Biographical Sketches of Speakers
LIEUTENANT GENERAL (Lt. Gen.) JOE N. BALLARD became the 49th Chief of Engineers and Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on October 1, 1996. Prior to his selection as Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Ballard served as the Chief of Staff, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA, since July 1995.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers missions include construction and environmental restoration on military installations, and the Army's vast civil works program. The Corps also assists in the recovery from natural disasters, regulates work in the nation's waterways and wetlands, conducts research and development, serves as the Army's and Air Force's real estate agent, and provides engineering services to 30 other federal agencies. The chief of engineers is the senior staff engineer for the Army.
Lt. Gen. Ballard graduated from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. He later earned his master's degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He is a registered professional engineer in civil engineering.
Lt. Gen. Ballard's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Army Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
JACK E. BUFFINGTON was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996. Rear Admiral (RADM) Buffington (CEC U.S. Navy, Retired) is a member of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and chair of the Federal Facilities Council. He currently heads the Mack-Blackwell National Rural Transportation Study Center at the University of Arkansas Department of Civil Engineering, where he is responsible for directing studies by professors and students to improve life in rural America through improvements in transportation systems. RADM Buffington served for 34 years with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), rising to Commander and Chief of Civil Engineers. In this position, he led a team of
22,000 NAVFAC employees with an annual workload of $7 billion in providing engineering and contract support for environmental, design, construction, and public works operations worldwide.
RADM Buffington is a past national president of the Society of American Military Engineers and was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences in 1996. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas and the Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively.
MYRON H. GOLDSTEIN is Director of the Project Management Center of Expertise, Public Buildings Service (PBS) in the General Services Administration (GSA). As Director, Mr. Goldstein is responsible for the project management assignments of the largest, most complex, and politically sensitive design and construction projects managed by GSA across the nation.
Mr. Goldstein served as the Director, Property Development Division, PBS, in the Heartland Region for four years. Prior to that he served in various positions during 18 years in the division, including project manager on the new Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. The Eagleton Courthouse will contain over 1 million gross square feet with a project budget of $230 million. Mr. Goldstein was also project manager for the Bob Dole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse constructed in Kansas City, Kansas, at a project cost of $39 million. Prior to joining GSA, Mr. Goldstein worked for five years in the private sector. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in architecture.
JOHN B. GOODMAN is the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs and Installations. In this position, Dr. Goodman is responsible for directing the department's privatization and outsourcing initiatives; developing policies and programs affecting the defense industrial base; responding to industry restructuring, mergers, and acquisitions; and managing the department's infrastructure budget and policies, including housing base closure and reuse, and economic development. Prior to his appointment in 1996, Dr. Goodman served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs.
Before joining the Department of Defense, Dr. Goodman served as a Senior Director at the National Economic Council, the White House Office responsible for coordination of economic policy. Prior to this position, Dr. Goodman was Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School (HBS), where he taught, conducted research, and consulted in the area of business strategy, international business, and international economic policy. He is the author of Monetary Sovereignty: The Politics of Central Banking in Western Europe, and numerous articles, chapters, reports, and HBS case studies. Dr. Goodman received his B.A. summa cum laude from Middlebury College in
1979 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1983 and 1987, respectively.
GERALD H. GREENE is the manager of Global Capital Management for the Procter & Gamble Company. He has been with the Procter & Gamble Company for 33 years, primarily in engineering assignments. He is currently responsible for Procter & Gamble's engineering and construction program, which has an annual spending program of over $2 billion. Mr. Greene is also the current chairman of the Construction Industry Institute, which is an organization of owners, contractors, and academics whose mission is to improve the safety, quality, schedule, and cost competitiveness of the construction industry. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Detroit and Purdue University, respectively.
RONALD M. HOWARD has been Director-Construction for The Business Roundtable since January 1994. He is the senior staff executive of the Roundtable's Construction Committee, serves on the Board of Advisors of the Construction Industry Institute and Board of Directors of the Construction Innovation Forum. Mr. Howard is also a member of the Constructor Certification Committee of the American Institute of Constructors, the National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Arbitration Association, the National Council for Civil Engineering Research, and the American National Standards Institute A-10 Construction Safety Committee.
Prior to joining the Roundtable, Mr. Howard completed 24 years of project and construction management with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., in Allentown, PA. While at Air Products, he directed the design and construction of industrial gas and chemical facilities worldwide and served as the company representative for both the Roundtable's Construction Committee and Construction Industry Institute.
Mr. Howard served nine years as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
REAR ADMIRAL (RADM) DAVID J. NASH, Civil Engineer Corps, United States Navy, assumed command of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and became Chief of Civil Engineers on September 15, 1995. Before coming to NAVFAC headquarters, RADM Nash had been the Commander of the Pacific Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the Third Naval Construction Brigade at Pearl Harbor, HI.
Prior to RADM Nash's assignment at the Pacific Division, he served three years in the dual roles of Commanding Officer, Naval Construction Battalion Center, and Commander, 31st Naval Construction Regiment, both located at Port Hueneme, CA. RADM Nash was commissioned in the U.S. Navy
Civil Engineer Corps in 1966 after graduation from the Indiana Institute of Technology. In the mid-1970s, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, graduating with a master's degree in financial management.
RADM Nash has a Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merit Awards, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals including one with a ''V'' for valor, and several other individual and unit awards.|
ROBERT A. PECK is Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) in the General Services Administration. As Commissioner, Mr. Peck leads PBS, which is the federal government's real estate asset manager, and is responsible for building, leasing, and operating federal workspace. PBS manages an owned and leased inventory of over 280 million square feet, accommodating over a million workers in more than 8,000 buildings. The PBS annual budget is approximately $5.5 billion.
Prior to joining PBS in 1995, Mr. Peck was Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Before his work at FCC, Mr. Peck was Group Vice President of External Affairs at the American Institute of Architects. He has also served on the staff of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), first as associate counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works, then as Senator Moynihan's Administrative Assistant (chief of staff). Mr. Peck was Deputy Director of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities at the White House during the Carter Administration and has held positions at the National Endowment for the Arts and the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Peck received a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Yale Law School. He has been a visiting lecturer in art history at Yale University and a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
ROBERT B. PIRIE, JR., was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment) on March 15, 1994. Mr. Pirie has over 30 years experience in defense-related work in the armed services, the civil service, and in industry. A Naval Academy graduate, he was also a Rhodes Scholar, and attended Oxford University. He served 20 years as a naval officer, culminating his service with 3 years in command of a nuclear attack submarine.
Upon retirement from the Navy in 1975, Mr. Pirie joined the newly formed Congressional Budget Office as Deputy Assistant Director, National Security. In 1977, Mr. Pirie became Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Logistics). He was nominated to be
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Logistics) by President Carter in December 1978, and served in that position until January 1981. After leaving government service, he held a variety of positions in the private sector, including that of president of Essex Corporation, Vice President of the Center for Naval Analyses, and Vice President of the Institute for Defense Analyses. He also directed the Chief of Naval Operations' Strategic Studies Group from 1989 to 1992.
DAVID A. SKIVEN currently serves as the executive director of General Motors Corporation's Worldwide Facilities Group(WFG). As GM's center of facilities expertise, WFG is responsible for providing global leadership in the facilities, utilities, construction, and environmental segments, which allows corporate clients to focus on their core business and results in structural cost savings and improved utilization of assets.
Since joining GM's Fisher Body Division in 1970, Mr. Skiven has worked in various engineering operations. He was plant engineer at the Fisher Guide-Trenton, NJ, plant from 1981–1985. Subsequently, he was named manager of Manufacturing Planning, Industrial Engineering and Facilities at the Fisher Guide Division's General Office. In 1985, he was appointed Manager of Facilities and Future Programs-Manufacturing Engineering for the Saturn Corporation. In 1992, Mr. Skiven was promoted to Director of Plant Environment and the Environmental Energy Staff; and in early 1993, Mr. Skiven was appointed Executive Director of WFG.
Mr. Skiven has a B.S. degree from General Motors Institute and an M.S. degree from Wayne State University. He is also a registered professional engineer.
TERRY BRANDT WOOD has been a member of the Worldwide Engineering and Construction (WEC) Leadership Team of the Amoco Corporation since July 1994. First she was Manager, Project and Engineering Services, in which she managed planning and business services, drafting interface, document management, technology tools, cost engineering, and resource management. Currently she is Manager of Project Development for WEC, in which her primary responsibility is for appraising and recommending projects in the refining, chemical feedstocks, and upstream areas. In this role, Ms. Brandt Wood oversaw over $1.5 billion in capital construction in 1997. She is also responsible for the Amoco Common Process support team. This process affects and is applicable to all capital projects in Amoco.
Ms. Brandt Wood is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Rolla and has a B.S. in chemical engineering. She began her career with Amoco as a facilities engineer for several West Texas plants in January 1981, transferring to exploration and production in December 1984. She worked on a number of major construction projects and developed two patented processes for carbon
dioxide removal. She became a supervisor in July 1991, and a member of the WEC leadership team in 1994. During 1993 and 1994, she was an active participant in the reorganization of Amoco's WEC efforts.
Ms. Brandt Wood has been involved in SPE, AICHE, API Committee 75, an industry standard for offshore safety, The Business Roundtable's Construction Committee, leading the task group on workforce availability, and is a member of the board for the Armand Bayou Nature Center.