May 2019 Chapter Meeting: COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT—Construction in Austin

May 28, 2019
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Norris Meetings and Events Center
2525 West Anderson Lane, #365
Austin, TX 78757


Norris Centers 

Norris Centers
2525 West Anderson Lane, #365 
Austin, TX 78757

Our dinner events have been selling out, so please register early! Dinner orders closed on Thursday, May 23 at 8:00 PM. Session(s) online registration closes on Monday, May 27 at 5:30 PM. 

Menu: TBD. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.

5:30 – 7:00 pm
(.5 Leadership PDU)

Registration, Business Meeting, Networking and Dinner (Cash Bar)

6:00 – 6:30 pm
(.5 Leadership PDU)

New Member Orientation

7:00 – 9:00 pm
(2 Leadership PDUs)

Program Description: COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT—Construction in Austin

Austin’s construction is obvious everywhere. PMI Austin Chapter is collaborating with a diverse group of community organizations that serve the Austin construction industry for our May COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT—Construction in Austin. Attendees will gain a perspective of the status, dynamics, anticipated developments and key future trends in construction in the Austin area. 

Fueled by Austin’s recent growth, the construction marketplace is robust and expanding. The technologies needed to support this robust growth are developing and expanding at a rapid pace. Devices and hardware, software interfaces and integration, digitalization, and data science projects reflect current and future needs. High tech jobs and careers are expanding. Entry level opportunities are and will put hiring pressure and demand for graduates who seek project positions. Demand for managerial skills in high tech projects is and will continue to be robust. These complex projects will lead to dispute resolution requiring new skills in technologies and project management. In sum, the construction market in Austin has extensive opportunities that will expand in the near future.

Panel Participants:

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Austin Chapter
  • Austin Bar Association (ABA) Construction Law
  • The Associated General Contractors (AGC) Austin Chapter
  • Construction Industry Institute (CII), The University of Texas Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Novack Brothers, real estate operating company
  • The University of Texas at Austin (UT) Leadership and Ethics Institute


Panelist Bios:

Phil ThodenPhil Thoden currently serves as the President and CEO of the Austin Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), a trade association of over 250 leading general contractors, specialty contractors and suppliers working in the Central Texas commercial building industry. These companies, large and small, employ roughly 10,000 people in the local economy and build a wide range of projects such as office and residential towers downtown, hospitals, schools, retail spaces and just about anything that is not highway or residential work. Key services provided by the Austin AGC are safety, advocacy, networking, education and building information. Our members have been engaged community partners here since 1946 and our office space has been located since that time near the intersection of South Lamar and Barton Springs in Austin. We are proud to help build Central Texas’ quality of life!

Before coming to Austin in 2003 and beginning work with the Austin AGC, Phil spent 18 years in Washington, DC. He worked for 9 years as a lobbyist, including 5 years for the AGC of America. He also spent 4 years on the staff of a U.S. Senator. Phil graduated with a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, in 1989. The son of an Air Force officer, Phil has lived in many locations throughout the United States as well as Japan and France. A father of 3 children (19, 16 and 13), Phil and his wife Holly lead an active home life in Austin. In his spare time, Phil enjoys swimming, cycling, and devouring books and movies. He is also an active member of the Austin Rotary Club.

Alyssa RayAlyssa Ray is a Coordinator of Student Leadership Development in the Leadership and Ethics Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned both her M.Ed. in Higher Education and B.A. of Psychology from Texas Tech University. Alyssa has worked in the Leadership and Ethics Institute since August 2015 and built ProjectLEAD from the ground up. Her innovation and integration of experiential learning earned ProjectLEAD a Silver NASPA Excellence Award in the category of Student Union, Student Activities, Greek Life, and Leadership.

ProjectLEAD is an award winning high-impact project management and community engagement program offered through the Leadership and Ethics Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Grounded in experiential learning and project management theory, ProjectLEAD seeks to enhance students’ project management and leadership skills in the context of civic engagement. By collaborating with local non-profit organizations and on-campus community partners, ProjectLEAD students develop leadership and marketable skills through their experiences and civic engagement.

Jeff NovakJeff Novak is the Founding Partner and Chief Architect of Business Direction for Novak Brothers. Specializing in identifying opportunities and raising capital, Jeff successfully creates mixed-used lifestyle communities, integrating urban living and lifestyle experiences with hospitality, upscale retail, and high-end rental properties. During the past 7 years, Novak Brothers has developed over 250 million dollars in real estate. Currently, Novak Brothers owns real estate assets valued over 125 million, those assets include residential developments, multi-family, retail, office and hotels. Novak Brothers has real estate projects under construction totaling 100+ million.

Jeff’s career began as a walk-on at Texas State University where he earned all-American honors and was named to the Southland Conference All-Decade Team. Jeff’s professional football career began with 8 years as an offensive lineman in the NFL, where he played for the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars. During his time in the NFL he was named as team captain and elected to represent his team as their Union Player Rep at the Annual Union Meeting in Hawaii.

However, with all his successes thus far on the field and in the boardroom, Jeff would say his proudest success is his family. He married his high school sweetheart Kim, 27 years ago and is father to 4 beautiful and very talented children; Cade 24, Cole 23, Calli 20 and Corinne 19. He has 5 siblings and 19 nieces and nephews all of whom he has coached in some sport along the way. All of Jeff’s children have followed his footsteps into athletics and have succeeded at the college level, and regardless of his busy schedule or the distance, he never misses one of their games. He stresses the importance of supporting one another and being there at all costs for the people you love and care about. Jeff’s “Show Up!” motto is reiterated in every motivational speech he gives. His father Jack, who was also an NFL player, and mother Judy have always been there for him. Now Jeff pays it forward. You ask Jeff the secret to success, and he’ll tell you two words “Show Up.”

Timothy PellowskiTimothy Pellowski, AIA, LEED AP has been with STG Design since 1994. Throughout his tenure, Tim has been responsible for navigating clients and multi-disciplinary project teams through the full range of architectural design and planning services for a wide variety of private development, corporate, and institutional projects.

Chris McMillanChris McMillan has significant experience in the commercial construction industry and an in-depth knowledge of design and construction fundamentals. Chris applies his background in construction project management and design to advocate for prompt and equitable resolution of complex multiparty disputes involving private and public works projects. His broad interdisciplinary construction practice spans all major industry segments including civil, architectural, structural and MEP design, construction defects, contract and payment disputes, and schedule disputes for owners, contractors, suppliers and design professionals. Chris is also certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Mike PappasDr. Mike Pappas is the Associate Director for Deployment at the Construction Industry Institute. He has more than twenty-five years of capital project management experience, including ten years of progressively responsible field experience managing domestic and international construction projects and facilities programs. As a self-employed consultant, he has helped clients develop effective project management solutions in the areas of project front-end development, execution, and dispute prevention/resolution. Project clients include ABB-Lummus, BE&K, Chevron, CCC Group, The Federal Facilities Council, NASA, Shell, TDIndustries, Turner Construction Company, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Mike earned a Ph.D. and M.S.E. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.



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$25.00 PMI Austin Chapter Member: Dinner & Presentations
$20.00 Earlybird rate before May 23

$35.00 Non-Member: Dinner & Presentations
$30.00 Earlybird rate before May 23

$15.00 PMI Austin Chapter Member: Presentations Only
$10.00 Earlybird rate before May 23

$25.00 Non-Member: Presentations Only
$20.00 Earlybird rate before May 23