Leaders Dinner Special Guests
Vice Admiral Jody A. Breckenridge assumed duties as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area in July 2009. The Area of Operations for this command encompasses over 73 million square miles throughout the Pacific Basin to the Far Ea st. Vice Admiral Breckenridge oversees the operation of units performing missions in maritime safety, maritime mobility, protection of natural resources, maritime security, homeland security , and national defense.
Prior to this assignment, she served as the Director, Strategic Transformation Team where she wa s responsible for aligning and synchronizing the efforts to transform and modernize the Coast Guard. Simultaneously, she served as Assistant Commandant for Human Resources where she had oversight of the Coast Guard’s HR professionals. From 2005- 2006 VADM Breckenridge served as Commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard District in Alameda, CA overseeing Coast Guard operations in the SW and the Eastern Pacific. During her tenure, the Eleventh District stepped up its interagency collaboration leading to record drug seizures including the M/V GATUN, the largest maritime interdiction in US history, and the arrest of Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, head of the Arellano Felix Drug Cartel. Her initial flag assignment was as Commander, Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific with responsibility for all mission support in the Pacific Theater.
Vice Admiral Breckenridge’s other career assignments include Coast Guard Deputy Chief of Staff, Commanding Officer of the Recruiting Command, Personnel Command (Officer Personnel Assistant and Division Chief, Officer Assignments Chief), Executive Officer Integrated Support Command Seattle, Executive Officer Base Seattle, Chief, Officer Candidate School, Coast Guard Pay and Personnel Center, Group Seattle Operations Officer, Group/COTP Seattle Assistant Port Safety Officer, Headquarters Marine Environmental Protection Division and National Response Center.
Vice Admiral Breckenridge was commissioned upon completion of Officer Candidate School in June, 1976. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Virginia Tech, a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. While attending the University of Maryland, she was elected to the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi and was presented an Excellence in Scholarship Award, graduating with honors.
Vice Admiral Breckenridge's personal awards include three Legion of Merits, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Achievement Medal, and the Commandant's Letter of Commendation.
John Duval A.A.E. is the National Aviation Director for Austin Commercial. In this role, John is responsible for business development and client relations. Prior to joining Austin in 2010, John's career was entirely focused on airport management. On the national front, he was the Chair of AAAE in 2009/10, governing member of ACRP from 2006-2014 and numerous other aviation committees. He has been newly elected to Chair AAAE's corporate committee and remains a member of the board of AAAE. John served as the Deputy Director of Aviation at Boston-Logan before retiring in 2007. John holds a BS in management and an MBA from Northeastern University as well as continuing education work at both Harvard & MIT.
John Swensson is a Vietnam War veteran. Mr. Swensson had two tours in Vietnam and ended up with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel of the army. He stayed involved in the army after his service After, he received a BS in engineering from the United States Military Academy, a MA in english from the University of Virginia, and a MS in business systems from the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Swensson then had many positions like the Commander at the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, many roles in sales and marketing, a co-producer of the film Fire Birds starring Nicolas Cage, a professor at De Anza College in Cupertino for english, speech, and business, and finally the Dean of the Language Arts Division at De Anza College. He taught a course about the Vietnam conflict where he brought students overseas to Vietnam. He is highly skilled in speaking and has experience with media relations. Mr. Swensson is interested in golf, tennis, and collecting cars. He has lived in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He now lives in California. He has openly talked about his experiences during the Vietnam conflict in other interviews. John Swensson is a very successful and outgoing person.
Trevor is a proven experienced senior management professional with over 35 years experience in managing large teams on complex, multi disciplined projects around the world, working extensively in the Middle East, Europe, North America and the United Kingdom.
Trevor has led the pursuit of numerous Public Private Partnerships and Design Build projects across the world. His strong relationships with some of the biggest concessionaire and contractors in the world have enabled him to team on some of the biggest projects in North America. His contractual awareness, negotiating and management skills with his determination to succeed have enabled him to win and team on Iconic world class projects.
Trevor specializes in the development of innovative project and commercial structures, which differentiate company’s offerings to clients. He has an acute awareness of the importance of building lasting relationships.
Specialties: public-private partnerships, P3, PPP, PBI, PFI, CDA, alternative financing, business development, strategic analysis, strategic planning, business plan development, private placement, equity, debt, infrastructure, finance, project finance, financial analysis, financial modelling, mergers, acquisitions, Construction and engineering, project management, construction.
Dr. Carl Grunfeld is Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development, SFVAMC; Chief of the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology, SFVAMC; and Professor of Medicine, UCSF. Dr. Grunfeld is internationally recognized for his research in the field of metabolic disturbances during infection, working to define physiological changes and their underlying molecular mechanisms as well as consequences to the body. Among the accomplishments of Dr. Grunfeld’s research group are determining the causes of, and developing therapies for, AIDS-wasting syndrome; unraveling the complex issues surrounding metabolic and body composition changes due to HIV infection, antiretroviral therapy, and opportunistic infections, thereby allowing researchers to establish the causes of those changes; and defining the mechanisms by which infection promotes atherosclerosis. Dr. Grunfeld has published more than 280 peer-reviewed papers. He received his BS from Haverford College and MD and PhD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, from which he received a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dan Miller-Smith began his career in finance where he achieved great success and eventually launched his own business, Syndicate, Pro LLC. In 2014, he joined Procore as the Manager of Business Development where he grew a highly successful team in enterprise sales development and created a team of data enhancement specialists to streamline the sales process. Dan is passionate about Procore and empowering his team to grow and attain success.
Mark Lyons is very passionate about his work and has spent over a decade in the construction software industry since starting with Procore in 2004. As the Director of Business Development, Mark takes a consultative approach in helping clients better understand their business, the challenges they are presented with, and ultimately, the goals for their companies. With this knowledge, Mark helps prospective clients find solutions that best meet their needs. Whether that solution is Procore or another tool that would be the best fit, Mark's goal is to help company owners, construction managers, general contractors, and engineers, run more efficiently and become more profitable.