John Harriel



Diversity Manager/Superintendent, Morrow-Meadows

Morrow-Meadows is proud to recognize John Harriel as one who never stops caring about others.  In recognition for his 20 years of leadership and outstanding outreach efforts, John has been promoted to Diversity Manager/Superintendent.  In addition to being one of their hardest working Superintendents, Big John, as he is fondly called, works tirelessly in the Los Angeles community with at risk and proven risk individuals who seek a new direction in their lives through the construction trades.

In his new role with Morrow Meadows, John will implement company wide training and development programs for their employees, visit projects and meet with employees to share the company vision and identify paths forward for improved career opportunities.  John serves as their corporate liaison with customers, employees and the community regarding their outreach and diversity initiatives. John assists their customers, employees and the community with proven methods for educating and developing pathways for individuals in under served communities with the Local Unions and Apprenticeship programs.

John has been an inspiration to many through his work with the 2nd Call Organization, Big John Kares, the City of Los Angeles and IBEW Local 11. Morrow Meadows is extremely proud to support John in his efforts with 2nd Call.

Please take a moment to learn more about how John and 2nd Call are making great strides in the community and thanking John for being such a positive role model for those in need of a second chance.  Thank you to the State Building and Construction Trades Council for this terrific video.

Dean Xuereb



Field Operations Manager, PCL

Seen as a mentor, Dean Xuereb has been directly responsible for kickstarting the construction careers of many individuals. He works with organizations such as HireLAX, 2nd Call, and Flintridge Center on providing job opportunities to those residing in underserved communities. In 1995, Dean joined PCL Toronto as a superintendent. For the past 24 years, he has worked on several major projects including the Infield Development project at Pearson International Airport, RBC Centre in Toronto, the Niagara Health-Care Complex in St. Catharines, and the Humber River Regional Hospital (HRRH). Currently, Dean is the Field Operations Manager on the $1.6 billion Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) North project at LAX.

Pam Penn



President, PDA Consulting Group

Pam Penn is the President and CEO of PDA Consulting Group —a California based, community benefits management consulting firm specializing in the built environment. Ms. Penn brings over 30 years of developing and implementing community benefits and public participation programs; and she has established a successful track record in working with governmental agencies, private developers, general contractors, elected officials, and small businesses.

Her expertise in outreach programs have been helpful to clients in generating performance from small, and historically underutilized businesses and individuals; and in communicating the associated outcomes to clients and other interested stakeholders. Ms. Penn has extensive knowledge, and experience developing business and employment outreach programs in transportation, water, wastewater, residential and commercial construction.

Prior to starting her business, Ms. Penn served in several responsible management positions in both the public and private sectors. During her career she has been charged with developing strategies to ensure that small and disadvantaged firms are provided access to contracting opportunities. She has also successfully identified strategies for providing construction jobs to local communities in areas surrounding numerous construction projects.

Jacqueline T.D. Huynh



Keynote Speaker, Radio Show Host and Multi-Generational Legacy Family Coach

Jacqueline T.D. Huynh arrived in the United States in 1975 as a refugee from Vietnam at just 8 years old with her parents and 4 younger sisters.  They only had the clothes on their back, freedom, the hope of an American dream and a commitment to succeed.

She is a public speaker, author, and consultant on the topic of family & corporate leadership as well as building generational wealth.  Her goal is to unite the family in the same purpose with harmony, build multi-generational wealth through real estate investing and leaving a profound legacy.

Her book, “Your Amazing Itty Bitty Book on Family Leadership"  is an Amazon #1 Bestseller.  Her 2nd book published in March 2019 “True Legacy Wealth: Creating Generational Wealth through Real Estate Investing” is also available on Amazon. She also hosts a weekly podcast centered around family leadership and financial literacy on

She brings over 25 years of corporate and business world experience as well as over 12 years of experience in the real estate industry as a real estate broker, developer, and investor.

Sahar Andrade



Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership Consultant | Sahar Consulting, LLC

Sahar Andrade, MB.BCh is a Diversity, Global Leadership & Culture Competence Speaker/ Consultant, certified as a Social Media Strategist. She lived, worked and been educated in 7 countries and 3 continents; she speaks 5 languages. She holds a Double Bachelors of Medicine, and Surgery, Major in Psychiatry from Cairo University; and successfully completed a Mastery of HR Studies Certificate Program. ,

She is an author, and a “TED Talk” Speaker. Nominated for the 2018 Women and Council awards; Named as a “National Authority on Diversity” by the LA Business Journal, Her Entrepreneur training program received Congressional Recognition. She has been nominated as a “Woman Advocate” by CWI in 2017, recognized by the “State Senate”, the “State Assembly” as well as the “Board of Equalization”, and nominated as a “Women breaking barriers” in 2016; and had been honored as an “Inspirational Woman” in 2015

She was awarded the “Diversity Insights award 2015” by the National Diversity Council and the “Leadership Excellence award 2014” by

She consulted for a Netflix documentary about “Racism” in 2016. She appeared multiple times on nationally syndicated radio like 1100 AM KFNX news radio. She gave speeches at University of Phoenix, USC, UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State San Bernardino, SBA (Small Business Administration), and the Woodbury University, she also spoke at many conferences locally, in Canada and overseas.

She has been featured as an SME (Subject Matter Expert) numerous times in many National magazines’ articles as: Diversity Executive, and Diversity Bar.

She is a Business Advisor at PCR-SBDC a subsidiary of the “Small Business Administration”.

She termed as a Board Member for NAAAHR, and as a Board Member for Los Angeles Diversity Council. Currently a board member of Leadership Circle of change.

Her book “49 things about Entrepreneurship” is published on Amazon. Her current clients’ list include government agencies, public utilities, nonprofits, healthcare and educational organizations. Sahar is the founder of “Sahar Consulting, LLC” and “Reinvent Yourself to Greatness.

Patricia Rhee



Principal, Marketing Director | Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

Patricia Rhee is a Partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, and has been practicing architecture for 20 years. Patricia received her Master's degree in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design and received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She recently completed USC’s Ross Minority Program in Real Estate. She is a member of the AIA, DBIA and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She is currently on the Board of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce as well as the Economic Development Committee and recipient of the 2017 Culver City Women in Business Council Visionary Award. Patricia was also a Founding Co-Chair of the AIA Los Angeles Women in Architecture committee. Her project experience ranges from civic to institutional and commercial developments of all scales and multiple delivery methods including design-build. In 2015, her firm received the 2015 National AIA Firm Award, one of the industry’s highest honors.

Andrew Biggs



Southern California Regional Manager | Isec, Inc.

Andrew Biggs moved to Southern California from the San Joaquin Valley 22 years ago to pursue his life goal of not living in Fresno, CA. He worked in the boating industry through school where he met his wife, Sarah, daughter of an ISEC Preconstruction Manager. He joined ISEC and the lift of commercial construction in 2005 as a project engineer. Since then, Andrew has fulfilled roles as project manager, business development, estimator, preconstruction manager, operations manager and now currently holds the position of ISEC Regional Manager of Southern California. As a father of for young daughters, Andrew's genuine interest and advocacy for the advancement and equal opportunity for women in the construction industry sits close to home.

Margaux Burkholder

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Project Director | Englekirk

Margaux Burkholder joined Englekirk in 2010 following her tenure at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly, SLO) where she received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Architectural Engineering. She is a licensed structural engineer with 8 years of design experience including high-rise and performance-based design, seismic retrofit and rehabilitation, multi-family residential, commercial, mixed use, and retail. One of her recent projects include the $234 million County of Los Angeles Hall of Justice Seismic Retrofit and Parking Structure. The project turned the red tagged 14-story, 1925 Hall of Justice into new office space for the LA Sheriff’s Headquarters as well as adding a 1,000-car parking structure.

Margaux executed the project from start to finish with her team. Currently, she is working on the $2.5 Billion and 1.5 million square foot Century Plaza project involving the renovation of the existing 16-story historic Century Plaza Hotel and addition of two 46-story residential towers. Margaux has been the project lead for the seismic retrofit of the hotel and an integral part of the project’s success.

Margaux was selected as a Young Practicing Engineer by the American Concrete Institute where she presented the Hall of Justice Seismic Retrofit and Parking Structure at the 8th International Workshop on Structural Concrete in the Americas and Beyond. She is also an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California and sits on the Women in Structural Engineering Committee. She is also a member of the National Association of Women in Construction. A personal passion for Margaux is the fostering of young students’ interest in the design and construction industry. As a result, she is a mentor for the ACE Mentor Los Angeles program whose mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction. She also sits on the Advisory Board for the Structural Engineering Department at Cal Poly, SLO which helps to guide the future of the curriculum and helps prepare the future college graduates for success in the industry.

Kasie Bowden



Project Superintendent | Hensel Phelps.

Kasie Bowden is a powerhouse Project Superintendent who has worked for Hensel Phelps in the Los Angeles area for the past 12 years. Trade partners praise her ability to see the big picture, keep all parties successful and have a little fun along the way. Her specialties include total program scheduling and phasing, design management from concept through 100% Contract Documents, and extensive MEPF coordination. Kasie’s experience ranges from education and healthcare to aviation. Valuing $1.5B in completed work, milestone programs include the RFK Community School (formerly the Ambassador Hotel), The Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Renovation and over $1B in aviation renovation programs at 3 major terminals at LAX.

Kasie is a graduate of the University of Southern California Civil Engineering program. When she’s not on site, she’s at home with her husband, 2 children and her fluffy corgis. Her love of travel takes her out of the country at least once a year. Kasie’s greatest contribution to the construction community includes founding the non-profit organization Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS), geared towards growing a community for women leaders in the operational side of construction. This group currently boasts over 1,000 members in California alone. Kasie looks forward to continued success and personal growth in the construction industry.

Kimberly Gerber



President | Excelerate

Described by peers as innovative, results-oriented and insightful, Kimberly Gerber shares more than two decades of experience leading Fortune 500 companies, C-level executives, millennial and high-potential employee towards real results.

Kimberly designs and leads popular coaching and communication skill training program that help participants master the art of communication. These programs include intensive hands-on workshops, presentations, round-table discussions and practical exercise. Kimberly is proud to play a key role in the company’s continued success and exceptional 98 percent client rehire and retention rate.

Kimberly’s core business philosophies have guided her through a rewarding career, which includes roles as Marketing Director of Starbucks Coffee and Fleetwood Enterprises. In these roles she managed brand communications, lead national advertising an public relations campaigns and had P&L responsibility in excess of $20MM annually. Under Kimberly’s leadership, Starbucks launched its first mobile store, which revolutionized the Frappuccino business in key markets and results in hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue. Today, Kimberly applies her unique talents to help client’s accelerate their own results by helping them think, act and behave more strategically.

Kimberly also brings the power of effective communication to podiums across the country as a motivating and empowering public speaker. With the ability to speak on a variety of topics related to interpersonal and transformational communication, Kimberly is among the region’s highly sought after and acclaimed key-note speaker, consistently leaving attendees feeling energized, inspired and empowered.

Kimberly Holds a B.A. in Marketing and Public Communication from SUNY Buffalo and had completed Graduate studies in Public Communication at SDSU. A life-long learner, Kimberly holds executive coaching certification from ICF Accredited Newfield Network and a Mediation Certification for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Kimberly lives in Irvine, CA with her husband and three children.

Annie Kao

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Field Engineering Supervisor | Simpson Strong-Tie

Annie Kao, P.E. is a field engineering supervisor for Simpson Strong-Tie, where she has been connecting with and educating engineers, architects, building officials, and contractors on design and product solutions for residential and commercial construction for over 15 years. Prior to joining Simpson Strong-Tie, she worked as a structural engineering consultant for retail, hospital, school and multi-family projects. Annie serves on the Structural Engineers Assocaiton of Southern California (SEAOSC) Board of Directors as well as on state and national committees. She is a registered professional engineer in California and earned her B.S. from Harvey Mudd College and her M.S. from UC Berkeley.

Jo-e Lopez

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Vice President | Snyder Langston

With over nineteen years of experience in the architecture and construction industry, Jo-E Lopez serves as Vice President and Partner, for Snyder Langston. Snyder Langston is an Irvine-based trusted construction advisor to Fortune 500, mid-size and start-up companies. The firm is one of Southern California's largest and most respected builders since 1959.

Ms. Lopez oversees market sector strategic planning, marketing, public relations, client relations and business development activities for Snyder Langston, Optym and Snyder Langston Residential. She is a primary point of contact for clients and promotes the synergy and brand consistency throughout all three service lines of the organization.

Ms. Lopez has held leadership positions in a number of real estate organizations. She was appointed President of CoreNet Global’s Southern California chapter for the 2010-2012 term and served as Vice President of Orange County and on the Advisory Board. She also serves on the Orange County NAIOP U committee for NAIOP SoCal and the UCI Real Estate Board. She is actively involved in the community and holds a position on the Hoag Hospital Foundation Board, Chair for Crime Survivors, Inc. and American Heart & Stroke Association. Ms. Lopez holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Arizona in Business Administration

Amber Meshack



Director, Business, Jobs, and Social Responsibility | LAWA

Amber Meshack is the Director of the new Business, Jobs, & Social Responsibility division at Los Angeles World Airports. The Division is responsible for leading efforts to maximize business and job opportunities for local, diverse firms and workers. For the past two years, she worked on the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) LAX, where she managed executive operations and strategic projects, including developing the local hire, workforce, and small, local, and disadvantaged business contracting requirements for the $4.9B Automated People Mover project.

Prior to working at LAWA, Amber worked at the City of Los Angeles’s Housing & Community Investment Department, leading strategic planning and policy for the Consolidated Plan, the investment strategy for community development funds the City receives from the Federal government. Amber also served many years with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, where she helped establish The LA Neighborhood Council system, the nation’s largest municipal civic engagement program. At Neighborhood Empowerment, Amber developed and managed programs and policy, including administering the Neighborhood Council elections, and establishing the process by which Neighborhood Councils work with the Mayor annually to help shape the City’s $9 billion general fund budget. A third generation Californian, raised in Los Angeles and San Diego, Amber studied English and Public Policy at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Sharon Gookin

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Executive Project Director | Linxs

Sharon Gookin currently serves as the Executive Project Director of the LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) Constructors joint-venture consortium, where she is responsible for the successful design and construction of the $4.9 billion Automated People Mover (APM) project in Los Angeles, California. The APM contract, which was awarded to LINXS in January 2018, is the centerpiece of Los Angeles World Airport’s (LAWA’s) multi-billion-dollar Landside Access Modernization Program. In her capacity as Project Director, Ms. Gookin oversees all business operation, design and construction programs under the APM contract, which includes the procurement of vehicle manufacturing.

The scope of her leadership role at LINXS is such that Ms. Gookin is directly responsible for the successful delivery and execution of the APM at LAX by 2023. Before joining LINXS, Ms. Gookin worked on mega-infrastructure projects across the United States. With over 25 years of experience, she has an impressive background and a proven track-record in both project development and project execution of major infrastructure projects delivered using Public-Private Partnership and Design-Build execution models.

Ms. Gookin has managed multiple phases of project development on previous projects, including consultant selection, contract negotiation, geometric approval, right-of-way acquisition, utility coordination, environmental permitting, railroad coordination, and preparation of plans, specifications, estimates and contract documents. Her previous mega-project management experiences have also included the direct responsibility and oversight for contracts, procurement, finance, human resources, payroll, project controls, document control and information technology departments.

Ms. Gookin received her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering degree from California State University, San Luis Obispo. She then went on to receive her Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering, with a major emphasis in Structural Engineering, from the University of California Berkeley.

Dianne Lee



AVP, PM/CM, Western Region Business Development Leader | AECOM

Dianne Lee is Associate Vice President for the Western Region Construction and Project Management business line of AECOM. As part of her role, she focuses on advancing growth across all markets by driving business development initiatives and building industry relationships while establishing market presence and visibility—creating opportunities for AECOM and securing partnerships with all stakeholders.

Dianne has spent over 12 years dedicated to the industry, with her client relationships primarily focused in Southern California. Her areas of expertise are within the Public Agencies, Education, Aviation and Healthcare markets. She has led business development pursuits both internationally and nationally and has been instrumental in the strategy and awards of several significant billion-dollar construction management programs.

She credits Guy Mehula, former Chief Facilities Executive of LAUSD and past President of Parsons, Middle East, for bringing out the best in her, which has been instrumental in her proven growth and success. In addition to her commitment to the AEC industry, Dianne volunteers with several causes that are dear to her. From fundraising for the non-profit California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) in downtown LA, to serving the homeless at the Midnight Mission, she is relentless in her pursuit of giving back. She is also an SMPS mentor and is currently mentoring a CMAA intern from Cal Poly Pomona. She lives by her personal credo: empowerment - regardless of gender, age, race or status.

Sally Magee

Sally Magee


President | Magee Leadership Solutions, Inc.


121 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Suite 201
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Sally Magee is the President of Magee Leadership Solutions, Inc. and has over 20 years of experience in project management, engineering and construction, and people development. She has a passion for helping teams improve their effectiveness and helping leaders grow and develop. She excels at individual coaching as well as team building and organizational development with teams of all sizes – from small businesses to large corporations.

Working in the engineering and construction environment, Sally is adept at working with people at all levels and with varied backgrounds, both in the private and public sectors. Projects in the U.S. include major infrastructure (light rail, high speed rail, automated people mover train systems, highways, bridges), power plants and refineries. She also served in the Peace Corps in Honduras for two years as a water resources engineer.

Sally has B.S and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner, Master Facilitator, and has a Coaching Certificate from the Association for Talent Development.

Marilyn Klinger

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Managing Partner | SMTD Law, Los Angeles


355 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 943-1427


Ms. Klinger serves as the Managing Partner of SMTD Law’s Los Angeles office. She is involved in all aspects of construction law on a state and national level, representing the full spectrum of the construction industry, from owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties. Ms. Klinger’s practice includes time-related claims and litigation (e.g., delay/impact), legal advice and counsel regarding the contracting process (e.g., bidding and contract disputes/performance bond claims), payment enforcement/defense (e.g. payment bonds/mechanics liens/stop payment notices), administrative and scope claims and litigation (e.g., differing site conditions, change and extra work orders/inadequate plans and specifications and subcontractor substitutions) and counseling and transactional services to the construction industry (e.g., general advice and counsel, including contract preparation, evaluation and negotiation). In addition, she has extensive experience in dispute resolution including litigation, trial, appeals, arbitration and mediation.

Ms. Klinger is a hard-working “straight shooter.” Early in her career, she became a pioneer in construction law, being one of the first women attorneys to practice in the primarily male field. Through her passion and unique intelligence she has established a vital, nationwide practice involved in all aspects of construction law and a career marked by increasingly prominent leadership positions. She is recognized as an innovator in legal problem-solving and as a thought leader who is a frequently published author and sought-after speaker for professional legal, construction and educational publications and organizations. Marilyn loves humor and thinks everyone is way too serious.

Brenda Radmacher



Partner | Gordon & Rees


Los Angeles | San Diego | Orange County


•  Construction
•  Real Estate
•  Employment
•  Environmental/Toxic Tort
•  Professional Liability
•  Commercial Litigation
•  Class Action


Brenda Radmacher specializes in construction, real estate, and employment litigation, regularly counseling general contractors, construction managers, design professionals, contractors, and owners on contract negotiations, risk management and disputes.

Ms. Radmacher’s practice emphasizes resolving complex construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, and, when necessary, arbitration and litigation, on projects in California, nationwide, and internationally. She frequently addresses claims involving breach of contract, construction and design defects, liens, delays and impacts, construction defects, bonds and insurance issues (including among others, general liability, builder’s risk, professional liability and subcontractor default insurance), and represents many of the nation’s largest contractors and developers in the commercial, multifamily, and residential markets. She has substantial experience in building envelope, water infiltration and mold-related claims, having counseled clients with respect to hundreds of such matters. Ms. Radmacher has defended all types of cases including mass actions and class action claims, defending residential homebuilders, commercial contractors, and design professionals.

As part of her employment practice, Ms. Radmacher has handled sensitive discrimination, harassment, and assault claims for her clients, including complex franchise/corporations issues. Ms. Radmacher frequently litigates disputed claims under the ADA, Title VII, FDCPA, as well as state and local laws, including California’s Proposition 65.

In addition, Ms. Radmacher handles personal injury actions relating to construction site accidents, mold exposure and toxic tort claims, as well as regularly advising multinational and Fortune 500 clients on compliance with California’s Proposition 65 and related regulations. Ms. Radmacher also has expertise in developing risk-management protocols for her clients in both the construction, regulatory, and employment areas.

In her over 19 years of practice, Ms. Radmacher has secured multiple victories for her clients early in the litigation through aggressive law and motion practice, effective negotiation, and early dispute resolution techniques. Due to her experience as a private and court-appointed mediator, Ms. Radmacher is an excellent negotiator and is sought out to resolve the most difficult and complex matters.

Cathy Orquiola

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District Manager | PCL Construction Services

As district manager for PCL Construction's thriving $1 billion Los Angeles district, Cathy only knows one mode: Go. A self-proclaimed ultimate competitor, she is determined to achieve success – for her people, her firm, and her clients. Whether constructing a building or leading a district, Cathy recognizes that people are the key distinguishing factors in every accomplishment. As such, she not only sees her position as a builder of structures, but primarily as a builder of people – a role she has honed throughout her career.

Cathy's career traverses 22 years in the construction industry, beginning in the field as a project engineer and rising through the ranks to become vice president and operations manager for an international construction firm. Throughout, she has led operations and office teams to find the best way – whether building a ground up casino in nine months or driving a culture of innovation that actively embraces new technology and Lean practices.

A strong sense of competition and desire to consistently overcome every obstacle was instilled the moment Cathy was born. The youngest of five siblings, Cathy's deepest foundations are rooted in finding the best and most effective path to realizing goals. Further emphasized through her experience as a semi-pro athlete, Cathy's confidence, personal drive, and deep conviction of team only fuels her fire to motivate others and win. Leading by example, Cathy is a natural collaborator who operates under the core principles of integrity, authenticity, and accountability. Throughout her career her laser focus to achieve has guided her to construct everything the best possible way – first buildings and now an organization of people.