2017 Fall Owners Leadership Conference

Hundreds of planning, design, and construction industry professionals gathered at COAA’s Fall Owners Leadership Conference in Tampa, FL. 

The 3-day conference featured more than 20 high-quality, Owner-focused educational sessions, g
reat networking opportunities, a lively exhibit hall, and a fun, informative post-conference tour.


Learning Credits:
COAA's conference sessions are approved for AIA credit - including some that qualify for Health Safety and Welfare (HSW). Certificates are also available upon request.

Who Attended:
Owners involved in the planning, design, and construction process, architects, consultants, engineers, and contractors.

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View this video to hear about the 2017 COAA Fall Owners Leadership Conference experience.


Jerry Jellison

University of Southern California

Dr. Jerry Jellison has been a full professor of social psychology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for over 30 years.

Stuart Adler

Emory University

Stuart currently serves as the Director of Program Management in Planning, Design & Construction at Emory University.

Jack Mumma

Michigan State University

Jack Mumma is Construction Contract Administrator at Michigan State University.

Miles Albertson

University of Florida

Miles serves as the Director of Major Projects and Special Programs for the Division of Planning, Design, & Construction.

Leisa Williams-Swedberg

Michigan State University

Leisa is the Performance Manager within Planning, Design and Construction (PDC), a division of Infrastructure Planning & Facilities (IPF) at Michigan State University (MSU).

John Bechtel

Penn State University

John Bechtel is the Assistant Director of the Design and Construction Division at Penn State's Office of Physical Plant.

Sue Klawans

Gilbane Building Company

Sue is senior vice president of Operational Excellence and Planning at Gilbane Building Company.

Steve Anderson

Integrated Leadership Systems

Dr. Anderson is President/Senior Leadership Consultant for Integrated Leadership Systems.

Kyle Majchrowski

Banner Health

Kyle is a Senior Project Executive with Banner Health.

Sandeep Ahuja

Pattern r+d

Sandeep Ahuja is the CEO of Pattern r+d.

Greg Mella


Greg Mella, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Vice President and Director of Sustainable Design at SmithGroupJJR.

Brian Coffield


Brian Coffield, PE, LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal and Lead Mechanical Engineer in SmithGroupJJR’s Washington, DC office.

Mike Henry

The Smithsonian Institution

Michael P. Henry, P.E. is the Senior Design Manager for the National Air and Space Museum Mall Building Revitalization Project.

Michael Carrancho

The Smithsonian Institution

Michael Carrancho is a Deputy Director in the Office of Planning Design and Construction for the Smithsonian.

Angie Earlywine

Forum Studio

Angie is a Principal at Forum Studio and Director of Workplace Strategy and Interior Design.

Chris Gorri

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chris Gorri is the manager of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Brock Environmental Center.

James Nozar

Strategic Property Partners

James Nozar is the CEO of Strategic Property Partners.

Brian Skripac


Brian is CannonDesign's Director of Virtual Design and Construction.

Michael Kenig

Holder Construction

Michael is Vice Chairman of Holder Construction Company.

Bill Whistler

Shook Construction

Bill Whistler is president and CEO of Shook Construction.

Dan Lester

Concrete Strategies

Dan Lester is the Workforce Relations Manager for Concrete Strategies.

Clay Hanks

After 28 years of service in the Texas A&M University System, Clay D. Hanks retired from the Texas A&M University Health Science Center (TAMHSC).

Ron Lilley

Prince William County, VA Parks & Recreation

Ron Lilley is Capital Projects Manager for Prince William County, VA Parks & Recreation Department.

Ernest Hooper

Tampa Bay Times

Ernest Hooper is the East Hillsborough Bureau chief and columnist at the Tampa Bay Times.

Bill Martin

University of Central Florida

Bill is the director of facilities planning and construction at the University of Central Florida.


Full Agenda