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2020 Annual Meeting and Technical Seminars
Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
San Marcos, Texas
February 21 & 22, 2020
2020 Annual Meeting will be held Friday, February 21st at 8:15 AM
2019 Annual Meeting Recap
The TCEL Annual Meeting was held in San Marcos on February 15th and 16th. After the Business Meeting, the TCEL presented two seminars on Friday, and one on Saturday.
Legislative Update: Woody Vogt
Mr. Woody Vogt presented an update on current legislation and proposals this year. Laws affecting engineers, architects and contractors including the right to repair, the statute of repose for claims, and the trendy construction defect litigation were discussed and positions from various industry leaders were presented for discussion.
Making the Leap to Management: What you need to know and how to prepare! by McMahon | Siegel Group
Everyone from junior staff to emerging managers benefited from this seminar on Friday. McMahon |Siegel provided training where attendees walked away with the specific skills to manage people, track key performance indicators and critical communications skills. This training included effectively managing a varied and diverse staff, how to track and use key performance indicators (KPIs), and communication skills essential to managing performance.
Special Inspection Training
TCEL and WACEL teamed up to provide Special Inspection Training by: Leo J. Titus, Jr., P.E., ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC and Michael R. Dean, CWI, MSI, CQA. This course was modified to be a one day format from a 30-hour graduate course.
2019 Technical Seminars
Friday, February 15, 2019
9:05 AM to 9:50 AM
Legislative Update: Stephanie Hayes Cook
Ms. Cook will present on current legislation and proposals this year as the Legislature goes into session. Laws affecting engineers, architects and contractors including the right to repair, the statute of repose for claims, and the trendy construction defect litigation will be discussed and positions from various industry leaders will be presented for discussion.
Stephanie Hayes Cook is Senior Counsel at Cokinos Young in Austin. She has extensive experience with a wide range of business disputes, having successfully represented contractors, subcontractors, banks, insurance companies, developers, owners and individuals in complex commercial and construction litigation and bankruptcy. Stephanie has handled, tried and/or appealed a wide variety of commercial and construction cases in state and federal courts in Texas, including matters related to construction defects, delay and acceleration claims, breach of contract, mechanic’s liens, performance and payment bonds, termination, commercial leases, subcontractor and general contractor disputes, director and officer liability, fraud, lender liability, transportation claims and professional liability.
She represents general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers on substantial construction projects, including schools, public universities, highway projects, mixed-use developments, retail centers, hotels, and office buildings. Stephanie was recognized in Texas Monthly magazine as a “Texas Rising Star.”
Friday, February 15, 2019
10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Making the Leap to Management: What You Need to Know and how to Prepare!
Presented by: McMahon | Siegel Group
The long-term success of our firms requires a stream of qualified staff moving into management positions as firms grow and as current leaders retire. With the demographics showing the baby boom generation moving into retirement, the need for new leaders is even more critical. This workshop focuses on providing a broad overview of skills and abilities needed in the management position. After the initial overview is provided, we will provide training in specific skill areas such as effectively managing a varied and diverse staff, how to track and use key performance indicators (KPIs), and communication skills essential to managing performance. This workshop is applicable for all levels from junior staff to project managers and even to current and emerging managers. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the requirements needed to become managers, as well as ideas to start a personal development plan to become a manager in the future.
William C. (Bill) Siegel, P.E.
McMahon | Siegel Group
Mr. Siegel is a proven business leader, with a track record of driving profitable growth and expansion. His past experience includes serving as CEO and Chairman of the Board of an approximately $400M revenue science and engineering consulting firm where he developed and executed a successful strategy to diversify and expand globally.
Mr. Siegel recently founded several companies including McMahon|Siegel Group, WS Group International LLC, and William Siegel Consultants (to provide technical services where an LLC is not allowed) to serve the A/E/C and related industries with specialty consulting in areas such as Mergers and Acquisitions, operational reviews, Board service, and executive consultation. Mr. Siegel is also a founder of Colergo (www.colergo.com), an industry changing B2B internet startup helping peer firms share resources and maximize profit. He sits on the Boards and/or is a paid advisor for multiple companies in the A/E/C industry.
Within the A/E/C industry Mr. Siegel is a recognized leader, regularly presenting at gatherings and conferences, and having been selected by his peers for industry leadership roles. Further, he is an accomplished engineer with numerous published papers and presentations. He is well known for his exceptional skills on strategy, mergers and acquisitions (having successfully completed 20 acquisitions in his career), and client relations and project management. Finally, Mr. Siegel is an experienced Board member and serves on multiple for-profit Boards and is actively involved with several non-profit organizations and his professional and personal communities overall.
Kevin J. McMahon
McMahon | Siegel Group
Kevin J. McMahon became Group Vice President, Asia in January 2014 following Jacobs’ acquisition of SKM, which Jacobs completed in December 2013. He joined Jacobs in 2007 when Jacobs acquired Edwards and Kelcey, a major North American Engineering Firm where he was Chairman and CEO. Since joining Jacobs, Kevin has increased market penetration, profitability and growth. As Group Vice President, North American Infrastructure through 2013, he oversaw major projects for highways, rail, aviation, telecom, water and utility clients. Kevin currently oversees major projects in Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Jacobs projects in Asia are diverse and include major capital expenditures in the chemicals, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, power, infrastructure and mining sectors.
Kevin graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University with an MBA in International Business. He received the university’s W. Paul Stillman School of Business Leadership Award. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics at the State University of New York. He also completed the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program on Leading Professional Service Firms. A member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Honor Society for Business, Kevin is listed in Who’s Who Worldwide, and is active in many engineering and construction industry associations. He is a member of The Moles, a prestigious heavy underground construction group founded in 1936. In 2006, he received the “Distinguished Citizen Award” from the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Special Inspection Training
Presented by: Presented by: Leo J. Titus, Jr., P.E. - ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC and
Michael R. Dean, CWI, MSI, CQA - Director of Technical Services, WACEL, Inc.
TCEL / Geoprofessionals Serving Texas has teamed with the Washington Area Council of Engineering Laboratories (WACEL) to present an overview of Special Inspections and key concepts involved. This course will refer to several examples of issues found on projects of different types in the testing and inspection business. Course material will walk through the Special Inspection Manual; IBC Chapter 17 and ASTM E329.
It is strongly recommended participants have a copy of the Special Inspection Manual 2012 Edition.
Topics to be covered:
- History of inspections in the building code
- Evolution of “Special Inspection” and Chapter 17 of the IBC
- Key aspects of Special Inspection
- Special Inspector’s duties
- Other stakeholder’s duties
- Overview of each of the major inspection areas outlined in Chapter 17 of the IBC
- Overview of ASTM E329 – Standard specification for agencies engaged in construction testing and Special Inspection
Leo J. Titus, Jr., P.E., President
Leo Titus is president of ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC. A subsidiary of ECS, Ltd., the company is one of the nation’s leading geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, construction materials testing and facilities engineering firms. Titus joined ECS in 1997 and has over 27 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and Special Inspections.
Titus is very active serving in leadership roles for industry and charitable organizations, including Past President of The Committee for Dulles; Served three terms as President and 20 years as a director of WACEL; Chairman of the ASTM E36 Main Committee; Chairman of the American Society of Engineers Committee of Civil Engineering Technologists. Titus also serves on several other boards of directors including The Geoprofessional Business Association and the George Mason University Advisory Board for the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship.
Led by his passionate interest in education, Titus is a regular guest lecturer on multiple subjects at several universities, including George Mason University, Clarkson University, and Virginia Tech. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Clarkson University and teaches a course on the key concepts of Chapter 17 of the IBC, ASTM E329 and Special Inspection. He also enjoys teaching civil engineering principles as part of a STEM program with local kindergarteners in Northern Virginia.
Michael R. Dean, CWI, MSI, CQA, Director of Technical Services
Mike Dean is the Technical Director of WACEL, Inc., an association of engineering laboratories, inspection agencies, and building officials. Mr. Dean, who joined WACEL in 2015, has almost 30 years of experience in testing, special inspections, and auditing and accreditation services.
Prior to joining WACEL, Mr. Dean served 9 years with ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC as the Construction Materials Department Manager in Chantilly, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland. During that time, Mr. Dean managed the special inspections and steel fabricator auditing for jurisdictions including Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria in Virginia and the counties of Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore in Maryland. Additionally, Mr. Dean acted as Quality Control Manager for federal construction projects at Ft. Belvoir, Ft. Meade, and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Currently, Mr. Dean is responsible for the auditing and accreditation of over 50 engineering laboratories and special inspections firms in the Washington metropolitan area in accordance with ASTM E329 requirements. He also manages the program consisting of 12 certification exams in construction materials testing and inspections, both locally and throughout the southeast and Texas.
Mr. Dean is currently an ICC Master of Special Inspections, an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, and an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor. He also serves on the ASTM Committee E36 on Accreditation and Certification and is the Subcommittee Chair for Certification/Registration Bodies.