For over 20 years, Cindy Anderson has worked with Architecture and Engineering firms providing strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, organizational strategies, international project management and financial management.
Prior experience includes serving as Vice President of Accounting and Finance for Chemtex International, Inc., an international EPC firm, Director of Business Process Outsourcing Services for the East Coast region of McGladrey, a global public accounting firm where Anderson served as the national launch leader for Professional Services Firms and as an international project leader. Anderson was the Founder and Managing Partner of CD Anderson, PA, a CPA firm specializing in A/E financial strategies. Her firm was acquired by McGladrey. Cindy has owned five companies and has sold three.
Anderson serves as a mentor at the University of North Carolina Cameron School of Business. Former Board positions include, Board of Advisor for Branch Banking and Trust and Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors. Anderson belongs to two professional societies, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and North Carolina Certified Public Accountants.
Additionally, Anderson has won several awards in her work as a business leader, including Triangle Business Journal's 40 Under 40 2006, Business Leader Magazine's Top Ten Women Extraordinaire 2006, Triangle Business Journal's Women in Business Award 2005, Business Advisory Council's North Carolina Business Woman of the Year 2004.
Anderson received her Bachelor's degree from Tennessee Technological University and furthered her accounting studies at North Carolina State University before receiving her Certified Public Accounting Certification.
Craig Avery CEO of Avery Consulting, LLC
Strong leadership is essential to growth, and Craig Avery's 40 years of successful manage-ment at various consulting engineering firms offers a critical perspective.
Avery currently is the CEO of Avery Consulting, LLC where he leads engineering firms in strategic planning with a focus on growing revenue and profits. Before that, he served as CEO, vice president and principal engineer of Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott and May Engineers, Inc. While in this role, he led the firm from 20 employees to 325 employees. He later facilitated the company's sale to Stantec, Inc., one of the largest publically traded engineering firms in North America, and served as its vice president.
Avery's industry expertise includes working with federal agencies, as well as providing counsel for clients in the petroleum and power industries. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.
Larry Bienati, Ph.D. Leadership Consultant
Dr. Larry Bienati has over 30 years’ senior level leadership experience in various organizational settings. Since 1988 Larry has taught in many Bay Area Universities, including Saint Mary’s College where he served as lead faculty for the highly successful accelerated BA in Management Program, U.C. Berkeley’s Worldwide Business Programs, the California Maritime Academy and his current role at Sacramento State University serving as faculty lead for many executive leadership development programs and the EMBA program. Larry is a respected professional speaker, consultant, author, and practitioner in the areas of human resource strategy, complex employee relations, labor relations, executive compensation, strategic planning, Carver Board Governance Models and high level facilitations. In recent years, Larry has dedicated his practice to executive coaching, start-up ventures, merger integration, leadership development, succession planning and ownership transitions.
Larry held senior level positions at Safeway Stores, Longs Drug Stores and The Cooper Companies, Inc. He was a senior leader, principal owner in the Kleinfelder Group of Companies, an ENR Top 50 geotechnical, environmental and management consulting firm. Larry holds a BS Degree in HR/Labor Relations and an MBA in Strategic Management. After a 10-year reality check in business, while growing a family with his wife Cathy, he returned to school to earn his Ph.D. in Business Administration. His dissertation focused on original research in the rehabilitation of problem employees along with organizational turnaround strategies. Larry is also a Certified Compensation Professional and a lifetime recipient of the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation with SHRM for his early work in HR in advancing the legacy of the HR profession.
Larry’s life long learning comes from Sicilian roots at their family-owned restaurant, Ann’s Café, in Oakland, California. This wonderful 42-year legacy experience has helped shaped many of the qualities of leadership and people success he brings to the classroom and the business world. Ann’s Café embodied all that was good in the “heart of leadership.”
Larry consults for some of Fortune’s top 100 companies in America. He also brings 25 years of public sector experience having consulted for many leading Federal, State, County and local agencies in a wide variety of strategic, organizational and leadership transition interventions. He is the volunteer Board President for the Sierra State Parks Foundation and served on various Boards and Advisory Groups. His notable clients include: State of California, League of California Cities, The French Laundry, major wineries, leading biotechnology, technology, water, engineering, disposal organizations and over 200 clients across many industry sectors. Larry brings a rich diversity of experience, passion, practicality and inspiring engagement with his leadership development programs, seminars, keynotes, clients and executive MBA students.
Larry donates 10% of his practice each year to assisting non-profit organizations and public sector clients in promoting their social missions. Larry is known for building collaboration, enabling visions, mentoring successful leaders and passionately evangelizing and inspiring others to become legacy leaders.
Bart Patton, P.E.
Business Operations and Management Consultant
For the last 40 years, Bart Patton has had increasingly responsible roles in engineering consulting firms focusing on operations, with key responsibilities for marketing, client management and the quality of engineering products. His positions have ranged from laboratory and department manager to Chief Operating Officer of Kleinfelder, then a 2,200 person consulting firm and member of the ENR Top 50.
For 14 years, Bart held management positions with Harding Lawson Associates (HLA), a firm that grew to 1200 people, going public in 1987. His responsibilities ranged from Chief Engineer to Southwest Regional Manager. He was part of a group of seven young Principals that were tasked with developing an organizational model to restructure the company and move the firm’s most talented client representatives out of management positions and into roles that provided recognition and reward while developing large books of business for the firm. For 4 years, he served on the Board of Redwood Insurance Limited of Hamilton, Bermuda, HLA’s captive offshore insurance company. While under his control, operations in the Southwestern United States grew from 8 people to over 150 and provided HLA considerable name recognition in the Southwest.
Since 1994, Bart has been employed by Kleinfelder, starting as the manager of the underperforming Los Angeles Region and developing a team that turned the region into one of the firm’s top performers with offices in Diamond Bar, Redlands, Irvine, Long Beach and Victorville. In 2000, Bart was named Southwest Division Manager, having responsibility for offices in Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, continuing to add offices and grow revenue for the firm. In April 2004, Bart was named Chief Operating Officer of the firm and served in that position for 5 years, a period of unprecedented growth and profitability for the firm. During this time, he served on multiple strategic planning committees and the firm’s senior management committee, chaired the operations management committee and restructured the operations of the firm.
Bart was named to the Board of Directors of The Kleinfelder Group in 2003 and served on that Board for 8 years until term. For three years, he served with the CEO and CAO on the succession planning committee, with responsibility for identifying the next CEO of the firm. In 1997, he began a continuing financial investment in the firm, becoming a Senior Principal Owner in 2002. Though Bart continues to work part-time for Kleinfelder as a Client Account and Project Manager, he has divested his ownership shares and given up executive responsibilities for the firm.
Bart prides himself in his ability to dissect a firm’s operations, zeroing in on areas that can be used as examples to others and areas that need improvement. He has developed operating business models for business units and for an entire consulting firm, developed personal and organizational metrics, and integrated a behavior based health and safety system into an operating business.
Bart received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in engineering from UCLA and extended management-related coursework through American Management Association, Stanford University and The University of Chicago. Bart has been active in professional organizations, most notably the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). Bart began his service with ACEC’s local predecessor, the Consulting Engineers Association of California (CEAC) in 1987, becoming President of the Orange County Chapter of the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (CELSOC) in 1991, and President of the State organization in 2001. He served for 4 years on ACEC’s National Board of Directors, and as Vice Chairman and Senior Vice Chairman of the National organization in 2010 and 2011. Bart resides in Lake Forest, California.
Robert J. Paulsen, P.E. Management Advisor
Mr. Paulsen's career encompasses more than 37 years of engineering and management experience. He has deep knowledge and experience with literally all functions of A/E firms and currently serves as a management advisor in AE Guidance, LLC.
Prior to joining the firm, Paulsen retired from Atkins which acquired The PBSJ Corporation in 2010 and rebranded the company as Atkins in 2011. His 26 year career at Atkins and PBSJ included such key leadership roles as chairman, CEO, president, COO and national director for transportation services. At the time of its sale, PBSJ was a 3,500 person architecture, engineering and construction company with over 75 offices nationwide and annual revenues in excess of $750 million. A significant portion of the company's rapid growth was the successful acquisition of over 20 firms from 1989 to 2010. Mr. Paulsen played a key role in virtually all of the acquisitions. In addition to playing integral roles in his company's rapid growth, Paulsen led PBSJ's sale and transition to Atkins.
Paulsen is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Council of Engineering Companies; the American Society of Civil Engineers; and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is a registered engineer in four states and received a bachelors of science degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University.
Larry Peterson Management and Business Development Consultant
Larry Peterson has worked in the consulting engineering industry for 35 years. His progressively more responsible roles have included staff engineer, senior engineer, project manager, office manager, division manager, Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing, and most recently as National Transportation Market Manager for Kleinfelder - an ENR top 50 firm.
He began his 25-year career at Kleinfelder as a senior engineer and quickly became the Las Vegas office manager. As office manager, he assembled a talented management team and, via a focused and disciplined marketing approach, transformed a marginally successful office of 15 staff into highly successful office of 105 staff within two years that consistently generated greater than 30% profit at the office level.
His success in turning around the Las Vegas office with a focused marketing approach resulted in Larry spending more than half his career at Kleinfelder in predominately business development/marketing roles - Infrastructure Program Manager, Chief Marketing Officer, and Transportation Market Manager. As the Chief Marketing Officer, he envisioned and directed the development, training, and implementation of a company-wide marketing/sales system to bring consistency to that function across all offices. It is his passion for business development that drove him to establish LP Consulting Group after retirement from Kleinfelder to assist other firms with solving marketing/business development challenges.
Larry served on the Board of Directors of The Kleinfelder Group, Inc. for ten years during a period of rapid organic and acquisitive growth, leadership and ownership transition, and transformation of the firm from a predominately geoscience consultancy into a national multi-disciplined A/E firm with 2,200 employees. His education and experience in engineering and business management provides a solid background relating to all aspects of the consulting business including operations, strategic planning, acquisitions, new geographic and market segment evaluations, client selection and development, buisness development, leadership training and development, and other senior management initiatives.
Larry received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Engineering from Utah State University and earned an MBA from University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is active in professional and civic organizations most recently serving as President of the Planning and Design Division of ARTBA (American Road and Transportation Builders Association) and is an ARTBA Board member. Mr. Peterson is based in Boise, Idaho.
L. E. (Ed) Wilson, P.E. Mergers & Acquisitions Consultant
Ed Wilson has served as an advisor for over fifty transactions in the engineering and construction services industry. These transactions have included both buy side and sell side representation as well as internal ownership transfer. For sellers, he has provided the complete range of advisory services to include establishing valuation expectations, designing and managing the marketing process, framing the deal structure, negotiating terms and ultimately closing the transaction. For buyers, he has been the principal advisor on valuation and deal structure, financing, managing due diligence and document preparation, assisting in negotiating terms, and post closure integration. The majority of these transactions were between privately owned firms, but several involved a public traded company on the buy side.
Ed Wilson graduated in 1966 from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After two years of military service, he co-founded a geotechnical, civil, and environmental engineering company, which became known as The EDGe Group. He served as President and CEO of The EDGe Group, which became one of the 200 largest design firms in the United States with over 400 employees and offices in four states.
In September 1987, The EDGe Group was acquired by ERC International, a publicly owned company (NYSE ERC). The EDGe Group operated as a subsidiary of ERC until late 1988, when ERC consolidated its environmental sciences and engineering assets to form ERC Environmental and Energy Services Company. That year, ERC spun out ERC Environmental and sold 31% of that company in a public offering. Mr. Wilson was part of the management team that organized ERC Environmental, and he was instrumental in the successful public offering of the stock. Mr. Wilson served on the Board of Directors of ERC Environmental and as Executive Vice President of the company until ERC was acquired by Ogden Corporate in 1989.
In late 1989, Mr. Wilson resigned from ERC to become President and CEO of OSCO, Inc., an emerging hazardous waste management firm specializing in aqueous waste treatment, collection, transportation, and site remediation. While CEO of OSCO, he guided the permitting, financing, design, construction, and the eventual operation of OSCO Treatment Systems, which was one of the few "green field" hazardous waste treatment facilities ever permitted in the United States. The OSCO facility was a state of the practice hazardous waste water treatment plant incorporating the largest biological treatment element for organic contaminated wastewater in the country. In late 1992, after a year of successful operation of the new facility, he sold the company to Laidlaw Environmental Services.
In 1993, Mr. Wilson formed L. Edward Wilson and Associates, Inc., a management advisory firm providing consulting services in the areas of strategic, organizational, and financial planning to firms and organizations involved in engineering, design construction, and operations of civil works.
Mr. Wilson serves on the board of directors of some of the largest engineering and construction companies in the United States. He was one of the early investors and a member of the board of directors of Sirrom Capital (NYSE SIR), a specialty finance company that provided mezzanine debt funding for technology firms throughout the United States. Sirrom Capital was purchased in early 1999 by FINOVA.
Mr. Wilson has been active in professional organizations throughout his career and has served as Presient of ASFE, an organization of professional firms practicing in the geosciences; he has also served as Chairman of ASFE's Council of Fellows. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served on ASCE's National Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Engineering Advisors for Tennessee Technological University, where he was named Engineer of Distinction in 1989.
CPA with 20 years of business experience in public accounting, non-profit organizations, and private industry. Capacity to see the big picture as well as the technical details and comprehend, interpret and communicate complicated information to others. Over 18 years experience as ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) Minister of the Word and Sacrament managing professional, administrative, financial and property staff. He earned his bachelor's degree from Union University, his Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University and his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Jerry J. Kiefer Executive Adviser at Compass Executives - Human Resources
When it comes to human resources issues - from organizational planning to internal communication to employee compensation - Jerry Kiefer has an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience.
Kiefer has served in senior-level human resources roles for 25 years and developed a specialization in employee motivation and retention. Prior to joining Compass Executives, he served as vice president of human resources for Rogers Group, Inc. and was responsible for all HR, safety and employee communications functions for the $200 million construction materials company.
He also has experience in vice president roles with American General Corporation and NLT Corporation where he assisted the integration of three major acquisitions. He was also vice president of human resources at Protective Life Insurance Company. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Richard A. Warden, P.E. Executive Adviser at Compass Executives - Construction/Construction Materials
Corporate organization is a complex process, and Richard Warden understands that the right structure is critical to optimal success.
Prior to joining Compass Executives, Rich used his more than 25 years of senior level experience to provide management consulting services to the highway construction and construction materials industries. The former executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rogers Group, Inc., a leading regional construction company, Warden is an expert in managing leadership teams and directing the overall operations of a business.
Warden held several vice president positions with Rogers Group, and also served in vice presidential capacities with Herbert Materials, Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University