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2008 Distinguished Leadership Award Winners

Brian A. Harry

Iowa State Student Chapter President

Distinguished Leadership, Student

As President of the Iowa State DBIA Student Chapter, Brian increased membership by 40%, organized presentations by PCL Civil Constructors and John Deere Wind Energy, and recruited 10 corporate sponsors. In addition, he led an extremely successful fundraising campaign that allowed seven Iowa State students to attend the 2007 DBIA Annual Conference in Dallas. Brian is an active participant in the DBIA Mid-America Region by serving on the Iowa Chapter Steering Committee and recently became a LEED Accredited Professional. At present he is an Associate Project Manager for Ryan Companies US in Davenport, Iowa.

John Hallman

General Motors Corporation (ret.)

Distinguished Leadership, Private Owner

After 40 years, Jack Hallman retired in 2008 from General Motors as their Director of Global Capital Projects. He originally joined GM in 1968 as a College Graduate in Training at the Chevrolet Willow Run facility and worked his way through the organization to hold positions including Director of the Manufacturing Construction Manager Group, Area Manager of General Assembly, and Manufacturing Engineering Director. When he assumed construction responsibilities at GM, 98% were completed design-bid-build. Now 80% are design-build. In the early 2000s, he was charged with improving project performance by 25% on the future Lansing Delta Township plant. Understanding that employees were less enthusiastic about design-build, he focused on cultural change by devoting time to team integration, dynamics, and support to best assure the acceptance of the new delivery model. As a result of his belief in design-build, the Lansing Delta Township plant finished 20% under budget, 25% early, and was the first automotive manufacturing facility to earn LEED Gold certification. To this day he is passionate about teaching others, especially owners, to pursue a more open culture through design-build. Even in retirement, he continues to mentor colleagues and lecture on the collaborative building process and competitive advantage it offers.

Senator Mike Flood

Nebraska State Legislature

Distinguished Leadership, Legislator

Prior to this year, under Nebraska law, public bodies were required to use the traditional design-bid-build method. However, the community felt it was time to change. Senator Mike Flood was contacted by a local community college and a contractor constituent who asked him to consider enabling public bodies in the State to solve their capital construction needs using alternatives to the traditional design-bid-build. After hearing the benefits of design-build, the Senator took it upon himself to foster this change. He personally presented the benefits of his Construction Alternative legislation at the initial Committee Hearing in February which resulted in a unanimous vote. As Speaker of the Legislature, Senator Flood designated LB889 as his Priority Bill which ensured that it would come to a vote in this year’s short session. On April 11, 2008 Legislative Bill No. 889 was introduced and now public bodies in Nebraska have alternatives to the traditional procurement method in the form of Qualifications-Based Design-Build and CM at Risk.

State Representative Cheri Jahn

Colorado House of Representatives

Distinguished Leadership, Legislator

Representative Cheri Jahn is a small business owner in addition to having a distinguished career in the Colorado House of Representatives. She serves as a leader in pursuing legislation that benefits business and the entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in Colorado. In 2006, Representative Cheri Jahn was contacted by CH2M HILL who was exploring approaches to design-build at the state and local levels. At the time, Colorado law was not uniform in that some public entities were permitted to use alternative delivery methods and other governmental units, particularly at the local level, were required to award to the lowest bidder under the traditional design-bid-build method. Representative Jahn agreed that clarifying Colorado’s law on this issue would make the state more competitive in the Rocky Mountain Region. She was concerned about the negative impact of the law as it existed. Before the 2007 session commenced, Representative Jahn organized and invited other legislators to join her for an educational tour of design-build projects in the metropolitan Denver area. The tour, held in conjunction with CH2M HILL and the DBIA Rocky Mountain Region, highlighted both public and private projects that were delivered through the design-build process. In March 2007 she introduced House Bill 07-1342 and successfully managed the committee hearing process and the floor vote through the House. The bill was signed into law in June and Colorado now has a comprehensive design-build law in place.