The Annual BEX Public Works Conference brings together hundreds of A/E/C professionals to get an inside look into Arizona’s upcoming public works projects, capital spend, and more.

 Don’t miss your chance to get a broad and comprehensive overview of the local market all in one afternoon. Register Today!


12:00pm – Welcome & Introductory Remarks – Amanda Elliot, Redevelopment Program Manager, Town of Gilbert

12:05pm – Top 10 Capital Improvement Programs Across Arizona: A deep dive review of the top Capital Improvement Programs (CIP), along with her always popular data dumps on the state of the market, trends and projections on what’s to come.

  • Rebekah Morris, President & Founder, BEX

12:40pm – Expanding Transportation Systems: Transportation & Transit infrastructure has been a major contributor to growth and development in the Valley and around the state. Check out what guest panelists from some of the Arizona’s top transportation players have to say about where we are and where we’re headed.

  • Henry Ikwut-Ukwa, Director, Capital Development, Capital Planning 

1:25pm – Quick Hit – TBD

1:35pm – Powering up Future Economic Development: Ensuring the reliability of the power grid – and delivering energy through increasingly sustainable and climate-friendly systems – are essential to the long-term development of Arizona as a growing national leader. This panel will generate expert commentary insights on the state’s energy present and future. 

  • Diane Fischer, Director of Generation Services, Kiewit – MODERATOR
  • Karla Moran, Principal Economic Development Analyst, SRP
  • Kelly Patton, Economic Development Manager, APS

2:05pm – Break

2:25pm – Reconvene

2:30pm – Show me the Money! Nothing gets built without the funding in place to pay for it. This panel will look at federal stimulus programs, grants and other cash infusions; regional infrastructure/transportation tax propositions, and bond measures in several locales to give a detailed overview of the Arizona public project money train and how it’s tracking.

  • Casey Ambroise, Senior Project Manager, Town of Gilbert
  • Audra Koester-Thomas, Transportation Planning Program Manager, Town of Gilbert
  • Patti Olds, Economic Impact Advisor, Kuniklo – MODERATOR

3:15pm – Quick Hit – TBD

3:25pm – Upcoming Water Infrastructure Projects: Arizona has gotten clobbered with Colorado River restrictions and other water issues due to the drought. Where do some of the state’s fastest growing cities stand with plans to manage and maximize their water infrastructure?

  • Marc Ahlstrom, Assistant City Engineer, City of Mesa
  • Troy Hayes, Water Services Director, City of Phoenix


Marc Ahlstrom

Assistant City Engineer | City of Mesa

Marc Ahlstrom is one of two Assistant City Engineers with the City of Mesa Engineering Department, where he has been employed since 2004. Marc has held numerous positions in the Engineering Department including Civil Engineer, Senior Civil Engineer, Project Manager, and Deputy Engineer prior to being promoted to his current position in 2016. His project experience while at the City is diverse including buildings, streets, right of way acquisition, intelligent transportation systems, parks, water and wastewater treatment facilities, pipelines, and communication facilities. He has also acted as a liaison to multiple agencies including Valley Metro, ADOT, MCDOT, and Town of Gilbert. Marc has extensive experience negotiating contracts, intergovernmental agreements, and utility agreements. He is also experienced with alternative delivery of projects including Job Order Contracts, Construction Manager at Risk projects, and is developing the City’s first Design-Build contract. As Assistant City Engineer, Marc supervises a staff of more than 45 including project managers, contract staff, right of way management staff, and other support staff. Prior to joining the City of Mesa, Marc worked for Entranco as a design engineer on various roadway and freeway projects. Marc is originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho. He holds an AS degree from Ricks College, and BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University with an emphasis on transportation. Marc is a Certified Public Administrator and a member of APWA and ASCE. He currently lives in Gilbert with his wife and five children.

Casey Ambrose

Senior Project Manager, Capital Improvement Projects | Town of Gilbert

Casey is a registered PE and has been involved with public works for over 18 years. The bulk of her career was spent on the private side designing airports and roadways. She adapted during the economic downturn of 2008 and learned the skills of a project manager. She put her skills to use working for a construction company who served the various mining communities throughout Arizona. In 2017, Casey decided that public works was her passion and that she was best suited to serve the community where she lived. Casey has now been with the Town of Gilbert for five years and continues to manage projects of various transportation types. In addition to her work at the Town of Gilbert, Casey has been member of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for seven years. She serves as the alternate delegate to her local Phoenix Chapter, as well as the Chair for Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the National level. At the end of the work day Casey resumes her role as mom and wife, to her husband and two daughters. Their time together is filled with club soccer games, school activities and watching sports. On rare occasions a quiet weekend is enjoyed.

Amanda Elliot

Redevelopment Program Manager | Town of Gilbert

Amanda Elliott has served in the Gilbert, Arizona Office of Economic Development since 2012 and leads town-wide redevelopment efforts including a focus on the downtown Heritage District. Amanda has 19 years of experience in the public and private sector focused on development, revitalization and marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Certificate of International Business from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration from Park University. Amanda is an active member and former Board Member of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), is a founding member for AZDowntowns, is an International Downtown Association Emerging Leaders fellow, served as IDA Top Issues Council Chairperson for Municipal Partnerships, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute where she is currently serving on the Adaptive Reuse, Infill and Revitalization Council. Amanda is a past AAED Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence Award Winner and recipient of the AAED Presidential Award. She has been nominated as a Most Valuable Player for the Town of Gilbert and received the Mayor’s Best in Class Award. Amanda was named 40 Under 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2021 and was also named a person to know in Economic Development by AZRE Magazine.

Diane Fischer

Director of Generation Services | Kiewit

Diane is Kiewit’s Director of Generation Services and Long Duration Energy Storage Services. She has more than 30 years of experience in the power industry, including project management and system engineering, consulting, client advocacy, business development, EPC contract development and oversight, equipment specification, equipment procurement contract development and negotiation, vendor management, conceptual design, front end engineering design studies, regulatory permitting and support, program management, and scenario planning. As Director of Generation Services for Kiewit's Engineering Group, Diane is responsible for overseeing all services provided for fossil generation and long-term energy storage. Diane supports Kiewit’s clients in developing and implementing solutions to meet the challenges and demands of a low carbon energy market. She is a graduate of Iowa State University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Troy Hayes

Director of Water Services | City of Phoenix

Troy Hayes oversees one of the largest potable water utilities in the United States. With over 1,400 dedicated employees, Phoenix Water Services treats and delivers high-quality tap water to 1.7 million customers throughout a 540 square mile service area. Phoenix Water Services provides wastewater collection and treatment services for 2.9 million residents in the Valley. Troy has been with the City of Phoenix for over 20 years, serving in a broad range of roles and responsibilities. Troy is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Arizona and Colorado.

Henry Ikwut-Ukwa

Director, Capital Development | Valley Metro

Henry Ikwut-Ukwa is a transportation executive with over 23 years of experience in transit industry leadership and management. He is currently the Chief of Capital and Service Development at Valley Metro where he leads the Capital and Service Development Division of Valley Metro Rail, Inc. and the Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA). Prior to this he held executive and management positions with Atlanta BeltLine Inc., Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA), and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). His early career covers extensive consulting experience with major engineering companies including Parsons Corporation, URS Corporation, and HDR Inc. Henry holds a PhD in civil engineering with minor in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute and a 2016 graduate of Leadership APTA, the executive leadership program of the American Public Transportation Association. He is a registered professional engineer (PE).

Audra Koester Thomas

Transportation Planning Program Manager | Maricopa Association of Governments

A proud graduate of Texas A&M University, Audra joined Maricopa Association of Governments in 2015 to facilitate long-range transportation planning efforts for the nation's second largest metropolitan planning organization. Previously, Audra’s work included dozens of iconic land use, transportation and economic development efforts across Arizona and the Southwest. Audra’s current focus is leading the extension of the dedicated Maricopa County half-cent sales tax to fund multimodal transportation investments included in MOMENTUM, MAG’s new regional transportation plan.

Rebekah Morris

President & Founder | BEX

Rebekah started the twice-weekly AZBEX publication in February 2010, and has since grown the service into a multi-faceted resource for local Commercial Real Estate & A/E/C firms to find leads on upcoming projects, industry news, trends, and market insights. In 2015, AZBEX started producing events and now features four annual half-day conferences and six breakfast panels known as the Leading Market Series. In 2016, the AZBEX Database or DATABEX was launched. Both the events and database are engineered to bring opportunities to clients – whether it’s the contacts made at a half-day conference or bi-monthly breakfast program or the early stage notice of a project in the database, every service of AZBEX is focused on bringing opportunity to clients. Rebekah’s background as a large General Contractor enabled her to spot the opportunity to start BEX, but it is her grit, determination and eternal curiosity for the industry that has kept it going and growing each year. In her spare time (what spare time?!?), Rebekah enjoys reading, cooking, hiking and playing with her three kids. It is her dream to travel more. Realistically, that’ll happen when the youngest turns 18.

Karla Moran

Principal Economic Development Analyst | Salt River Project

Karla Moran is a Principal Economic Development Analyst for the Salt River Project. She is responsible for attracting and expanding business and industry within SRP’s service territory; providing site-specific electrical infrastructure identification and cost analysis; and working collaboratively alongside state, regional and municipal partners to identify targeted company attraction, expansion and retention efforts conducive to building a healthy economy to advance well-planned growth throughout the Valley. Karla has been in economic development for more than 15 years, including roles at the Arizona Department of Commerce, the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Town of Gilbert.

Kelly Patton

Economic Development Manager | Arizona Public Service

Kelly Patton has spent 20 years in the economic development industry with 15 years of experience specific to Arizona. She currently holds the title of Economic Development Manager at Arizona Public Service (APS) and is responsible for working with all state, regional, county and community partners in the attraction and expansion of business and industry within Arizona and APS service territory. Prior to joining APS, Kelly spent eight years in the Gilbert, Arizona Office of Economic Development and five years with the Kansas City Area Development Council. A Kansas City native, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s in business administration from Ottawa University. She serves in a leadership capacity for several regional and national economic development organizations including the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona (ECoNA), Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), Pinal Alliance for Economic Growth, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), and the Utility Economic Development Association (UEDA). Kelly was also recently recognized by Consultant Connect as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers in 2022.

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First NameLast NameCompany Title
RyanAbbottClaycoExecutive Vice President 
MarkAdamsAgate Construction, Inc.Vice President
TonyAmesEmery Sapp & SonsExecutive Vice President 
JesusAnguloPCL Construction, Inc.Project Manager
CarrieBailesBuehlerBusiness Development Manager
DarinBaileyHaydon Building CorpPreconstruction Director 
DaveBanburyDCS ContractingBusiness Development Manager
ShirleyBarkerFCI Constructors, Inc.Marketing Manager
JasonBeaverConcord General ContractingVice President/COO
KevinBentonSRP Business Solutions ProgramSenior Project Coordinator 
EricBergmanCaliente ConstructionDirector of Client Services
BrentBorchersTerrconRegional Manager
LorinBrownDWL Architects & PlannersDirector of Business Development & Marketing 
SueCardisSBD, Inc.Estimating Coordinator 
TammyCarrMortensonMarket Executive 
LeaCheshareckThe Weitz CompanySenior Business Development Manager
GeoffreyChildSunrise Engineering, Inc.Principal/Engineering Manager 
DavidClarkEmpire CatRental Sales Manager
JoeClarkenConstructors Bonding, Inc.Principal
CurtisCourterHazen and SawyerAssociate Vice President
BillDavisAdvanced Drainage Systems Advanced Drainage Systems
TinaDavisConsultant Engineering, Inc.Marketing Manager
KeliDobbersteinHunter Contracting Business Development Manager 
Jennifer DolanGirls Can BuildSales
RegganDumpertAPS Solutions for BusinessMarketing Strategist
RandyEskelsonGray WolfVice President of Business Development 
ChaseFarnsworthMortensonSenior Project Development Manager
EricFrobergCity of PhoenixCity Engineer
LisaGarrisonAPS Solutions for BusinessUnknown
DeannGatesMartin White Griffis StructuralDirector of Business Development 
JaimeGermannFerguson WaterworksOutside Sales
CGGnanasambanthanOlssonBusiness Development Leader
MattGormanArrington Watkins ArchitectsPrincipal Architect 
DerrickGreeneEmpire CatGovernmental Rental Account Manager
GregGriffithCBI Bonding, Inc.Senior Vice President 
TracyGrundenCoe & Van Loo Consultants, Inc.Director of Water/Wastewater
MarkGuatneyNinyo & MoorePrincipal Engineer, Enviornmental
WilliamHaasCoe & Van Loo Consultants, Inc.Director of Stormwater Engineering
RobertHaggard, Sr.Fleming CompleteVice President
JeffHamiltonSundt Construction, Inc.Vice President – Transportation Group, Southwest Region Business Development Manager 
GregoryHeinzHill International, Inc.Senior Vice President; Manager, West Region
KentHendersonFerguson WaterworksGeo Specialist 
JakeHollingsworthOkland ConstructionBusiness Development Analyst
JeffHollowellBuehlerAssociate Principal
DeanHowardAlston ConstructionDirector of Business Development
KevinHutchingsFleming West, LLCBusiness Development 
PamelaIacovoWOODPATEL Civil Engineers and SurveyMarketing and Business Development Manager
MonikaIbarrolaArrington Watkins ArchitectsArchitect, Associate 
DanielleIntorfSundt Construction, Inc.Business Development Representative 
MikeJamesSundt Construction, Inc.Chief Estimator 
KaileeJodarskiKuniklo CorporationMarketing & Communication
AnitaJohariWood PLCLead Traffic Engineer 
MelissaJohnsonDanson ConstructionDirector of Business Development & Marketing 
BenJohnsonHW JohnsonForeman
FredJohnsonGray ConstructionProject Executive 
ScottJonesAmes ConstructionRegional Alternative Delivery Manager 
JasonKahnRummel ConstructionVice President
BruceKayNinyo & MoorePrincipal Engineer
ScottKirchoferAchen-Gardner ConstructionBusiness Development and Marketing Manager 
KentKlevenSunstate Equipment Co.Regional Sales Manager
AshleyKnippKnipp ContractingBusiness Development 
ColinLaisure-PoolMPSW, Inc.Account Executive
DimitriosLaloudakisSRP Business Solutions ProgramProgram Manager
GeorgeLane-RobertsJ. Banicki Construction, Inc.Alternative Delivery & Preconstruction Manager
TomLaRueAdvanced Drainage Systems Business Development Manager
DavidLivolsiAdvanced Drainage Systems Sales
KristinaLockeCoe & Van Loo Consultants, Inc.Director of Business Development
ScottMacphersonRider Levett BucknallExecutive Vice President 
TonyMagersAPS Solutions for BusinessUnknown
JodiMalenfantW&W Structural, Inc.Owner 
JaredMaloneAssociated Architects Architect 
Chris MaroneySäzän Group, Inc.Principal in Charge
SaraMartinTekline Electrical ServicesDirector of Marketing and Business Development 
ArielleMasonArrington Watkins ArchitectsArchitect in Training
PhillipMcDonellAdvanced Drainage Systems Senior Sales Manager
AllieMcGranaghanSRP Business Solutions ProgramEnergy Efficiency Program Coordinator
DustinMcGrathArcher Western ConstructionWest Division Marketing Manager
KatieMelendezBig-D ConstructionBusiness Development and Marketing Strategist 
MarkMitchellAdolfson & Peterson ConstructionDirector of Business Development
GigiMoranVanir Construction ManagementMarketing and Business Development Manager
BryanMuellerAchen-Gardner ConstructionProject Executive 
StephanieMunozDibbleBusiness Development Director 
KimMurphyChasse Building TeamBusiness Development 
DeanNeaverthAdvanced Drainage Systems Northern Arizona Sales Manager
SuzanneNelsonCorelab StructuresBusiness Developement Representative 
PeterNicholsAdvanced Drainage Systems SW Regional Sales Manager
DonNottkeDerek BuildersVice President of Business Development 
PattiOldsKuniklo CorporationEconomic Impact Advisor 
StephenOldsKuniklo CorporationJOC Project Manager
JoshuaOnstottB&F Contracting, Inc.Executive Director
SteveOroszParadigm DesignRegional Civil and Transportation Director
JohnOttDesert DronesPresident
EricOwnbyAmes ConstructionBusiness Development 
JuliePedersonClaycoMarketing and New Business Coordinator 
RodPennimanWood PLCSenior Project Manager 
JonathanPetersCMT Technical Services Heavy Civil Department Supervisor 
JosephPiotrowskiTravelersAssociate Account Executive 
MikeQuinnArrington Watkins ArchitectsPrincipal
MauricioRamosPCL Construction, Inc.Operations Manager
KarenRatliffAdvanced Structural Engineering, Inc.Principal/Marketing and Business Development 
CraigReesNinyo & MoorePrincipal
SarahReynoldsGLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc.Senior Marketing Coordinator 
KayRimbeyRummel ConstructionBusiness Development Manager
GregRingleDerek BuildersVice President of Construction
RogerRowleyB&F Contracting, Inc.Director of Preconstruction
BradSandersArcher Western ConstructionBusiness Group Leader
MatthewSavageFerguson WaterworksSenior Inside Sales Manager 
Jennifer SchaeferCaliente ConstructionMarketing Manager
JeffSchafferCaliente ConstructionProject Director – Operations
KristineShanerOlssonWest Region Marketing Leader
LisaShanleyHardison/Downey ConstructionDirector of Business Development
LauraShiversBig-D ConstructionVice President
ChadShultzCorbinsVice President of Operations
LisaSimonsVan Boerum & Frank Associates, Inc.Business Development 
KenSlotaPCL Construction, Inc.Senior Construction Manager
AndyStewartActiveGManaging Partner 
EricStilerTrue Metal Solutions, LLCCEO/CIO
ScottSumnersRider Levett BucknallEVP
BrookeTaffWOODPATEL Civil Engineers and SurveyBusiness Development 
CortneyTilleyBreckenridge Group Architects/PlannersMarketing Coordinator 
SakiToorTravelersAccount Executive Officer
MarciUtakisRider Levett BucknallAssociate
JustinVan De GraaffSunrise Engineering, Inc.Project Manager
JaysonVanvolkinburgB&F Contracting, Inc.Director of Field Operations
Jennifer VillalobosGirls Can BuildVice President of Business Development & Marketing
MiltonWilliamsActiveGSystem Analyst 
DianeWilsonHaydon Building CorpBusiness Development 
JeffWinneyPulice ConstructionCapture Manager
KevinWoudenbergWestern TechBusiness Development Manager 
CraigYakubowPCL Construction, Inc.Estimator
EricZiteNinyo & MoorePrincipal

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