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.



Conference Kick-off

08-Nov-2017 , 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome to COAA's 2017 Fall Owners Leadership Conference.


Continue Your Lean Journey - A Deeper Dive (1.25 HSW)

08-Nov-2017 , 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Furthering a discussion that started at the spring conference in St. Louis, this session will be led by Owners who have begun a journey toward LEAN.


Small Projects Workshop (1.25 AIA LUs)

08-Nov-2017 , 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

How To Successfully Manage Small Projects


Information Exchange / Transition to Operations (2.75 AIA LUs)

08-Nov-2017 , 8:45 AM - 11:30 AM

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Open to everyone – but especially geared to Owners who are using BIM platforms to capture and hand off relevant building, systems, and equipment data (or would like to do so) – this moderated discussion focuses on improving the transition from construction to operations, a central concern of most Owners.


Lunch & Exhibitor Showcase

08-Nov-2017 , 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch with Exhibitors


Welcome, National Anthem & Opening Remarks

08-Nov-2017 , 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The official start of the conference including a local welcome, remarks by COAA’s vice president, Gwen Glattes, a local welcome from Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper, and an unforgettable, surprise National Anthem performance (sponsored by Clayco).


Introducing Water Street Tampa (1.0 HSW)

08-Nov-2017 , 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, Water Street Tampa will become a mixed-use neighborhood developed by Strategic Property Partners, LLC, the real estate joint venture between Cascade Investment, LLC and Jeff Vinik.


Without Pay Phones, Who Needs Change? (1.5 AIA LUs)

08-Nov-2017 , 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Hands-on, experiential workshop on resistance to change


Metrics Owners Continue to Care About: Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine 2.0 (1.5 AIA LUs)

08-Nov-2017 , 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Part II of a session that was first presented at the 2017 Spring Owners Leadership Conference in St. Louis.


Wednesday Wrap-Up

08-Nov-2017 , 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Whether you attended sessions all day, or just arrived, join us for summary of the “big ideas” from each of the various workshops and facilitated discussions.


WEDNESDAY, November 8

08-Nov-2017 , 8:15 AM - 6:45 PM


Wed. Reception

Opening Night Reception

08-Nov-2017 , 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

This great opening night event will feature an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Don't miss this opportunity to kick off the conference by reconnecting with old and new COAA friends.


Overcoming Resistance to Change (1.5 AIA LUs)

09-Nov-2017 , 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Human resistance to change can undermine an organization’s ability to quickly adapt to new business challenges and opportunities.


Overcoming Resistance to Change Workshop / Discussion (1.0 AIA LU)

09-Nov-2017 , 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Continuing the Wednesday facilitated discussion and Dr. Jellison’s presentation, join us for an open forum to offer your own thoughts on how this impediment to growth and change can be overcome.


Brock Year One: Net Zero Lessons (1.O HSW)

09-Nov-2017 , 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center is the 10th project in the world to achieve Living Building Challenge certification, having achieved net-zero energy, water, and waste through a full year of operation.


Drones In Construction…The Sky’s the Limit (1.0 AIA LU)

09-Nov-2017 , 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Drones are rapidly becoming an integral part of job sites across the country.


Eight Dimensions of Designing an Engaged Workplace (1.0 AIA LU)

09-Nov-2017 , 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

If 81% of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" say they work in a FUN environment, we should take note.

Thursday Lunch

Lunch & Project Leadership Awards

09-Nov-2017 , 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Plated lunch and Project Leadership Awards presented


Streamlining the Project Turnover Process with BIM Deliverables (1.0 AIA LU)

09-Nov-2017 , 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

This session will illustrate how The Ohio State University has successfully developed a BIM Project Delivery Standard that seeks to ensure that turnover documents remain valuable throughout the entire building life cycle.


The Call to Authenticity: Developing Authentic Leadership (1.0 AIA LU)

09-Nov-2017 , 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Authenticity is a quality that is highly desired in general, and particularly in leaders.


Using Advanced Analytics for High Performance Buildings (1.0 HSW)

09-Nov-2017 , 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tap into the future of sustainable building design by attending this interactive session.


Integrated Schedule and Cost Risk Analysis for the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum (1.0 AIA LU)

09-Nov-2017 , 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

The National Air & Space Museum is the most visited museum in the U.S., and among the most visited museums in the world. A massive renovation of this 1976 facility will include complete replacement of the exterior envelope and all new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.


Thursday Evening Reception with Exhibitors

09-Nov-2017 , 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Enjoy open bar and hot hors d'oeuvres in the Exhibit Hall while networking with colleagues.


THURSDAY, November 9

09-Nov-2017 , 7:00 AM - 6:45 PM



Changing a Jet Engine at 40,000 Feet (1.0 HSW)

10-Nov-2017 , 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

How do you execute a billion dollar master plan program while processing nearly 20 million passengers safely and comfortably?


Workforce Issues: The Conversation Must Continue (1.0 AIA LU)

10-Nov-2017 , 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

A skilled workforce shortage is impacting – and will continue to impact – construction projects of all types across the country.


Who Needs Submittals and Shop Drawings? (1.0 AIA LU)

10-Nov-2017 , 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Even with greater awareness of the need for integration and collaboration, and despite technological advances like BIM and VDC, submittals and shop drawings remain an integral and often frustrating part of the project delivery process.


Getting Lean: Integrating Pull Planning and CPM Scheduling (1.0 AIA LU)

10-Nov-2017 , 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Like many owners and construction managers, Walt Disney Imagineering and Whiting Turner use detailed critical path method (CPM) schedules to manage construction projects since CPM schedules are one of the most reliable means of identifying and controlling work flow.


Friday Lunch

10-Nov-2017 , 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM



Owner's Roundtable (1.0 AIA LU)

10-Nov-2017 , 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

This purposely unstructured discussion allows for professional-to-professional sharing of information, best practices, and lessons learned.


FRIDAY, November 10

10-Nov-2017 , 7:00 AM - 1:45 PM



Tour (Optional Activity)

10-Nov-2017 , 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

After the conference officially concludes, join other COAA conference attendees for a 1.5 hour excursion aboard a Pirate Water Taxi, followed-up by free time in the Water Street Tampa area.
Full Agenda