The AACE Seattle Section Officers and Directors for the 2016 – 2017 program year were sworn in at our May 12th meeting by Past AACE International Past President John Newman. Your elected representatives for the coming year will be:


Jon Kennedy a�� President (One-Year Term)
Brian Hood a�� Vice-President (One-Year Term)
Mike Morrison a�� Secretary (One-Year Term)
Wit Ekmana�� Treasurer (One-Year Term)


Norman Melendres a�� Director of Awards (New Two-Year Term)
Diana Erickson a�� Director of Membership (New Two-Year Term)
Brian Smith a�� Director of Education (Continuing Two-Year Term)
Chuck Lappenbusch a�� Director of Publicity and Public Relations (Continuing Two-Year Term)

Hanif Khan a�� Past President

Jonathan R. Kennedy, PSP

Jon has 17 years of experience in the construction industry consisting of Field Engineering, Project Controls, Estimating, Construction Management, and Project Management and is currently a Project Controls Manager for Matrix Service Inc. Jon joined AACE International in 2007. Additionally, Jon received his Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) certification in 2007. He holds a B.S. degree from Georgiaa��s Institute of Technology in Civil Engineering. Shortly after Jon became a PSP, he became a grader for the memo section of the PSP exam and continues to be a grader to this day. Jona��s professional experience includes Construction Manager of a $200 Million resort on Maui. He was Project Controls Manager for an Industrial Service Contractor at a large refinery in the Pacific Northwest which at any given time would have between 12 and 30 capital construction projects, maintenance projects, or turna�?aa�?round projects in progress ranging in size from $10,000 to $1,000,000. He was the Lead Scheduler/Project Controls for the Panama Canala��s 3rd Set of Locks. Hea��s been an EPC Project Manager on various Oil and Gas Terminal and Industrial projects ranging in size up to $100 Million. Jon is currently Project Controls Manager for the Northwest Division of the National Construction Group for Matrix Service Inc.

Brian Hood, MBA, PMP

Brian Hood, MBA, PMP, has more than 18 years of experience managing project and construction schedules in various industries including airport terminal construction, school construction, oil and gas, power generation, transportation, travel, wireless telecommunications, and petrochemical. Brian is currently a Sr. Project controls and Risk Management consultant for Planning and Management Services Inc. Brian received his PMP certification in 2001 from the Project Management Institute and received his MBA in 2006 from the University of Phoenix. Briana��s extensive depth of knowledge ranges from project planning and scheduling, to implementation of project management solutions. Brian has developed and delivered training curriculums in multiple industries on various software solutions but specifically developed best of class training for the Primavera suite of tools. Brian also is a US Navy veteran who completed the Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida and served aboard 2 Ships; USS Arkansas and the USS Enterprise.

Michael R. Morrison, CCP, FAACE

Mr. Morrison has over fiftya�?years of successful experience in management consulting, construction consulting, including cost estimating, scheduling, cost control, earned value management, value engineering, and developing new methodologies. In recent years, he has been involved in several multia�?billion dollar programs in various roles, serving as a subject matter expert in leading constructability reviews and risk analysis/assessments. Member of several professional societies and former president of four local chapters; he is a former president of the Puget Sound Engineering Council (an umbrella society of 14,000 scientists and engineers); founder of two sections for AACEI; past member of national Board of Directors; past member of Oregon State Construction Education Foundation. He taught construction cost estimating at Edmonds Community College for 9 years. He continues to work as an independent consultant.

Wit Ekman, PMP, CCP

Wit has over 18 years of experience in Project Controls and Project Management on a variety of capital projects, in both the public and private sectors. He has a strong background in all aspects of project controls, notably in budgeting and cost management. Wit currently works as a Project Controls Manager at Sound Transit; overseeing a portfolio of multiple light rail extension projects and contracts. He has been a member of AACEI, earned and has maintained his CCP certification since 2002. Wit holds a B.S. in Construction Engineering from Oregon State University, and a M.S. in Construction Management from the University of Washington. He is also PMP certified through the Project Management Institute (PMI). Wit served as AACE Seattle Sectiona��s Treasurer from 2015a�?2016 and as Director of Membership from 2016a�?2017.

Norman Melendres

A Sr. Transportation Scheduler with 14 years of CPM Scheduling experience and well versed in Project Cost and Schedule Controls, Resource Management, Earned Value Management and Project Planning on projects like Airport Facilities, Transportation, Wastewater, Hydropower Generation, Manufacturing Facilities and Structural Upgrades. Has a great knowledge on Primavera Enterprise software (All P6 versions). Has experience with Earned Value Management using Primavera and Spreadsheets creating project performance reports on cost and schedule. Team Member on Project Management Process Control teams by creating Baseline, Change Management and Work Breakdown Processes and Procedures. Evaluates RFP and BAFO Contractor Submittals (as owner representative) on Contractual and Baseline Schedules. Assists a group of planners to create an Integrated Master Schedule procedure. Creates and defines Planning and Scheduling Management Plans. Practices Project Controls Methodologies from AACEI (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International) and PMI (Project Management Institute). Multiple assignments has made Norman versatile in Monitoring and Controlling Programs and Projects on any Industry. Norman is currently the companya��s Representative for COMTO (Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials) Washington Chapter.

Diana Erickson, CCP, PMP

Diana has 15+ years of experience in project controls and is currently the Deputy Director of Project Control overseeing and leading project controls teams that provide support for major capital projects at Sound Transit. Diana has earned her CCP credentials and has been a member of AACEI since 2006. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University. Diana is also an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has earned her PMP credentials.

Brian Smith, CCP, PMP

Brian has been a member of AACE International since the 1990s and earned his CCC (now CCP) in 2001. He has been a participant and presenter at a variety of AACE events including regional chapter meetings (Seattle and Cascade), the Western Winter Workshop and at National (San Antonio). Currently a Project Controls Manager with Mott MacDonald North America, Brian has taken advantage of AACEa�?sanctioned events and training to encourage the development of Project Controls skills for his staff and colleagues. Brian has over 30 years of experience in Project Controls in a variety of industries including Mining, Aerospace Manufacturing, Wastewater, Power Cogeneration, Light Rail, Highways and Tunnels. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Washington State University and a Geographic Information Systems Certificate from the University of Washington.

Charles F. Lappenbusch, Jr., MBA, CCP, EVP, PSP

Chuck has over 30 years of project management and financial experience related to infrastructure projects, including as Director of Development for a new town of 17,000 residences to include all the public and private infrastructures. His emphasis is cost control processes, monitoring and integration with Critical Path Scheduling, Earned Value Method, Risk Analysis and writing reports focused to the desired particular levels of management. He aligns and allocates budgets to applicable WBS levels that support a�?roll upa�? and a�?drill downa�? analysis.

Hanif Khan, CCP, PMP, AVS

Hanif has 20+ years of experience in designa�?build and EPC project management and project controls. He works as Director of Project Services at the Seattle Public Utilities in the City of Seattle, managing a diverse portfolio of 80+ active projects totaling $1.2 billion in capital budget. In his past career, he worked as a project manager on several energy projects ranging $100M to $1B across the United States and select international locations. Hanif has a Bachelora��s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Mastera��s degree in Construction Management from University of Washington.