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Our Staff.

Jennifer Sproul
Jennifer Sproul
President

Jennifer Sproul is a business development manager for Barton Malow Company with 20 years of experience in the construction industry. She serves on the national board of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) as the Northeast Region Director. She is a passionate advocate for women in the AEC industry.

In 2000, Jennifer began as a marketing assistant for Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, never expecting that her first job right out of college would turn into a career in construction. After a few years at Whiting-Turner, Jennifer was given the opportunity to work in the field as a project engineer for Plano-Coudon Construction. During her eight years at Plano-Coudon, Ms. Sproul held numerous positions, including project engineer, quality control engineer and ultimately transitioned to marketing manager.

After Plano-Coudon, she spent time at J. Vinton Schafer & Sons as Director of Marketing, and then at PRIME AE Group as Marketing Manager.

Since joining Barton Malow, Jennifer has served the Eastern Region as Senior Marketing Manager supporting offices in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and Business Development Manager for Maryland and Delaware.

Since first joining NAWIC in 2010, Jennifer has strived to be a positive influence on the organization. She has held every chapter-level office, excluding treasurer, and founded many Baltimore Chapter traditions, such as the WIC Week charity bowling tournament, chapter scholarship, yearly awards/gratitude event, and the Chapter’s free weeklong construction summer camp for girls, Camp NAWIC. Regionally, Jennifer has planned several regional forums by securing speakers and sponsorships, and served as forum secretary, Professional Development & Education chair and Northeast region fund trustee. In addition to serving on the National board, she was the Professional Development & Education committee chair/co-chair for three years.

In addition to NAWIC, Ms. Sproul is a member of numerous professional organizations such as SMPS and Women in Healthcare. Ms. Sproul served on her daughters’ school’s Parent Teacher Association board for two years as corresponding secretary. She has been a supporter and fundraiser for numerous charitable organizations such as the NAWIC Education Foundation, NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation, the Harford County Education Foundation, March of Dimes, and BARCS.

Jennifer lives in Freeland, Maryland, with her husband of 13 years, Matt, and her two young daughters, Ava and Elena. The Sprouls recently adopted a puppy named Khaleesi. The family loves to travel, swim, and attend concerts together.

Kimberly Hahr
Kimberly Hahr
Strategic Partnerships Manager

Kimberly Hahr has been the Strategic Partnerships Manager for MCCEI since October of 2018. In addition, Kimberly leads the MCCEI and ACE partnership as the Affiliate Director for the ACE Mentor Program of Baltimore. Prior to stepping into these roles, Kimberly was the Communications Coordinator for MCCEI from November 2017 to October 2018.

After graduating from Stevenson University in 2017 with a Master of Science in Business Communication, Kimberly briefly worked in project management before joining the MCCEI team. Currently, Kimberly is in the Communication Management graduate program at Towson University and resides in Westminster.

Matthew Pyne
Matthew Pyne
Communications Coordinator

Matthew Pyne has been the Communications Coordinator for MCCEI since January of 2019. Matthew’s duties include co-producing the annual publication, Build Your Path. Matthew also creates the marketing content for MCCEI’s social platforms and maintains both mccei.org and buildyourpath.org.

Matthew worked previously as a social media manager for non-profits, startups, and established companies, including email marketing. As an Account Manager in print media, Matthew was able to gain a deep understanding for sales support and CRM in Salesforce.

Matthew graduated from Alvernia University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Communication.

Matthew currently resides in Baltimore city in the Federal Hill neighborhood.

Executive Committee.

Scott Bulera
Scott Bulera
Turner Construction Company

Mr. Bulera is the General Manager of Turner Construction Company’s Maryland office, since September 2011. Turner Construction Company provides building services to clients who value diligence, resourcefulness and creativity in a partner. Turner maintains a network of offices in North America and around the globe, with a staff of 5,000 employees who work on more than 1,200 projects each year. With $8 billion in annual construction volume, Turner ranks first or second in the industry’s major market segments, including Healthcare, Commercial, Education, Sports, and Technology. Turner Construction Company was founded in 1902 by Henry C. Turner, a devout Quaker from the eastern shore of Maryland. He enjoyed a nineteenth-century Eastern Shore upbringing, filled with crabbing, fishing, sailing, and farming, before studying engineering at Swarthmore College. Since the 1950’s, Turner Construction Company has been part of Baltimore’s dynamic growth, and currently operates their Maryland operations from 250 W. Pratt Street. In 1927,Turner completed its first project in the State of Maryland, a warehouse located at Lafayette Avenue & Smallwood Street in Baltimore for the American Stores Company. In 1959, Turner constructed the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, on Charles Street, one of Baltimore’s oldest and largest congregations. Under Mr. Bulera’s direction, recent Baltimore-area projects include:
Maryland Public Health Lab
Towson University Academic Building at HCC
Harford Community College Arena
CCBC Dundalk Renovations
Toyota Training Facility Addition
UMMC Hospital Renovations
PNC Pratt Street Bank Branch
Dunbar High School Field Rehab
JHU Technology Park Garage
Mr. Bulera is a graduate from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering 1991. He began his career with Turner 19 years ago in Atlanta, Georgia, following his previous experience with the Bechtel Corporation’s Civil/Structural design group. Mr. Bulera’s range of assignments included working with the University of Georgia, Lucent Technologies Canadian Headquarters – Toronto, Ontario, and currently with Exelon Corporation as they develop their new Baltimore Headquarters. Mr. Bulera currently serves on the Board of the ACE Annapolis Affiliate, and is the 2nd Vice Chairman of Maryland’s AGC. He now resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Natalie, and two children – Jack and Grace

Mike Henderson
Mike Henderson
ABC, Baltimore - Founding Member

Mike Henderson is President of Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Baltimore. In his role, Mike is responsible for growth, policy development, government and industry relations and communications. ABC represents more than 1600 firms in Maryland and is one of the largest business organizations in the State. Under his leadership, ABC Baltimore has grown to become the 5th largest chapter among the 75 located across the United States. Mike has created and managed strategic alliances with major industry groups, such as the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute. He has improved the association’s profile through strategic media relations and developed Maryland’s largest Workers’ Compensation program. Under his leadership, the organization’s revenue increased by 220 percent. Mike is credited with helping create The Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation, an industry umbrella group that was established by the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board in 2009 and is currently located at Towson University. In a previous administration, he served on Governor’s Task Force to Improve Efficiency in Government. Prior to coming to ABC Baltimore, Mike was ABC National’s Director of Communications where he worked closely with the Washington media and was a frequent contributor to op-ed pages of some of the nation’s leading newspapers. A graduate of Towson University, where he studied Communications and Business, Mike also completed course work for a Masters Degree at the University of Baltimore. Active in local charitable organizations, Mike is the board president for Acts 4 Youth, a non-profit organization that mentors at-risk-boys in the Pen Lucy area of Baltimore City. Mike resides in Towson, with his wife and three children.

Martin Knott
Martin Knott
Knott Mechanical - Chairman

Martin Knott was born in Baltimore, MD and is currently the President CEO, Knott Mechanical Inc. Co-Founder & Vice President, Wye River Technologies LLC, and Co-Founder, Revere Strategies LLC. He attended Calvert Hall College High School and Xavier University where he received a BS in Entrepreneurial Studies.

Mr. Knott is very involved in the community, serving multiple organizations including Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation, Xavier University, Johns Hopkins Harriet Lane Home Foundation, Baltimore Outward Bound, Maryland Economic Development Corporation, Signal 13 Foundation, Governors Workforce Investment Board, and MCCEI.

Mr. Knott enjoys the outdoors, playing squash, and golfing. He currently resides in Baltimore with his wife, Allison and four children.

Adam Snavely
Adam Snavely
Poole & Kent - Vice Chairman

Adam E. Snavely, President and CEO, The Poole and Kent Corporation – Mr. Snavely has over 18 years experience in the management of Mechanical and General Construction projects. Before assuming his current role of President and CEO in 2005, Adam held the position of Vice President of Operations and was involved with the management of Poole and Kent offices in Alaska and throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States. Poole and Kent was established in 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland and grew to become the largest privately held mechanical contractor in the United States with domestic and international operations generating revenues in excess of $400 million. In 1999 Poole and Kent was acquired by the Emcor Group and is a wholly owned subsidiary. A Purdue University Alumnus, Adam is a firm believer in the merits of personal development achieved through education. Adam is actively involved with outreach to the industry through his participation in both youth and career advancement programs. As past President of the ACE Mentoring Program in Baltimore he has worked to expand the ACE Program through his advocacy work with area schools. Additionally, Adam serves on the MCAA Education Committee and teaches regularly at the MCAA Institute for Project Management at the University of Texas in Austin. Over the past decade, Adam has taught prerequisite courses for the DBIA’s “Certified Professional” program as well as taught small business leaders through a series of entrepreneurial workshops at the Small Business Resource Center, a Maryland based organization headquartered in Baltimore dedicated to building relationships and alliances between large and small businesses in the Maryland marketplace. Adam currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering – Engineering Innovation Program, and the Engineering Advisory Board for Morgan State University. Adam is currently active with and/or serving on the following boards and committees:

  • President – Board of Directors, The Mechanical Contractors Association of Maryland (MCA of MD)
  • Board of Directors, The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
  • Executive Board and Past President – The ACE Mentor Program of Baltimore
  • Advisory Board – Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering – Engineering Innovation Program
  • Advisory Board – Morgan State University School of Engineering. Innovation Program
  • MCAA Project Managers Education Committee
  • Founding Member, Design-Build Institute National Capital Chapter – Washington, DC

Board Members.

John Anania
John Anania
DPR Construction

John has more than 26 years experience in the building industry. Serving primarily the Maryland construction market, John has been involved in the preconstruction and construction of the higher education and corporate markets as well as accumulating significant experience with healthcare renovation and expansion programs. As project executive, John’s responsibilities include project development and executive oversight as well as client and subcontractor relations. John joined DPR Construction over three years ago and was responsible for establishing the Baltimore office for the technical building firm. Prior to joining DPR, John served as Senior Vice President for the Bethesda office of Bovis Lend Lease. Concurrent with work responsibilities, John has served and led several committees
related to building trades apprenticeship training along with serving on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. John, and wife Catherine Satterfield, reside in Ellicott City, Maryland with their two sons. Click here to view Mr. Anania’s full biography.

Mary Anne Akers, Ph.D.
Mary Anne Akers, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Architecture & Planning, Morgan State University
Brian Cavey
Brian Cavey
Director, JATC, Heat & Frost Insulators Local 24

Brian S. Cavey is the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program Director for the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators & Allied Workers, Local 24 in Laurel, Maryland. Brian graduated from the National Labor College with a Bachelor of Arts as a double major with degrees in Labor Education and Occupational Safety and Health. Brian is a certified OSHA Master Instructor, a certified Insulation Energy Appraiser, an approved Fire Stop and Smoke Seal Trainer and director of the program’s MDE approved asbestos training program. Brian is a graduate of Local 24’s Apprenticeship Program and worked as an Apprentice, Journeyman, and Foreman. Brian was elected as Vice President of Local 24 in 2001 and President in 2003. Brian is a member of the Baltimore Building and Construction Trades Training Council, Chairman of the Washington Area Apprenticeship and Training Directors Association, has been appointed to the AFL-CIO / Washington DC Public Schools Labor Initiative Working Group, and was appointed to the Anne Arundel County Workforce Investment Board and serves as the Youth Council Chairman. Brian supervises the instruction of 75 -125 apprentices and trainees each year and additional skill upgrade training and Safety and Health training for Local 24. Brian was appointed to the International Steering Committee to advance the success of the annual Insulation Apprenticeship Conference held in the United States and Canada, and assisted in the successful negotiation of four Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Insulation Contractors Association of Washington, DC.

Daniel Coffey
Daniel Coffey
Therrien Waddell

Mr. Coffey joined the firm in 1992 after holding senior project management positions for local major real estate developers, general contractors of all sizes, and specialty drywall and carpentry companies. During his tenure as a Senior Project Manager, he managed design teams, site development, new building construction, renovations, and an extensive variety of interior projects from office, retail, bio-tech lab, data centers, health care, residential, and multi-family. Dan also devotes an extensive effort outside of the firm teaching Construction Management and Surveying classes for Montgomery College and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in their construction management programs, which he has done for the last 18 years. He also performs seminars in construction related topics for USGBC, Property Management Association (PMA), and other commercial real estate related groups. Click here to view Mr. Coffey’s full biography.

Mark Drury
Mark Drury
Shapiro & Duncan

Our Vice President of Business Development, Mark Drury, draws on more than 40 years of experience in construction management. His wide-ranging oversight responsibilities include corporate development, contracts negotiation/management, construction management and purchasing, project coordination/scheduling, project management operations/staffing, and production of marketing and sales materials. Mark serves on the Board of the DC Student Trades Foundation and the MC Student Trades Foundation as well as the Trimmer Construction Education Fund. He is a LEED AP and Designated Design Build Professional. He completed his undergraduate studies in History at Shepherd University and graduate coursework at Princeton and Clemson Universities.

Jonathan Hess
Jonathan Hess
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.

Jonathan is a Senior Vice President at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering and has a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola. Click here to view Jonathan’s full biography.

Michelle Honey
Michelle Honey
FAIA, Kinsley Construction, Inc.

Michelle Honey, FAIA serves as business development executive for Kinsley Construction Inc., a family owned business founded in 1963 by Robert A. Kinsley of York, PA. Kinsley has evolved into one of the largest full-service firms in the nation and currently ranks 142, as measured annually by the national industry publication Engineering News Record. Kinsley serves specific areas of the construction industry through its eight divisions, which include: Building Construction, Sitework, Heavy/Highway and Bridge, Industrial, Manufacturing, Materials, Kinsley Custom, and Engineered Solutions Group. The Building Construction Division has grown to serve the mid-Atlantic region with offices in Baltimore, MD; Reading, PA; and the DC Metro Business Unit in Herndon, VA, where Michelle is located. The DC Metro Business Unit serves clients in Washington, DC, Northern and Central Virginia, and Southern Maryland. Kinsley targets projects that are diverse in size and varied in complexity in multiple market sectors, including education, health care, warehouse and distribution, multi-family, and government. Kinsley’s diversity is supplemented by two wholly-owned subsidiaries and nine affiliate companies with common ownership. Michelle is a construction management executive with more than 30 years of experience. She was the director of planning and project management for Georgetown University and followed as university architect and director of architecture, engineering and construction at the George Washington University. She was a visiting professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Second Year Design Studio; critic for Catholic University of America’s Fifth Year Design Thesis and lectured at numerous architectural schools on the role of non-traditional architects and the role of women in architecture and construction management. She earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University, and Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Building Science degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Michelle is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, licensed with the Virginia Board of Contractors, an active member of the Association of University Architects, and a member of the Society of College and University Planners. She previously served on the board of the American Institute of Architects’ Washington Architectural Foundation and the Board of Directors at Gonzaga College High School. Currently, she serves on the board of the Maryland Center for Construction and Innovation and the President’s Counsel at Gonzaga.

Daraius Irani, Ph.D
Daraius Irani, Ph.D
Towson University

Dr. Daraius Irani serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research at Towson University. In this role, he fosters the development of partnerships between business, government, and education that contribute to the economic vitality of the greater Baltimore region.

For over twenty years, Irani has served in several senior leadership roles at Towson University. As vice president, Irani provides leadership and management to over 70 highly-skilled professionals who work on campus and in state agencies across the state. Collectively, his team works to improve the quality of life and the economic vitality of Maryland through four service areas: Applied Research and Technical Services, Center for Professional Studies, Entrepreneurship, and Office of Partnerships and Outreach.

Irani is committed to Towson University and has set priorities that reflect that commitment. These include working to better integrate the Division into the University; advancing Towson University’s reputation as a leader in applied research, education, and EdTech; and making positive impacts through university-community partnerships.

Additionally, Irani serves as chief economist for the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) at Towson University, a policy group providing economic, fiscal impact, and policy analysis to state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private sector firms. During his tenure at RESI, Irani has managed and served as lead economist on well over 250 research and analysis projects. He also has produced over 100 economic and fiscal impact statements for a diverse portfolio of clients.

Irani is often called upon to provide economic presentations to organizations across Maryland. He has appeared on CNN, the Marc Steiner show, WYPR’s Midday, and Maryland Public Television’s Business Connection. He is often quoted in articles published by Maryland Daily Record, Baltimore Business Journal, The Baltimore Sun, and Washington Post.

EDUCATION

Dr. Irani holds a Ph.D. in economics from University of California, Santa Barbara; a M.A. in business economics from University of California, Santa Barbara; and a B.A. in economics from University of California, San Diego.

PERSONAL

Dr. Irani is an avid bicyclist and golfer.

FUN FACT

What are three websites everyone should have bookmarked? www.WSJ.com, www.economist.com and www.NYTimes.com
Jeff Jerome
Jeff Jerome
BG&E

Jeff Jerome specializes in the intersection of technology and education and is currently responsible for designing and managing C&I Energy Efficiency programs for Baltimore Gas and Electric. Prior to joining BGE, Jeff served as Vice President of Aegis Systems, and as Director of the Future Home Institute where he pioneered technologies such as 3D television, touchscreen based home control and building automation systems. Jeff has also managed graduate level Engineering/Computer Science education at the NTU School of Engineering and Applied Science for Laureate Education. He currently volunteers as Chairman of the Baltimore County Program Advisory Council for STEM programs and has sponsored legislation to require Sot Skills education for Maryland’s CTE programs. Jeff holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Marketing from Loyola University in Maryland.

Arland Knipe
Arland Knipe
Gilbane Building Company

Arland Knipe is an 18-year veteran and has served in the role of project manager on highly relevant K-12 and higher education projects totaling more than $300 million. Arland has a strong background in the educational market and will enforce quality and safety standards while maintaining a safe, clean, and organized project site. He is a highly motivated individual with a keen eye for quality, and the ability to convey these qualities to owners and design professionals. Arland will be the main point of contact for both the preconstruction and construction phases. His primary responsibility during the design phase will be to perform and/or coordinate important preconstruction phase requirements including project meetings and consultation, cost modeling and cost estimates, value engineering, project schedules, phasing/sequencing, design/constructability reviews, document coordination, site logistics planning, bid package development, trade contractor qualification and bidding, bid scope reviews and contract awards, as well as development of the GMP. Arland will mobilize to the project site for the construction phase and will be responsible for project management, contract administration, schedule and budget, progress meetings, and monthly reports for the duration of the project, inclusive of commissioning, closeout and warranty support. Click here to view Mr. Knipe’s full biography.

Rick Kottke
Rick Kottke
Harkins Builders

Rick joined Harkins in 2003 as a project engineer. He has held multiple other positions at Harkins including site manager in 2006 and then project manager since 2010. Since 2008, Rick has focused his attention on renovation and additional projects with particular experience and interest in the occupied renovation projects. He has developed a great track record with this type of specialty construction and has been instrumental with the different approaches and strategies focused around customer comfort and accommodation that he brings to the team.

Cailin McGough
Cailin McGough
Cap Ex Advisory Group

Cailin McGough is a partner at Cap Ex Advisory Group, a boutique owner’s representation firm serving primarily nonprofit and institutional clients. With more than 15 years of experience in community development, Cailin brings a unique perspective to managing capital projects. With a background in journalism and public policy, she works with Cap Ex clients to identify funding sources and craft narratives that compel capital to support projects with great missions. In a prior role with the nonprofit American Communities Trust, Cailin secured grants and tax credits to advance an adaptive reuse project focused on job creation in the food sector. Her work includes community impact assessments of capital projects funded with New Markets Tax Credits. Previously, she analyzed economic development issues in the Office of the Baltimore City Council President. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies and earned a BS in communications and political science from Towson University. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer.

Daniel McKelvey
Daniel McKelvey
AIA
Amy Mercurio
Amy Mercurio
Johns Hopkins Facilities & Real Estate

Amy L. Mercurio is Director of Design & Construction for Johns Hopkins Facilities & Real Estate. In her role, Amy is responsible for all design and construction activities on the historic Homewood campus as well as the Peabody campus, other Baltimore locations, Washington DC, and Montgomery County. Amy is a graduate of the Penn State Harrisburg Structural Design & Construction Engineering program and has lived in Baltimore area since 1993, when she joined The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company as a Project Engineer. In her thirteen years at Whiting-Turner, Amy was involved primarily in renovation and retail projects such as the Camden Yards South Warehouse, renovation of Security West, The Mall in Columbia expansion and renovation, and Short Pump Town Center In 2008, Amy started at Johns Hopkins Facilities as a Senior Project Manager, responsible for a diverse set projects ranging from lab renovations to a cogeneration facility to the newest building on the Homewood Campus, Malone Hall. Amy is also a Board member of the Building Congress and Exchange and an active member of the Owner’s Committee.

Dr. Bernard Sandusky
Dr. Bernard Sandusky
Maryland Association of Community Colleges

Dr. Sadusky began as MACC Executive Director in July 2012, after completing a year of service as interim superintendent at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), where he filled the position left vacant by the 2011 retirement of Dr. Nancy Grasmick.

Dr. Sadusky served as superintendent of schools in Maryland’s Queen Anne’s County from 1994 to 2007, and spent more than 30 years in the Queen Anne’s school system as an administrator and teacher. He was recognized as Maryland’s Superintendent of the Year in 2007. Following his retirement in Queen Anne’s County, he joined MSDE as policy liaison to the local school systems, before being appointed by the Maryland Board of Education to serve as interim state superintendent in 2011.

With this extensive background in K-12 education in Maryland, Dr. Sadusky is recognized as having played an important role in achieving and maintaining “Maryland’s status as the number one school system in the nation.” In his role as the executive director of Maryland’s 16 community colleges, Dr. Sadusky is working with the Governor’s P-20 Council to integrate and enhance the alignment of K-12 with Maryland’s postsecondary education and training.

Dr. Sadusky received his bachelor’s degree in biology from King’s College in Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree in psychology from Washington College and a doctorate in educational administration from Nova-Southeastern University.

Charles Wallace
Charles Wallace
Maryland State Department of Education
Minah Woo
Minah Woo
Howard Community College

Minah Woo serves as the Associate Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Howard Community College.  In this role, she works closely with businesses and industry partners to foster partnerships, provide workforce talent development, and training solutions.  Additionally, she serves on various board positions including Howard County Economic Development Authority’s Tech Council and Howard County Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency.  Minah is also on the executive committee of Maryland Community College Association for Continuing Education and Training which is an affiliate group of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.

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In Memoriam.

Remembering Sheldon Joel Shapiro. On Thursday, February 7, 2019, Sheldon Shapiro passed away peacefully in his home in Bethesda, MD.

We will continue on our shared mission and vision, and honor Sheldon’s memory by devoting ourselves to the continual improvement of the people and company he so treasured.

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