Buffet Breakfast: 7:30 ~ Program: 8:00 - 9:00 AM
The average age of our trade workers (plumbers, electricians, sheet rockers, etc.) is over 50. Like our state workers in general, our tradespeople are starting to retire in droves. How do we ensure our younger workers are trained in the trades. Our aging trades workers present a significant challenge for not only our State, but the real estate industry itself. How will this affect the labor pool for real estate and development projects?
We invite you to join MEREDA for breakfast on June 17, 2015 from 7:30 – 9:00 AM at DoubleTree by Hilton in South Portland to hear from three panelists who are seeing these challenges first hand.
Meet our Panelists:
Cordelia Pitman worked on Wall Street for two years and then earned a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University. After moving to Maine in the early 1990s, Cordelia joined the Historic Preservation Board and went to work for Winton Scott Architects. At Winton Scott she worked with a great team on some really challenging and rewarding projects involving both new construction and historic rehabilitation. Historic projects included the Harlow Building and the Williams Pavilion on the State Capital East Campus, and the Merrill Auditorium.
Cordelia teamed with Wright-Ryan Construction on multiple projects during her years as a Project Architect, and joined the company as the Director of Preconstruction Services in 2009. A licensed Architect, Cordelia is able to help the design team explore different spatial, systems, and materials options to find the combination that best fits an Owner’s program and budget.
Todd Fields has been the Director of Westbrook Regional Vocational Center for the past 16 years. Prior to that, Todd was the Drafting Instructor at WRVC for 11 years specializing in Architectural and Mechanical Drafting. In 2000, Todd was chosen as Maine’s Teacher of the Year - the first and only Vocational Instructor to date, to receive this prestigious recognition. Todd has served on numerous Committees for the State of Maine including the State CTE Funding Formula, Perkins Re-authorization Act, CTE Instructor Certification and the State CTE Assessment Committee.
A native of South Portland, Maine, Matthew Marks was selected as the Chief Executive Officer of Associated General Contractors of Maine in August 2012. In 2008 he joined AGC Maine as the Chief Operations Officer. As the COO he managed the regulatory issues for the Chapter. He is a graduate of University of Southern Maine’s Applied Technical Leadership Program. In 2013, he was selected as University of Southern Maine’s Applied Sciences Alumnus of the Year. Matt currently serves on the Maine Dig Safe Advisory Board, AGC Maine Education Foundation, Aquatic Resources Management Strategy Steering Committee, and the Southern Maine Community College Building Division Advisory Board. Prior to joining AGC Maine he was employed by a diversified family business that included construction, fuel, transportation and property development.