Washington, D.C. - "The opportunity to discuss our common problems with a group of people from all over the country and hear how they are handling them gave me many ideas to try when I get back to my company," said Mike Morgan, a project manager with Ajax Paving Industries, Inc., in Florida.
Said another: "I have attended many seminars and training classes during my professional career. This academy was the one I benefited from the most."
These are testimonials from two past "graduates" about the value of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation's "Project Management Academy" (PMA), which is returning to the Nation's Capital for the 2010 session this January 11-15. Operated by the ARTBA Foundation's "Transportation Builder Institute," the intensive PMA provides both substantive theory and practical application of project management principles for road and bridge building construction project managers.
The program is built around an acknowledged, highly successful adult learning model - teaching by leading experts in the field - supported by peer - to - peer knowledge sharing. It covers eight management areas: safety, industry ethics, client relations, team - building, construction documentation, management & leadership, resource management, and planning and scheduling. Sessions will be led by award - winning professors, prominent litigation and contract documentation attorneys, seasoned safety educators and client relations executives, including:
- Jay S. Newitt, Ph.D., currently on the faculty at Brigham Young University, is one of the industry's leading "critical path method" educators and a prominent author of construction scheduling, project management and oversight textbooks. He has trained over 5,000 project managers and superintendents and has developed a method to teach complex industry principles in a practical, easy - to - understand way. Jay has received the National Association of Home Builders "Educator of the Year Award."
- James P. Gelatt, Ph.D., the author of three project management books, he has co - edited two other books on marketing and administration and has been a leading educator in the fields of organization leadership, strategic management, decision - making, and change - processes. He teaches at the University of Maryland.
- Christopher J. Brasco, named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in the Construction Law Category for 2008 - 2010, he is a noted speaker and advisor on contract management, project administration and dispute resolution. He is a partner with the Washington, D.C., office of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP.
- Mark A. Sgarlata, Esq., was recognized "for his wide construction experience in relation to heavy industry, tunnels, transport facilities and dams," by the Chambers "USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers." He is an expert in the areas of contract negotiation, litigation on construction projects and heavy infrastructure project development. He is a senior partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP.