J. Brandon Dekker, M.S., DBIA
Principal and Practice Leader | CannonDesign
In addition to his leadership role in his firm, Brandon serves as the President of the CMAA SoCal Chapter, and as Senior VP of the DBIA Western Pacific Region. He also sits on the California Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) Board. Brandon has a master’s degree in Construction Management with a concentration in Professional Real Estate Development from Drexel University’s College of Engineering and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Leadership in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Executive Program.
Project Engineer | Balfour Beatty
Evan is a recent San Diego State University graduate with a degree in Construction Engineering and Sustainability. He is currently working as a Project Engineer with Balfour Beatty US and is a past CMAA multiple scholarship recipient.
10:15-10:45 AM - KICKSTART YOUR CAREER: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR EARLY YEARS
President | CW Driver Companies
As President of the CW Driver family of companies, Karl is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of three leading construction firms: CW Driver, Driver SPG, and Good & Roberts. Karl's vision for the company is to set the "gold standard" for service in the construction industry while also providing a work environment that people enjoy and where they can succeed. Karl inspires his team to think big, work hard, and work together.
Human Resource Business Partner | CW Driver Companies
Cole started off his career in construction and later graduated from California State University Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering management. Cole has taken a serpentine path to his current role as a Human Resource Business Partner. He most enjoys meeting people and learning who they are, what led them to this exciting industry, and where they want to take their career.
Daniel Shirkey, EIT, DBIA, LEED AP
Sr. Director of Technology & Operations Improvement | Balfour Beatty
Daniel is the Sr. Director of Technology and Operational Improvement for the California Division of Balfour Beatty. Daniel currently leads the VDC and Scheduling departments for Balfour Beatty's California Division. Daniel also was an adjunct-professor for 4 years at his alma mater San Diego State University. He is a past leader and current member of the Steering Committee for the San Diego Lean Construction Institute Community of Practice and is an Executive Committee Member of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.
Estimator | BNBuilders
Aaron is an estimator for BNBuilders with eight years of experience and is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He currently leads preconstruction efforts for a variety of biotech and higher education clients and is often a guest lecturer at his alma mater, and coach for the VDC team at the Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition.
11:15-12:00 PM - CAREER PATH OPTIONS PANEL
Michael Boomsma, PE, CCM, LEED AP
Senior VP | Cordoba Corporation
Michael leads the Education and Facilities Sector for Cordoba Corporation. He is a professional engineer and a certified construction management professional. As a current member of the US Air Force Reserves, Colonel Boomsma continues a long track record of solving problems with limited resources. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from the US Air Force Academy and his MBA from Florida State University.
Craig Ellis, DBIA, STS, LEED AP
Vice President | XL Construction
A 1993 graduate from Chico State with a BS in Construction Management, Craig has been working in the industry as a general contractor for 28 years and is currently leading XL’s Civic Business unit. While he truly enjoys the building process, his favorite part of the job is seeing people grow.
Kevin Laut, CCM, DBIA, CASp, LEED GA
Director of Construction Management | CSU Office of the Chancellor
As a systemwide director of construction for the California State University, office of the chancellor, Kevin supports projects across 23 CSU campuses. Kevin is a graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Architectural Engineering program and obtained his MBA from California State University Long Beach.
12:00-12:30 PM - LIVE Q&A
HIRING FAIR OPENING & WELCOME
Vice President | United Engineering Resources (UER)
Carla is the president of the CMAA NorCal Chapter and Vice President of UER and its wholly owned subsidiaries, MatriScope Engineering Labs and Signet Testing Labs. With over 15 years of construction industry experience, she oversees the marketing and project management division. She is responsible for account management as it relates to special inspections and materials testing services on construction projects throughout Northern California, and was a recipient for the Top 40 under 40 Award by the Sacramento Biz Journal.
STUDENT COMPETITION OVERVIEW
3:00 -4:00 PM
LIVE STUDENT CHAPTER GUIDANCE AND Q&A
STUDENT COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Principal | Kenny Consulting Services, Inc.
Michael is the San Diego CMAA Chapter president and Principal for Kenny Consulting Services. Michael was the first Owner representative on the San Diego Board of Directors while Principal Construction Manager at the San Diego County Water Authority. During his time at the Water Authority he was involved in implementation of over $2.5 Billion of water infrastructure improvements.