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Southeastern Construction Owners & Associates Roundtable

Fall Meeting 2023


Keynote Presenter


Dr. Anirban Basu

Chairman & Ceo | Sage Policy Group, Inc.

Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with an office in Orlando, Florida. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.
In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission (2014-2021). He serves as Chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee. He also serves the chief economist function for Associated Builders and Contractors, the Construction Financial Management Association, the Modular Building Institute, the Maryland Bankers Association, and several others.

He has taught at several universities, most frequently at the Johns Hopkins University. He currently teaches History of Economic Thought at Goucher College as their Distinguished Economist in Residence.

In 2007, 2016, and 2022, the Daily Record newspaper selected Dr. Basu as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.

Dr. Basu is currently on the boards of the University of Maryland School of Law, St. Mary’s College, the University of Maryland Medical Center, the University System of Maryland Foundation, the Lyric Opera House and the Archdiocese of Baltimore School System. He is also on Truist Bank’s advisory board.

Dr. Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He acquired his Juris Doctor at the University of Maryland School of Law. He completed his doctoral work at UMBC with a concentration in health economics.


Andy Browning

general manager of engineering & construction services, pmc group | Duke Energy

Andy Browning currently works for Duke Energy and serves as the General Manager of Engineering and Construction Services with the Project Management and Construction group (PMC). In this position Andy is responsible for the Engineering, Construction Oversight, and Commissioning activities of Duke’s major projects ranging in value for $100 million to $1.5 billion.

Andy has more than 34 years of experience in the energy industry. Previously, he served and the PMC Director of Construction and Commissioning. Prior to PMC, Andy served as the Superintendent of Nuclear Turbine Services where he and his team were responsible for planning and executing the turbine and generator outage work for Dukes 11 reactors across 6 sites in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

Before moving full time into Nuclear, Andy held various positions with the Traveling Maintenance Crews (TMC) which included Manager of Turbine/Generator Project Development, Manager of TurbineTechnical Services, and Turbine Technical Supervisor. Prior to TMC Andy spent time in both Operations and Maintenance at the Sutton Steam Plant after transitioning from a Lead Boiler Engineer position. Prior to joining Duke Energy, Andy spent 10 years with Babcock and Wilcox as a boiler Field Engineer.

Andy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.


Patrick Duffy


Patrick Duffy develops construction leadership programs and courses at the National Center for Education and Research (NCCER).  This role is the culmination of a 30-year career working for large EPCs and Owners and is Patrick’s opportunity to give back to the industry he loves.

Patrick earned his degree in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has served as a Board Member for NCCER and SCOAR, founding steering committee member for LCI’s Central Florida COP, as a committee chair for CURT and is a certified Project Management Professional. 

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Jon Huddleston


Mr. Jon Huddleston joined Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program in August 2009 and has served as a professor since August 2014 and CIM Director as well as CIM M.B.A. Coordinator since August of 2020. 

It  is Mr. Huddleston’s pleasure to lead the CIM program which was initially a joint venture between MTSU and leaders from the concrete industry, the Concrete Industry Management program provides students opportunities to enter a broad field that has an urgent need for skilled professionals. Changing to meet a need, MTSU is the first university to integrate a technical education in concrete with business and communication skills needed to advance in the industry and is one of only five programs in the nation.

As a part of his administrative duties for the CIM program, Mr. Huddleston oversaw the completion of fundraising for the new $40.1 million facility for MTSU’s School of Concrete and Construction Management. The 54,000-square-foot facility is an integrated and experiential learning laboratory environment for current Concrete Industry Management majors, and it is a major change from the roughly 9,000 square feet of space they’ve been using in the Voorhies Engineering Technology Building.  The building houses a concrete mixing lab, concrete faculty research lab, concrete building systems lab, 24/7 student research lab, and a soils and cement lab.

Mr. Huddleston also works with the CIM National Steering Committee to raise funds and donations for all five CIM programs through the annual CIM auction at World of Concrete in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally. Mr. Huddleston works with the local CIM Patrons group at MTSU to raise an excess of $130k annually to support scholarships and other financial assistance for MTSU’s CIM students.

In October of 2022, and for the first time in MTSU CIM’s history, Mr. Huddleston led efforts in receiving a full six-year initial accreditation from the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). The ATMAE accreditation process entails a comprehensive evaluation of academic programs in nineteen areas focusing on program goals, outcomes, student success, curriculum development, facilities, employer satisfaction, and industry advisory committees.  

Mr. Huddleston currently teaches CIM courses at the junior and senior level which include Concrete Construction Methods, Understanding Concrete Construction, Concrete Industry Internship, Management of Concrete Production-Facilities/ Ordering, Cement Production, Senior Concrete Lab, and Production Sales and Service Capstone. He has been involved in numerous industry field studies and research grants for the Tennessee Department of Transportation and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as well as private research for companies such as Irving Materials Inc., Robins and Morton, MiniFibers, Inc., Cemex, Holcim, and Lithko Concrete Contracting. His current research includes pozzolanic materials and their effects on concrete properties and performance, and the use of microfiber treatment with fiber strand fibrillation in concrete. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Concrete Industry Management and Master of Business Administration both from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Dr. Stephen Mulva


Dr. Stephen Mulva has over 25 years of experience creating innovations for capital programs and projects.  His work centers on improving the economics of the built environment and on specific projects in the heavy civil, industrial, commercial, and residential sectors.  From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Mulva developed and deployed a concept known as High Volume Rollout (HVR) to rapidly deliver a large number of prototypical facilities.  For the last 20 years, HVR has been successfully used on scope-similar facilities in retail, hospitality, transportation, and energy.  Dr. Mulva is recognized for his expertise in program management, benchmarking, and data analytics for capital projects.  Since 2016, Dr. Mulva has pioneered concepts to reduce or eliminate transactional costs that can exceed 40% on large capital programs.  Collectively known as “Formation,” these concepts can used to deliver superior economics for projects and programs of all types.  Dr. Mulva has worked in industry at Bechtel, Fluor, Phillips Petroleum and ePM, a project management consultancy.  From 2015 to 2022, he directed the Construction Industry Institute (CII) at the University of Texas and is currently a Research Professor at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Mulva holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech.

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Kevin Sell


Mr. Sell is the CVO of United Group Services, a Cincinnati-based industrial construction firm that works throughout the U.S. He also provides corporate oversight of several holding company entities:  Elite Welding Academy, Core Crew, PMS, and Innovative Mechanical Services. Kevin has 33 years of experience in the construction industry. His education includes technical degrees in Fire Science and Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Safety Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from Clemson University. Mr. Sell also serves as a Special Government Employee for the U. S. Department of Labor.<BR>Kevin was a contributing author to George Burk’s second book, “Value Centered Leadership,” and he co-authored the VPPC Program for the U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA. He is the author of “A First Timers Guide To The Death Of A Parent” and it is available free as an e-book.

Kevin served as Chairman of the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and retired from the fire service (after 20 years) on November 1, 2005. Kevin was a Battalion Chief at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Fire Department.

Mr. Sell also served as a member of the U.S. Electoral College representing Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District.

Kevin currently serves as Chairman of the Users Summit for Associated Builders and Contractors, and as a member of the Workforce Development Committee for the Construction Users Round Table (CURT). He frequently speaks on industry trends, EHS, and workforce development throughout the U.S. He is currently working on collaborative execution strategies in the industrial space with the Project Summit team and advancing suicide prevention programs in the workplace.  In March of 2022, Kevin received the ABC National Chairman’s Award for lifetime achievement.

In Kevin’s “spare” time, he is the Senior Trustee for the Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department, and Chairman/President of the Covington Scottish Rite Foundation that operates speech, language, and dyslexia centers for children in need for twenty counties in Kentucky. Kevin was recently elected to the Simplar Research Foundation Board of Directors. Simplar is a collaborative group of universities engaged in high level research for specific industries that include construction, organizational development, and supply chain.  One of Kevin’s recent adventures was appearing on Sirius XM Radio Margaritaville as the Guest DJ.

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