Kirsten Adams analyzes proposed legislation, lobbies in the Oregon Capitol, and represents AGC in rulemakings and other stakeholder meetings. She works on a variety of issues, with her main focus being workers’ compensation, employment law, public contracting, and diesel regulations.
Prior to AGC, Kirsten worked as a legislative assistant for Oregon Senator Richard Devlin. This followed her practice of family law in Salem after her graduation from Willamette University College of Law. She graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics with a minor in politics.
Director and Counsel of Policy and Public Affairs, Oregon-Columbia Chapter of AGC
Dylan Bochsler is Vice President at North Santiam Paving Co., a family owned site development and road construction company founded in 1973. Dylan has also been President of NSP Trucking since its formation in 2016. Currently he focuses on financial and operations management at these companies.
Dylan is the current Chair of the State of Oregon’s Construction Contractor’s Board (CCB) and is an officer on AGC’s Oregon-Columbia chapter board. He previously served as chair of the local and national CLC steering committees and on AGCA’s Board of Directors from 2020-2022.
Second Vice-President, Oregon-Columbia Chapter of AGC
Vice President, North Santiam Paving Co.
A native of Germany, Dr. Bottlang earned his PhD in Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Iowa. He has subsequently focused on improving the treatment of orthopedic trauma patients. His inventions for treating fractures of the pelvis and chest wall have changed the standard of care in over 40 countries. He has been funded by the US National Institute of Health for his groundbreaking research and innovative technology on helmet safety. At the Legacy Biomechanics Laboratory in Portland, Oregon, Bottlang has overseen the creation of the state-of-the-art Helmet Impact Testing (HIT) Laboratory. He has collaborated with Surgeon Steven Madey for the past 15 years to create WaveCel.
Megan Deitschel is a Marketing Specialist at Bartlett Cocke General Contractors. Megan is responsible for various tasks throughout their three offices in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, including internal and external communications, project photography, digital media and coordinating events for the company. She joined Bartlett Cocke just over six months ago after working for a subcontractor for five years. Prior to jumping into the A/E/C industry she graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in General Art and a minor in Business Administration.
Megan has been active with the Associated of General Contractors of Austin, serving on the networking committee for over four years, co-chair for two. She joined the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Steering Committee of Austin in 20221 and sits as the chair for 2023.
David Goulet is the current chair and co-founder of the North Dakota CLC chapter. He is a Senior Project Manager at Industrial Builders, Inc. and has been with the company since 2009. Growing up in the construction industry, influenced him to pursue a degree in Construction Engineering at North Dakota State University.
Todd attended LSU and received his B.S. in Construction from Northeast Louisiana University in 1982. Todd is President of ERS, Inc., a heavy and civil construction company, based in Jackson, MS, that he founded in 1992. The company works nationwide on select type projects involving ecosystem construction and rehabilitation, erosion control, land reclamation, disaster clean-up, water control and infrastructure, all facets of the heavy/civil construction arena. ERS, Inc. performs work for drainage districts, levee boards, municipalities, conservation commissions, state governments and federal agencies that include the following: clearing and grubbing, earthwork, demolition, grading, riprap, concrete, flood control structures, levees, dams, road construction, water conveyance (open channel and pipe laying) and pile driving.
In 2009 ERS, Inc. was recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s “Small Business Contractor of the Year”.
ERS, Inc. is a member of the Mississippi Valley Chapter AGC where Todd is a board member and has served on numerous committees. He also served as President of MVAGC in 2007. Nationally, Todd served as National Chairman of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Committee of AGC from 2006-2016. He served as the Federal/Heavy Division Chairman in 2017 and is a Life Governor of AGC of America. Todd is also a member of the Consulting Constructors’ Council of America.
Todd is an instrument-rated private pilot, having logged nearly 2500 hours as pilot in command.
Todd has been married to Robyn of Baton Rouge, LA for 35 years and they have three children. Kris is 31 and works as an accountant for EY (formerly Ernst & Young) in Meridian, MS. Anna Rachel, 24, is a PICU nurse at UMC medical center in Jackson. Russell is 23, lives in Dallas and works as a financial analyst for a real estate advisory group. Todd and Robyn are members of First Presbyterian Church.
Paul graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management in December 2011 and is an accomplished professional in the construction industry. He is currently employed as a Superintendent at Andersen Construction Company in Portland, Oregon, since 2021. With a strong commitment to safety and a keen eye for project management, Paul has consistently demonstrated the ability to lead and deliver successful construction projects.
Prior to becoming a Superintendent, Paul held positions as a Project Manager and Project Engineer at Andersen Construction Company, where valuable experience was gained in project planning, engineering, and management. Notably, during Paul’s tenure, the company worked on diverse projects, including the prestigious Touchmark in the West Hills and the Vanport Building in Portland, Oregon.
Paul is an active member of the AGC’s Construction Leadership Council, where he serves as the current chair, demonstrating a commitment to the industry’s growth and development.
Kerri Smith is the Vice President, Southeast Regional General Manager of Baker Concrete Construction, the nation’s largest commercial concrete construction contractor. She has oversight of six markets that stretch from Florida’s southern tip to northern Tennessee and leads more than 1,000 Baker co-workers in delivering high-quality work safer, faster, better, and smarter than any other concrete construction company.
Kerri joined Baker in 2004, not long after she graduated from Walsh University with a degree in biology. Competitive by nature, she learned at a young age that it takes grit, determination, and cooperation to get ahead. Those values have served her well as she strives to turn the unimaginable into something that’s possible for Baker clients and co-workers.
Under Kerri’s leadership, Baker’s Southeast Region has won numerous Excellence in Construction awards from multiple ABC chapters. She has completed the Stanford LEAD – Student of Mastery Leadership program and is certified as a LEED AP. Outside of her work at Baker, Kerri is a strong advocate for chromosome disorder research.
VP, Southeast Region General Manager, Baker Concrete
Jacob Suarez is a social media content creator showcasing his work as a crime scene cleaner to over 8 million followers. Jacob, aka Biggie Clean, will speak to the issues at the core of building the next generation of workers in a way that only someone from that generation can do. He will share his insights on recruiting and retaining Generation Z and what motivates them through their lived experiences. Bonus- Jacob will share anecdotes from his time cleaning crime scenes and what drives him to keep doing this grizzly work.
Rachel Wilber is currently a senior estimator for Walbridge with more than a decade of construction experience. Her construction experience and estimating expertise has supported constructing some of the largest manufacturing facilities across the U.S. including several Fortune 500 customers in the industrial, industrial process, and commercial market sectors. A graduate of Michigan State University’s Construction Management Program in May 2011, Rachel’s spent her career at Walbridge – starting in the company’s internship program.
Rachel has been active with the Associated General Contractors of Michigan and became involved with the national level of AGC in 2020 when she joined the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Steering Committee. She is currently serving as the chair of the national CLC.
Matt is the Sr. Director of Congressional Relations for Building and Infrastructure Finance for the Associated General Contractors of America. In this role, Matt oversees all issues related to taxes and accounting for the construction industry with Members of Congress, the Administration, and AGC Members. Matt oversaw the AGC advocacy effort during the consideration of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and Congress’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in numerous positive outcomes for the construction industry, including an increase in the “small contractor exemption” from percentage of completion accounting, ensuring construction was eligible for the newly created 20 percent deduction for qualified business income, and resolving a number of issues faced by contractors with the Paycheck Protection Program.
Previously, Matt was the Senior Manager of Government Relations at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). He also chaired the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition, a group of over 50 trade associations committed to estate tax relief for family-owned businesses, and oversaw the coalition’s advocacy effort in 2012 that resulted in the estate tax relief in the American Taxpayer Relief Act.
Matt has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, working as the Legislative Director for Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY), and the Senior Legislative Assistant for Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ). He also worked on the Committee on Ways and Means as the Senior Committee Clerk, where he oversaw the Committee’s hearings and markups.
Matt graduated from Gettysburg College in 2002, and grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey. He currently resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife two children.
Sr. Director of Congressional Relations for Building and Infrastructure Finance, AGC of America
Aaron Witt is the self-proclaimed “Chief Dirt Nerd” of BuildWitt, a marketing, media, and software business dedicated to helping the Dirt World overcome its workforce challenge.
Initially beginning his career as a laborer in Arizona, he aimed to build a construction company. But after graduating from engineering school, his life changed when he started sharing stories about his brief time in the industry online.
Today, Aaron travels the country and globe to meet the people of the Dirt World and experience operations ranging from large mining to residential basements first-hand.
We’ve all heard about and experienced the labor shortage first-hand. Aaron Witt, the self-proclaimed Chief Dirt Nerd of BuildWitt, is on a mission to help.
He may only be in his 20s, but he’s spent the past five years exploring construction projects and mines worldwide to understand the issues we face first-hand.
Those who have followed his journey online have seen him grow BuildWitt from only a kid with a camera to a well-known brand providing media, marketing, and software for the industry.
Max Margolis is the Assistant Director of Prevention for Lines For Life (LFL), an Oregon non-profit organization dedicated to suicide and substance abuse prevention, where he supports the sustainable growth of LFL’s suicide prevention and substance abuse programs.
Max has a B.A. in Political Science from Ohio University. Since moving to Portland in 1997, he has worked to help communities address public health, public safety, and education issues. He believes complex problems create exciting avenues for new ideas and strives to transform complicated topics into inclusive discussions and effective services.
Since 2021, he has been the Project Director for the Construction Suicide Prevention Partnership (CSPP), a collaborative project between LFL and Northwest Regions’ Construction Industry.
Max enjoys writing op-eds, speaking at construction sites, trying to memorize motivating Peloton quotes, hiking, and being a husband and a dad.