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  • Lionel Lemay

    NRMCA Executive Vice President, Structures and Sustainability

    Lionel Lemay is Sr. Vice President, Sustainable Development for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA). He manages programs to assist producers, contractors, and designers transform concrete manufacturing and construction to improve overall sustainability of the concrete industry. Mr. Lemay manages programs to educate concrete industry professionals, engineers and architects on the proper use and design of concrete for buildings, parking areas, roadways, and other applications. He works on developing standards and specifications with a focus on performance-based specifications for concrete. He has written numerous articles on concrete construction and is co-author of the McGraw-Hill book Insulating Concrete Forms for Residential Design and Construction.
    Mr. Lemay is a Registered Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer in the State of Illinois. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional. Mr. Lemay is a Certified Association Executive. He is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute. He is a member of the American Concrete Institute and serves on ACI committees 301, 332 and 560. He is chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers Concretes and Cementitious Materials Committee. Before joining NRMCA, Mr. Lemay was Managing Director of Promotion for the Portland Cement Association and before that he was Director of Engineering for the Chicago office of Hansen Lind Meyer, Inc., a national building design firm. Mr. Lemay holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree in civil engineering and applied mechanics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

  • Tien Peng

    NRMCA Vice President, Sustainability

    Tien Peng is National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s (NRMCA) Vice President, Sustainability. Based in Seattle, he advises decision makers on energy, resilience, and building code adoption and legislation. Mr. Peng monitors and provides input to building code, standards and green protocols. This includes the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED rating system, Green Globes, and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). For the past two decades, Mr. Peng has been an architectural designer, builder, and process management consultant. He has also been involved in codes and standards as a means to ensure buildings and facilities are safe, healthy, and energy efficient. He facilitated the creation of the LEED Homes rating system for the as well as current versions of BuiltGreen, the Evergreen Development Standard. Mr. Peng currently serves on the consensus body of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Green Globes document and ASTM’s E60 Sustainability and E06 Building Performance committees.
    Mr. Peng holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Houston and a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His professional accreditations include LEED AP BD+C, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA), Certified Green Professional (CGP) from the National Association of Home Builders, Project Management Professional (PMP), and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB).

  • Dirk Kestner

    Director of Sustainable Design

    As director of sustainable design, Dirk Kestner provides overall guidance and resourcing to the entire firm, ensuring that all designs incorporate industry-leading expertise in sustainable strategies. His project work, teaching, and coaching throughout the firm and broad-reaching influence in the industry help maintain Walter P Moore’s status as a national leader in sustainable approaches and outcomes.

    Trained and experienced as a structural engineer, Dirk applies his immense passion for environmental accountability in design to elevate the knowledge and expertise of all those around him, creating better results for clients and projects. Dirk guides each team through a client inquiry process that produces bespoke sustainability goals for each project, and then leads the team to achieve those goals.

    He was founding chair of the Sustainability Committee of the ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and is widely acknowledged as a national thought leader in the advancement of sustainable structural solutions. Dirk publishes and lectures frequently on topics that range from durability and deconstructability to salvaged structural steel and life cycle analysis. As a member of the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group of the US Green Building Council, he helps guide the important technical criteria of the LEED rating system.

    Dirk is a professional engineer in Texas and Georgia and is a LEED Accredited Professional/Building Design + Construction. He holds a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

  • Raj Pillai

    Managing Director, Star Worth Infrastructure & Construction Ltd

    Raj Pillai is an accomplished civil engineer with over 25 years of experience in India and abroad. His expertise lies in construction of world class highways, industrial parks and mega residential projects using precast technology. Raj also has in depth knowledge of building materials and building products related to concrete and GFRC.

    Raj has worked at various capacities such as Executive Director, Sobha Ltd, responsible for concrete product division, precast initiative, institutional and international sales and commercial real estate.Prior to joining Sobha, Raj was Vice President, RMC Readymix (A Division of Prism Cement) and was responsible for business development across the country, key account management of Infosys and profit and loss account for more than 60 commercial readymix plants. Raj also worked as Project Manager at Oman as well as with Larsen and Toubro, ECC Group.

    He has received numerous accolades for his exemplary contribution to the India construction industry, the notable ones being ‘ Change Master’ award by Tasmac University and Business-Gyan in 2006, and the prestigious ‘Vishwakarma Award 2012’ by CIDC, a body of the Planning Commission, Government of India. Mr. Pillai was also the Chairman (Bangalore Centre) and Vice President of India Concrete Institute.

    He has presented more then hundred technical papers in national and international seminars, the most recent ones on Precast Construction at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ‘Smart Build’ at Cape Town and ‘Affordable Housing’ at Singapore. Mr. Raj Pillai is also a member of the committee for revising National Building Code 2016. He is the co author of ‘Hand book for Government Engineers’ by Task force Govt. of Karnataka and ‘Handbook of Precast’ by ICI and IIT Chennai. He has also authored best seller ‘Corporate Safari’, on ethical practices.

    Raj Pillai is also an Adjunct Professor (Visiting Faculty) for M Tech students at NMIT Bangalore, a deemed university of repute. He also enjoys a patent on his name ‘Five M of Construction’.

  • Frédéric Ljung

    Decorative Concrete Market Director for CHRYSO Group

    Frédéric Ljung has extensive knowledge in the decorative
    concrete industry. After working in the USA exporting decorative concrete products in Europe and Africa Frederic
    founded Moderne Methode in France in 2003, the European Leader in decorative concrete product development and manufacturing. He also founded Beton Academy, a government approved training center dedicated to teach the trade of decorative concrete to contractors, training over 500 students per year.


    In 2017 Beton Academy and Moderne Methode were acquired by the CHRYSO Group

  • William Parker

    Principal Consultant, Lumus-Consulting

    William Parker (Bill) graduated in 1977 from Melbourne University in the relatively new faculty of Building within the Architecture school. Following a period of 4 years with Costain in Melbourne and London, aged 27, Bill was appointed Project Manager for an 18 storey tower at 1 Collins Street Melbourne, the most prestigious address in the “Paris end of the city”, a tower behind historic facades from the Victorian era of Architecture. The key learning experience of this project was to understand the architectural theme, the 600mm grid of Barry Marshall’s design, permeated every aspect of the project from the marble lobby floor tiles to the office ceiling tiles to the faced precast pattern to the lift doors set-out.

    Bill graduated from running 1 tower to 3 and then in 1987 followed a period in Development Management working with and managing the design teams in Australia, USA, Hong Kong and Japan, before founding a Design Construction practice in 1991 to construct Industrial and residential buildings throughout Australia. In 1997 Bill founded a new practice in Project and Development Management working as manager for projects such Eureka tower (92 storeys) and mixed use developments such as Melbourne Central and Southgate, all in Melbourne.

    In December 2006 after a similar role in San Francsico for an Australian developer, Bill was seconded from Grocon Australia to Arabian Construction Company (ACC) in Dubai, to manage high rise construction projects and mentor the development of construction engineers towards project managing buildings, - Princess Tower, Elite Residence, Pentominium, in Dubai and then in 2010 as Director of ACC India Branch - World One Tower, Mumbai and Supernova, Noida.

    Recently Bill completed the design phase of Abu Dhabi Plaza in Astana Kazakhstan, for the Arabtec-CCC JV, taking a pre-existing design and undertaking a Design Build process, by which the structure of the main 78 storey tower was completely reworked.

    Today Bill is back in Dubai with CCC managing a six tower project – developing a systems approach and mentoring younger staff to develop their acumen in assessing the organisational requirements, pitfalls and opportunities for their projects.

    Given the career emphasis on High-rise and/or multiple repeat projects, throughout Bill’s working period for all these projects in differing locales, economics and climates; the key element has been understanding the design and developing systematic ways to address their construction to provide an economic response in each and all of time, cost and quality.

  • Rabih El Fakih

    Managing Director Grey Matters

  • Khalid Al Emadi

    Ashghal Manager - Quality & Safety Department

  • Noureddin Daas

    Chairman of the National Technical Concrete Industry Subcommittee (NT-CIS)

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