SPEAKERS

JAN BOHN
Joint Venture Project Manager,
Pulice | FNF | Flatiron

Coming Soon. 

STEVE BOSCHEN
IDO Division Director, ADOT

Steve Boschen currently serves as the division director for Infrastructure Delivery and Operations, which oversees all statewide project delivery including ADOT and Local Public Agency projects, and statewide operations and maintenance. Steve is responsible for Project Management, Operations, Project Delivery, Contracts, and Local Public Agency areas of ADOT which includes a total of twenty groups and districts. This includes the development, construction, maintenance, and operation of more than 6,000 miles of interstate and state highways in Arizona.

Steve previously worked for ADOT from 1985 to 1992. He re-joined ADOT in October 2012 as a Deputy State Engineer for Project Delivery after a 20-year consulting engineer career. In December 2014, he was appointed Assistant Director of Intermodal Transportation Division which is now Infrastructure Delivery and Operations.

Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Arizona.

GREGORY BYRES 

Director of Multimodal Planning

ADOT

Graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering Technology

Worked as a consulting engineer on transportation, airport and utility projects for ten years, then went back to school which included course studies in Geotechnical Engineering at University of Missouri – Rolla and worked as a geotechnical / materials engineering consultant for ten years. I started my own engineering consulting firm which provided design services for transportation, airports, utilities and development projects for both private and public sectors, for about twelve years. After selling my firm, I moved to Arizona and began working for the Arizona Department of Transportation as a senior project manager, then on to the State Roadway Engineer, and currently the Director of Multimodal Planning Division I have now been with ADOT for three years.

TED CHAMBERLAIN  
Project Director,
Sundt 

Ted has 25 years of industry experience and is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Construction Management. During his career Ted has worked on a wide variety of projects including roads, highways, water/wastewater, railroads, airports, mines, and pipelines. He has experience with traditional design bid build, construction manager at risk, job order contracts, and design build. Ted's work history includes managing and estimating projects throughout the west including several high profile transportation mega projects. Ted is a Certified Professional Constructor and Board of Director for the American Institute of Constructors and a Certified Construction Manager by the Construction Management Association of America. He is currently working to obtain DBIA accreditation and works as a Project Director for Sundt Construction's transportation division in Tempe, AZ.

MARKUS COLEMAN
Light Rail Administrator,
City of Phoenix

Markus Coleman is the Light Rail Administrator for the city of Phoenix. Markus has more than two decades of working with the city of Phoenix including overseeing the South Central Light Rail Extension Transit Oriented Development grant. Coleman is responsible for advancing light rail within the city of Phoenix consistent with Council Action. Currently, Phoenix and Valley Metro are working to plan, construct, and operate four light rail extensions within Phoenix totaling approximately $3.2 billion dollars (local and federal funds). These extension will add 17 miles of track to the existing system and reach the south, west, and northwest valley. Markus grew up in Phoenix, has strong ties to the South Phoenix community and knows how important public transit is to our citizens who use that as their main mode of getting around. Coleman attended Arizona State University, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Metropolitan Studies, as well as earning a certificate in Public Administration and Public Management. Coleman has worked in Public Transit, Planning and Development departments and the City Manager’s office. Coleman has a total of 26 years of experience with the city of Phoenix and has spent his career working on development projects and transportation. He also has experience working as an engineering technician, plan review coordinator, project manager and has a previous rotation of acting deputy public transit director over transit operations.

JASON FANN
President, Chief Operating Officer, Fann Contracting Inc.

Jason Fann is President and Chief Operating Officer of Fann Contracting, Inc. with their home office located in Prescott, AZ.  Jason actively oversees Fann’s operations as a whole while serving as Chairman of the AGC Prescott/Yavapai Joint Cooperative Committee and staying actively involved in the local community and its charitable organizations. 

Jason is a graduate of Arizona State University where he received his B.S. in Construction Management (Heavy-Civil) from the Del E. Webb School of Construction.  He has over 28 years in the construction industry throughout various parts of the southwest with his current business focus in Arizona.  Fann’s 3rd generation family-owned company performs heavy-civil work largely on public projects (ADOT, FHWA, FAA, BIA, Municipal) as well as private developments throughout all areas of the state. 

JESSE GUTIERREZ
MCDOT Deputy Director, Maricopa County Department of Transportation

Jesse Gutierrez, MCDOT’s Deputy Director, brings 30 years in transportation construction and roadway maintenance experience to the MCDOT Team.  Jesse joined MCDOT in July of 2020.  Prior to MCDOT, he worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation where he served as the Globe District Engineer and most recently as Deputy State Engineer where he oversaw staff in engineering, maintenance, construction and materials throughout the state.  Jesse has also worked with the City of Tucson where he was an integral part of the Tucson Modern Streetcar team, among other positions.

Jesse holds degrees in civil engineering and business management and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Arizona.

 

CANDACE HUFF
Acting Deputy Aviation Dir,
City of Phoenix, Aviation Dept.

Candace Huff is a professional engineer who has been working with the City of Phoenix Aviation Department for over twenty-three years. She is currently the Acting Deputy Aviation Director for the Design and Services Division.  She oversees and manages the Capital Improvement Program implementation, Job Order Contracting and Tenant Improvement efforts for the division, and Terminal 4 S1 Concourse ensuring thorough and effective execution for the Aviation Department as well as the overall management of the division.  She has worked on several key airport development projects for Sky Harbor (PHX), Goodyear (GYR) and Deer Valley (DVT) Airports and has managed projects such as the reconstruction of the north and center runways as well as the new construction of the south runway for PHX.

Candace began her career in engineering more than 30 years ago as a Transportation Engineer working on floating bridges.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.  She is also a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

 Candace finds her time occupied with her greatest accomplishment, her daughter who graduated from the University of Arizona and her son who plays baseball for the Texas Rangers.  She also finds time to run for exercise so she can cook Greek food with her husband and family.

KINI KNUDSON
Director, Street Transportation Department, City of Phoenix 

Kini currently serves as Director for the City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department. As one of Phoenix’s most essential city departments, the Street Transportation Department manages the planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of an extensive roadway network that features 5,000 street miles; 1,400 bikeway miles; over 1,200 signalized intersections and more than 95,000 street lights. During his 21-year tenure with the City of Phoenix Kini has worked in five different departments.

Before joining the City of Phoenix, Kini served as an Officer in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Kini spent time stationed in southern Spain and in the Washington D.C. area. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Arizona, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a master's degree in business administration from Arizona State University.

DR. VIVIEN LATTIBEAUDIERE
Employee and Business Administrator,
ADOT

Dr. Vivien Lattibeaudiere is a visionary leader and change agent with an extensive background in leading teams in a variety of settings to improve efficiencies and enhance customer service for stakeholders.   These settings include non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and government entities. In her career, Dr. Lattibeaudiere has served as an Assistant Dean in a community college setting, as well as an adjunct faculty member at a number of colleges and universities, including Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Lattibeaudiere currently serves as the Employee and Business Administrator for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). In that role she leads a team responsible for ADOT employee learning, leadership and professional development and another team dedicated to developing small, women and minority-owned companies to participate in transportation contracts and projects in Arizona. Prior to that position, she served as Director of ADOT’s Engineering Consultant’s Services department. In that role she managed a team responsible for procuring, selecting, negotiating and managing over 450 design and professional services contracts, worth nearly $1 billion annually.

Her educational background includes earning her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Administration from the University of Tennessee. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Community and Applied Social Psychology and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J.

Dr. Lattibeaudiere has been married for 36 years and has one daughter. She enjoys traveling, doing foreign mission work, quilting, movies and volunteering with her church and community charitable organizations. 

YVETTE LEDESMA
Director of Business Development,
Kiewit Infrastructure West

Yvette LeDesma is an Alternative Delivery Manager for Kiewit supporting both the engineering and construction groups. She is responsible for the business development process, market awareness, and strategy development for transportation including the aviation and transit markets. Her focus is on strategy development for pursuits and delivery activities associated with alternative procurement/contracting methods.  

Yvette has 15 years of Kiewit experience with early career training working with the Arizona Department of Transportation and the City of Phoenix as a Contracts Administrator procuring alternative delivery public infrastructure projects. In recent years, Yvette has supported Kiewit’s engineering initiatives for program and project development of large Design-Build and Progressive Design-Build pursuits. She serves on the American State Highway of Engineers (ASHE) Board of Directors and is a graduate of Arizona State University.

BOB MARTINEZ
Senior Estimator, Granite Construction Inc.

Bob Martinez is a broadly experienced leader with 28 years in the civil construction industry.  He has been with Granite for 7 years. He studied Construction Management at Texas Tech University and has experience in Roadways, Airports, Industrial Site Development, and Automotive Test Tracks. He is a proven estimator, builder, and administrator. Bob is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Arizona’s Department of Civil Engineering.  He enjoys mentoring young professionals. He loves spending his time off with his wife and children and playing plenty of pickle-ball.

DONALD MAYES (EMCEE)
Deputy Director Equal Opportunity Department,
City of Phoenix

Reverend Donald Mayes, has 36 years of working as a diversity and inclusion practitioner, serving the Small Disadvantaged Business community with gaining access to public contracts on the federal, state and local levels. He comes to Arizona from Illinois after serving as the Sangamon County Juvenile Correctional Center Mentor, Chaplain Springfield NAACP, Springfield Urban League Male Involvement Coach, President of the Springfield Ministerial Alliance and Board Member for the Springfield Right To Life.

Mr. Mayes has worked under the guidance of the three modal agencies; FTA, FAA & FHWA. He currently serves as Deputy Director Equal Opportunity Department for the City of Phoenix.

BRANDON MOON
Project Director, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. 

Brandon Moon is a Project Director for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., and has been with the company in the Southwest region for over 20 years.  He started his career in Phoenix, AZ in 2001 as a project engineer on the first building on Tempe Town Lake at Hayden Ferry Lakeside before spending the next 4 ½ years in Albuquerque New Mexico working on healthcare and gaming projects as a Project Manager.  He then spent the next 7+ years in Las Vegas on a variety of projects prior to moving back to the Phoenix area in 2014.   Brandon served as McCarthy’s Southwest Regional Quality Director for about a year in 2016-2017 before taking on the role of operations director overseeing McCarthy’s Aviation projects at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and other commercial projects.

Brandon and his wife Michele have 2 wonderful kids Hayden (son) who is 14 and recently started his freshman year in high school, his daughter Ashtyn (12) who recently started 7th grade and their family pet, a French Bulldog named Twyla who just turned 2.  Both kids are active in sports year round between football, track, cross-country, and volleyball.

ANDREW MOORE  
Senior Estimator,
Hensel Phelps 

Andrew Moore is a Senior Estimator for Hensel Phelps and has been with the company for over 19 years. He has worked on numerous projects in California, New Mexico, and Arizona and has a project resume of over $2 Billion. He is a 2002 graduate of NAU’s Construction Management Program and is a current member of their Industry Advisory Board. Andrew loves spending time with his wife Rachel and five amazing children.

KARLA PETTY
Arizona Division Administrator,
Federal Highway Administration

Karla Petty is the Federal Highway Administration’s Arizona Division Administrator. In this capacity, she leads an office of professionals that deliver the Federal-aid Highway Program and discretionary grant highway projects in Arizona. She and her staff provide program & technical assistance, oversight and guidance to Arizona Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and other transportation partners. Through financial and technical assistance, the Arizona Division strives to improve highway safety, mobility, accessibility, and livability while encouraging innovation. She serves as the Co-Chair for the Arizona Council for Transportation Innovation (ACTI).

Karla has over thirty years of experience in the highway transportation industry. She began her career with Federal Highway Administration in 1983 as a Highway Engineer Trainee and has worked in seven states. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology. Karla was recognized as with an FHWA Women Leaders in Transportation Award in 2020.

NIKKI WEISS 
President,
Falcon Contracting 

Coming Soon.

JEDIDIAH YOUNG 
Procurement Manager, P3 & Design

ADOT

Jedidiah Young, works for ADOT as the Contracts and Specifications foremost expert in the procurement process for P3s and Design-Builds. He started his career with ADOT as a construction technician in 2013. Since 2014, he has worked for Contracts and Specifications as a Contract Engineer on standard design-bid-build projects and Procurement Manager on Design-Build and P3 procurements.