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Christian Burger, President- Burger Consulting Group

Christian is the president of Burger Consulting Group, an IT consulting firm based in Chicago. Christian has worked within the construction industry for nearly 25 years, originally with FMI before starting his own firm in 1997. Much of his work at the firm is focusing on IT strategy and leadership for BCG clients. Christian is also involved in best practices process work during the implementation phase.


Christian publishes regularly for industry journals and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and trade shows. He also teaches a technology course at Northwestern University’s Masters in Project Management program.

Sarah Busch, Vice President of Operations- Landis Construction

Mrs. Busch has been involved in the construction industry through Landis Construction since 1998, beginning as the receptionist for the downtown office on the Harrah’s Casino project and working her way through the ranks to Vice President of Operations today. Sarah specializes in project launches, client experience and professional development programs. As part of executive team leadership, Sarah is an integral part of ensuring the company’s long-term goals are identified and met.



Bachelor of Arts, Hollins University



LEED Accredited Professional


Professional Associations:

Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Bayou Chapter

US Green Building Council (USGBC)


Community/Civic Involvement:

My House, Inc.

Board of Directors (2002 – present)

Connor Butler, Managing Principal- Relevate Lean Construction Consulting

Connor is currently supporting a company-wide lean transformation for a multi-national confidential design-builder.


Prior to founding Relevate Connor served as the Innovation Manager for Intel’s Construction Organization and led the company’s first IFOA implementation on a tool install project in Arizona.  He also converted an existing project in Ireland to IPD as part of a project turnaround effort.  Connor performed lean transformation and project turnarounds in Portland, Israel, and China.  He is an expert in Last Planner, team building, IPD project organization and commercial agreements, as well as applying traditional lean manufacturing to construction.


Connor has been working in the construction industry since 1993.  His first construction job was as a laborer for BBP Concrete in Phoenix AZ.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


Connor spent 19 years with Intel.  He started as an intern in 1997 commissioning a new building in Chandler AZ.  He held positions in engineering, design management, and engineering management.  Prior to his role as Innovation Manager, Connor led the first major BIM implementation at Intel.


Connor is passionate about on boarding teams, leadership development, and creating project cultures of continuous learning. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling.

H. Bryan Callahan, CPA, CFF®, CFE, CVA

Bryan is a member of BKD’s Forensics & Valuation Services (FVS) division and specializes in providing litigation consulting, fraud investigation and forensic accounting services.  He has extensive experience in litigation support and forensic services, including calculations of breach of contract damages, lost business value, intellectual property claims, securities litigation, shareholder disputes, post-acquisition disputes, misappropriation of assets and fraudulent financial reporting.


He has performed litigation and investigation services for companies in a variety of industries, including multiple Fortune 500 companies.  He has testified as an expert witness both in court and through depositions.  Bryan has also served as a neutral party in numerous post-acquisition, business valuation and business interruption disputes.


Bryan has experience with data analysis software for forensic data mining and continuous auditing.  He also works with counsel on eDiscovery and computer forensic engagements using a wide array of forensic imaging and analysis tools.


Before joining FVS, Bryan worked in corporate forecasting, planning and analysis for a $370 million private equity-owned biotechnology company, where he led the companywide annual operating plan, forecasting and reporting processes.  He was responsible for external and board financial materials, decision support and competitive analysis.  He also worked as an auditor at BKD and at another international accounting firm.


In addition to being a CPA, Bryan holds the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF®) certification from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).  He participates in more than 60 hours of continuing education each year and has attended numerous valuation, litigation services, damages and fraud courses offered by AICPA and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Inc.


He is a summa cum laude graduate of Valparaiso University, Indiana, with a B.S. degree in accounting and management.

Lauren Champagne, Vice President of Human Resources- EXCEL

Lauren Champagne is the Vice President of Human Resources at Excel where she is responsible for leading a team of human resource, benefits, recruiting and workforce development professionals.  Lauren graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Business Management and has more than fifteen years of experience in the HR and Benefits sector. Prior to joining Excel, she served as Director of Operations for a large employee benefits brokerage/consulting firm managing large self-funded employer health plans and facilitating mergers and acquisitions across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Lauren and her team consider it their top priority to take care of Excel’s most precious resource, its employees.  Lauren is a “dance mom” on the weekends and she and her husband Mike enjoy traveling to watch their 2 girls, compete.


Kevin Foley, CCIFP, CPA, CFO- Madison Concrete Construction

Kevin Foley is CFO of Madison Concrete Construction, where he is responsible for all areas of accounting, finance, technology, benefits, and human resources. He has more than 30 years of experience as an accounting professional with 25 years in the construction field. He is past chair of CFMA’s Education Steering Committee.  He currently serves on CFMA’s Education Steering Committee and has previously served on the Conference Planning, Finance and Executive Committees. Kevin is a Past President of the Philadelphia Chapter and was honored as "General Member of the Year.”



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The BASICS of Construction Accounting - Day 1

The BASICS of Construction Accounting - Day 2

The BASICS of Construction Accounting - Day 3

The BASICS of Construction Accounting - Day 4

CFMA's CCIFP Overview - Part III

Managing, Not Scorekeeping

The CFM & the CPA - A Partnership

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Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers and Construction Project Leaders - Session 1

Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers and Construction Project Leaders - Session 2

CCIFP Overview Seminar: Day 3

Treasury Management, Part I & II- CPE Event

CCIFP Overview Seminar Part III - Budgeting & Planning, HR and Legal

CCIFP Overview Seminar- Part III

Fundamentals of Ethics

CCIFP Overview Seminar - Revised & Updated - Session 3

Treasury Management, Parts 3 & 4


Jonathan S. Forester- Riess LeMieux, LLP

Jonathan Forester represents contractors, owners, insurers, self-insureds and subcontractors in complex property damage and personal injury claims. Mr. Forester has represented clients in claims relating to commercial buildings, highways, bridges, and various other construction sites relating to contractual breaches, delay damages and construction defects including moisture intrusion, roof damage, structural defects, construction vibration damage, and fire or explosions. He represents and advises construction related entities and other businesses through contract negotiation and drafting, as well as the filing of liens and recovery of funds owed pursuant to the Louisiana Private and Public Works Acts and federal Miller Act.  Mr. Forester has been selected for four years (2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018) as a "Rising Star” in the field of construction litigation by Super Lawyers publication.

Milton Graugnard- Cajun Industries, LLC

Milton Graugnard is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Accounting.  He began his career with Hannis T. Bourgeois as an Auditing Manager.  Milton then began his employment with Cajun (then Cajun Constructors, Inc.) as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer.  Milton held that position from 1989 to 1997 when he was promoted to Executive Vice President, the position he currently holds.


His professional affiliations include The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Society of Louisiana CPA’s, Associated Builders and Contractors (2018 South Central Region Vice Chair and Executive Committee Member), Associated Builders and Contractors Pelican Chapter (Executive Council, Board of Directors and Officer, Past President, Beam Club-Presidential Level), Associated Builders and Contractors (National Governmental Relations Committee), Industrial Contractors Council (Board Member and Past Chairman), Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, Louisiana Construction Education Foundation (Board Member and Founding Member), Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (Chairman of EastPAC), Construction Financial Managers Association (Founding Member and Past President of South Central Louisiana Chapter).

Milton and his wife, Jackie, are active members and strong supporters of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.  Milton is also a board member and past President of Legatus Baton Rouge Chapter.

Samuel Henson, JD- Lockton Retirement Services

In his daily role, Sam oversees ERISA compliance, DOL/IRS activities, and the legislative landscape for more than 50,000 Lockton clients and 6,000 associates.  Prior to joining Lockton, Sam spent almost 10 years with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, where he conducted more than 150 civil and criminal investigations of employee benefits plans, service providers, and fiduciaries.  Sam also supervised enforcement efforts for benefit plans funded by prevailing wage laws under the Service Contract Act and Davis-Bacon Act.  He is the 2011 recipient of the Secretary of Labor’s Exception Achievement Award.  Sam is the 2017 ISCEBS Governing Council Secretary/Treasurer and serves on the Policy Board of the American Benefits Council, the Board of Directors of DCIIA, and is a member of the American Bar and ASPPA.  He has been a nationally featured speaker and author on numerous fiduciary topics.  Sam earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and holds CEBS – Fellow, RPA, GBA, and ASPPA - APM designations.

Kevin Leatham- Skysite

Kevin received his degree in civil engineering and has been in the construction industry since 2011. He has been a part of Kiewit Infrastructure Group and Truebeck Construction in the SF Bay Area working on many challenging projects including a power plant, water treatment center, hospital, and tech campuses. His last assignment was to manage and construct the Apple Fitness center, a $100M+ project in the SF Bay Area. Kevin has since joined ARC and is focusing his efforts on alleviating some of the problems he faced everyday as a project manager: fostering collaboration through improved document and project management processes.

Christopher K. LeMieux- Riess LeMieux, LLP

Christopher LeMieux has represented contractors, architects, engineers, owners, sureties, insurers and subcontractors in litigation, arbitration, claims, disputes and negotiations and drafting of construction contracts for a variety of projects, including design-build, integrated project delivery, multifamily, military, stadiums, manufacturing facilities, historic renovations, parking garages, and mixed residential/use facilities. In addition, Christopher has represented employers in a wide variety of employment matters including employment training, wage and hour, ADA, FMLA, and Title VII. Christopher regularly lectures on Construction and Employment Law. For seven years, Christopher was General Counsel for a regional design builder, serving on its Executive Committee. Christopher additionally served on the Louisiana Board of Association of General Contractors from 2011-2014 and holds an AV Preeminent rating, the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.

James C. Lundy, Jr, CPA- Marcum LLP

Jim Lundy is a partner in the Tax & Business Services division and a member of Marcum’s national Construction Industry Practice group. With more than 30 years of experience in both public and private practice, Mr. Lundy is one of the most respected tax consultants in the construction industry. He works regularly with more than 350 construction entities to provide a wide range of tax services. Services include performing tax physicals to provide a full overview of a construction company’s tax compliance and planning opportunities, establishing continuity and succession plans for contractors, dealing with federal and state authorities regarding tax issues important to contractors and leading in the timely completion of tax reporting required for the construction industry.


Mr. Lundy is an accomplished speaker and the author of many articles published on construction tax-related issues. The Tennessee Society of CPAs has honored him as Speaker of the Year more than 10 times; the Alabama Society of CPAs has presented him with their Thomas A. Ratcliff Outstanding Discussion Leader Award; and he has been the highest-rated speaker at both the American Institute of CPAs’ National Construction Industry Conference and the AICPA National Tax Conference.

Robert C. (Chris) Newton, Workforce Development- Cajun Industries, LLC

Chris, a retired Navy Senior Enlisted Leader, is an HR professional with over 25 years of comprehensive human resource management experience including recruitment, employment, selection, retention, and training and development. He currently serves as Cajun Industries, LLC Workforce Development Manager. In this role he represents Cajun Industries on ABC Committees and has created partnership with High Schools, Technical Schools, Community Colleges and transitioning veterans providing career employment opportunities in the construction industry along with the development of craft and construction professionals.


Chris is a special advisor to the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and Build Your Future (BYF) campaign. In this capacity he has worked specifically with the organization and veterans on careers in the construction industry and is spokesman for employers looking to hire veterans. Chris graduated Columbia College with a Bachelor’s Degree, Tulane University with a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts, Louisiana State University with a Master’s Degree in Construction Management. Chris is an NCCER Master Trainer.

Wayne Tyson, Workforce Development Manager- Turner Industries Group

Wayne Tyson is the Workforce Development Manager at Turner Industries Group in Baton Rouge Louisiana.

In this role Wayne Works with area High Schools, Technical Colleges, Community Colleges, and Apprenticeship Programs encouraging people to look at careers in industrial construction and maintenance market.

Wayne has forty plus years’ experience in the maintenance and construction field. During this time, he has held many positions from field assignments up to Project Management responsible for multiple plant sites.

When not working Wayne enjoys spending time with his four children and ten grandchildren which includes a set of twins and a set of triplets.

Chris Williams, Director of Administration and Employee Development- Barriere Construction Co.

Chris Williams currently serves as the Director of Administration and Employee Development for Barriere Construction Co. in New Orleans, LA. Chris also sits on Barriere’s Senior Executive Committee and Executive Committees. In his current role, Chris helps oversee many of Barriere’s administrative functions, including Human Resources, Benefits and Wellness, Workforce Development and Training, Communications, and Marketing. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Georgia and earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Tulane’s Freeman School of Business. Prior to his work at Barriere, Chris worked on Capitol Hill as the Deputy Projects Director for a United States Senator. When he is not spending time with his wife and three young children, Chris proudly supports the Tulane Association of Business Alumni, the Tulane Freeman 50, and The Louisiana Green Corps through his service as a Board Member. Chris is also active in the Louisiana AGC chapter and sits on the Workforce Development Steering Committee for AGC National.

CFMA Louisiana Construction Conference Committee

Christina Chifici, LaPorte, CPAs & Business Advisors

Mary Lynn Jones, Alliance Safety Council

Charlotte Ricaud, Excel Contractors, Inc.

Bert Guiberteau, Cory, Tucker, & Larrowe, Inc.

Greg Brenan, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP

Lawrence Mastalski, SureTec

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