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Summit Spotlights

We are looking forward to hearing all the speakers talk about important topics for the construction industry's future.

For this year's Construction Executive Summit, we will be covering important topics like mental health, cash planning and forecasting, cyber security, and more.

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Mark Nelson

Double Action Consulting 

Mark will be talking about the Accident/Mishap Investigation

As an instructor, Mark has spoken to hundreds of audiences, training thousands of workers in multiple aspects of commerce.  Aiming for legal compliance, Mark excels in organizational leadership, implementing policies and procedures which are practical and effective.

His formal education includes an Executive MBA in Organizational Leadership, a vocational certification in Criminal Justice, and two vocational certificates in Occupational Safety. What’s more, Mark has worked successfully with over six hundred businesses as a third-party consultant improving processes, coaching employees, and increasing revenue.

Best of all, Mark has an animated sense of humor and brings an unparalleled energy to his lectures and environment.


Dawn Egbert

Procurement Services Manager at the Port of Vancouver USA

Dawn will be talking about Small Works Roster Legislation Addressing Public Works Procurement

Dawn Egbert was appointed Procurement Services Manager at the Port of Vancouver USA in 2016. Her responsibilities include providing policy direction for procurement and contract and grant activities at the port. She oversees the development and preparation of proposals, bids, negotiation, and administration of contracts in accordance with policy and legal requirements.

Before becoming procurement services manager, Dawn was a contract manager and special projects analyst. In her 14 years at the port, she has served in key roles in numerous port projects and initiatives. She currently serves on committees including the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) Small Works Subcommittee as the WA Ports voting representative, the Port Procurement Resource Group for WA ports, and the Port of Vancouver Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.  Prior to joining the port, Dawn worked in several positions that shaped her background and experience.

Dawn received her BA in Communications and Human Relations.

When she’s not working, Dawn enjoys worship music, watching her kids’ sports teams, Kansas City Chiefs football, Bunco and traveling with her family.

Keysha Echevarria Silva

Keysha Echevarria Silva

Wage and Hour Investigator with the Portland District Office

Keysha will be talking about Fair Labor Standards Act & Independent Contractors

Keysha Echevarria Silva is a Wage and Hour Investigator with the Portland District Office since 2020.  She was born and raised in Puerto Rico.  She joined the Peace Corps as an agricultural volunteer in Paraguay, but her experience was cut short after 2 years due to the pandemic.  Life than took her to Portland and she now  serves her country as a Wage and Hour investigator.  As a an investigator, she has completed numerous compliance actions including the Fair Labor Standards Act, Davis Bacon Act, and more.

Stephanie Garicia

Stephanie Garicia

Wage and Hour Investigator with the Portland District Office

Stephanie will be talking about Fair Labor Standards Act & Independent Contractors

Stephanie Garicia is a Wage and Hour Investigator with the Portland District Office since 2020. She is currently representing PDO in the cross regional residential construction initiative. She has conducted a variety of compliance actions relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act, Migrant Seasonal Protection Act, H2A, Child Labor, and more. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Todd Plimpton, JD, MBA, MSS - Keynote Speaker

Division Chief, Idaho Corrections Industrires

Todd will be talking about leadership

Business executive, senior counsel, consultant, lobbyist, U.S. Army Veteran/Retired Brigadier General, and community engagement leader with over 25 years of experience fostering business growth and government relations. In-depth experience across healthcare, corporate governance, government relations, facility/plant development/maintenance, not for profit, financial consulting and restructuring, strategic planning, and development. Proven expertise in senior executive leadership of diverse organizations and teams (building) in public and private entities. Strong leader with success in supporting and achieving designed objectives especially as they relate to change.

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Nina Jones - Breakout Speaker


Nina will be talking about demystifying Goal Setting and Good Faith Efforts (GFE).

"Nina Jones is currently working as the Business Diversity and Inclusion Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation.  In her role she oversees the DBE and MWSVBE programs for the entire states federally and locally funded projects which includes local agencies and ferries.  She has over a decade of experience in managing locally and federally funded compliance programs for FHWA, FTA and FAA and has served on several Local and National Boards.  Nina is passionate about growing businesses and people.  She is a Wife and Mom of two and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends."

Bill Smith

Bill Smith - Breakout Speaker

Parker, Smith & Feek

Bill will be talking about what contractors should and shouldn't do to maximize their surety credit.

"The value of surety credit is extremely important to a contractor and the industry and knowing the good, the bad, and the ugly of maintaining that credit is extremely important. I have been in the surety industry for over 33 years, with tremendous experience in seeing what works and what does not, in maintaining surety credit.

SWCA certainly knows me from my work on the SW WA Teacher Externship and the various presentations during the last few years. I was also a moderator for the Dozer Days Career Fair that we did during the COVID shutdown. Past President of the Surety Association of Oregon and many speaking arrangements."


Dr, Michael Wilkerson - Keynote Speaker


Dr. Michael Wilkerson is a Partner and the Director of Analytics at ECONorthwest. He brings over 15 years of private-sector experience as an economic consultant and as an analyst in the financial services industry. Mike studies urban economics for both public and private sector clients—with a focus on land use, transportation, and real estate development and how they interact with the regional economy

Mike specializes in economic analysis, modeling, and real estate analysis.

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Shannon Mitchell - Breakout Speaker

Banner Bank

Things to consider as you are planning your succession for long-term company/employee success.

With nearly 15 years of banking experience, Shannon manages a team of bankers who specialize in solutions tailored to their clients’ needs. She and her colleagues serve clients by getting to know them and understanding the needs and challenges of their business. With a passion for partnering with business owners to support their financial goals, she mentors and leads her team by example, and collaborates with fellow experts at Banner Bank to offer the right blend of tools for the situation. Shannon looks forward to assisting businesses as they aim to expand, retool and grow their operations.

Mike Nieto

Mike Nieto - Breakout Speaker

Catworks Construction

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mike has dedicated his life to building people and projects. His vision is for a workforce that values and embraces the uniqueness of employees on a human level in order to provide satisfying and successful careers.