2018 Spring Owners Leadership Conference | Omni William Penn | Pittsburgh, PA | May 9-11, 2018

2018 Spring Owners Leadership Conference


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

Official Conference Hashtag:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:15 am - 6:45 pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 7:15 am - 1:45 pm
COAA has applied for AIA CEUs for all educational sessions.

Convince Your Boss

Do you need help making the case to your boss for conference attendance? Use this letter. A PDF of the agenda is available here.

View photos of our 2017 Fall Owners Leadership Conference.
Take a look at the below video to hear about the COAA Owners Leadership Conference experience.



Joe Powell

Institute for Healthcare Infrastructure Research

Joe M. Powell is the Executive Director of the Institute for Healthcare Infrastructure Research, a program of the University Research Institute in Washington, DC.

Gifton Passley

Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission

Gifton Passley is the Assistant Director of Construction Services for the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission.

Don Guckert

University of Iowa and APPA

Don Guckert is associate vice president for Facilities Management at the University of Iowa, dean and faculty member for APPA’s Institute for Facilities Management, and currently serves as APPA’s President-Elect.

Jake Smithwick

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Jake Smithwick is a researcher and educator in construction project delivery and facility management at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

Mel Blount

Pittsburgh Steelers (retired)

Mel Blount is a four-time Super Bowl Champion and a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Richard Piacentini

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Richard Piacentini is the executive director of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Jason Wirick

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Jason Wirick is director of facilities and sustainability at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Meghan Scanlon

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Meghan Scanlon is wellness and sustainability specialist at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Steve Harrison

University of Washington

Steve Harrison is a civil engineer by license and a project manager in practice with the Major Projects Group in Capital Planning and Development at the University of Washington since 2008.

Camila Rivera-Tinsley

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Camila Rivera-Tinsley serves as Director of Education for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Director of the Frick Environmental Center.

Allison Muth

Texas Children's Hospital

Allison Muth is director of facilities planning & development for Texas Children’s Hospital.

Jack Mumma

Michigan State University

Jack Mumma is Construction Contract Administrator at Michigan State University.

Gina Casalinova

Cleveland Clinic

Gina Casalinova is an Owner's Representative with Cleveland Clinic.

Jared Doxey

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Jared Doxey is the director of domestic construction projects for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Vern Davis

Penn State University

Vern Davis is a contractor liaison for Penn State University.

Jeff Nobers

Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania

Jeff Nobers is executive director of the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania.


Full Agenda