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Speakers 2017

  • 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’.

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