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MLSOC Futures Conference

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Date: Apr 21st, 2015 / Author: Mason Bowman /

On March 26-27 the Myers-Lawson School of Construction hosted a Futures Conference. The conference brought together some of the best and brightest minds in the construction industry for a two day presentation and panel discussion about the upcoming trends. Collectively this year’s panel brought together over 100 years of industry experience.

The panel included:

Mark Hourigan, President and CEO of Hourigan Construction: Mark Hourigan brings thirty years of experience to his role as President and CEO of Hourigan Construction, a full-service commercial construction firm. Mark’s leadership in the community extends beyond the impressive accomplishments of his company. He currently serves on the Board of Richmond Real Estate Group, Richmond Forum, Management Round Table, and Advisory Board for the School of Building Construction at Virginia Tech.

Timothy J. Regan, President of Whiting-Turner Contracting Company: Tim is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (1973) and of the University of Maryland, College Park (1977, Civil Engineering). Tim joined Whiting-Turner in 1980 as a Project Engineer, in the early 1990’s he helped expand Whiting-Turner’s presence in the life sciences industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical processing and various federal laboratory clients and has now served as their President and CEO for just over a year.

John Lawson, CEO of W.M. Jordan Company: Mr. Lawson began his career with W.M. Jordan Company as a Field Engineer in 1957 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Geophysics. Under his leadership, W.M. Jordan Company has become one of the largest general contractors in Virginia. John currently sits on the Board for the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech as well as countless other board and chair positions.

Sherwood Wilson, Vice President for Administration at Virginia Tech.  Sherwood Wilson is the Vice President for Administration at Virginia Tech where he is responsible for oversight and management of all of the university’s safety and security operation, physical and human resources (excluding teaching and research faculty).  Sherwood has held higher education positions for 30 years and his previous positions included Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and COO at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Topics from the conference included everything from ethics, leadership, and the future of technology in the construction industry. During the two day event over 200 students and industry board members attended. A special thank you goes out to all of the esteemed speakers for taking the time to present.

If you were unable to attend or want to watch some of the presentations again a video of the conference will be available here soon.

For a link to pictures from the conference click here.