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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

  • CFMA’s Building Profits November/December 2015 – Around the Globe: Tax & Compliance Issues for International Projects
  • Tax Opportunities for Real Estate Developers – Webinar Fall 2012
  • Year End Construction Tax Update and Planning – Webinar Fall 2013
  • 2016 Year-end Tax Planning and Tax Accounting Methods for the Construction and Real Estate Industry
  • Annual Tax Update – Middle Tennessee CFMA

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) | Member
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) | Member
  • Construction Financial Management Association CFMA

Education & Certifications

  • Master of Accounting and Information Systems – Middle Tennessee State University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration- Middle Tennessee State University
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

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.

Professional Affiliations

  • Georgia Society of CPAs
  • Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) Georgia chapter
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber Economic Development Council
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber Educated Workforce Council
  • National Association of Construction Auditors (NACA)
  • Education and Certifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Butler University
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP)
  • Certified Construction Auditor (CCA)

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.



  • CFMA’s Building Profits magazine in:
    • July 2003, “A Primer on Contract Documents and Tax Consequences”
    • March 2005, “The Tax & Business Implications of Joint Ventures”
    • July 2008, “Lease or Buy? Tax Considerations Can Complicate the Decision”
    • December 2011, “Research Tax Credits in the Construction Industry”
    • September 2012, “Critical Issues to Consider Before, During & After a Joint Venture”
    • November 2015, “Following Your Customer Around the Globe: Key Issues for Contractors on International Projects”
  • Construction Business Owner in December 2005, titled, “Year-End Tax Strategies for the Procrastinator”

Speaking Engagements

  • CFMA National Convention June 2016, “Accounting for Complex Insurance Programs”
  • CFMA National Convention June 2015, “Captive Insurance Companies- What is the Fuss All About?”
  • CFMA National Convention June 2012, “Joint Ventures - What You Need to Consider Before, During & After”
  • CFMA National Convention May 2008, “Lease or Buy, A Review of Surprises Encountered in Leasing Equipment”
  • CFMA Middle Tennessee Chapter, November 2000 through 2008, “Construction Tax Update”
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Seminar, October 2007, “The Complexities of the Domestic Production Activities Deduction – Section 199”
  • Music City Employment Institute May 2006, “Tax Considerations in Structuring Employee Settlements”
  • FICPA Construction Industry Conference, October 2006, “Tax Update”
  • CFMA National Convention May 2004, “Advanced Tax/Business Strategies”

Professional Affiliations

  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Construction Financial Management Association


  • Masters in Taxation and Undergraduate Degree in Accounting
    • University of Alabama

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


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.


Representative Matters

  • Multiple successes in defending insurance companies' denials of long term disability benefits, both outright and on appeal. (2011)
  • Won breach of contract case for large national security corporation and secured recovery of more than $300,000 in attorneys' fees under prevailing party clause. (2007)
  • Represented insurance company in denial of ERISA benefits case, successfully arguing against claimant's recovery of attorneys' fees and saving insurance company more than $160,000. (2013)
  • Successfully won and reversed trial court verdict on appeal of business divorce litigation, including breach of Mergers & Acquisition buy-out contract, recovering over $350,000 in attorneys' fees on behalf of the client. (2012)
  • Successfully defended insurance company in accidental death case involving claimant's operation of motor vehicle while intoxicated. (2014)
  • Successfully prosecuted union trust fund's claims against contractor for failure to pay fringe benefits and recovery of attorneys' fees and sanctions, totaling more than $1.6 million. (2012)
  • Obtained a favorable opinion from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on an ERISA action, affirming the district court's grant of judgment on the record. (2014)
  • Successfully represented and advised meat processing company in an exhaustive, two-year audit by the Department of Labor (DOL). The audit involved up to four DOL investigators being on site at the company for weeks interviewing employees and reviewing documents regarding payroll and time-tracking issues.  Defense of the matter included arguing the company's positions on various issues such as exempt/nonexempt issues and time-tracking issues. The DOL ultimately decided not to seek back pay on behalf of any employees or former employees. (2011)
  • Successfully defended meat manufacturer against claims filed by hourly employees at meat processing plants seeking pay for time spent donning and doffing gear, washing, and walking.  The case was conditionally certified and tried before a jury on liability issues following extensive discovery.  The jury ruled in part in favor of the plaintiffs and in part in favor of the defendant.  The case settled before the parties tried the damages phase of the trial. (2010)

Professional Honors & Activities

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Construction Law and Construction Litigation since 2013
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Chattanooga Litigation - Construction "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission
  • Member – National Electrical Contractors Association, East Tennessee Chapter
  • Member – Association of General Contractors of East Tennessee
  • Member – Tennessee, Chattanooga, Federal and American Bar Associations


  • "What Is a "Legal Hold," How Does It Differ From a Records Retention Policy and Why Is It Important?" (December 7, 2012)
  • "Bricks in the Wall" (December 7, 2012)
  • "What Are Some Practical, Real World Things to Consider About Your Records Retention Policy?" (September 17, 2012)
  • "Why Is It Prudent to Have a Records Retention Policy?" (July 3, 2012)
  • "Where did that document go?" (March 20, 2012)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Protecting Your Bottom Line Through Project Documentation" (May 2013)


  • Tulane Law School, J.D., 1995, cum laude
  • Duke University, A.B., 1991, cum laude


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia, 2003
  • Tennessee, 1995

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:


  • Credit analyst for First National Bank of Englewood in Englewood, CO. January 1986 – July 1986
  • Underwriting trainee with United Pacific Surety Managers from July 1986 through July 1988.
  • HO underwriter from July 1988 to February 1991 with Reliance Surety
  • Branch Underwriter with Reliance Surety from February 1991 to October 1996 in Seattle office with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Reliance Pacific Branch Manager from October 1996 to June of 2000 – covering business in Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Travelers Bond HO Regional Underwriting Officer from June 2000 to May 2015. Responsibility for Travelers business in our Denver and Seattle Regional Offices – which includes the States of AK,HI, WA,OR, ID, MT, WY, CO, UT and parts of NV.
  • Travelers Bond Chief Underwriting Officer- South Central Territory from June 2015 to today. Responsibility for Travelers business in 14 offices from Blue Bell, PA to San Antonio, Texas- states of PA, DE, MD,VA, NC, SC, TN, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TX.
  • Professional designation: AFSB.


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

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), former chair, National Construction Committee
  • Middle Tennessee Associated Builders and Contractors, Board of Directors
  • Richland Country Club Finance Committee
  • Tennessee Road Builders Investment Committee
  • Tennessee Society of CPAs, chair, Construction Committee


Articles, Seminars & Presentations

  • Construction Tax Panel, AICPA Construction and Real Estate Conference, December 2016
  • Top 10 Construction Tax Mistakes by Contractors, AICPA Construction and Real Estate Conference, December 2016
  • Accounting and Auditing Update for Construction Contractors
  • Advanced Construction Accounting and Tax (8 Hours)
  • Continuity and Succession Planning for Contractors (How to Make Your Company Last Longer Than You)
  • Living With Look-Back
  • Pre-Year End Planning for Contractors (What to Do While There Is Still Time!)
  • Tax Issues for Large Contractors
  • Tax Issues for Small Contractors
  • Tax Update for Construction Contractors - AGC/CFMA National Conference 2016

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:

  • Strategic human resources planning initiatives
  • Local and global staffing and recruiting
  • Human resources administration
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Human resources investigations and litigation support
  • Human Resource Information Systems/payroll systems selection, and implementation
  • Retirement plan consulting


Professional affiliations and credentials

  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • San Antonio Human Resource Management Association
  • World at Work • Construction Financial Management Association
  • American Subcontractors Association
  • Associated General Contractors
  • San Antonio Manufacturers Association


Notable engagements

  • Led projects to assist companies in developing and enhancing their Human Resource department/processes. Documented processes within all human resource and payroll functions to include the daily, monthly and year-end work activities and related process/data flows. Reviewed the current payroll and HRIS reporting systems to expand efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Developed HR and payroll department processes in the form of operating procedures, forms, policies and checklists for standardization. Completed process re-engineering and training on current systems and optimization.
  • Led ownership transition planning services for organizations to staff and develop new management teams, processes and procedures to achieve compliance with required local, state and federal employment laws while minimizing business interruption.
  • Served as virtual chief human resource officer; developed and directed strategic objectives talent management strategies and programs, human resource planning and operations, organizational change, team building, reporting, human resource compliance, employee relations, organizational effectiveness and facilitative leadership. Performed operational and organizational audits in efforts to align business requirements with staffing plans and processes to enhance teamwork and team performance.
  • Conducted specialized human resources audits to include I-9, Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Affordable Care Act and ERISA.



  • BA – Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Professional Certification – Human Resource Certification Institute
  • Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

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.



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.



• 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

Nashville Chapter

John Moran, W.R. Newman & Associates, Inc.

Alex Lee, Willis Company

George Parrott, Cooper, Travis & Company

Birmingham Chapter

Anne McCarley, The Hartford

Gaines Moorer, HRA Risk Services, LLC

Millard Barnes, RSM

Mid-South Memphis Chapter

Jason Keen, Lehman-Roberts Co.

Hoop5 Networks, H5 Networks

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