Clients In The Round: Speed Networking with Owners

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SMPS Atlanta & the SAME Atlanta Post are excited to present this joint program.

Competition among A/E/C firms is at an all-time high. This is your opportunity to meet directly with key decision makers to gain insights that will help you differentiate your firm. You will have the opportunity to learn about:

– upcoming procurement opportunities and trends
– consultant selection criteria
– best approaches and follow-up preferences
– and much more!

Attendees will participate in three, 30-minute roundtable discussions with owner representatives to discuss topics of their choosing. Owners will provide an overview of their individual organizations and facility programs, then open discussion to each small group at their table.

You will be able to select your owner/client preferences during registration. Register early as the slots are first come, first served!

On the day of the event, don’t forget to bring your questions, comments and business cards. This event is sure to sell out!

James Brownsmith
Project Executive, Construction Services
Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission

In the leadership role of Project Executive, James ensures the project teams deliver the best projects for the best value while striving for excellence. With over 5 years with the Agency, James enjoys planning, problem solving and delivering state-of-the-art facilities. When not in the office, James can be found playing a round of golf, enjoying the outdoors and spending time in fellowship at his church.


Torkild (Tor) Brunso, PE, PMP
Chief of Military Integration
South Atlantic Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Torkild (Tor) Brunso is an Army Engineer with more than 34 years of military engineering experience serving throughout Europe and the United States. He is a registered Professional Engineer, as well as a Project Management Professional with engineering management experience in engineering, facility & construction management, public works, master planning, emergency support operations, facility maintenance programs, and environmental restoration.  Currently he is the Chief of the Military Integration for South Atlantic Division where he coordinates all engineering, construction and environmental program support to the US Military and other Governmental Agencies.  South Atlantic Division’s area of responsibility encompasses 7 Southern States, Puerto Rico, and Latin America with annual Military and Support-For-Others program of more than $1.5 billion per year.

Tor Brunso came to the South Atlantic Division of the Corps of Engineers from US Army Forces Command where he was the Deputy FORSCOM Engineer.  As the Deputy FORSCOM Engineer and Forces Command’s Engineering program manager, he was responsible for overall Engineering, Construction and Environmental program management including oversight, quality control, and coordination.

Prior to Forces Command, he served in the Northwest Division Corps of Engineers as the program manager for Northwest Region of the Army Installation Command where he coordinated the Corps of Engineer support to all Army Installations in 19 States.  Responsible for coordinating execution of a $500 M per year program that provided facility and infrastructure support through master planning, design and construction of facilities; facility renovations; Real Estate services; and environmental services.

As his last duty as a Military Engineer Officer, he served as the Deputy District Engineer of the Rock Island Engineer District.  Responsible for supervising day to day activities of an Engineer District consisting of over 950 civilians, an annual budget exceeding $130 million, and a vast area of responsibility in five states.  This included ensuring operating and maintaining 20 locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers; managing three flood control and recreational reservoirs maintain providing a full range of engineering services. These services include overseeing emergency responses to Mississippi River flooding, overseeing flood mitigation operations including planning, design & construction of flood control projects, inspection & maintenance of protective structures.

Tor Brunso attended Colorado School of Mines, where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Mining Engineering and later graduated with his Masters of Science in Construction from Southern Polytechnic University

Keith Mack
Director – Development Services
Regent Partners




Kirsten Neff, P.E., LEEED AP
Deputy Director, Project Delivery Division
Southeast Sunbelt Region 4
U.S. General Services Administration

Kirsten Neff serves as Deputy Director of the Project Delivery Division. The Project Delivery Division includes 70 Project Managers, Project Transaction Managers and Program Analysts overseeing $1.3 billion in design and construction programs in Federal Buildings and Courthouses across six (6) Southeast states.  In 2017, Kirsten led the establishment of the Project Delivery Division which brought together in one organization all the Project Managers from across Region 4.  Kirsten has served in other leadership roles in GSA Region 4 including Project Management and Professional Services.

Kirstn is a retired Navy Commander.  She served in the Civil Engineer Corps for 20 years; 10 years on Active Duty and 10 years as a Reservist.  CDR Neff served in facilities management and construction contracting roles and participated in operational deployments with several Navy Seabee units.  In 1994, CDR Neff was the first female officer to serve with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FIVE (a Seabee Battalion).

Prior to her assignment with GSA, Kirsten Neff worked in the private sector managing Class A multi-tenant office buildings for an Atlanta developer and multi-national real estate services firm.

Kirsten Neff is a Registered Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a FAC-P/PM Level III Certification.  She earned an MBA from Kennesaw State University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Kirsten’s professional memberships include the Commercial Real Estate Women of Atlanta and National Association of Women in Construction.

Dan Nemec, RA, LEED AP
Assistant Director of Capital Planning and Space Management
Georgia Institute of Technology




Albert V. Shelby, III
Director of Program Delivery
Georgia Department of Transportation

Albert Shelby is an Atlanta, Georgia native that graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University with a degree in Civil Engineering Technology. He has worked for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) since 1998, primarily as a Design Engineer and a Project Manager.  During his 18 year career, Albert has served in the Office of Urban Design as a Design Engineer and Design Group Manager; and in the Office of Program Delivery as a Project Manager, an Assistant Office Head and the Office Head. He currently is the Director of Program Delivery.  His current title is Director of Program Delivery for GDOT.

Jere Smith III, AIA
Director of Capital Improvements
Atlanta Public Schools

Jere Smith has had a career of over thirty years of management and leadership roles in the land planning, architecture, building construction and real estate development industries. He is a graduate of Clemson University and Southern Polytechnic State University and is a registered Architect in the State of Georgia.

He has successfully planned and led development and building construction programs and projects for institutional, commercial and residential customers including corporate identity and business development, estimating, subcontract negotiation, contract administration, site operations, product liability, claims resolution and litigation support.

Currently, he provides leadership as the Director of Capital Improvements for the Atlanta Public Schools and has been responsible for managing the school district’s $3.1 billion in capital asset management and improvement programs. He has served as the President of the Georgia Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments, is a member of the Industry Advisory Board at Clemson University and a member of the Board of Trustees of Early Learning Property Management.

Event Schedule:

8:00 AM     Registration Networking (coffee & breakfast)
9:00 AM     Welcome & Introduction of Owners/Clients
9:15 AM     Round 1 Discussion
9:50 AM     Round 2 Discussion
10:25 AM   Round 3 Discussion
10:55 AM   Closing Remarks

CPSM CEUs:  1.5 hours
Domains Covered:  
1, 2, 3 & 4

Early Bird Registration (Oct 24 – Oct 31): $60
Regular Registration (Oct 31- Nov 10): $85
NO Walk-ins for this event.






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November 14, 2017
08:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Dunwoody Country Club
1600 Dunwoody Club Dr
Atlanta, GA 30350,

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