Mark Watson is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Value Specialist, and Project Management Professional with specialized, in-depth experience facilitating planning and design workshops on many types of construction projects. Mark’s experience includes VE studies, charrettes, and FACDs on a wide array of projects including education, healthcare, prisons, vehicle maintenance facilities, barracks, and US embassy and consulate operations. Mark has also employed design charrette and partnering approaches as a key element in initiating the design development process on over 50 design charrettes for the US Army Corps of Engineers and Navy Facilities Engineering Command.
One of Mark’s particular specialties is the facilitation of large, diverse groups. Over the course of his career, he has facilitated teams ranging from small, technically-focused participants to large, management-based participants to teams of multiple stakeholders with multiple technical backgrounds and objectives. Mr. Watson has developed a broad range of facilitation techniques that allow him to adapt his style and approach to meet the needs of the project under study and dynamics of the group being facilitated. In addition, he has the ability to communicate the detailed technical aspects of projects and VE alternatives in a manner that can be understood by all stakeholders regardless of their technical background.
Mark also has experience facilitating a number of decision-making processes. These innovative alternative selection processes allow the incorporation of both quantitative and qualitative information into the decision making process. Mark’s particular expertise is in marrying the Value Methodology with these decision-making processes.
Fred Kolano is an industrial engineer with a Masters degree in business. He has over 35 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, and value management. He has planned and conducted Value Engineering studies and VE training for numerous government and industrial clients. Improvements to products, projects, and processes has been the focus of hundreds of VE improvement studies and one of his strengths. He has led studies to improve processes in the chemical and aerospace industries, environmental restoration, waste management project design, transportation facilities, and management processes. His broad financial background is essential to guiding individuals through cost-savings calculations. Furthermore, Mr. Kolano has been an expert facilitator of hundreds of team-building sessions, issue and conflict resolution meetings, and retreats with teams ranging from five to upwards of 40 individuals.
Dr. Tanenbaum is a Certified Value Specialist and registered professional civil and geotechnical engineer and has formal training in the practice of value engineering. He has served as the geotechnical engineering specialist, civil engineer, and VE Team Leader in numerous relevant VE studies. Dr. Tanenbaum’s more than 40 years of experience includes slope stabilization, dams, earthwork, retaining structure, shallow and deep foundation systems, pavements, landfills, geologic hazards, ground stabilization, and site investigations; and value management and forensic engineering.
Eric Trimble is a Certified Value Specialist and Project Management Professional, supporting VMS, Inc.’s value management and risk analysis field operations. In this capacity, he has participated on numerous value management studies on a variety of projects for government agencies including Caltrans, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining VMS, Inc., Eric worked for eight years as a Credit Relationship Portfolio Manager. Eric started his career with CVS, Inc., a VE consulting firm in Portland, Oregon.
Ms. Carson’s Value Methodology experience encompasses a wide variety of projects and roles within the VM field. Her many years of experience include embassy complexes, shipyards and wharves, hangars, water and wastewater facilities, hospitals, bridges and other transportation projects, housing developments, utilities and infrastructure projects, and both K-12 and higher-educational facilities. Since 2010, in addition to countless value studies, Ms. Carson has served as Facilitator of several of VMS’ two dozen Functional Analysis Concept Development (FACD) workshops, and managed the coordination of all of them. As Director of Project Management, she plays an integral role in coordinating the right team members to support VMS’ value studies. She has presented several papers on organizational behavior and psychology theories that support effective communication, group development, and intrinsic motivation, and works to integrate these concepts into her management of each project.
Jeff Rude, CVS®, Sr. Value Manager
Jeff Rude has worked as a consultant, facilitator, and Value Specialist since 2003 helping public sector and private organizations manage and improve the value of their projects and ongoing operations. He is experienced in design and construction, product and service innovation, strategic investments, and cash flow optimization.
April Hiller, CVS®, ENV SP, Value Manager
April Hiller is a Certified Value Specialist and an Envision™ Sustainability Professional (ENV SP). April has performed as either assistant facilitator or lead facilitator on roughly 90 VE studies and edited over 500 VE study reports on all types of projects, including highway/transit, bridges, water/wastewater facilities, military facilities, infrastructure construction, port and navigation/marine facilities, manufacturing, business process improvement studies and strategic planning workshops. Ms. Hiller has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from San Diego State University, and Master’s degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.