Check out the confirmed speakers for the 2015 Annual Forum.  We will continue to add more speakers as they are confirmed.




James Benham

President and CEO, JB Knowledge, Inc.

Keynote Speaker

While growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Benham began writing code at the age of 11 and by 14 had developed his first application. Three years later, he started his first business, providing dial-up Internet to over 4,000 users. James went on to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Information Systems while in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. During his final year at Texas A&M in 2001, James established his second company, JBKnowledge, Inc. He has continued to stay involved with his alma mater by joining the university faculty as a Guest Lecturing Professor in the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M.

James is now the President and CEO of JBKnowledge, Inc. James has led JBKnowledge to become a premier provider of technology solutions for the construction, risk management and insurance industries, with clients across North America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. JBKnowledge is the also the maker of the SmartBidNet, SmartCompliance, SmartReality, and SmartInsight cloud and mobile solutions. As a rapidly growing business year after year, JBKnowledge is a seven-time recipient of the Aggie 100 award, six-time Newman 10 recipient, and was recently named to the LSU One Hundred for the second time. The company, and James, are headquartered in Bryan/College Station, TX with offices in North America and South America.

With extensive experience in the design, development and use of technology to improve efficiency, James is a sought-after speaker across the United States, Canada and abroad on business information technology, data security and innovative software tools. James’ dynamic speaking style allows him to share a vast knowledge of technology solutions in a down-to-earth, engaging manner. In 2014, James presented at a variety of national events including: Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) IT Forum, CONEXPO, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Annual Conference, Construction Financial Management Association Annual (CFMA) Conference, CONSTRUCT 2014, Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Annual Conference, Construct Canada, and more.See his full schedule here.  James’ company, products and writing have been featured in publications such as Engineering News Record, Texas CEO, Construction Business Owner, Construction Executive, 3D Visualization World, Estimating Today, and many more. In addition, he has been recognized among ENR Texas & Louisiana’s 2014 Top 20 Under 40 for his advancements in construction technology.

James is a founding member of the Construction Open Software Alliance and a dedicated proponent of open integration standards in software development. James is also an active member of the Risk Management Society, Construction Financial Management Association, Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors,Associated General Contractors of America, American Society of Professional Estimators and the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Association. In 2012, James was elected to City Council Place 6 of the City of College Station, Texas, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Research Valley Technology Council and is on the board of the Brazos Valley Wide Area Communications System.

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Stewart Trapino


Breakout Session Speaker

Stewart Trapino found his passion for organizational change working on his first consulting project in Cape Town, South Africa.  Mr. Nelson Mandela had just taken office and with his arrival came the justified end of apartheid.  Global competition was inevitable.  His love for Lean came later in his career when he worked for a manufacturer of oil and gas equipment.  Today, Stewart facilitates the continuous improvement of Linbeck’s Lean Operating System.  He also spurs industry-wide change by chairing the AGC’s Lean Education Program and LCI Houston Chapter.  Stewart holds an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.


Mark Linenberger


Breakout Session Speaker

Mark Linenberger is the Fort Worth Division General Manager with Linbeck.  He has been with Linbeck for 30 years.  His Linbeck journey has allowed him to be actively involved with the Lean Construction Institute, where he sits on the Board of Directors. He is also a member of ASHE (American Society of Hospital Engineering). Mark has spent the majority of his career working on healthcare related projects in various roles. including 18 years of program and project management services at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.  Mark graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Construction Science, where he held a seat on the KSU CNS Advisory Council.

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Danielle Feroleto, MA, CPSM

Small Giants, LLC

Breakout Session Speaker

Danielle Feroleto is the owner and founder of Small Giants, a marketing, business development and strategic business services group. Established in 2006, Small Giants was created specifically to serve developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, and related companies in achieving strong, strategic, marketing and business development goals. Small Giants is Arizona’s only marketing firm to be nationally accredited through SMPS for CEUs for marketing education. The seven-person firm is also proud to have been named AIA Arizona’s 2012 Affiliate Firm of the Year as well as being nominated as the Business Journal’s 2013 Marketing Firm of the Year.

Prior to forming Small Giants, Danielle was the Director of Business Development for eight years with a Phoenix-based commercial general contractor. In that capacity, she led all marketing and business development efforts, including strategic market research and trending activities.

Danielle is also an associate faculty member at ASU, Del E. Webb School of Construction, teaching Marketing for Construction, undergraduate and graduate level courses, as well as working with the local and nation associations to provide training and continued education in marketing and related services.

She is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) and holds bachelor and master’s degrees in Mass Communications and Journalism from ASU. She also holds a non-degree Certificate of Construction Management from ASU. She is particularly passionate about community, serving as a board member of SARRC, Foundation for Bind Children and serving a family annually through Prison Fellowship/Angel Tree.



Jim C. Schug


Breakout Session Speaker

Jim is a principal and engagement manager with FMI, management consultants and investment bankers for the engineering and construction industry.

With more than a decade of experience as an Army Officer, Jim led operations in complex and challenging environments. Some of his roles included strategic planning, training across large organizations and command with honors. He refined these skills working for a national builder, repeatedly leading his teams to successfully integrate operations, sales and customer service.

Today, Jim is passionate about developing customized strategy and best-in-class operations with his clients. He applies practical experience with an in depth understanding of leading lasting behavioral change in dynamic environments.

Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master of science in engineering management from the University of Missouri. Jim has completed post-graduate work with Cornell University in Achieving Competitive Advantage and is Certified in Lean Six Sigma. He has served in leadership positions on various local and national non-profit industry associations and is frequently invited to speak at industry events.


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Melissa Moreno, CPC

Corporate Director of Continuous Improvement, Sundt Construction, Inc.

Breakout Session Speaker

Melissa is actively facilitating and executing the activities that support Sundt Construction’s proactive continuous improvement efforts, while supporting the development and establishment of a lean company culture. She has more than 18 years in the construction industry with an emphasis on civil and transportation projects. She has served in multiple capacities on projects including the role of project engineer, project superintendent and project manager. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science in Construction from Arizona State University in 1996 and Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2005.

Melissa has spent the last 2 years in the transitional role of Kaizen Director. During this time she spearheaded the company’s efforts to instill a continuous improvement culture at Sundt. Melissa was selected in March 2014 to the permanent position of Corporate Director of Continuous Improvement.

Melissa is a Certified Professional Constructor.



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Jeff A. Esgar, CPC

Senior Project Manager, Southwest District

Sundt Construction, Inc.

Breakout Session Speaker

Jeff Esgar has worked in the construction industry for over 28 years and has been with Sundt for 14 years. Throughout his construction career, Jeff has worked as a Field Engineer, Project Engineer, Field Superintendent, Project Superintendent, Project Manager, and Operations Manager. Jeff is currently a Senior Project Manager for Sundt’s Southwest District. Certifications include Certified Professional Constructor and LEED Accredited Professional.

Jeff is active in AGC as the Chair of the Lean Construction Forum Steering Committee and also conducts Lean training for the Arizona AGC chapter. He is also on the Arizona Lean Construction Institute’s Community of Practice Leadership Committee and also leads Lean efforts and training for Sundt Construction.


Matthew Papenfus, CPC

Senior Vice President, Turner Construction Company

General Session Speaker


As Senior Vice President, Matt has overall responsibility for leading Turner’s Central Region which has annual construction revenue in excess of one billion dollars and includes offices in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Denver and Kansas City.  He is part of Turner’s Senior Leadership Team and also has responsibility for the company’s Lean strategy.

Matt received his Bachelors of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1990.  He began his career with Turner in the Chicago business unit as a Field Engineer.  Over the first ten years of Matt’s career he held various Engineer, Superintendent and Project Manager roles on a number of healthcare, higher education and pharmaceutical projects throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri.  In 2000 Matt was promoted to Manager of the Kansas City Special Projects Division.  In 2003 Matt transferred to Texas and during the next ten years of his career served as Business Manager, Vice President and General Manager, and Senior Vice President with expanded geography and leadership roles.

Matt is a firm believer in giving back to the community and building community partnerships.  He has been involved with community organizations his entire life and served on a number of boards, including the ACE Mentor Program of DFW, the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Dallas Zoological Society, the Museum of Nature and Science, Communities In Schools, and even the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee.

Matt, his wife Melissa and their five children (number six is on the way) live in Murphy, Texas and are soon moving to Parker, Texas.


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Sam Moses

Superintendent, Balfour Beatty Construction

General Session Speaker

Sam has been with Balfour Beatty for 37 years, his entire career.  Most recently Sam served as the Lead General Superintendent on the Parkland Hospital project, which was a $700 Million and 2 Million Square foot project.  Other notable projects Sam has worked on includes the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine; 1Bank Center/Ritz Carlton in Charlotte, NC and the Womack Hospital in Ft. Bragg, NC.

During his session he will discuss the use of on-site Pull Planning and Phase Planning, Prefab, the type of and how his teams run meetings and Servant Leadership.  He will share the philosophies and strategies he has used over his career to show proven results.






Jeff Johnston

Pre-Construction Manager / BIM Manager, Tellepsen Builders

Breakout Session Speaker

Bio Coming Soon…




Ed Mullins, CPC

K-12 Market Sector Champion, Sundt Construction Company

Breakout Session Speaker

Ed has worked in the construction industry for the last nine years, all with Sundt.  Throughout his career, Ed has worked as an electrician, bio-medical technician and facilities manager in both healthcare and K-12.  During his career at Sundt he was a project manager and he is currently the K-12 Market Sector Champion for Sundt’s Texas District, San Antonio office.  Ed earned his degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University.  Certifications include Certified Professional Constructor, LEED Accredited Professional and DBIA Accredited.

Ed is active in AGC, San Antonio Chapter, a member of the education committee and also conducts Lean training for the chapter. He is also on the San Antonio Lean Construction Institute’s Community of Practice Leadership Committee.




Phil Lewis, PhD, PE

Assistant Professor

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Oklahoma State University

Phil has over 25 years of experience in various construction venues.  He began his career as a transportation engineer and spent five years with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  He also spent nine years as a senior project manager and vice president of operations with a design-build commercial contractor in Raleigh, NC.  Since 2005, Phil has been pursuing the academic side of construction full time, obtaining a PhD in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and serving as a faculty member at Oklahoma State University.  At OSU, his research focuses on sustainable construction asset management and he teaches six graduate level courses related to construction engineering and project management.  Phil will be presenting the results of his research in a paper titled “Characterizing Equipment Cost, Fuel Use, and Emissions for Earthwork Activities,” which addresses the economic, energy, and environmental impacts of heavy duty diesel construction equipment.


Elizabeth Hazzard, EIT

Graduate Engineer

Aguirre & Fields, LP

Fort Worth, TX

Elizabeth Hazzard received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2012 and a Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Project Management in 2014, both from Oklahoma State University. Her Master’s thesis topic was characterizing and quantifying the economic, energy, and environmental impacts of a bridge replacement project for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT).   While earning her degrees, she worked for ODOT as a co-op engineer in the Roadway Design Division.  Currently, she is an Engineer-In-Training and graduate engineer for Aguirre & Fields, LP in Fort Worth, TX and works primarily in roadway design and construction engineering and inspection. She is also involved with ASCE and ACEC and plans to take the PE exam in the fall of 2015.  Elizabeth will be presenting the results of her thesis in a paper titled “Assessing the Economic, Energy, and Environmental Impacts of a Bridge Replacement Project.”