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Ron Worth, CAE, FSMPS, CPSM, National CEO Society for Marketing Professional Services

Mr. Worth is currently the chief executive officer of SMPS, the only organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industry. He also served as the Executive Director of the Professional Services Management Association, representing CEOs and CFOs of leading architectural and engineering companies, and the Washington Building Congress.

Mr. Worth brings more than 25 years of experience in the construction and design industries to his role at SMPS. He was the vice president of marketing for the CECO Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of HEICO Industries, a Fortune 500 international construction services company.

A popular presenter, Mr. Worth has conducted 300+ seminars and classes for 14,000+ professionals across the country on topics from marketing, building industry economics, technology in construction, and preconstruction services, to economical structural design of various building types. He has written many articles for professional trade groups and nonprofit associations and has actively participated on many industry committees, forums, and symposiums for the advancement of the building community. He co-authored the book Building Profits through Marketing in the Building Industry, A/E/C Marketing Fundamentals (McGraw-Hill). His latest book, The Handbook of Sales and Marketing for Design Build Services (BNi), was released in Fall 2010.

He has a BSAE from The University of Kansas and an MBA from Bradley University 

Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC , President and CEO, Carolinas AGC& Carolinas ARTBA

Cynthia is President and CEO of the Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC) & Carolinas ARTBA; a 1450 member trade association representing North & South Carolina. A multi-million dollar operation including a foundation and 2 State PACs; CAGC works to represent the needs of the building, highway, utility and specialty contractors and supplier and services companies.

An international speaker, Cynthia has spoken and represented organizations in the UK, Europe, Asia, Scandinavia, Canada, United States, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Cynthia served the academic community as an adjunct faculty member at New England College authoring curricula and teaching strategic planning and policy, the dynamics of governance and thesis preparation in the Graduate-Professional Studies’ MS in Management for Nonprofit Leadership program. She also served on their curricula review team and on an exploratory committee to establish a PhD program.

Cynthia holds a Master’s degree from the University of York in England earned as a Rotary International Ambassador Scholar; a dual BA from Queens University of Charlotte (formerly Queens College) on a full Presidential Scholarship; is a Certified Master Coach, a Certified Professional Coach, and a Certified Christian Coach and operates a coaching and consulting practice. She is a Senior Associate with Tecker International and Founder, President & CEO of The Leaders’ Haven, LLC.

James Benham, President and CEO, JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc.

While growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Benham began writing code at the age of 11 and by 14 had developed his first computer application. Three years later, he co-managed an Internet Services Provider, providing dial-up Internet to over 4,000 users. James went on to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Information Systems while in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. During his final year at Texas A&M in 2001, James started his current company, JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc., makers of the SmartBidNet, SmartCompliance, and SmartReality cloud solutions.

With extensive experience in the design and development of technology to streamline construction and risk management, James speaks across the U.S. and Canada on business information technology, data security, innovative software tools and augmented reality. This year James has spoken at several national construction conferences including the AGC IT Forum, CFMA and CCA annual conferences. James is also a frequent contributor to industry publications such as Construction Business Owner and AGC Tech Brief. James lives at the heart of Johnny Manziel country in College Station, TX with his wife Lori and two daughters. 

Timothy J. Tokarczyk, Consultant, FMI

As a consultant with FMI, Tim is deeply involved in leadership training, organizational consulting and content development. He also serves as a facilitator at FMI's Leadership Institute, a four-day program in which participants examine their unique leadership styles and learn how this style influences others. He specializes in leadership development, helping leaders improve their leadership and management skills to operate at their peak level of effectiveness.

Tim has prior experience in recruitment and leadership selection, working to help a high-growth organization more effectively recruit new employees to fit not only the job, but the culture as well. He has also worked as a consultant for a nonprofit consulting firm, providing management, financial, marketing and operational consulting to small business owners.

Tim holds a masters of business administration degree from Ohio University and a bachelor of arts degree in English and political science from Marietta College, with minors in leadership studies and history. He is also a graduate of the Coach U Core Essentials Program.

R. Tyler Pare, Consultant, FMI

As a consultant with FMI, Tyler focuses on leveraging his construction experience, coupled with his advanced knowledge of business mechanics,  to help clients mitigate risks and improve productivity.  

Prior to joining FMI, Tyler worked for multiple general contractors in the Southeast while completing his undergraduate and graduate educations.  Tyler has substantial experience in construction estimating, both in negotiated and hard-bid environments.  He also has operations experience, serving as a project manager on several commercial and industrial projects.  

Tyler holds a master of business adminstration with concentrations in finance and real estate from the University of Florida.  He also has a master of science in management and a bachelor of science in building construction from the University of Florida.  In addition, Tyler is a LEED accreditated professional.  


Bill Caldwell, President and CEO, Waldrop, Inc.

With a construction industry career spanning nearly 40 years, Bill Caldwell has held various executive operations and sales management positions in both the general contracting and mechanical subcontracting fields. Caldwell assumed the role of President of Waldrop, Inc. in December 2009 following five years as Waldrop’s Vice President of Operations. Soon after joining the firm, Caldwell spearheaded a strategic initiative to expand Waldrop’s services, market sectors and geographic footprint. In less than five years, Waldrop’s annual business grew by threefold — significantly increasing the equity of the firm and respective shareholder value, In addition, Waldrop’s employee base doubled and a formal employee training program was established. Under Caldwell’s leadership, Waldrop became the first mechanical contractor in South Carolina to implement a registered apprenticeship program for its employees. The company also celebrated an impressive safety milestone, achieving 1.7 million safe man-hours without a lost-time accident. 

Before joining Waldrop’s executive management team in 2004, Caldwell served as Vice President of Operations for an established Columbia (SC)-based specialty contracting firm. Caldwell expanded the company’s geographic presence and led the firm to unprecedented levels of profit growth. At the heart of Caldwell’s career history is nearly 25 years with Fluor Daniel where he started as a project accountant immediately following graduation from the University of South Carolina’s business school. Caldwell soon grew into increasingly responsible positions in project management, eventually becoming an Executive Director. In this role, Caldwell led the company’s effort to diversify and move into the global hospitality and commercial sectors. 

Caldwell is active in a variety of civic roles, and speaks to industry and collegiate groups about the construction industry. He is an active proponent of workforce development, focusing on bridging the gap between the construction industry and the educational community. 

Laurie Robbins, Project Manager, Jacobs Engineering

Laurie Robbins is a Project Manager with Jacobs Engineering, based out of their Greenville office. She has over 13 years of experience in the field of design and construction. Her recent experience includes project management on both large EPCM and small capital projects for industrial chemical and manufacturing clients. Previous roles at Jacobs include Business Manager, Project Engineer, and Project Controls. She has early career experience in residential and light commercial projects. Laurie holds a graduate degree in Construction Science Management and undergraduate in Architectural Design, from Clemson University. She maintains engagement in the industry as Vice Chair on the Clemson CSM Industry Advisory board, industry representative for the ACCE, member and primary author on the CII RT250 research team, Jacobs United Way campaign, and steering committee for Women in Field Services global initiative.


K.J. Jacobs, AIA, LEED AP | McMillan, Pazdan, Smith Architecture 

K.J. Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Clemson University, where he graduated summa cum laude.  K.J.  is a Principal with McMillan Pazdan Smith, a 127-person architecture firm with five offices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. With 19 years of experience, K.J. serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and is responsible for project management and staffing firm-wide. He has managed some of the firm’s most significant projects and clients.  His experience with a broad range of project types has resulted in a distinctive collaborative style, while his organizational strengths and specialization in technology utilization have resulted in numerous project success stories. 



Robert J. Otten, Jr., President | Lat Purser & Associates, Inc.

Bob Otten serves as the President and Broker-in-Charge of Lat Purser & Associates, Inc., and is a member of the Board of Directors. Since joining Lat Purser & Associates, Inc., in 1989, Mr. Otten has served as Director of Property Management, overseen property services, developed commercial real estate, coordinated construction management and served as Executive Vice President. Promoted to President in 2000, Mr. Otten oversees all departmental operations with direct involvement in development, construction management, and acquisitions. Prior to joining Lat Purser & Associates, Inc., Mr. Otten spent 15 years in commercial construction in various management positions with national and international construction companies that included Brown & Root, McCarthy, and McDevitt & Street. Bob is member of International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute, Greater Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council and Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors. Bob received his B.F.A. in Environmental Design from Bowling Green State University.

Doug Hunter, Senior Vice President of Holder Construction Company

Doug is Senior Vice President of Holder Construction Company, a national construction services firm with experience in 36 states and offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. and San Jose, California. Holder is consistently ranked by ENR as one of the nation's leading contractors in Construction Management.

Doug has 25 years of construction experience and leads Holder Construction’s preconstruction services department. He has led the preconstruction efforts on over 150 projects encompassing all of Holder’s core markets. These projects are valued at over $5.2 billion. Doug’s clients include Cox Communications, Emory University, The Weather
Channel, WSB-TV, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Hines, Delta Airlines, Devon Energy, USAA, State Farm Insurance, and Nationwide Insurance.

Doug received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is LEED Accredited by the United States Green Building Council. Doug currently serves on the AGC of Georgia Board of Directors, and is the current Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the Construction Science and Management Program at Clemson University. In addition, Doug has served as the past Chair of the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA).

Tanya C. Matthews, President of TMG Construction Corporation

Tanya Matthews founded The Matthews Group, Inc. t/a TMG Construction Corporation in 1992. A pioneer in the design-build and IDIQ arenas, she has played the lead role in growing the company and directing business development efforts in the federal, municipal, institutional, and commercial construction services markets. Ms. Matthews has negotiated and oversees repeat multi-million-dollar contracts with the US Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, USACE - Baltimore District, US Department of the Navy, Federal Aviation Administration, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, National Park Service, the Counties of Loudoun, Arlington, and Fairfax in Virginia, Northrop Grumman, and the National Joint Powers Alliance, to name a few. Additionally, TMG has repeatedly performed work for General Services Administration (GSA) customers (including confidential clients), as well as for numerous commercial airlines.

Ms. Matthews also spearheaded the establishment of joint venture company, AKHI Construction, LLC, to perform heavy civil infrastructure and critical utilities construction under a $50 million Task Order Contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers – Baltimore District at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. A hands-on leader, Ms. Matthews’ daily responsibilities include overseeing business, marketing, planning, human resources, security, design, construction, and management for this full-service general contractor.

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