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K.A. Stacie Alexiou
CEO, Managing Director, WATT + FLUX an LED Inspire Company

A former Merchant Marine and U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Engineering Officer, Stacie Alexiou trained and worked aboard ship sailing to over 30 ports while managing a 600lb steam engine plant. A recipient of the prestigious Smart CEO Skyline award in 2015 and the American Entrepreneur Award in 2016, Named 100 Responsible by City + State 2017, on NYREJ's “Ones to watch” list 2018. Alexiou spent four years in a mechanical electrical project leadership position rebuilding the World Trade Center’s Towers 2, 3 and 4. A Certified Energy Manager and Thermographer, She took her passion for impactfully serving our community and the environment to the next level and started her own company, WATT + FLUX, which has already reduced 9  million pounds of greenhouse gases from properties opener by  schools, health care facilities, industrial, commercial corporations and Marine environments throughout New York City.
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Danette Beck
National Construction Practice Leader, USI Insurance Services

Danette Beck joined USI in June 2018 as the National Construction Practice Leader and is located at headquarters in Valhalla, New York.  Danette focuses on the construction industry addressing the needs of a wide range of clients including general contractors, trade contractors, property owners, investors and construction professionals. 

Prior to USI, Danette was a Managing Director at Marsh and the West Zone Construction Practice Leader, located in the Los Angeles, CA office. In this role, she was responsible for developing, managing and delivering construction risk management services to contractors, architects, engineers, project owners and developers throughout the West Zone. Danette worked in coordination with Marsh service teams and the Global Construction Practice to find solutions to a variety of Marsh construction clients. Her experience with construction projects and contractor businesses include the design of traditional and alternative and/or integrated risk management programs and consolidated insurance programs.

Prior to joining Marsh in 2010, Danette was a senior vice president at a large global broker for 14 years, where her most recent responsibilities included broking all consolidated insurance programs (OCIPs and CCIPs) for the West, working with contractors and engineering firms to design, implement, and manage their insurance programs, and being the West Coast representative of their public private partnership (P3) taskforce. 

Danette is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS). She is also a Board of Director for the Women’s Construction Owners and Executives (WCOE) and University of Georgia Terry College of Business Alumni Board.  She received her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Risk Management Insurance from the University of Georgia
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Jennifer Boheim
Project Manager, Sciame

Jennifer Boheim is a Senior Project Manager at Sciame. She draws upon her extensive design, technology and finance experience to effectively oversee and manage highly designed and technical  building projects for Sciame, including The Shed, a new cultural institution at the Hudson Yards; the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Frick Collection and the LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park. She executes efficient project management from the planning, budgeting and preconstruction phases through construction; delivering exceptional and dependable services to Sciame’s clients, including all project stakeholders within a collaborative working environment.

In her previous NYC work experiences, she led the planning, design and construction of multiple NYC DDC / Libraries capital projects from capital planning and scoping through design and construction. She also served as the Architect / Design Build Project Manager for The Simplicity Group, Inc. where she led the development of mid-sized commercial and residential construction projects; including Commercial Office, Medical Office, and Luxury Residence /Apartment renovations.
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Laura Bush
Operational Delivery Director, Senior Vice President, Construction, Americas, Lendlease

Laura Bush has over 20 years’ experience in the construction management industry. Her journey from the field, as a construction superintendent almost 20 years ago to her current position as Senior Vice President and Operational Delivery Director for Lendlease, represents a career growth story for women in the construction industry.

She began her career at Lendlease working as a construction superintendent in the field at the Chiswick Park office development in London. In January 2001, Laura transferred to New York City to work on the Time Warner Center project at Columbus Circle. She has since worked on luxury residential projects such as Fifteen Central Park West and 150 Amsterdam (Aire) and on the pre-construction of 250 West 55th Street, a midtown office development.

Laura managed the overall construction of the 55-story, Hyatt Hotel at Times Square, which opened at the end of 2013, and the completion of the luxury residential project at One Madison Park. Most recently, she managed the construction of a two-acre site in downtown Manhattan at One Manhattan Square (250 South Street). In addition, she has overseen the completion of foundations for a luxury residential building in Sutton Place, Manhattan.
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Jennifer Carey
CEO, JLC Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Jennifer Carey is the Founding Principal and CEO of JLC Environmental Consultants, Inc.   JLC Environmental provides environmental due diligence and risk management consulting services to the construction and real estate industries and help clients reduce their liabilities and protect their assets.  The Failsafe Training division of JLC also provides safety and health training to help employees do their job safely and more efficiently.     

In her role as CEO, she directs the company's leadership team, strengthens the firm’s corporate culture, develops and maintains client relationships and looks for opportunities to expand the firm’s service offerings to help our clients find sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.     She has worked on a wide variety of real estate and construction projects including commercial office buildings, industrial buildings, hotels, entertainment facilities, educational institutions and multi-family housing properties. 

Jennifer served on the board of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network and is the past chair of the CREW Network Foundation which awards scholarships to young women entering the industry.  She is a past president of the CREW New York chapter and in 2018 was the recipient of the CREW NY Star Award.  She is an active member of in the Long Island Real Estate Group, CORENET and the New York Building Congress.
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Lisa Cassone
Executive Vice President, Cassone Leasing Inc

Lisa Cassone is Executive Vice President of Cassone Leasing, Inc. based in Ronkonkoma, New York. Cassone is a family-owned and –operated business founded in 1976 that primarily leases and sells office trailers, containers and modular buildings to construction sites, commercial, municipal and educational entities. Cassone is a certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). Lisa’s main responsibilities include setting goals and objectives of the Cassone sales team; developing overall business strategy and development; as well as the design and project management of modular building projects. Prior to joining the family business in 2004, Lisa’s background in the Health Administration field included a role as Director of Practice Management for tertiary-care hospitals in Long Island.
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Amy Criss
Director of Supplier Diversity and WBE Development, 84 Lumber Company

Amy Criss is the Director of Supplier Diversity and WBE Business Development for 84 Lumber Company. As Director, Criss manages the firm’s many different Women Business Enterprise certifications across the country, including their WBENC national certification and leverages business development opportunities because of the firm’s certifications. Criss advocates for diversity across the country and helps to change laws to be inclusive of all diverse groups.  She actively grows opportunities for diverse vendors to work with 84 Lumber Company.  Criss has helped to spearhead a carpentry training program called ‘Team 84’ that provides training opportunities for underemployed individuals that want to build a career in the building industry  where 84 Lumber is working as a certified WBE.
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Jayne Czik
Vice President and General Counsel, Citnalta Construction Corp.

Jayne Czik joined Citnalta Construction Corporation as General Counsel in May 2011 and as of January 2017, Czik is the Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Citnalta, Czik was the Deputy General Counsel at MTA Capital Construction (MTACC) in New York. She counseled senior management on legal and procurement issues pertaining to MTACC projects involving state, city and federal funding. Czik has authored several papers and has been a frequent speaker and instructor on issues related to the construction industry and construction law. She is currently the Editor of Under Construction, the American Bar Association – Forum on Construction’s newsletter that publishes current articles on construction law and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Construction Panel.
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Eileen R. Della Volle
Vice President of Business Development, KS Engineers

Eileen R. Della Volle is Vice President of Business Development for KS Engineers (KSE). She draws from her vast experience working in the design and construction industry. She continues to play a key role in expanding KSE’s corporate presence into public private partnerships, education, science and technology and urban development in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Her ability to develop long lasting client relationships has given her an expansive multi-level network. Della Volle’s skills as a communicator have made her a sought-after participant in developing public policy. Additionally, she possesses a unique understanding of diversity in the community and in the marketplace.

Della Volle has a distinguished history of volunteer activities for Ocean County Community College, Kean University, Society of Marketing Professionals and as a Board member on Southern New Jersey Development Council and the Women Political Caucus of New Jersey. NJ Biz Magazine has recognized her with their prestigious 40 Under 40 Award and as one of the Top 50 Business Women in the State. She is also the recipient of the SMPS NYC Chapter Marketing Achievement Award and the Odyssey International “Award of Excellence”.
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Nanci-jean DeNapoli
Vice President, KND Electric

Nanci-jean DeNapoli , Vice President, Secretary and Founder of KND Licensed Electrical Contracting  & Services Corp. has been working in the electrical and construction field for over 20 years. 
In 1998, along with her business partner Kristine DeNapoli, Nanci-jean formed KND Electric and became the third generation to perform electrical work.  KND Electric is a WBE/DBE Local union #3 and #25 electrical  contractor.

Nanci-jean is a LEED Green Associate and has sat on numerous boards over the past 20 years including the STA, Local #25 Pension and Welfare fund, currently on the BTEA MWBE advisory board.
The day to day operations and the strategic long-range direction of KND fall to Nanci-jean. She is involved in all aspects of her business from New Business development, financial administrator of accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll, review of all Contracts documents as well as coordinate and supervise all operations of the business.

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Sarah Reynard Epifano
Director, Business Development, Skanska USA Building

Sarah Reynard Epifano returned to the construction industry six years ago and now serves as a Senior Director of Business Development at Skanska USA Building Inc. after a 13-year hiatus as a stay at home mom to her son Nicholas. With a passion for building relationships internally and externally for project pursuits, Reynard Epifano has built a career on understanding a client’s needs and then rallying the resources to meet them.

Prior to leaving full-time employment, Reynard Epifano was the lead business developer responsible for organically growing Skanska’s Connecticut office. Before that her experience ranged from construction project management on small to mid-sized commercial projects both in New York City and Connecticut, and project management of mixed-use and residential projects for a family-owned development company.
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Carolyn Farino
Vice President, Construction Risk Management, Related Companies

Carolyn joined The Related Companies in 2016, as Director of Construction Risk Management.  Her role involves providing a sophisticated level of construction risk management services, including procurement and management of several CIPs, contract negotiations, and providing innovative and efficient solutions to global development. 
Prior to joining The Related Companies, Carolyn specialized in Construction Risk Management with a specialty focus on CCIP/OCIP programs managing both private and public sector projects.  For over 20 years she has worked with leading global insurance brokerage firms specializing in construction and development.
Carolyn received her undergraduate degree from St. John’s University / School of Risk Management in NYC and has continued her education by obtaining several professional designations including CPCU, AIU, AIC.  She has also been selected to speak on a number on construction risk related panels.

While dedicating her professional career to construction, she also trained to be an EMT and Firefighter through the Nassau County Fire Academy and dedicated over a decade serving in the fire service.  In addition to NFPA Firefighter certification Carolyn was a member of the Syosset Fire Department Technical Rescue receiving training in high angle, confined space, building collapse and trench rescue.  After relocating to PA, she joined and moved through the ranks to Lieutenant of the Montgomeryville Fire Department.


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Gloria Kemper
Former President & CEO, Recon Construction, WBC Board Member Emeritus

Gloria Kemper, formerly President of Recon Construction, had developed her Queens-based company into a strong brand name. Recon was a quality industry resource for reinforcing steel placement in both private and public sector. In 2011, Gloria was the recipient of Anchin, Block and Anchin’s Construction Industry Award for the fastest growing MWBE Subcontractor. Growing a small specialty subcontractor business has had many challenges in the recent market place.

A certified New York State Women Business Enterprise (WBE) now retired, Kemper is a strong advocate of women in construction. She is a Board Member of the Women Builders Council and was one of the first women to serve on the board of the Subcontractors Trade Association MWBE Committee. As a board member of Udalls Cove Preservation Committee, Gloria has long been a community volunteer working with young people to promote awareness and respect for the environment.
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Kendry Frias, LEED AP
Project Executive, Plaza Construction

Kendry Frias has over two decades of professional construction experience, for both new and modernized facilities. At Plaza Construction she specializes in projects requiring critical advanced planning, difficult staging and logistics, fast track schedules, and maintenance of on-going operations. Kendry is a seasoned professional who is keenly aware of the sensitivities and priorities her client’s demand. She provides leadership, creative and innovated solutions to successfully meet client goals with the highest level of quality.

Kendry holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from Lehman College . She has attended the Continuing Education Construction Management classes at New York University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

She is a member of the Women Builders Council (2017) and BTEA - Building Trades Employers Association Minority & Women Business Leadership Council (2016).

In 2014 Kendry was honered with the Outstanding Women in the Building Industry Women Builders Award.


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J. Naomi Glean
Director of M/WBE Compliance, Ruzow & Associates, Inc.

Naomi Glean, Esq. is  Director of M/WBE Compliance at Ruzow & Associates, Inc.  J.  Formerly,  Naomi was the Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Locally Based and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for one of the nation's leading mechanical plumbing, HVAC contractors and specialty general contractors, WDF Inc. More than half of all WDF projects have specified participation goals for subcontractors owned by Minorities, Women or Historically Disadvantaged individuals. Naomi’s work served to  meet or exceed these goals in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as all relevant contractual requirements.

Naomi draws on her legal experience representing small business owners and as a Board member of the Church Avenue Business Improvement District when working as an advocate for M/W/L/DBEs. Naomi previously held a similar role for a leading heavy construction company in New York where she developed and implemented compliance initiatives and oversaw continuous program evaluation and improvement. She is also currently on the Law & Legislation and M/WBE Committees of the General Contractors Association of New York and the M/WBE Committee of the Building Trades Employers’ Association. In all her roles, her main goals are to educate others of the purpose of the M/W/L/DBE program and help small and large businesses grow.
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Lela Goren
President, The Goren Group

Lela Goren is the president of the Lela Goren Group. As a real-estate developer and investor for over 15 years, Lela has worked on millions of square feet of real estate and mixed-use developments in New York City, including residential, hospitality, office and retail in all phases of assembly, acquisition, finance, design, construction, sales and marketing. In 2016 she won the Women Builders Council Developer of the Year award.

Recently as Chief Development Officer at WeWork, Lela oversaw design, development and construction on projects around the world. Later as Vice Chair she oversaw governmental affairs, helping to build WeWork into one of the fastest growing companies in New York City history.

Before forming her current firm, Lela was an intellectual property lawyer with a masters’ degree in international law. Lela served on the boards of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Donor Direct, Equality Now and The New Israel Fund, earning her the 2013 Civic Spirit Award by the Women’s City Club of New York.

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Brennan Gilbane Koch
Business Development Manager, Gilbane Building Company

Brennan is a fifth generation family member, focused on Gilbane’s steadfast commitment to client's satisfaction through her work. She is a key promoter of the company’s dedication to creating customers for life and is active in making sure that client satisfaction is measured in communicating these results and using them as a way to constantly improve the firm’s business practices across all Global projects and overall how Gilbane is impacting the industry it services. An educator by training, she is also focused on internal engagement, through the focus on building internal promoters as part of the external promoter strategy. By using various tools to measure and gauge employee positioning and engagement, Brennan is able to implement actions to improve the employee environment and build positive connections with the company, its culture and its brand. Brennan Gilbane earned her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Master’s degree from Providence College. Before joining Gilbane Building Company, Brennan was a teacher at St. Paul’s School and St. Brigid School.

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Debra Inwald
Founder and Principal, Works-in-Progress

Debra Inwald is the Founder and Principal of Works-in-Progress, which provides Capital Project development services to the nonprofit sector. Since 1994, WPA has managed over 150 projects for educational clients from early childcare through higher education, museums and social service organizations. Works-in-Progress services range from project formulation and strategic facility visioning/planning through design and construction.

Works-in-Progress provides full service and as-needed capital project management and add value, frequently resulting in cost savings and projects that exceed original expectations. From needs assessment and project formulation/team formulation through move coordination, the firm provides full Client Representative services. Before founding her own business, Inwald was a project manager for the City of New York Division of Design and Construction. She holds degrees in Architecture from the University of Michigan and Columbia University.
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Lisa-Ann Marchesi
Vice President of Property and Casualty, NFP Corporate Services (NY), LLC

Lisa-Ann Marchesi is the Vice President of Property & Casualty for NFP’s Corporate Services. In her current role, Lisa-Ann is an influential leader in the growth and expansion of NFP’s national and global property and casualty Specialty Divisions and Programs. She brings over 25 years of insurance and surety experience to the construction and commercial insurance industries. In 2015, she joined Construction Risk Partners, as the Director, she was responsible for all aspects of corporate marketing, business development and both national and global sales strategies. She continues to assist customers with their growth and in opening new markets, bringing significant carrier side experience and insights to the organization.
Lisa-Ann spent almost a decade at Travelers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Metro Regions, managing both underwriting and portfolios for Public Sector Services and Commercial Insurance for the Metro Region. Prior to Travelers, she spent over eight years as the Assistant Vice President of Allied North America, a privately held national construction and surety broker in the New York City Metropolitan area.

In January of 2018, Lisa-Ann was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Women Builders Council and in May of 2018, she was honored at the WBC Annual Champion Awards dinner, Women Rising Ever Upward, recipient of Outstanding Women of 2018. In March of 2019, she served on the Senior Level Judging panel, to vote on the nominations for the New York City Construction Awards.

Lisa-Ann has been an active Philanthropist throughout her career and is a longtime supporter of the American Cancer Society, Michael J. Fox's Foundation for Parkinson's disease and currently is a committee member with Share Cancer Support. Through her own private import company of extra virgin olive oil called Bella D’ Oliva by L.A. Marchesi, she has been a Corporate Sponsor of Share. You may have even caught her advocating for wellness and health benefits for women on Dr. Oz, featured in Time Magazine or cooking with Gordon Ramsey on TV!
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Donna McAuliffe
Audit Manager, Grassi & Co CPAs

Donna McAuliffe is a Manager and brings extensive experience to Grassi & Co, CPAs, especially in the construction and real estate industries. She utilizes her expertise to assist clients with financial reporting and implementing best practices. Donna works with her clients to audit or review their financials for banking, surety or bonding requirements.  In addition to her CPA license, she has also earned the designation of CCIFP, Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional.  As a CCIFP, Donna understands the unique accounting requirements for the construction industry.  She also dedicates some of her time to mentoring up-and-coming staff members in the firm.  Prior to joining Grassi, Donna held several positions as a controller and chief financial officer for real estate investors and developers.
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Aine O'Dwyer
Principal and CEO, Enovate Engineering

Áine has held a succession of progressive leadership roles beginning as a Field Engineer and moving on to Project Manager, Chief Engineer, Vice President, and CEO of the engineering arm of a large privately held construction firm. In December 2017, Áine took an ownership role and leads Enovate Engineering as its CEO. With a reputation for expertly addressing clients’ needs, drawing on over 13 years of multinational experience delivering top quality engineering and construction solutions to her clients, she remains actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company.

She is a licensed Professional Engineer and is the recipient of both an Engineering News Record (ENR) New York 2018 Top Young Professionals and ENR National 2018 Top 20 under 40 award as well as Building Design + Construction, Class of 2018 40 under 40.


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Alexandria Perotti
Director of Operations, Holt Construction Corp.

Alexandria Perotti serves as Holt Construction Corporation’s Director of Operations, overseeing and collaborating with multiple Project Executives in various markets, including aviation, corporate interiors, retail, food & beverage and healthcare. With over 23 years of experience in Construction Management, General Construction and Mechanical Building Trades, she is known for her expertise in problem solving, developing and managing highly efficient construction project teams and client development, while always focusing on mentoring staff.

Before joining Holt Construction, Alexandria spent 14 years working in her family contracting business as a Project Manager responsible for projects with the US Army Corps of Engineers, State of New Jersey Department of Buildings and Construction, multiple school districts and other public authorities. Prior to her role as Director of Operations at Holt Construction Corp, Mrs. Perotti was a Project Executive with responsibilities that included managing projects for major airlines, private owners and developers in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts areas.

Mrs. Perotti has a Bachelor’s Degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and has completed additional Construction Management courses at the Rutgers University and currently holds an OSHA 30 and LEED AP certifications.

Headquartered in Pearl River, NY; Holt Construction is established in multiple regions with offices in New York City, Goshen, NY, Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Boston MA, Houston and Dallas, TX.
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Denise Richardson
Executive Director, General Contractors Association

Denise M. Richardson is the Executive Director at the General Contractors Association of New York, a trade association that represents New York City’s unionized, heavy civil, public works general contractors. Prior to joining the GCA, Richardson had a long career with both the MTA and New York City government in construction contract procurement, administration and financial management. Richardson is also on the boards of the Regional Plan Association, the New York City Transit Museum and the New York League of Conservation Voters. 
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Lina G. Telese
General Counsel, Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B)

Lina Telese joined Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B) in 2015 as General Counsel and is responsible for all legal matters at JB&B. She provides proactive professional advice on critical strategic, legal and internal policy issues.

Telese is part of the firm’s executive team, interacting closely with the firm’s partners and providing legal support to the Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing and Information Technology Departments. Telese is responsible for the firm’s contract negotiations and oversees the firm’s litigation support, risk management, employment and licensing compliance affairs.

Prior to joining JB&B, Telese was a partner at Zetlin & DeChiara, LLP, a leading national construction law firm. She has more than 20 years of legal experience, including over 15 years in architecture, engineering and construction law, with a targeted focus on construction contract drafting and negotiations for sophisticated building projects.




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Julie Valerio
Senior Associate/Senior Project Manager, STV Construction, Inc.

Julie Valerio is Senior Associate/Senior Project Manager at STV Construction, Inc. and has more than 29 years of experience in facilities management and the construction industry. Her career has touched almost every aspect of building design, construction and facilities management and operations, educational, commercial, retail, institutional, and transportation facilities. Ms. Valerio has been responsible for all phases of design, construction, close-out, and occupancy. As a facilities manager, she has experience directing the implementation of capital programs, interacting with the highest levels of organizational leadership while remaining instrumental in project teams and details.

She has been responsible for annual maintenance and energy programs and related staff ranging from project groups to well over 100 workers. Currently Ms. Valerio is a member of the STV team representing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) as Owner Representative for the Authority’s One World Trade Center project. Working with PANYNJ senior leadership, she assisted in the creation, negotiation, execution and transition of 19 individual Design Consultant contracts totaling approximately $90 million in design services from a private developer to PANYNJ ownership during the design development stage. She institutes change orders from request for proposal (RFP) stage through contract amendment. She monitors multiple design contracts to ensure contract compliance and reviews and approves requests for monthly payments accurately represent scope completed for requisition approval.
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Elizabeth Velez
President, The Velez Organization

Elizabeth Velez serves as President of the Velez Organization. Ms. Velez’s experience in the construction industry has spanned over twenty years, and she participates on industry and community based boards, such as the New York Building Congress, National Hispanic Business Group, Association of Minority Enterprises of New York (AMENY), the Mayor’s Commission on Construction Opportunity, the Board of ACE Mentor of New York and the NYC Department of Business Services Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Boricua College. Ms. Velez holds an MBA, and is actively involved in issues facing the construction industry and affirmative action.
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Palmina Whelan, CCM, MCIOB
Managing Director, Real Estate | Facilities, American Airlines

Palmina Whelan is the Managing Director of Real Estate & Facilities for American Airlines, Corporate Real Estate Division and is responsible for managing major airport capital improvement projects in Dallas, the Northeast and Central Regions of the U.S. She has also recently been named a Governor to the New York Building Foundation.

Palmina joined American Airlines in 2007 where she served as a Senior Manager, Real Estate and in 2017 assumed the Managing Director position at American Airlines. Whelan also served for six years as a Director on the CMAA National Board and Vice Chair, International Committee. She was also the President of the Metro NY NJ Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America from 2012-2014.
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Anita Woolley Nelson
Senior Vice President, Strategy, Construction Services, AECOM

Anita Woolley Nelson leads Strategy, Marketing and Communications for AECOM’s $8 billion Construction Services Group, which encompasses over 14,000 personnel in 25 countries and manages some of the largest and most complex projects in the world in the buildings, oil & gas, power, civil, mining, and industrial markets.

Anita has over 15 years of experience, more than ten of which were spent with AECOM, encompassing five global regions. A critical member of the CS leadership team, she leads the development and implementation of CS’ strategy – driving growth initiatives, organizational design, merger and acquisition strategy and integration. She oversees market intelligence and analysis efforts and, through close alignment with AECOM’s corporate strategy team, ensures alignment of AECOM’s strategic priorities, e.g., integrated delivery and international expansion.