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2017 Constructor Conference Keynote Speakers

Friday, June 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The Constructor Conference is pleased to announce it's Keynote Speakers. For more information on the Constructor Conference please visit



Major General Ed Jackson
US Army Corps of Engineers
Major General Donald E. (Ed) Jackson, Jr. assumed responsibility as the Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, United States Army Corps of Engineers on August 12, 2015.
Major General Jackson received his commission as an Engineer officer from Clemson University in 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Science and Management from Clemson University, a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Services and Staff School, Command and General Staff College, the US Army War College, Sapper Leader Course, and Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger School. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Major General Jackson’s command assignments include Commanding General (Forward), US Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division, Kabul, Afghanistan, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM; Commanding General US Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division, Atlanta, Georgia; Commander and District Engineer of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District; and Commander, 54th Engineer Battalion (Mechanized), OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
His staff assignments include Director, Joint Engineering Directorate, United States Forces-Afghanistan, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM; Chief of Staff, Eighth Army, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Chief, Program Integration Branch, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Department of the Army Staff, Pentagon; Chief of Plans and Exercises Branch, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineer, Headquarters, 7th Army and US Army Europe; and Current Operations Officer, Engineer Operations Division, Combined Forces Command, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, the Army Achievement Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal, the German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge-Gold, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, and the Combat Action Badge.







Jack Blitch

Retired, General Manager of Walt Disney Imagineering


Jack began his career at Disney in 1988 as a Senior Project Manager at WDI, where he managed the design, production, construction, and installation of Wonders of Life Pavilion at Epcot Center and Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  In 1989, he was promoted to Principal Project Manager for WDI – Florida, where he oversaw the Studio Tour Expansion project at WDW.  1991 marked another promotion to Project Director, where he served as matrix leader for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios North Expansion project.  From 1993 to 1995 Jack served as Executive Project Director and was responsible for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, New Tomorrow Land at the Magic Kingdom and the Blizzard Beach Water Park.  From 1995 to 2003, Jack was the Project Executive for Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Disney’s largest theme park to date at 540 acres) and numerous expansion projects including Kali River Rapids and Dinorama!  He then returned to Epcot and after completing Soarin’ in 2004, Jack took on his current role as Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering’s Florida office.



Prior to joining Disney, Jack was Director of Design and Construction at Jackson Brewery Development, where he led the development process for a new Riverfront Festival Marketplace.  He also served as the Project Director for the Audubon Zoological Park’s Aquarium of the Americas and Riverfront Park, a one million gallon, world-class aquarium and 14-acre urban park.


Jack started his career with J.A. Jones Construction Company (New Orleans Regional Office).  From 1971-1983 his portfolio included hospital, prison, school, hotel, historic restoration and high rise office building projects.





He graduated from Northeast Louisiana University in 1971 with a B.S. in Building Construction, receiving the Outstanding Senior Award.  He currently serves on the school’s Industry Advisory Council.  Throughout and prior to his college studies, he was employed as a draftsman at Blitch Architects, his father’s architectural firm.





Jack is entrenched in a broad range of community work.  He is a co-founder of the Louisiana Children’s Museum and currently serves on their Advisory Board.  In addition, he is a board member of the Junior Achievement Organization.





Jack is a licensed contractor in Louisiana and Florida; a Certified Professional Constructor, Member – Chartered Institute of Building (U.K.), a member of the Associated General Contractors of America’s Private Industry Council, American Institute of Constructors and American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Construction Arbitrators.

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