Presenters Bios

John J. Hall, CPA

John J. Hall, CPA is the founder and President of Hall Consulting, Inc., the creator of FraudPreventionPro.com (new in early 2019), and the author of the award-winning book “Do What You Can! Simple Steps – Extraordinary Results”. John specializes in skills training programs and conference presentations for government and internal auditors, management groups, CPAs, Board members, and professional associations.

Mr. Hall has over 40 years of experience as a consultant, speaker, auditor and business owner. He has worked in senior leadership positions in large corporations and international public accounting firms. John is a member of the National Speakers Association, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Meet John at www.JohnHallSpeaker.com. Email John at John@JohnHallSpeaker.com.

Marvin L. Johnson, CCA, CCP

Marvin has amassed 33 years of construction management experience. His Sr. Project Management, Operations and Construction Audit expertise has contributed to the placement of over $1 Billion of construction in the St. Louis metropolitan area and the surrounding Mid-West and South-East Regional markets. Marvin currently serves as Senior Member of Construction Management Partners, LLC (CMP). CMP is a professional consulting practice specializing in the areas of Project Management Support, Construction Audit and Owner’s Representative Services. Specialty markets include Healthcare, Higher Education and Major League Sports Facilities. Other Owner support services include project financial management and controls, Closeout/reconciliations, cost avoidance/recovery strategies, preconstruction-speed-to-market. Marvin’s core competency includes: • Recognized industry performer – Skilled presenter and closer. Understanding of sales strategies and team development. • Team leader – Responsible for effective allocation and use of staff resources for client results-driven programs. • Highly skilled writer and communicator – Proposals, project scope development and organizational documents. • Proficient and demonstrated project management skills that include all phases of design management, preconstruction, construction phase services and post construction. Management of schedule development processes, logic initiation, project delivery strategy, cost validation, scope management, contract management, claims, management controls, Pre-GMP, final GMP and implementation management.

Marvin’s education includes – California Coast University, BS Business Management, Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth, Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, Meramec Community College, St. Louis, Missouri, AAS Architecture Signature projects include: BJC HealthCare Campus Renewal Project St. Louis Riverfront Stadium Complex – St. Louis, MO Miami Dolphins Renovations and Retrofit – Miami, FL St. Louis Cardinal New Ballpark – St. Louis, MO Missouri Baptist Medical Cente

Carina Kraatz

Ms. Kraatz is an associate principal in the Detroit Office of Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti & Sherbrook.  She focuses her practice on commercial, construction and intellectual property litigation.  Ms. Kraatz has litigated a variety of legal issues, including: construction contract and workmanship issues, general civil litigation and fraud, bankruptcy, intellectual property infringement and image misappropriation. 

Ms. Kraatz received her J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, LL.B from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law in Ontario, Canada, is licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan and is a registered patent attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Ms. Kraatz has litigated matters before a variety of state and federal courts in the United States.

Dominic DeBeul

Mr. DeBeul is a senior associate in the Detroit Office of Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook.  He focuses his practice on commercial and construction litigation as well as commercial real estate issues and fraud.  Mr. DeBuel has managed a variety of construction legal issues including the representation of owners, contractors and sub-contractors in payment disputes, construction defect cases, noncompliance with contractual obligations and contractual interpretation.

Mr. DeBeul received his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2016 and is licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. 

Paul D. Donovan, C.P.A., C.C.A., C.F.E., M.B.A., J.D., Principal of Paul Donovan LLC, has spent the past 20 years reviewing construction project costs on behalf of the Owners of these projects. Paul has performed approximately 100 construction cost reviews (audits) which have ranged from $1,000,000 to $300,000,000. These construction cost reviews have recovered millions of dollars for his clients.

Paul has been retained as an expert witness in several construction litigation matters; one in Miami, Florida exceeded four years and involved claims by his client in excess of $40,000,000. He has provided testimony in this and other engagements.

In October 2013, Paul gave a presentation entitled, Analysis of Contractors’ Employees’ Labor Rates at the NACA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. In March 2016, he gave a presentation entitled Labor Rate Workshop at the NACA Annual Conference also in Orlando, Florida. Paul has spoken at college conferences including ACUA and EACUBO.

Paul is a forensic accountant. He has investigated approximately sixty fidelity (embezzlement) claims and fifty surety (contractor in financial trouble) claims for insurance companies. He was an internal auditor at Honeywell Information Systems for five years at the beginning of his career.

Paul has an A.B. from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.B.A. in Accounting from Rutgers University, a Masters in Taxation from Bentley College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Paul Pettit

Paul is an executive with over 25 years of progressive roles within industry and professional services where he has managed and delivered successful audit and consulting projects to clients across a multitude of industries.  At Revenew, Paul leads the Performance Improvement practice and oversees business development and account management for clients seeking cost recovery, cost containment and performance improvements both with their vendors, suppliers and contactors as well as within their operations.

Since 1999, Paul has been involved in providing consulting and internal audit services within technical areas of organizations including engineering, procurement and construction.  Prior to providing those professional services, he worked for over nine years in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) industry with KBR.  Paul holds Master degrees in Business and Environmental Management as well as a Bachelor degree in Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Houston.  He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Construction Controls Professional (CCP), Construction Auditor (CCA), Internal Auditor (CIA), Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Professional EH&S Auditor (CPEA).  Paul is an accomplished speaker and has been designated the highest professional speaking designation by Toastmasters International in 2006, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).

Paul has been a member of the NACA since 2011 and has spoken at the last 6 NACA conferences. He has also written articles and white papers on construction audit topics such as construction fraud, data analytics and contract compliance.

Brad Sargent CPA/CFF, CFE, CFS, FABFA, CCA

Brad is the Founder and Managing Member of The Sargent Consulting Group.  Brad assesses clients’ challenges and identifies solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Brad focuses clients on “defining a win” in every situation and working towards that goal. Those wins have ranged from $100m+ judgments in federal court to reduced jail time for criminal convictions. Brad’s candor and competency creates enduring relationships with clients. He is frequently sought at times of great crisis, when a truly trusted advisor can make the most impact. Brad loves distilling complicated financial information into a compelling, simple story; he has been recognized as an expert witness in multiple venues and is a highly sought guest lecturer and speaker. Brad has created a firm culture that treats every matter the same regardless of size, does not take itself too seriously (the work is serious enough) and looks to laugh out loud every day.

Kristine M. Newman

Jim Spencer CFE, MBA, CCA

Jim is a Senior Manager at The Sargent Consulting Group. Since coming to SCG, Jim has helped secure many of the firm’s “big wins” in industries as diverse as Agribusiness, Healthcare, Logistics and Real Estate (just to name a few). His prior professional experience in consumer electronics has helped keep SCG technology cutting edge as well as expand SCG’s eDiscovery and Computer Forensic capabilities. 

Kristine is a Senior Vice President of Finance for McCarthy Holdings, Inc. and currently works to evaluate alternate uses of the company’s capital for the benefit of its shareholders. She previously served for 13 years as Vice President of Finance for the Southwest Region of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. where she oversaw the financial and operational results for a geographic area with revenue of $1 billion, which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Utah.

Kay Papin, CPA, CCA, CCP

Kristine is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional designation. She is a past President and current member of the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association and serves as the President of the Board of Directors for UMOM New Day Centers in Phoenix. She was recently named one of the Most Influential Women in Business from AZ Big Media.

Kristine started her career with over eight years of experience at Arthur Andersen LLP, working on audit and consulting engagements in the firm’s Chicago and Phoenix offices. She earned her BS at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She and her husband have six children.

Kay is the Government Compliance Director at McCarthy for Federal Accounting. She developed the Company’s Federal Accounting and Compliance function. In addition, her work focuses on preparation of Federal rates, ensuring proposals, billings and claims are submitted properly to the Government, developing and delivering training on Government costing, change orders and regulations. Prior to joining McCarthy, Kay spent over 30 years as an auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). She also works on performing Internal Audits at McCarthy for compliance with McCarthy Policies and Procedures. Kay served in numerous roles with the DCAA, including as Senior and Supervisory Auditor, Field Office Audit Manager, and Senior Financial Liaison Advisor. Kay was so effective in her duties with the DCAA that she managed to outlast Seven Presidents in her service to our Country. Kay graduated with honors from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, with an emphasis in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri, and a Certified Construction Auditor and Certified Construction Professional with the National Association of Construction Auditors.

Debbie Townsend is President and majority owner of R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC.   With over 20 years of construction auditing experience, Debbie serves as the executive manager for the majority of construction audit engagements for the firm.  She has extensive experience working on construction audits, including litigation support, for owners in the healthcare, higher education, public school districts, real estate development, government, and private industries.  Debbie believes there are great benefits to approaching construction audits with a collaborative spirit; her team at R. L. Townsend & Associates includes auditors, engineers, accountants, and professional project managers.  In addition, Debbie recognizes the importance of an effective construction audit process and maintains a current knowledge base on trends in the construction industry.   Debbie enjoys advising owners on construction contract language and establishing construction controls.

Debbie is a Certified Construction Auditor, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Public Account, and Certified Fraud Examiner.  She holds a degree in accounting from Cal State University at Fullerton.  Debbie is a long-standing member of the National Association of Construction Auditors, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Association of Fraud Examiners.  Prior to joining R. L. Townsend & Associates in 2001, Debbie was an internal audit manager with EDS/General Motors and JCPenney. 

Henry L. Woods, JR., CCA, CCP, CRIS

Henry is a Supervisor in the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Group. He is responsible for construction audit and risk management auditing.
Henry has over 25 years experiences in construction and program management developing and implementing cost controls, safety management and risk management strategies. His service expertise includes: • Construction Audit and Cost Control • Project Accounting and Budget Analysis • Construction Monitoring • Pre/Post-Bid Analysis, Management, and Negotiations • Risk and Safety Management Controls • Project Management and Construction Administration • Construction Quality Control Inspections and Evaluations • RFP/RF Development, Evaluation and Execution • Contract Review and Negotiations • Managing Building Code Enforcement Issues • Specifications and Code Compliance • Submittal Analysis and RFI/Supplemental Management Controls • Construction Management and Administration • Project Scheduling and Work Plans Henry’s past work experience includes project management and oversight for Jacobs Engineering (Washington University Campus Renewal Projects) and leading construction cost control, project administration, and diversity management at the Missouri Department of Transportation. In addition, his work experience includes risk/safety controls and quality control management at Zurich Insurance Company.
Henry’s industry expertise includes construction, education, transportation, casinos, sports facilities, high-speed rail, military housing and healthcare.

RICH TOWNSEND

Rich Townsend is a Senior Construction Cost Control Consultant for R. L. Townsend & Associates. Since 1984 his consulting firm has been providing construction audit services and construction cost control management advisory consulting services to Owner organizations throughout the United States.

R. L. Townsend & Associates serves as construction audit/construction cost control advisors for private and public university organizations, independent school districts and community colleges, manufacturing organizations, oil & gas organizations, retail organizations, local government organizations, and health care organizations.

R. L. Townsend & Associates is affiliated with Courtenay Thompson & Associates for the purpose of providing professional development training seminars on construction auditing and construction cost control. In 2008, they established Construction Audit & Cost Control Institute, Inc. (www.caacci.org) to provide a training and information sharing forum for professionals interested in control and audit of construction costs.

Since 1985, he has conducted in-house seminars related to construction contract audit and construction cost control for a wide variety of Owner organizations and industries (e.g. manufacturing, retail, oil & gas, public utilities, airport authorities, state and local government, school districts, real estate development firms, colleges and universities).

Prior to starting R. L. Townsend & Associates in 1984, Mr. Townsend spent 13 years with the internal auditing department of a major retail organization where he served in several staff and management positions with a specialization in audit and control of construction activity. Mr. Townsend is a Certified Construction Auditor, a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Public Accountant. He is currently a member of the advisory board for the National Association of Construction Auditors.

He is a graduate of Waynesburg University (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania) where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in accounting.

ANGIE SINGER KEATING – CEO, RECLAMERE, INC.
Ms. Singer Keating is chief executive officer at Reclamere, Inc. She has a broadly diversified background with over 20 years of experience specializing in computer forensics, data destruction, security incident response, information
technology risk management and systems auditing. Ms. Keating and the Reclamere Data Security Experts team provides consultancy in: eDiscovery & litigation support,
forensic analysis, data breach response, notification & compliance, and compliance & risk management services (HIPAA, PCI, GLB, SOX). One of the co-founders of Reclamere, Ms. Keating is the chief architect of the proprietary data destruction system used by the company, which includes forensically-sound, bit-by-bit,
and quality control on 100% of all hard drives processed. She is certified as a: CISA
Information Systems Auditor, CIPP Information Privacy Professional, and CISM Information Security Manager. Ms. Keating is actively involved with the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), serving as President of the Board of Directors, and Co- chairperson of the Solid State Destruction Subcommittee. Ms. Keating serves on the Board of Directors of the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, and proudly serves as adjunct faculty for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She earned a degree in electrical engineering technology from the Pennsylvania State University.