Construction Risk Management Symposium

Construction Risk Management Symposium

About the Conference

Friday, February 8, 2019
Westin Baltimore Washington Airport
1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Please join us on February 8, 2019 for a program that will discuss the evaluation and avoidance of significant risks facing modern building and development projects. The speakers will address best practices to mitigate risks threatening operations in the construction industry, including risks with data security, cyber threats, labor and employment. Gain an understanding of best practices to guard against and respond to a cyber breach, and hear the ways in which current labor and immigration matters impact liability in the industry.

The morning symposium will feature an interactive keynote conversation with Ben Evans, associate vice president of Risk Management & Insurance at the University of Pennsylvania and Jeffrey Spatz, assistant vice president at The Graham Company. They will discuss the innovative risk management practices that are being implemented into PennMedicine’s new $1.5 billion hospital tower project at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which includes 1.5 million square feet of space throughout 17 floors. This project is considered to be one of the largest, most innovative projects on the East Coast.



Schedule Panels and Speakers
8:00 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
8:40 a.m. to
8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Donald A. Rea, Construction Practice Chair, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
8:45 a.m. to
9:30 a.m.

Keynote Conversation

  • Ben Evans, Associate Vice President, Risk Management & Insurance – University of Pennsylvania
  • Jeffrey Spatz, Assistant Vice President - The Graham Company    
9:30 a.m. to
9:40 a.m.
9:40 a.m. to
10:45 a.m.


Panel 1 - Cyber Security – Mitigating and Insuring Against Your Growing Risks

  • Moderator:  Garry Boehlert, Partner - Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • April Doss, Partner - Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Amit Garg, Director & Cyber Security Leader - Berkley Research Group
  • Souwei “Sou” Ford, Team Leader for the Southeast Region - Willis Towers Watson
10:45 a.m. to
10:55 a.m.

10:55 a.m. to


Panel 2 – Current Labor Risks in a Rapidly Changing Environment

  • Moderator:  Donald A. Rea, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Dena Calo, Partner – Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Evan Schlesinger, Vice President of Recruitment - MSB Resources
  • Jim McNelis, Sr. Vice President - Joseph B Fay Co
  • Michael Knapp, CEO & Co-Founder, SkillSmart
12:00 p.m. Program Adjourned


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