsten works extensively with contractors throughout the country, focusing on buyer and seller representation, business continuity and stock valuations. Before taking his current position, he spent time in FMI’s Investment Banking Group and FMI’s Management Consulting practice.
  • Seminar: Past, Present and Future: How Contractors Succeed and Which Trends are Emerging for the Future
    Wednesday March 18 09:00 - 10:30 Marriott

Lee Smither

Principal, FMI’s Consulting Practice Read the Bio

Lee Smither

Principal, FMI’s Consulting Practice
Lee Smither helps engineering and construction companies with strategic planning to improve their corporate performance. He specializes in market strategy and consulting, developing and implementing organization-wide change initiatives and other leadership-focused engagements. Lee has overseen client engagements ranging in scope from a single project to a corporate division to an entire company. He has worked with a broad spectrum of industry firms, including many of the nation’s largest E&C firms, general contractors, specialty constructors and construction managers. Having worked in the utility industry prior to joining FMI, Lee has developed a practical and objective perspective.
  • Seminar: Not All Strategy is Good Strategy: Fatal Flaws to Avoid
    Tuesday March 17 10:15 - 11:45 Marriott
  • Seminar: Innovation: The World of Construction 2.0
    Wednesday March 18 11:00 - 12:30 Marriott

Mario J. Vitiello

President and CEO, Risk Transfer Strategies, LLC Read the Bio

Mario J. Vitiello

President and CEO, Risk Transfer Strategies, LLC
Mario J. Vitiello has held senior positions in Finance, specializing in risk management for more than 35 years.  He is currently the President and CEO of Risk Transfer Strategies, LLC. Vitiello served as Vice President and Controller for Crum and Forster Commercial Insurance and Senior Vice President of Financial Service for Crum and Forster Underwriters Group. He has facilitated Alternative Risk Transfer “ART” products for most lines of coverage.  Prior to Risk Transfer Strategies, LLC, Vitiellowas the President of U.S. RE Risk Alternatives, LLC. Mario has formed more than 25 agency owned captive companies serving as Treasurer to each of them and has acted as liaison to all parties involved in the ART transactions. In addition, Mario has formed association captives and single parent captives, established Underwriting Guidelines and Claims Procedures and provided Alternative Risk Consulting Services to National Insurance Companies.  
  • Seminar: Alternative Risk Transfer (ART)–Captive Insurance Concepts
    Monday March 16 10:30 - 12:00 Marriott

Mark Rogers

Chief Operating Officer, West Chester Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Read the Bio

Mark Rogers

Chief Operating Officer, West Chester Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Mark Rogers is a Past President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America. Mark is the Chief Operating Officer of West Chester Mechanical Contractors, an HVAC, service and plumbing contractor that serves the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. The company was named Plumbing & Mechanical’s 2017 Mechanical Contractor of the Year. Mark started out as a steamfitter in Philadelphia, then started West Chester Mechanical in 1996. The company specializes in private commercial work in the healthcare and educational arenas. The company is built on repeat business with a strong emphasis on a family atmosphere and outstanding customer service. When Mark started the company, he immediately got involved with MCAA, serving on a number of task forces that developed education programs. Eventually, he was asked to be Chairman of the Education Committee. Now the committee’s Chairman Emeritus, he serves as the committee’s representative on the Manufacturer/Supplier Council Executive Committee. He is a graduate of MCAA’s industry-leading Advanced Leadership Institute and the 2017 recipient of MCAA's highest honor, the Infinity Award for Distinguished Service. In 2003, Mark was appointed to the MCAA Board of Directors. He currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council. He also serves as the President of the association’s foundation, the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). Mark's passion is education for everyone involved in our industry, and he continues to help develop programs and sessions for the association. Several of his company's employees have also gotten involved nationally and locally with MCAA and its offerings and committees. Mark has voluntarily presented the “Real Cost of a Manhour” over 125 times over the past eight years to over 20,000 UA Members and continues to do so. He has also taught sessions on Jobsite Profitability at MCAA’s Field Leaders Conferences and also Leadership Sessions to the UA Business Managers/Agents and at MCAA’s Advanced Institute for Project Management in Austin, TX.

  • Seminar: New Automation Systems Are Changing How We Design, Build and Operate Buildings
    Monday March 16 10:30 - 12:00 Marriott

Mark Wilke

Director, Construction Segment, CNA Read the Bio

Mark Wilke

Director, Construction Segment, CNA
Mark Wilke is an insurance professional with an emphasis in program management, construction field underwriting and specialty lines underwriting. He is responsible for the underwriting and development of CNA’s professional liability products geared towards specialty and general contractors. As well, he manages complex association relationships with electrical and mechanical contractors nationwide, manages two roofing captives and is an industry leader in the construction middle markets. Wilke has been at CNA for nine years where his primary focus has been in the construction segment. His previous experience includes program development for small business workers compensation, mono-line general liability program management for contractors, auto liability program management for long-haul trucking and taxi cabs. Mark sits on the board of directors for the Independent Electrical Contractors Association and also manages a mental health non-profit in his free time. He is a graduate of Drake University. Mark resides in Chicago with his wife Sara and sons Rory and Quinn.
  • Seminar: Alternative Risk Transfer (ART)–Captive Insurance Concepts
    Monday March 16 10:30 - 12:00 Marriott

Mason Evans

President and CEO, JH Kelly Read the Bio

Mason Evans

President and CEO, JH Kelly
Mason Evans is President and CEO of JH Kelly and the President of the PMCA of Oregon. As a fourth-generation "Kelly", Mason brings new energy and ideas to the company.  After graduating from Notre Dame, he got a real education in a construction trailer.  Through his years in the field, Mason learned the value of a good superintendent and the importance of identifying and satisfying a customer's needs.  Mason's leadership, communication, and organizational skills allow him to oversee several functions within the organization, ranging from sponsoring large projects to strategic initiatives that improve bottom-line performance. Mason has been in his current role as President/CEO for 15+ years.  Additionally, he is the President of the PMCA of Oregon and chair of its Negotiating Committee.  Mason is a member of the MCAA’s Project Management Education Committee (PMEC) and volunteer instructor at the AIPM program in Austin Texas.  JH Kelly is a long-time MCAA Member headquartered in the Pacific Northwest with revenues in excess of $300mm.  
  • Seminar: Operations Management: Plan, Adapt, Profit
    Tuesday March 17 10:15 - 11:45 Marriott

Mike Brandt

President and CEO, Smith & Oby Company Read the Bio

Mike Brandt

President and CEO, Smith & Oby Company

Mike Brandt is President and CEO of Smith & Oby Company and MCAA’s Immediate Past President. His term as MCAA’s President ended at the conclusion of the association’s Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, in March 2019. Michael is the President & CEO of The Smith & Oby Company, a full-service mechanical and plumbing contractor known for its dedication to customer satisfaction, craftsmanship, integrity, safety and relationship building. He joined the Walton Hills, Ohio-based company in 1983.

 Interested in keeping his company current with construction industry changes and taking advantage of the numerous resources available, Michael got involved with the MCA of Cleveland. He is a past Chairman and serves on its Board of Directors. He also serves on the Joint Conference Committee and as a Trustee of the MCA Cleveland Industry Fund. In addition, he is President of the Cleveland Welding Bureau and Chairman of the Pipefitters Local 120 Joint Apprenticeship Committee. A graduate of both MCAA’s Institute for Project Management and the Advanced Leadership Institute, Michael was elected to the MCAA Board of Directors in 2010. Since that time, he has also served on the association’s Government Affairs, ALI and Education committees.
  • Seminar: The Benefits of a Peer Group
    Tuesday March 17 10:15 - 12:00 Marriott

Misty Hyman

Olympic Gold Medalist and Coach Read the Bio

Misty Hyman

Olympic Gold Medalist and Coach
Misty Hyman won a stunning upset victory at the 2000 Sydney Games when she came from behind to break the American record and win the 200-meter butterfly. Recognized as a pioneer in the sport for her innovative underwater dolphin kick, the Stanford graduate is a 28-time All-American who won 13 U.S. and five NCAA national titles including 1998 NCAA Swimmer of the Year.  

Sponsored by Women in the Mechanical Industry

  • Seminar: How an Olympic Gold Medalist Found Opportunity from Adversity
    Wednesday March 18 11:00 - 12:30 Marriott

Nick Espinosa

CIO at BSSi2 LLC

Nick Espinosa is CIO for BSSi2 LLC and the founder of the company’s Security Fanatics division, which designs custom cyberdefense strategies for medium to enterprise corporations.

  • Seminar: Cybersecurity Basics for All Businesses
    Monday March 16 10:30 - 12:00 Marriott
  • Seminar: Technology Outsourcing: Augmenting Your IT
    Tuesday March 17 10:15 - 11:45 Marriott
  • Seminar: Maintaining Privacy in a Data-Driven World
    Wednesday March 18 09:00 - 10:30 Marriott

Patrick J. Mercer

Washington D.C. Branch General Manager, SIEMENS Read the Bio

Patrick J. Mercer

Washington D.C. Branch General Manager, SIEMENS
Patrick Mercer, a fifteen (15) year Siemens employee, represents Siemens Smart Infrastructure and is responsible for all Siemens business activities in the Washington, DC Marketplace, which includes Siemens Building Automation Controls, Fire, Security, Electrical Services and its IoT businesses. The Washington DC Marketplace is one of Siemens largest and fastest growing markets and has been a leading driver in the marketing, sale and implementation of Siemens latest and greatest technologies offered to the construction industry and the business owners it serves. Patrick has been managing and leading organizations that manufacture, market, sell and service high value, low total cost of ownership technologies in the Washington, DC marketplace for over 38 years. Patrick currently represents Siemens Smart Infrastructure and the interests of Association Members through various trade and industry associations. He recently completed a term as a Director/Board Member to the Mechanical Contractors Association of Metropolitan Washington, a Director and Executive Board Member of the Washington Building Congress, and is a Founding Member of the Washington Building Congress’s Craftmanship Hall of Fame, an organization that formally recognizes the work of highly skilled craftsman across all construction industry trades. Patrick has also served in various capacities for the American Sub-Contractors Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC.
  • Seminar: New Automation Systems Are Changing How We Design, Build and Operate Buildings
    Monday March 16 10:30 - 12:00 Marriott

Robert Beck

President and CEO, John W. Danforth Company Read the Bio

Robert Beck

President and CEO, John W. Danforth Company
Robert Beck is President and CEO for John W. Danforth Company and MCAA's Vice President/Assistant Treasurer. Beck is responsible for strategic direction, growth and organizational foundation of the company. Beck oversees the continual improvement of Danforth’s sales, operations, and execution of over $250 million in contracts. All company efforts promote the spirit of Danforth’s vision, mission and core values. Beck has nearly 30 years of mechanical industry experience. After graduating from the University of Florida, Beck began a career in the industry as a District Sales Manager for Lochinvar Corporation in 1991. He started at Danforth in 1993 and has been promoted through various company management roles over the last 25 years to his current role. Beck currently serves as MCAA Vice President/Assistant Treasurer, having been elected to the role at the 2019 Annual Convention. He also serves as Chair of the Project Managers Education Committee, and has been both an instructor and a facilitator for the MCAA’s Institute for Project Management (IPM) and Advanced Institute for Project Management (AIPM) for many years.
  • Seminar: Operations Management: Plan, Adapt, Profit
    Tuesday March 17 10:15 - 11:45 Marriott

Roger Hubert

System Sales Leader – West Territory for Trane Read the Bio

Roger Hubert

System Sales Leader – West Territory for Trane
Roger is the Vice President of Regional Sales for Trane Western U.S., responsible for equipment and systems sales.  Prior to that, Roger was part of the Rocky Mountain Trane district in Denver for 22 years, serving as Account Manager, Account Executive for National Accounts and General Sales Manager. Roger is a graduate of Purdue University, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has served on the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ASHRAE, including as chapter president.  

Ron King

Global Estimating Manager, Trimble Read the Bio

Ron King

Global Estimating Manager, Trimble
Ron King has been employed by Trimble MEP since 2006 as Global Estimating Manager. Prior to joining Trimble, he was employed for 17 years by GEM Inc., a single-source contractor in Toledo Ohio, providing a broad range of construction services in multiple industries. Ron is also co-chairman of the MCAA WebLEM committee which is responsible for the formulation of labor units used for mechanical estimating. He also participates on the Pipe Fabrication Institute (PFI) Engineering Committee.
  • Seminar: Exploring the Next Generation of WebLEM—the WebLEM+Plus
    Monday March 16 13:30 - 15:00 Marriott

Scott Berger

President and COO, Arista Air Conditioning Corporation Read the Bio

Scott Berger

President and COO, Arista Air Conditioning Corporation
Scott Berger is President and COO of Arista Air Conditioning Corporation and Past Chair of the MSCA Board of Managers. Berger’s career can be defined in many ways by the phrase “service to others”.  He has a true passion coupled with an impressive history of furthering the growth and development of others through strong leadership and collaborative learning environments. Berger’s dedication to the advancement of others is evidenced by his commitment to the multitude of organizations that continue to benefit from his experience, expertise and leadership ability.
  • Seminar: Lessons from Best-in-Class Service Contractors—Leveraging Key Performance Indicators to Drive Results
    Monday March 16 13:30 - 15:00 Marriott

Scott Wallenstein

PCA Chair and CEO, Neptune Plumbing & Heating Read the Bio

Scott Wallenstein

PCA Chair and CEO, Neptune Plumbing & Heating
Scott Wallenstein is PCA Chair and CEO of Neptune Plumbing & Heating.
  • Plumbing Lunch & Learn
    Monday March 16 12:15 - 13:30

Steve Harvey

General Manager, Soefker Services Read the Bio

Steve Harvey

General Manager, Soefker Services
Steve Harvey is General Manager at Soefker Services and a member of the MCAA Board of Directors.
  • Seminar: Growing a Strong and Profitable Service Business
    Tuesday March 17 10:15 - 11:45 Marriott

Steve Richman

Group President of MILWAUKEE TOOL Read the Bio

Steve Richman

Group President of MILWAUKEE TOOL

Steve Richman was appointed Group President of MILWAUKEE TOOL in January 2007, and is responsible for Milwaukee’s Power Tool, Hand Tool, Accessory and Empire divisions. As such, Richman oversees Global Product Development, Manufacturing and Operations for each division, as well as MILWAUKEE® Sales in North and South America. He has over 25 years of experience in the management of industrial, electrical, plumbing and retail distribution channels.

  • Seminar: Culture and Change
    Wednesday March 18 09:00 - 10:30 Marriott

Tim Moormeier

President, U.S. Engineering Read the Bio

Tim Moormeier

President, U.S. Engineering

Tim Moormeier originally joined U.S. Engineering in 1996 as Vice President of Preconstruction in the Colorado office. He then moved to Kansas City in 2000 to become Eastern Region General Manager. In 2002, he became Executive Vice President, and in 2005 he succeeded Dwight Brinkman as President. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering. Tim is a registered professional engineer in four states and a LEED® Accredited Professional.

  • Seminar: Exploring the Next Generation of WebLEM—the WebLEM+Plus
    Monday March 16 13:30 - 15:00 Marriott

Tom Stone

President, Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company Read the Bio

Tom Stone

President, Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company
Tom Stone is President of Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company and an MCAA Past President.
  • Seminar: Alternative Risk Transfer (ART)–Captive Insurance Concepts
    Monday March 16 10:30 - 12:00 Marriott

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