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Accelerations Expert Witness

Expert Witness No.1889



Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, MS Construction Management (Industrial Technology Dept.) Graduated with Honors

Governors State University, University Park, IL, Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, Certificate in Construction Practices

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI Classes in MS Mathematics

Credentials & Licenses

Adjunct Professor, Construction Management, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Teaching Credential, State of California -- Instructor of Beginning and Advanced Construction Estimating at San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, CA
Engineer Contractors License, State of California
(2001) PB Corporate Quality Team Award Winner
Certified Project Manager and Instructor
Court Certified Expert Witness


April 2003 – present President Spors Company, Inc. Detroit, MI
Organization of all planning, and execution of construction operations
Distressed Project Consultant
Management and quality consulting
Claims and disputes consultant (DWP / DWSD - $350 million)
Court Certified Expert Witness FOR construction Management Issues
Conceptual Estimating, Scheduling and Project Planning
Estimating, Scheduling and Project Management for M.B.E. Firms

February 1999 – March 2003 Parsons Brinckerhoff Construction Services, Inc, Warren, MI

Operations Manager (Assist. Vice President) – Building Division

Manager of Project Controls
Master program planning for five-year GM SEMP: design, procurement, construction and commissioning
Conceptual estimating of $250 million complex, $1.1 billion program – Manager of Project Controls
Senior construction manager for site works and building renovations
Budget/Cost control for 28 integrated building and site infrastructure projects
Implementation of Design/Build and Program Management Projects
Headed Value Engineering Team which saved $100 million
Program Manager for Demolition, Remediation, Utility Terminations and Asset Sales of Delphi Saginaw Steering
Plant. Negotiated tax relief.
Condition Assessment of facilities, nationwide
Manager for assessments for acquisition and under-performing sites
Marketing and Presentations to prospective clients
Leader for all “at risk “ work and utility savings projects with PB Power

April 1997 – January.1999 Walsh Construction Co., Detroit, MI                              

Institutional Construction Manager

Senior project manager for new construction and renovations (University and Hospitals)
Real Estate Development of Industrial Park (Empowerment Zone, Free Trade and Gov. Grants)
Conceptual estimating of capital programs to support proposals and competitive bids
Negotiated contract changes (owner and subcontractor)
Estimating for Water and Waste Treatment Projects (City of Detroit)

Sept. 1992 - April 1997 Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., Architects & Engineers, Detroit, MI
Estimating Group Manager / Associate
Prepared conceptual and detailed estimates for a variety of large manufacturing, health care and university projects
Reviewed all AKA-prepared cost estimates to establish realistic budget
Negotiated vendor claims on behalf of Fortune 500 companies
Department head and supervisor to staff of seven in a company of 345 employees
Reviewed and approved progress billings for manufacturing projects (Mercedes Benz and BMW)
Preparation of Expense and Capital Budgets

August 1990 - August 1992 EUROSTAR (Chrysler Austria), Graz, Austria                    
Purchasing Manager
Purchased all required equipment and commodities for $300 million Greenfield assembly plant
Purchased all first fill liquids
Prepared and managed project (area) budgets, schedules and cost estimates
Planned and execute primary utility construction (Gas, Water, Electric)
Initiated procedures to maximize local content purchases per government mandate
Established complete purchasing procedures and documentation at this start-up company
Trained 10 Austrian personnel in business procedures and purchasing strategies
Established and improved supply base

December 1986 - July 1990 Chrysler Motors Corporation, Highland Park, MI                 
Senior Buyer/Facilities Director for Mopar
Purchased construction and process services for 8 manufacturing and warehousing plants
Corporation’s principal negotiator for complex claims and change orders
Prepared yearly capital and expense plans.
Estimated cost of various projects involving all trades
Supervised a staff of up to 50 including skilled trades
Facility planning, budgets and execution for 20 Parts Distribution Centers
Managed corporate utility upgrades and savings initiatives
Winner of the corporation’s Director’s Award and several employee awards
Project Team – Decommissioning of AMC Kenosha / Trenton Engine

Jan. 1985 - Nov. 1986 Albert Kahn Associates Inc., Architects and Engineers, Detroit, MI 
Estimating Supervisor
Principal value analyst to Chrysler Motors Corporation
Prepared, reviewed and negotiated fair cost estimates for new work and rehabilitation
Supervised 15 estimators and engineers during construction & equipment installation
Negotiated contractor requests for extras, reducing construction cost by $45 million

June 1979 - December 1984 Robert Mcmullan & Son Inc., San Diego, CA                     

Senior Project Manager

Estimated & managed complex projects for Corps of Engineers & Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Supervised 13 superintendents and estimators
Reviewed and negotiated all purchase orders and subcontracts
Strong expertise in DOD claim preparation and negotiations (FAR and DAR)
Renovation and new construction
COQ Rep./Officer for a variety of Federal Gov. Projects.
Piers, harbors and terminal construction for the US Navy and Cost Guard

June 1978 – May 1979 ALASKA Constructors (Brown and Root), Bakersfield, CA             
Assistant Superintendent – Elk Hills Petroleum Reserve
Installation of all utility and underground process lines
Managed and executed, excavation and backfill operations for all pipelines
Responsible for installation of all concrete structures and radiographic testing
7 day per week, 10 hour per day, two shifts – Gas Compressor Plant
 US Navy CQC Plan and execution

July 1975 - May 1978 Randle & Associates, Construction, San Diego, CA                    

Division Manager

Estimating and project management of DOD projects
Supervised four field superintendents
Profit and Loss Responsibility

Other construction positions since 1968

Professional Skills

Extensive management background and expertise in facilities and procurement Claims Preparation and Negotiation, Expert Witness, Conceptual estimating and budget preparation for major capital projects, building and engineering
Senior supervisory experience with professional, technical and support staffs
Proven problem solving and project execution skills to $750 million
Computer literate in Microsoft Office, Primavera P3 and EC, Power Point and Prolog Manager

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