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Education (Virtual) Panel

September 15, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Virtual Meeting - Online


Back to School 2020
A discussion on our new normal and how it affects the A/E/C industry and our schools

We invite you to join the conversation at our Virtual Education Panel where industry experts from the South Florida School Board community will share insights on the current status and short-term future in the education sector. Joining us are; Moderator Joseph Sanches, and Panelists David Dolan, Marty Sanders, Deborah Czubkowski and Christopher Blair. Stay tuned for additional panelists.

Assessing market opportunity during this unprecedented time is complex. The focus of our panel discussion will be on learning how our facilities experts are navigating changes and what they are doing to ensure safer working environments. Learn how they are responding to the pandemic, with respect to budgets, workforce, planned infrastructure improvements, and procurement methodology. Most importantly, attendees will gain insight on how A/E/C firms can partner with the school communities to help them innovate and built a brighter future for our young students and teachers alike.




Joseph Sanches, LEED AP BD+C, CGC, MBA
President - D. Stephenson Construction
Mr. Sanches is the President of D. Stephenson Construction, Inc., which is Florida’s largest African American owned construction firm. D. Stephenson Construction specializes in the construction of educational facilities, municipal buildings, multi-family residential, airport & other facilities throughout South Florida.


David Dolan
Deputy Chief of Facilities ManagementSchool District of Palm Beach County
Mr. Dolan came to the district in 2017 from Palm Beach County government. His experience led to his management of various capital programs, in excess of $50 million annually, specializing in park facilities and office builiding renovations/hardening.


Marty Sanders
Executive Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Growth ManagementSchool Board of St. Lucie County
Mr. Sanders is a Engineer, manager and leader with a combination of public and private engineering and planning experience. Experience with community and economic development issues and understanding the relationship between infrastructure and public policy. Proven businessman with ability to restructure processes to improve service and reduce cost.



Christopher Blair, R.A, MBA
Executive Director of Design & Construction at University of Miami

Christopher Blair is the Executive Director for Design & Construction. He is responsible for oversight of project management of capital projects on both the Coral Gables and RSMAS campuses. Christopher came to the University of Miami from a private architecture practice in 2007 and started as a Project Manager and has subsequently held the roles of Senior Project Manager and Director of Design & Construction.

In his time with the University of Miami, Christopher has worked on all campuses and completed a wide variety of projects including academic, residential, clinical, surgical, administrative, research, performance, athletic, civil, and infrastructure. He personally has overseen 150+ projects, with a combined value over $750M including the development of 1 million square feet of LEED accredited buildings. The department has a current project load of $600M+ in active projects and does approximately $150M of work per year.

Christopher received his Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Florida and is currently completing his MBA. He is a licensed architect in the state of Florida and maintains a LEED accreditation.



Deborah Czubkowski
Associate Vice-President Facilities Design and Construction at Broward College



$10.00 SMPS Members

$25.00 Non-Members Ticket

$10.00 SMPS Member from other chapter

$0.00 Sponsors and Speakers Only