News At A Glance

WBC Hammerheads Committee hosted the What’s Your Plan for Financial Independence webinar on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.   This financial planning webinar focused on the fundamentals specific to disciplined financial habits, understanding investment terminology, financial planning basics and long-term wealth building.

Jeff Acheson’s 45-year career path in the financial services industry has created a value proposition that is an exceptional and diversified integration of credentialed education, experience-based knowledge, and industry leadership. His fiduciary-based business model focuses on enhancing his ability to be a trusted advisor to high-net-worth individuals, families, businesses and their mission critical employees, retirement plan sponsors and their participants.

Tyler Brose is an experienced Retirement Plan Manager with a wealth of knowledge dedicated to guiding retirement plan participants toward a secure and prosperous retirement. In tandem, he collaborates closely with plan sponsors offering strategic insights in plan design, investment strategies, and ensuring plan compliance. Tyler’s comprehensive approach ensures both individuals and organizations are on the path to financial well-being.

VIDEO Presentation

C. R. George Dove, FAIA, former Managing Principal of WDG, prominent architect whose remarkable career spanned nearly five decades, and whose legacy in the Greater Washington Metro region will endure for generations, passed away on October 23, 2023 from post surgical complications. Born in Annapolis, MD on February 9, 1942 to Reginald and Arita Dove, George graduated from Penn State and later received a Masters from Catholic University following his service as an officer in the US Navy. Throughout George’s career he worked on award winning projects in the Washington, DC area and around the world. George received many accolades for his work in the field of Architecture, including the distinction of FAIA. George is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann, his children Marc and Leah Renee, and his four granddaughters, Marley, Hannah, Ella and Magdalene. Services will be held at a later date.

Outside of WDG, George was a dedicated community leader. He concurrently served as chairman of the board of the Washington Building Congress (WBC) in 1990-1991 and president of the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1993.  As an association leader, he mobilized a strong coalition from disparate industry associations to jointly sponsor community service projects, educational forums, regional workshops for guiding development, and a public-private partnership to jump-start the revitalization of the District of Columbia’s public housing infrastructure. These programs had a significant impact on the region’s economic and social recovery during the mid-1990’s.

WDG Press Release

Money & King Funeral Home

The WBC Membership Services Committee would like to welcome the following new members:


Law firm.

Representative:  Sabah Petrov

District Lighting Group
District Lighting Group is a value driven commercial lighting agency, that has revolutionized the lighting industry with unmatched responsiveness and a commitment to superior customer service.

Representatives: Brandon Eierman – Chris Hammelef – Lisa Bertolino – Eric Helwig

FGM Architects
FGM Architects is an employee-owned professional service firm with an emphasis on service. Our projects respond to the goals of our clients, the context of their sites, the environment that sustains them and the communities they serve.

Representatives: Ryn Burns – Christopher Kehde

Structural Technologies
Structural Technologies is firmly committed to its mission of making structures stronger and last longer. We develop and integrate products, engineering support, repair and maintenance services to provide value-added solutions to owners, engineers and contractors. Structural Technologies provides state-of-the-art proprietary products and engineering support, and delivers repair & maintenance services through our construction companies.

Representatives:  Rebecca Herron – Brett McGonnigal

Small Business

Clark’s Lumber & Millwork
CLM is AWI/QCP-certified shop specializing in commercial architectural millwork and serving the Dc, Va, and Md metro areas. Services: commercial architectural millwork.

Representative:   Dougl Clark

Federated Lighting
At Federated Lighting, their commitment to service excellence and lighting expertise is the cornerstone of their mission to deliver superior lighting and controls solutions to customers. Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland, they represent the broadest portfolio of the world’s leading lighting and controls brands. Offering innovative, quality products that meet their customers needs.

Representatives: Glenn Damanti – Doug Dayhoff

Maryland Computer Service Inc.
Managed IT Services for Small to Medium Businesses. Advising business owners and managers how to maximize the use of their information technology to meet and exceed their IT products, services, and goals. Many companies designate an employee or even an entire department to manage their IT services. However, choosing an outside company to manage and consult regarding information technology gives companies an outside point-of-view on various decisions that are often overlooked internally.

Representative:  Steve Johnson

Prodigy Builders LLC
Commercial general contractor serving the DC, MD, and VA region.

Representatives:  Nadia Bizzarri – Thomas Bizzarri

Universal Floors, Inc.
Universal Floors is Washington’s oldest and finest wood floor company. We are a full service company with several specific divisions including: Historic Restoration/Preservation, Sand & Finish, Installation, Custom Work, Choose to Reuse, Sport Floors, Consulting/Lecturing, Cosmetic & Maintenance.

Representatives:  Sprigg Lynn – Dawn Lynn

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Congratulations to the newly elected WBC Board of Directors.

Greg Koger, with Holland & Knight, will be serving as Chairman of the Board this year. The FY’24 board term runs October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024.

Please join the WBC Community Services Committee and WBC Foundation in supporting two outstanding local organizations focused on providing winter coats, clothing and other items for people in need.

Thank you for your consideration and please see below for further details on how you can help those less fortunate as we enter the winter season. All donations can be made directly to these worthy nonprofit groups.

Central Union Mission
3194 Bladensburg Rd. NE, Suite B
Washington, DC 20018
Accepting all donations of winter coats and clothing, in addition to food, sanitizing items and other gifts-in-kind.
Drop-Off Details
You can help protect our vulnerable neighbors by organizing a winter coat drive – coats, hats, gloves, and scarves in all sizes are needed. Whether it’s cold weather gear, everyday apparel, or professional attire,  your clothing donations are greatly appreciated. The Comprehensive Family Resource Center staff can provide assistance should you need help unloading any items. The organization will also provide you with a written donation acknowledgment for tax purposes.
A complete listing of Central Union Mission giving opportunities may be found here.

N Street Village
1333 N Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Accepting donations of new and gently-loved coats for clients and residents. Collecting coat sizes M-4XL.
Please ensure all coats arrive by Wednesday, October 18, 2023.
2023 Coat Drive
Last year, supporters helped provide nearly 150 women with a new coat at the Annual Coat Giveaway. This year, the goal is to collect 213 coats to ensure that every woman who arrives at their doors is met with dignity, welcome, and a warm winter coat.
Here’s how you can donate:

  1. Purchase a new coat from Wish List and have it shipped to:
      N Street Village
      c/o Alex Burch
      1333 N Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
  2. Donate a gently-loved coat that meets the following criteria:
    ~ Clean and without flaws
    ~ No rips, holes, tears, or snags
    ~ No stains or discoloration
    ~ Zipper and/or buttons are fully functional
    ~ No broken/missing fasteners
    ~ Pockets are empty of personal items
  3. Donate funds to help N Street Village purchase additional coats for residents and clients with special needs and/or sizing.

To schedule a drop-off appointment or to get more information, please contact Alex Burch at (202) 939-2074 or

The WBC Nominating Committee has met and the slate of candidates listed below has been recommended for a vote of the membership at the annual meeting on September 28, 2023.  The meeting and election will be held during the Fall Kickoff Bull & Oyster Networking.

Chairman of the Board
Greg Koger
Holland & Knight
Mike Holland

1st Vice Chairman
Christine Heffernan
Novel Communications

2nd Vice Chairman
Rob Wenger
WCS Construction

3rd Vice Chairman
Melissa Nelson

Greg LaRosa
Dynalectric Company
Bill Voigt
Siemens Industry

Immediate Past Chairman
Bob Freas

3-Year Term ending 9/30/2026
Frank Homer – Whiting-Turner
Juliane Medd – Consigli Const.
Garrett Sefrin – rand* Construction

1-Year Term ending 9/30/2024
Layli Pietri – Balfour Beatty Construction

The following directors will continue to serve their current positions on the board:

  Kelly McGuire – Canyon Contracting
  Mike Newman – Timmons Group
  Jared Oldroyd – Clark Construction Group
  David Osei – Redbrick LMD
  David Stocks Jr. – Stocks Management Group
  Andrew Tomlinsom – G&M Services
  Mike Wilson – Carr Companies

We would also like to recognize the following board members who will be completing their terms on September 30, 2023:

  Reggie Jones, Director – Fox Rothschild
  Maria Snyder, Director – Construction Cleaning Service
  Chuck Claar, Immediate Past Chairman – R.W. Murray Co.

Respectfully submitted by the WBC Nominating Committee

Chuck Claar, Chairman


Emerson Teer

Our industry sadly lost an important colleague on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. Emerson Teer was a great, kind, and intelligent man. His presence will be sorely missed. Emerson served as 2020-21 WBC Chairman of the Board and was active in the association for over 14 years. His passing will leave a big gap in our community and he will be sorely missed.

Memorial Service Video:
Link for service on Saturday, July 29

Memorial Donations:
In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, the family has setup a fund in Emerson’s name:
EveryMind for the William Emerson Teer Fund

TO:  Washington Building Congress Members

From:  Chuck Claar, Nominating Committee Chairman

The WBC Nominating Committee is seeking the nomination of qualified members who would like to make a contribution to the overall goals and objectives of our organization.  Nominees have typically served several years in WBC volunteer roles as committee members, vice-chairs and chairs. The new Board of Directors term commences on October 1, 2023.

Please submit your nominations by using any of links below by Thursday, August 24, 2023.  The election of FY’24 WBC officers and directors will take place on September 28, 2023, during the Fall Kickoff.

Officer & Director Positions Available

CHAIRMAN-ELECT … 1 Year Term …One Position

VICE-CHAIRMAN … 1 Year Term … Three Positions

TREASURER … 1 Year Term … One Position

SECRETARY … 1 Year Term … One Position

DIRECTOR 2023-2026 … 3 Year Term … Three Positions

Self-nominations are permitted.

Please use form below to submit your nomination:

Download the WBC Officer & Director Nomination PDF Form


The WBC Membership Services Committee would like to welcome the following new members:


3M Electrical Markets
The story of 3M began in 1902, when Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. was established as a mining operation. A few decades later, 3M scientist Don Douglas dropped a rubber band on a hot plate, and Scotch® Vinyl Electrical Tape was born. 3M Electrical Markets Division’s 1,400 employees produce more than 7,000 electrical products across 13 US-based manufacturing plants for the commercial & industrial construction markets, power generation and transmission markets. 3M helps develop the next generation of electricians through its nationwide platinum partnership with NJATC.


Ashton Manor Environmental
Ashton Manor Environmental (AME) is your full-service commercial and environmental partner. As a leading environmental contractor in Maryland, DC and Virginia, we have the experience, equipment and experts to do it all. We manage large-scale commercial projects, environmental work, tree care, commercial snow removal and complete grounds management services – with uncompromising attention to detail from start to finish.

REPRESENTATIVES: Jeffrey Schwartz, Shannon Herbst, Daniel Bramell, John Cole, Eric DuBois, Beatriz Firpo

AVM Industries
AVM Industries engineers products and waterproofing solutions for Infrastructure, Tunnelling, Commercial and Residential construction. AVM also provides a complete portfolio for Brownfield solutions, and deck waterproofing solutions.

REPRESENTATIVES: Vince Caserta – Paul Miller

Bunting Door & Hardware Co.
Distributes and installs commercial metal doors and frames, wood doors, architectural hardware, aluminum interior frames, sound and blast doors in the Mid-Atlantic region, servicing construction companies and institutional clients. Their Loktek Division provides automatic door sale and service, as well as locksmith services.

REPRESENTATIVES: Doug McGinnis – Tom Scannell – Frank Gunther – Bob Forquer – Kevin Anton – John Stup – Adam Lucas

Capital Project Management, Inc.
CPMI is an independent consulting firm that specializes in the analysis, resolution, and prevention of complex construction disputes. They have been successfully serving attorneys, owners, contractors, and other professionals engaged in capital projects and related litigation worldwide for more than 25 years.

REPRESENTATIVES: Sam Hadley – Robert D’Onofrio

Corbett Technology Solutions
CTSI is a turnkey low voltage integrator providing design/build/maintenance services for all Low Voltage systems including Audiovisual, Access Control, CCTV, Wi-Fi, IT Networking, Fire Alarm, and Critical Communications.

REPRESENTATIVES: Brian Slaninka – David Wrigley

Creative Materials Corporation
Creative Materials Corporation supplies surface materials such as tile, LVT, pavers, and glass. They add value to client’s projects by offering an unmatched combination of product sourcing capabilities, nationwide supply chain solutions, and excellence in service. A committed, consultative approach enables clients to create with confidence.

REPRESENTATIVE: Jesse Haberstich

Eaton Corporation
To help you maintain business continuity and prevent downtime, Eaton offers a comprehensive portfolio of backup power and distribution equipment, protecting you from a host of threats, including power outages, surges and lightning strikes. Eaton also provides a suite of power management products to enable you to monitor and control your power infrastructure.

REPRESENTATIVES:  Renee Daniel – Curtis Breit

Heritage Mechanical, LLC
Built on a family legacy of proud steamfitters dating back to over 100 years, Heritage Mechanical was established in 2012 to provide quality mechanical service to the commercial construction industry.

REPRESENTATIVES:  Joseph Parker – Ian Gardner

JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services
REPRESENTATIVES:  John Geiling – Mike Smearman

JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services is a premier Washington D.C. and Baltimore Metropolitan area plumbing, HVAC and Vac Services solutions provider. They specialize in any commercial service job. Our Capabilities include Digital Pipe Inspection, High Pressure Hydro-jetting, Hydro-Excavation, Vacuum Truck Services, Commercial HVAC / Mechanical Systems service installation and repaiir, Commercial Domestic Water Heater Service, Pumps, Service Repairs and Specialized Projects for Commercial Office, Medical, Institutional, Retail, Hospitality, and Residential.

Morgan-Keller Construction
Established in 1955, Morgan-Keller Construction is a privately held general contracting and construction management firm located in Frederick, MD. By providing exceptional construction services for over six decades, they have built their reputation as one of the region’s most respected commercial builders. A third-generation family-owned company, Morgan-Keller has a strong belief in giving back to the community that has given the company so much during its long history. Their portfolio of projects throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia includes: Multi-family and Senior Living Communities, Educational Facilities, Office Buildings, Healthcare, Hospitality, Financial Institutions, Fire Stations, Retail and Industrial Facilities.

REPRESENTATIVES: Taylor Davis – Brendan Wharton

Nitsch Engineering of DC
Nitsch Engineering specializes in building better communities with you by providing civil, transportation, and structural engineering; resilience and green infrastructure; and planning services.

REPRESENTATIVES:  Matthew Brassard – Kenneth Ellis

One Source Associates
One Source Associates are manufacturers’ representatives serving the specification and electrical construction community in DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland. One Source has served this market since 1939 and with an expansive portfolio of lighting, controls, electrical supplies, and window systems, we have the products and solutions your project requires.One Source Associates is comprised of highly qualified and credentialed staff, many of whom have a rich history in the electrical industry.

REPRESENTATIVES:  Nicholas Keim – John McLoughlin

Reliable Scaffolding & Shoring Services
Offering custom solutions for commercial and industrial projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Including scaffolding, Re-shoring, stair towers, pedestrian protection and much more.

REPRESENTATIVES:  Jeremy Davis – Frank Kaniecki

Sandy Spring Bank

UA Local 5 Plumbers & Gasfitters
UA Local 5 Plumbers and Gasfitters protects the health of the communities the serve, throughout Washington DC, southern Maryland and Northern Virgina.


Preeminent AWI/QCP supplier of commercial casework, custom architectural millwork, and architectural metal for the mid-Atlantic and southeast regions. Catering to corporate interiors, government, multi-family, hospitality and entertainment as well as performing arts centers.

REPRESENTATIVES:  Isaac Bokros – Mike Chambers 

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
REPRESENTATIVE:  Ben Kane – Tyler Van Houten

Small Business

AMCO Metal Products, Inc.
Glass and glazing.

REPRESENTATIVES:  Jessica Veals – L.B. Kline

Arium AE
Arium AE is a multidisciplinary architecture, engineering, and interior design firm that has served the Mid-Atlantic region from its Baltimore-Washington office for 35 years.

REPRESENTATIVES:  Kelly Ormsby – Cynthia Stuber

Cann Construction
An award-winning multidisciplinary team based in Washington D.C with a passion for creating innovative spaces. They work with businesses and people to create a more beautiful city.

Construction Heroes
We are widely considered to be one of the best small General Contracting firms in the DC metro area. We provide a wide range of services, but are probably best known for our experience working in concurrently operational facilities, complex implementations, and navigating through fragmented schedules. Our clients have trusted us with the details since 2004, and we continue to deliver safely and on time.

REPRESENTATIVE: Cesar Louis Benegas

F.D. Thomas, Inc.
Minority Owned – Industrial Painting and Specialty Coatings, Commercial Painting, Waterproofing, Sealants, Roofing, Specialty Contracting, and Insulation, Scaffolding, Abatement

REPRESENTATIVES:  Alex Evans – Rob Mulligan

FMC & Associates, LLC
Provides specialty engineering consulting services, construction material testing and inspections, and third-party testing services and structural design in the DMV.


H2O Pipe Works
Hydro-Excavation, Pipe. Sewer, Drain & Sanitary Cleaning, CCTV

REPRESENTATIVES: N.W. Carter, Travis Hall

Specialize in providing innovative solutions for geotechnical challenges. Their team of experienced professionals has a deep understanding of the geological and geotechnical conditions that affect construction projects of all types and sizes. Their experience translates into simplified and innovative geotechnical designs, which result in construction cost savings for their clients.

REPRESENTATIVE: Sushant Upadhyaya

Kawneer North America
Kawneer has led the façade industry with innovative, high-performing building envelope solutions for more than a century. With locations across North America and Europe, Kawneer manufactures a broad range of architectural aluminum systems from curtain walls and entrances to framing systems and windows. Kawneer’s technical expertise and product capability enhance building performance, protection and productivity to deliver inspiring buildings around the world.


OEC Engineering Corp.
OEC Engineering spans the material and project spectrum in all things Ornamental. Aluminum Fabrications, such as Signage, to Decorative Balustrades and Loggia fabricated from, but not limited to, Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Stainless Steel, Steel, Glass and Stone, compile our repertoire. Located in NoVa, within Washington, DC metro area, we can create anything from Hand Rails, Canopies, Water Cut Glass Shapes to Art Glass Mosaics, Bas Reliefs to Stone.

REPRESENTATIVES:  JP Muller – Ann Muller

SCS Safety Health & Security Associates LLC
A full-service occupational safety and health consulting firm who works with clients on compliance, identify worksite hazards, and development of safety programs. We conduct jobsite safety inspections/audits along with safety meetings and training certifications, including First Aid | CPR & AED. Safety is key to prevention and prevention lowers injuries, which in turns affects a company’s profitability.

REPRESENTATIVES: Stacy Skinner, Douglas Skinner

WB Engineers + Consultants
A national MEP/FP engineering, technology consulting, code consulting, commissioning, and program management firm. Thet are committed to our vision of transforming building infrastructure and environments to transform business. They are experts in building decarbonization, and designing electric vehicle infrastructure, critical facilities, and science and technology spaces.

REPRESENTATIVES:  Donna Castelli – Veronica Montinola