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ABC-VA Networking Event + Panel Discussion
How to Thrive in the Construction Industry

(Open to mid and senior level executives)
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Networking: 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Panel: 5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Presented by the ABC-VA Management Education and Young Leaders committees. Open to all members.
Please join us as we get to know fellow members during a reception at Maggiano's. After, we'll hear from ABC-VA member panelists. Comprised of firm leaders and mid-career professionals, this informative panel will provide tips to help you become recession proof, develop emotional intelligence (EQ), improve your hiring strategies and more.

Topics of Discussion
•  Managing Information Overload 
•  Hiring
•  Emotional Intelligence 
•  Leadership Growth & Development
•  Ebb & Flow of the Economy: How to make yourself/your company recession proof
•  Succession Planning


Heather Bowman, Director - Branch Builds Corporate

Heather Bowman’s construction background includes estimating, project management, and phased scheduling expertise. Heather offers extensive collaborative leadership across a diverse range of projects, clients and industry partners. She has successfully led pre-construction and construction teams on athletic, science/lab, institutional, educational, commercial, infrastructure and industrial projects. Her ability to analyze documents, generate efficient and cost effective solutions while providing clear and concise feedback to the project team, has proven vital to the success of many of Branch’s most sophisticated projects.
Carolyn Buckley President, Acme Mechanical Contractors 

Carolyn Buckley has almost 40 years of experience in the construction industry.  She began her construction career in the financial side of the industry.  Over the past 19 years, she has been with Acme Mechanical Contractors, becoming president in 2013.  Her key areas of emphasis include estimating, purchasing and construction financial management. Acme Mechanical Contractors is an Employee Owned (ESOP) Mechanical Subcontractor whose primary business is local school construction. In her tenure as president, Carolyn has developed extensive experience in managing the unique corporate culture and continuity planning inherent in an ESOP environment.

Darick Edmond, 
VP Operations, Skanska USA

As Vice President Darick provides direct management oversight for the project teams in the Washington, DC office. Darick oversees construction and leverages his experience and expertise to assure successful project execution.
In his more than 29 years of experience, Darick has worked in a variety of market sectors including residential, retail, mixed-use, education, federal, tenant fit-out, and office base building projects. He is a graduate from Hampton University where earned a B.S. degree in Building Construction Technology and has also earned his MBA from Strayer University. He also served as a member of the United States Army Reserves, Corps of Engineers (retired Major).

Doug Peterson, President, E.E. Reed Construction 

Doug has 32 years in the Construction industry.  He graduated from Texas A&M University, Class of 1987, with a degree in Building Construction.  After graduation he moved to San Diego, CA and found a job as a carpenter for the first 6 months. One day while swinging a hammer, the project superintendent on the job, who was also from Texas, notice his Aggie ring, hired him that day as a field engineer. He worked in San Diego for 5 years as a Field Engineer
and Assistant Superintendent.

In 1992, he joined E.E. Reed Construction as a Project Manager in Houston, Texas. In 1994, Doug moved to E.E. Reed’s Austin, Texas office.  He worked in Austin for 10 years as a Project Manager, Sr Project Manager and Vice President, was responsible for building over 7 mil square feet of warehouse / retail / education / religious and office buildings.

In 2004,  Doug was promoted to Executive Vice President in charge of the East Coast Operations.   Doug has grown the East Coast operation from $60 million to $350 mil in annual revenues.  In 2018 Doug became President and owner of E.E. Reed Construction – East Coast.  Doug believes it is the people around him that make the company great, therefore he has worked hard to assemble a team that embodies the core values: Reliability, Integrity and Trust.

Colin McShane, Project Superintendent,
E.E. Reed Construction

Maggiano's Little Italy
2001 International Dr,
McLean, VA 22102

$65 per person
*Includes two drink tickets and H'ors d'oeuvres