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Jerald M. Jellison, PhD

University of Southern California

Dr. Jerry Jellison has been a full professor of social psychology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for over 30 years.

Stuart Adler

Emory University

Stuart currently serves as the Director of Program Management in Planning, Design & Construction at Emory University.

Jack Mumma

Michigan State University

Jack Mumma is Construction Contract Administrator at Michigan State University.

John Bechtel

Penn State University

John Bechtel is the Assistant Director of the Design and Construction Division at Penn State's Office of Physical Plant (OPP) and is responsible for contract administration, construction services, renovation services, and various organizational initiatives.

Leisa Williams-Swedberg, LEED® AP

Michigan State University

Leisa is the Performance Manager within Planning, Design and Construction (PDC), a division of Infrastructure Planning & Facilities (IPF) at Michigan State University (MSU).

Steve Anderson, PhD

Integrated Leadership Systems

Dr. Anderson is President/Senior Leadership Consultant for Integrated Leadership Systems.

Kyle Majchrowski

Oregon Health and Science University

Kyle is Director of Design and Construction for Oregon Health and Science University,

Sandeep Ahuja, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C

Pattern r+d

Sandeep Ahuja is the CEO of Pattern r+d.

Greg Mella, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C


Greg Mella, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Vice President and Director of Sustainable Design at SmithGroupJJR.

Brian Coffield, PE, LEED AP BD+C


Brian Coffield, PE, LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal and Lead Mechanical Engineer in SmithGroupJJR’s Washington, DC office.

Michael Henry, P.E.

The Smithsonian Institution

Michael P. Henry, P.E. is the Senior Design Manager for the National Air and Space Museum Mall Building Revitalization Project.

Michael Carrancho

Smithsonian Institution

Mr. Carrancho has over 25 years of design and construction experience in the U.S. and abroad.

Angie Earlywine, LEED AP

Forum Studio

Angie is a Principal at Forum Studio and Director of Workplace Strategy and Interior Design.

Chris Gorri

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chris Gorri is the manager of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Brock Environmental Center.

James Nozar

Strategic Property Partners

James Nozar is the CEO of Strategic Property Partners.

Brian Skripac


Brian is CannonDesign's Director of Virtual Design and Construction.

Michael Kenig

Business Leaders United (BLU) for Workforce Partnerships & Holder Construction

Michael is Vice Chairman of Holder Construction Company.

Bill Whistler

Shook Construction

Bill Whistler is president and CEO of Shook Construction.

Clay Hanks, PhD

After 28 years of service in the Texas A&M University System, Clay D. Hanks retired from the Texas A&M University Health Science Center (TAMHSC).

Ron Lilley

Prince William County, VA Parks & Recreation

Ron Lilley is Capital Projects Manager for Prince William County, VA Parks & Recreation Department.

Ernest Hooper

Tampa Bay Times

Ernest Hooper is the East Hillsborough Bureau chief and columnist at the Tampa Bay Times.

Bill Martin

University of Central Florida

Bill is the director of facilities planning and construction at the University of Central Florida.



WEDNESDAY, November 8

11/08/2017 08:15 AM - 11/08/2017 06:45 PM



THURSDAY, November 9

11/09/2017 07:00 AM - 11/09/2017 06:45 PM



FRIDAY, November 10

11/10/2017 07:00 AM - 11/10/2017 01:45 PM



Conference Kick-off

11/08/2017 08:30 AM - 11/08/2017 08:45 AM

Welcome to COAA's 2017 Fall Owners Leadership Conference.


Information Exchange / Transition to Operations (2.75 AIA LUs)

11/08/2017 08:45 AM - 11/08/2017 11:30 AM

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Open to everyone – but especially geared to Owners who are using BIM platforms to capture and hand off relevant building, systems, and equipment data (or would like to do so) – this moderated discussion focuses on improving the transition from construction to operations, a central concern of most Owners.


Small Projects Workshop (1.25 AIA LUs)

11/08/2017 10:15 AM - 11/08/2017 11:30 AM

How To Successfully Manage Small Projects


Introducing Water Street Tampa (1.0 HSW)

11/08/2017 01:30 PM - 11/08/2017 02:30 PM

Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, Water Street Tampa will become a mixed-use neighborhood developed by Strategic Property Partners, LLC, the real estate joint venture between Cascade Investment, LLC and Jeff Vinik.


Without Pay Phones, Who Needs Change? (1.5 AIA LUs)

11/08/2017 02:45 PM - 11/08/2017 04:15 PM

Hands-on, experiential workshop on resistance to change


Metrics Owners Continue to Care About: Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine 2.0 (1.5 AIA LUs)

11/08/2017 02:45 PM - 11/08/2017 04:15 PM

Part II of a session that was first presented at the 2017 Spring Owners Leadership Conference in St. Louis.


Wednesday Wrap-Up

11/08/2017 04:30 PM - 11/08/2017 05:15 PM

Whether you attended sessions all day, or just arrived, join us for summary of the “big ideas” from each of the various workshops and facilitated discussions.


Overcoming Resistance to Change (1.5 AIA LUs)

11/09/2017 08:30 AM - 11/09/2017 10:00 AM

Human resistance to change can undermine an organization’s ability to quickly adapt to new business challenges and opportunities.


Overcoming Resistance to Change Workshop / Discussion (1.0 AIA LU)

11/09/2017 10:15 AM - 11/09/2017 11:15 AM

Continuing the Wednesday facilitated discussion and Dr. Jellison’s presentation, join us for an open forum to offer your own thoughts on how this impediment to growth and change can be overcome.


Brock Year One: Net Zero Lessons (1.O HSW)

11/09/2017 10:15 AM - 11/09/2017 11:15 AM

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center is the 10th project in the world to achieve Living Building Challenge certification, having achieved net-zero energy, water, and waste through a full year of operation.


Eight Dimensions of Designing an Engaged Workplace (1.0 AIA LU)

11/09/2017 11:30 AM - 11/09/2017 12:30 AM

If 81% of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" say they work in a FUN environment, we should take note.


Streamlining the Project Turnover Process with BIM Deliverables (1.0 AIA LU)

11/09/2017 01:45 PM - 11/09/2017 02:45 PM

This session will illustrate how The Ohio State University has successfully developed a BIM Project Delivery Standard that seeks to ensure that turnover documents remain valuable throughout the entire building life cycle.


The Call to Authenticity: Developing Authentic Leadership (1.0 AIA LU)

11/09/2017 03:00 PM - 11/09/2017 04:00 PM

Authenticity is a quality that is highly desired in general, and particularly in leaders.


Using Advanced Analytics for High Performance Buildings (1.0 HSW)

11/09/2017 03:00 PM - 11/09/2017 04:00 PM

Tap into the future of sustainable building design by attending this interactive session.


Integrated Schedule and Cost Risk Analysis for the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum (1.0 AIA

11/09/2017 04:15 PM - 11/09/2017 05:15 PM

The National Air & Space Museum is the most visited museum in the U.S., and among the most visited museums in the world. A massive renovation of this 1976 facility will include complete replacement of the exterior envelope and all new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.


Who Needs Submittals and Shop Drawings? (1.0 AIA LU)

11/10/2017 09:45 AM - 11/10/2017 10:45 AM

Even with greater awareness of the need for integration and collaboration, and despite technological advances like BIM and VDC, submittals and shop drawings remain an integral and often frustrating part of the project delivery process.


Workforce Issues: The Conversation Must Continue (1.0 AIA LU)

11/10/2017 09:45 AM - 11/10/2017 10:45 AM

A skilled workforce shortage is impacting – and will continue to impact – construction projects of all types across the country.


Getting Lean: Integrating Pull Planning and CPM Scheduling (1.0 AIA LU)

11/10/2017 11:00 AM - 11/10/2017 12:00 PM

Like many owners and construction managers, Walt Disney Imagineering and Whiting Turner use detailed critical path method (CPM) schedules to manage construction projects since CPM schedules are one of the most reliable means of identifying and controlling work flow.


Friday Lunch

11/10/2017 12:00 PM - 11/10/2017 12:45 PM



Lunch & Exhibitor Showcase

11/08/2017 11:45 AM - 11/08/2017 12:45 AM

Networking Lunch with Exhibitors


Owner's Roundtable (1.0 AIA LU)

11/10/2017 12:45 PM - 11/10/2017 01:45 PM

This purposely unstructured discussion allows for professional-to-professional sharing of information, best practices, and lessons learned.


Thursday Evening Reception with Exhibitors

11/09/2017 05:15 PM - 11/09/2017 06:45 PM

Enjoy open bar and hot hors d'oeuvres in the Exhibit Hall while networking with colleagues.

Thursday Lunch

Lunch & Project Leadership Awards

11/09/2017 12:30 PM - 11/09/2017 01:30 PM

Plated lunch and Project Leadership Awards presented


Welcome, National Anthem & Opening Remarks

11/08/2017 01:00 PM - 11/08/2017 01:30 PM

The official start of the conference including a local welcome, remarks by COAA’s vice president, Gwen Glattes, a local welcome from Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper, and an unforgettable, surprise National Anthem performance (sponsored by Clayco).