Clint Brasier, CPA, Senior Manager- Crowe Horwath LLP
Mr. Brasier is a senior manager with Crowe Horwath LLP in Nashville, TN. Clint has over fifteen years of experience as a tax planning and compliance specialist soley in the construction and real estate industry. Clint also serves as the tax lead for the firm’s construction curriculum design and development.
Clint services a variety of contractors including general contractors, specialty trade contractors such as mechanical, HVAC, roofing, concrete, and steel erection. Clint also services clients in the heavy highway/civil construction industry such as asphalt paving, gravel mining and sales, dredging, and marine transportation. Clint’s client base in the above construction trades ranges from $20m to $2b in annual revenue.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Education & Certifications
Andrea Castle, CPA, CCIFP, CCA, Partner Elect - Crowe Horwath LLP
Andrea leads the construction industry audit practice in Crowe Horwath’s Atlanta office. She has performed audit and consulting services for contractors ranging from $30 million to over $4 billion in annual revenues in both the private and public sector. Her clients include general contractors, specialty subcontractors, and suppliers to the construction industry that are both domestic and multi-national companies. Andrea also serves as the construction industry practice group’s representative on the firm’s Revenue Recognition Task Force.
Larry Christianson, Assistant Vice President, Contract Surety - The Hartford
Larry is currently the Chief Underwriting Officer for the Contract Surety line of business. He oversees a staff of home office underwriters who serve twenty two branch offices across the country.
He joined Hartford in 1999 and has held various roles in operations, underwriting and management. He assumed his current role in 2013 and is based in Seattle, WA.
Previously he spent 10 years with Reliance Surety Company in Honolulu, HI, Seattle, WA and Detroit, MI in various field and home office roles.
Larry graduated from Oregon State University with a degree Finance.
John Colwell, CPA, Construction Tax Practice Partner- Crowe Horwath LLP
John has 38 years of construction taxation experience. John experience includes complicated ESOP implementations, mergers, re-organizations and estate planning. He focuses on complicated tax matters and providing year-round tax planning consultation. John is a frequent presenter to industry and education groups on topics related to construction taxation.
Cameron S. Hill Sr., Shareholder- Baker Donelson
While Mr. Hill's experience is diverse, he focuses on construction, employment, ERISA and general commercial litigation matters, trying cases to conclusion or decision through alternative dispute resolution.
Mr. Hill handles a variety of construction issues, including claims related to defects, delays, site conditions, change orders, liens and other contract disputes. His employment law experience includes discrimination claims brought under various state and federal statutes and covenants not to compete. His ERISA and non-ERISA benefits practice includes claims related to long term disability, short term disability and ERISA pension benefit disputes. He also represents clients involved in general commercial disputes.
In addition to numerous speaking engagements, Mr. Hill is the author of "Bricks in the Wall," a newsletter focused on issues in the construction industry. To review current and past issues, please go to "Bricks in the Wall." He also co-authored the Tennessee chapter on Mechanic's and Materialman's Lien Law for lienlawonline.com.
While at Tulane Law School, Mr. Hill served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. From 1995 until 1997, he served as law clerk to Judge Curtis L. Collier, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Professional Honors & Activities
David R. Hombach Jr., Chief Underwriting Officer, South Central Territory- Travelers
I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in 1985 with a BS in Economics with a second major in Finance. My work history has been:
I am married and the father of five children and reside in Huntingdon Valley, PA.
Anthony Huey, President and Presenter- Reputation Management, LLC
Anthony Huey is a highly-rated international speaker and communications consultant who offers session attendees pragmatic communications tools, tips and techniques they can use immediately. His career includes tenures as a news reporter, magazine senior editor, crisis management specialist, media relations consultant and executive speech coach.
Anthony leads Reputation Management, LLC , one of the nation’s leading communications training and crisis consulting companies. He has presented nearly 2,000 paid keynote speeches, workshops and seminars on a number of timely communications topics that executives can incorporate into both their professional and personal lives.
His direct client work includes a wide variety of advertising, public relations and communications initiatives for hundreds of trade associations, municipalities and companies, including Nike, Victoria’s Secret, Eli Lilly, Nationwide Insurance, The Kroger Company, and Procter & Gamble.
Anthony received his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University.
Jim Lundy, Partner- Malcom
Jim Lundy is a partner in the Tax & Business Services division and a member of Marcum's national Construction Industry Practice group. He came to Marcum in 2015 via the Firm's merger with DGLF CPAs & Business Advisors, a full-service accounting firm specializing in construction and real estate, with offices in Nashville, Tennessee, and Orlando, Florida.
With more than 30 years of experience in both public and private practice, Mr. Lundy is one of the most respected tax consultants in the construction industry. He works regularly with more than 350 construction entities to provide a wide range of tax services. Services include performing tax physicals to provide a full overview of a construction company's tax compliance and planning opportunities, establishing continuity and succession plans for contractors, dealing with federal and state authorities regarding tax issues important to contractors and leading in the timely completion of tax reporting required for the construction industry.
Mr. Lundy is an accomplished speaker and the author of many articles published on construction tax-related issues. The Tennessee Society of CPAs has honored him as Speaker of the Year more than 10 times; the Alabama Society of CPAs has presented him with their Thomas A. Ratcliff Outstanding Discussion Leader Award; and he has been the highest-rated speaker at both the American Institute of CPAs' National Construction Industry Conference and the AICPA National Tax Conference.
He is often sought out to provide in-house training to other CPA firms and organizations interested in obtaining the most up-to-date and practical applications of the tax rules and regulations pertaining to the construction industry. He has also testified before the Tennessee Tax Commission regarding the taxation of multi-state contractors.
Mr. Lundy is a past chair of the TSCPA Construction Committee and is former chairman of the AICPA National Construction Committee. He helped direct the very successful initial statewide construction conference and has been active in other committees, including the Continuing Education Committee, the Accounting Careers Committee, the Tennessee Road Builders Investment Committee and the Board of Directors of the Middle Tennessee Associated Builders and Contractors.
Jim is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the states of Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, and Oregon. He graduated from Lipscomb University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
Professional & Civic Affiliations
Articles, Seminars & Presentations
Michael McKibben, Vice President, Product Underwriting Surety and SubGuard- Zurich North America
Mike started his Surety career in 1987 and has held a variety of underwriting and leadership positions both in field and home office assignments. He joined Zurich in 2010 and is currently Vice President, Technical Underwriting, Director of Credit Lines. Mike earned his MBA from Loyola University Maryland in 2006 and lives in Bel Air, Maryland with his wife of thirty-one years where they raised their three adult children.
Cyndi Mergele, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Director, Technology & Management Consulting- RSM
Cyndi’s broad base of human resources experience serves clients across numerous industries, including manufacturing, high-tech, construction, not-for-profit, and government contracting. She has consulted with both large and small firms and has managed start-up entities. Her focus on human resources strategy, staffing and recruiting, policy and program development, as well as merger and acquisition strategy, helps clients understand and solve their most complex work force issues. Cyndi is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and has been published in a number of periodicals and trade publications.
Areas of specialty include:
Professional affiliations and credentials
Wayne Newitts, Marketing Director- Dexter + Chaney
Wayne Newitts joined Dexter + Chaney in April of 2010 as the Director of Marketing. He has more than 15 years of product marketing experience in the software industry and more than 10 years of experience as a design engineer. Wayne has a Bachelor’s of Science in engineering from Texas A&M University and also pursued a Master’s of Science in engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. His areas of expertise include wireless communications systems, in which he holds multiple design patents, as well as the emerging technologies surrounding cloud computing. He is a regular contributor to CFMA’s Building Profits publication and CFMA’s KnowledgeNow Webinar series. Wayne is also a regular sponsor and attendee at CFMA’s Spring Creek leadership training, and active in the organization at both a national and local level.
Scott Ridgway, Executive Director- Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
Scott Ridgway has served as Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network’s Executive Director since 2001. He works closely with TSPN’s gubernatorially-appointed Advisory Council to implement suicide prevention strategies within the state of Tennessee. He served six years on the Steering Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and he was a member of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Task Force that created the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Scott has been recognized for his community service, most recently as NAMI Tennessee’s 2016 Professional of the Year. Other honors include NAMI-Davidson County’s 2014 Community Services Award, the 2011 Community Leadership Award for Tennessee from the Human Rights Campaign, recognition for co-chairing the CASA Red Shoe Party in 2010 and 2011, the 2006 Eli Lilly Inc., “Heroes in the Fight” Individual Community Supporter Award, the 2005 I.C. Hope Award, inclusion in the Tennessean’s “Top 40 under 40 Young Leaders in Middle Tennessee”, and TCCY Mid-Cumberland Regional Child Advocate of the Year (twice).
He was employed at the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute from 1989-1995 in various positions, such as Psychiatric Teacher Counselor, Liaison Teacher Counselor, and finally the Admissions Director for the Children and Youth programs. From 1995 to 2001 he was employed with the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY,) where he ultimately served as a Children’s Plan Outcome Reviewer for the 1994 Governor’s Children’s Plan. He later became the Coordinator of the Mid-Cumberland Council on Children and Youth, which had over 1,200 advocates involved in different projects across Middle Tennessee. His last position at TCCY was Director of Field Operations.
Scott holds a Master’s of Science in Public Service Management from Cumberland University and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Douglas Schrift, Managing Director- Aon Risk Solutions
As Managing Director for Aon’s Construction Services Group SDI practice, Douglas leads a national team supporting general contractors with subcontractor risk avoidance techniques and default loss mitigation solutions.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Douglas is an industry thought leader, who speaks frequently at construction industry risk management events. He chairs Aon’s participation in the annual SDI Peer Conference, uniting the industry for improved management of subcontractor default insurance programs.
Prior to joining Aon, Douglas was Vice President and Director of Risk Finance for Lend Lease Americas, legacy to Bovis Lend Lease. In his capacity as Director of Risk Finance, Douglas was responsible for implementing risk finance strategy as well as insurance financial and management reporting, audit compliance, and analytics. As Subguard Manager, Douglas was responsible for leading a consistent and sustained SDI program for Bovis Lend Lease. Douglas engaged in the initial strategy development and its successful implementation with emphases on internal training, client education, systems and controls, and default and loss mitigation strategy. Douglas also held positions as Director of Management Reporting and as Commercial Controller.
EDUCATION | DESIGNATIONS | AFFILIATIONS
• B.A. in Accounting from Saint Francis University
• Columbia University Executive Education program
• Licensed CPA in the state of North Carolina.
Tim Wilson, National Practice Leader- BKD
Tim is national industry partner for BKD National Construction & Real Estate Group. He has more than 30 years of experience performing audit, accounting, tax and management consulting services in various industries. He assists clients in the areas of business and strategic planning, operational and control reviews, mergers, acquisitions and consolidations, financial forecasts, feasibility studies, valuations, business process improvements and audit and tax issues. In addition, he leads BKD’s firmwide Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) practice.
He serves on the CFMA Emerging Issues Task Force, AGC Financial Issues Committee, Kansas City Area Development Council Board of Directors and Truman State University School of Business Advisory Board. He co-chairs the AICPA Engineering and Construction Revenue Recognition Task Force and is a former chair of the St. James Academy Board of Trustees.
Tim is a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP®) through The Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals.
2017 CFMA 2nd Annual Southeastern Construction
Regional Conference Committee
John Moran, W.R. Newman & Associates, Inc.
Alex Lee, Willis Company
George Parrott, Cooper, Travis & Company
Anne McCarley, The Hartford
Gaines Moorer, HRA Risk Services, LLC
Millard Barnes, RSM
Mid-South Memphis Chapter
Jason Keen, Lehman-Roberts Co.