Stephen M.R. Covey
Trust expert, executive thought leader and bestselling author

Stephen M. R. Covey is co-founder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Trust Practice. He is a sought-after and compelling speaker and adviser on trust, leadership, ethics and collaboration. Covey is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust—The One Thing That Changes Everything and recently released Trust & Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others, which is a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Jon Dorenbos
Magician and former NFL player

Jon Dorenbos played 14 seasons in the NFL, notably making the Pro Bowl twice as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and received the Ed Block Courage Award and was named the Eagles’ Walter Payton Man of the Year. He competed on Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent” where he showcased his skills as a sleight-of-hand magician, making it to the finals and placing third overall among over 100,000 competitors.

Matt Abeles
Vice President of Technology and Innovation

Matthew Abeles is vice president of construction technology and innovation for Associated Builders and Contractors. Abeles spearheads efforts to integrate construction technology and innovation into all aspects of ABC’s strategic initiatives, including total human health, world-class safety and workforce development, through projects like the annual Tech Report, Tech Marketplace, Tech Alliance and educational sessions.

Anirban Basu
ABC Chief Economist

Anirban Basu is chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore. He is chief economist for Associated Builders and Contractors. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010. His radio show can be heard weekdays on WYPR, 88.1 FM Baltimore. Basu teaches History of Economic Thought at Goucher College as Distinguished Economist in Residence.

Jack Callahan, CPA
Partner, Construction Industry Leader, CohnReznick

With over 35 years of experience, Jack Callahan serves as CohnReznick’s construction industry leader, overseeing a team of 200 professionals across the United States. He has served as a trusted adviser to contractors throughout their entire lifecycle. Callahan was the lead partner for CohnReznick on the monitoring and investigative work performed at ground zero and continues to spearhead the ongoing initiatives at LaGuardia and O’Hare airports.

Mary Glover
Safety Officer, GLB Concrete Construction

After a long career in manufacturing and property management, Glover joined GLB Concrete Construction, which provides turnkey services to a range of clients, including general contractors, schools, state facilities and high-security facilities such as Fort Meade and the Pentagon. Over the past three years, she has led GLB’s safety journey and worked with her team to achieve STEP Diamond level.

Ryan Odendahl
President, Kwest Group

Ryan Odendahl is president of Kwest Group, a 100% employee-owned, merit shop civil construction firm partnering with clients in the energy, rail, industrial, petrochemical, defense and public-private infrastructure markets. Odendahl served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps and went on to attend The University of Findlay, earning both a bachelor’s in safety and environmental management and an MBA.

Melanie Pfeiffenberger
Director of Political Affairs

Melanie Pfeiffenberger serves as director of political affairs for ABC. Prior to joining ABC, she served as executive director of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, the premier national organization dedicated exclusively to electing more Republicans to state legislatures. Additionally, Pfeiffenberger has experience working in fundraising, grassroots advocacy, and local government.

Sabra Phillips
Director of Talent Development, MAREK

Sabra Phillips leads organizational and talent development for MAREK, an 85-year construction contractor recognized for its deep commitment to growing its people throughout operations in Texas and the Southeast. She is a strong advocate for industry talent and chair of the National Center for Construction Education and Research Workforce Development Committee.

Jeff Sample
Industry Evangelist, Join

Jeff Sample has devoted the past 20+ years to transforming companies. He optimizes companies throughout the construction industry by designing solutions, optimizing strategic advantages and breaking down information silos. As industry evangelist for Join, Sample promotes collaboration and the transformation of preconstruction to help project teams reach their potential.

Greg Sizemore
Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development Associated Builders and Contractors

Greg Sizemore is vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development for ABC. Prior to ABC, Sizemore worked at Zachry Industrial, where he played an integral role in the formation of competency-based safety, professional and craft workforce development programs. He currently serves on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, the board of directors of NCCER and chairs the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Kristen Swearingen
Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs

Kristen Swearingen is vice president of legislative and political affairs at ABC. Known as one of the top lobbyists year after year, she leads the association’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and coalition efforts in the business community, chairing the 600-member Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. Prior to joining ABC, she was a staffer in the office of former Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky.

Vance Walter
Director of Legislative and Political Affairs

Vance Walter helps lead the federal affairs team at ABC in a legislative and political capacity. He serves as ABC’s lead representative on transportation and infrastructure; energy; environment; natural resources; and small business issues, advocating for ABC’s legislative positions on Capitol Hill. Walter also directs the political operations for ABC, serving as staff liaison for ABC PAC.

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