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COAA Announces Howie Ferguson as New Executive Director

Posted 07/18/2018, by COAA

For Immediate Release

Laticia A. King

              COAA Announces Howie Ferguson as New Executive Director

The Construction Owners Association of America (COAA), a national organization representing facility owners in the construction industry, named Howie Ferguson as its new executive director. The selection followed a search that began in April. 

“We are pleased to announce COAA’s new executive director.  The board is confident that Howie’s background and experience will take COAA to new heights in our mission to support facility Owners,” said COAA President Gwen Glattes, Project Controls Manager at Penn Medicine.

The executive director position is a vital role as COAA approaches its 25 year anniversary.  “With more than 28 years of experience in the construction industry with owners both with the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and the University of Florida and his 15 years of involvement in COAA, Howie is the ideal person to lead COAA at this time in its history.  Howie is innovative, dedicated, and speaks the language of our industry.  He will be a great leader as we work to meet the needs of our members and elevate COAA to the next level,” said Marvin Woodward, Chair of the Search Committee, and Deputy State Properties Officer for the Georgia State Finance & Investment Commission (GSFIC).  “The search committee is thrilled with our selection and look forward to welcoming Howie in this new role.”

Ferguson earned both his BS and ME degrees in civil engineering from the University of Florida and is a registered professional engineer in Florida.  He has over 15 years of involvement in COAA as a volunteer.  He has served as the chair of COAA’s program committee, an instructor in COAA’s Owner Training Institute (OTI), and as a member of the COAA Board.  Ferguson has served as a board member for the City of Gainesville Art in Public Places Trust and authored an “Owner’s Management of Construction” which in 2003, was included in the Campus Housing Construction publication by the Association of College and University Housing Officers. “I’m honored and beyond excited about the opportunity to lead an organization I care so deeply for.  I have much to learn, but already ingrained in me is a passion for improving the AEC industry and a detailed and empathetic understanding of the challenges facility owners face.  I can’t wait to get started!”
Howie will assume executive director duties beginning the first of August.

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Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) was founded in 1994 to serve the interests of construction project owners. Comprised of a diverse group of men and women representing construction project owners throughout America, COAA is committed to the continuous improvement of the design and construction process to maximize Owners’ project success. COAA supports this mission through education, information, scholarships and developing relationships within the industry.