2023   Speakers

Mark LaLiberte Preview Mark LaLiberte
Mark LaLiberte, a leading expert in building science, advocates a simple formula for green building: Workmanship, craftsmanship and attention to detail. America has ample laws, codes and regulations governing home building. But good building practices don’t require laws. Builders must be creative and innovative but also analytical and responsible – environmentally socially and fiscally. They also must continuously develop their expertise regarding building materials, resources and processes.

Some of LaLiberte’s strategies for green building:

  • Buy locally
  • Work together locally
  • Be attentive to detail at all stages of construction
  • Retain oversight responsibility and be accountable at every stage of construction
  • Encourage installation of energy efficient appliances, lighting and roofing materials (i.e., photovoltaics built into roof tiles)
  • Never do something just because it’s always been done that way. Think of new and better ways. Details matter.
Ted C. Jones Ph.D. Preview Ted C. Jones Ph.D.
Chief Economist with Stewart Title Guaranty
Ted C. Jones, Chief Economist with Stewart Title Guaranty, brings his years of expertise in applied real estate research to the Building Summit & Expo.

Jones will close it out by providing his unique and humorous look into the future. He annually gives more than 150 presentations on real estate and the economic outlook each year, sprinkling his own brand of humor in to the mix of numbers and economic forecasts.

Before assuming his role as Chief Economist – Senior Vice President for Stewart Title Guaranty, Jones serve as the first director of publicly traded Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) for 17 years. He earned a Ph.D. in finance with a minor in statistics and a master’s degree in land economics and real estate from Texas A&M University.

Prior to joining Stewart he served as chief economist at Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center, the nation’s largest publicly funded real estate research group.

Erik Cofield Preview Erik Cofield
Erik Cofield, CGA, is an Executive Business Coach for Custom Builders and Remodelers with the Association of Professional Builders. He has a unique set of experiences in his 25+ years in the industry. He was the COO of Houston’s most award-winning (at the time) design-build company; on the Board of the Remodelers Council; managed The Greater Houston Builders Association education program; worked for software companies and consulted with builders on how to evaluate, buy and implement software. He is a senior-level business strategist, educator, public speaker, and author. He has provided guidance for many types and sizes of companies in the construction vertical: home builders of all sizes and types; remodelers; and software companies. He was a columnist for HBAs with “Ask the Techspert” and has taught many NAHB courses.
Justin DiLauro Preview Justin DiLauro
BRAYN Consulting LLC
Justin DiLauro is a Partner and the Chief Quality Officer at BRAYN Consulting LLC, which is an independent consulting firm providing various specialty tax credit and incentive services, including those for Federal 45L and R&D Tax Credits.  For the last fifteen years and as a degreed-engineer and licensed attorney, Justin has been most predominantly focused on working with businesses in the greater building industry, including home building and residential real estate development, claim their Federal 45L and R&D Tax Credits, and defend such claims as needed before the Internal Revenue Service and various state taxing authorities.
Ernie Weatherford Preview Ernie Weatherford
Territory Manager, Trus Joist by Weyerhaeuser
With a degree in Construction Science from the University of Oklahoma, Ernie has been in the engineered wood business for 27 years.  His time is spent in designing, inventory control and educating builders, architects, engineers and inspectors of the do's and don'ts of engineered wood.  Ernie also spent 12 years in the Army Corps of Engineers as an officer commanding a combat heavy platoon and at the design level traveled the country designing roads and buildings for other units.
Mike Hancock Preview Mike Hancock
Graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1986

Licensed Structural Engineer 

Licensed Mechanical engineer

Presenter at the Concrete Foundation Association Summer meetings on concrete housing construction, Common construction issues facing foundation contractors, Alternative reinforcing 

Presenter at the World of Concrete, on concrete housing construction, Las Vegas Convention Center

Senior Design Engineer and Project manager for Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant

Senior engineer for Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority

Owner of Basement Contractors, Edmond Oklahoma 25 year

Owner of Hancock Building and design Edmond OK 25 years

Projects include:

Radiological waste Storage facility Wolf Creek Nuclear power plant

Re-design and Re-construction of the Refueling machine

Re-design and Re-construction of the spent fuel bridge crane

Redesign and Build a new intake structure for Kaw lake hydroelectric plant intake structure

Design and build foundation for a cotton Gin moved from South Carolina to Carnegie OK 

Build a 25' tall cast in place Data storage center in Oklahoma City

Design and Build various residential houses in Kansas and Oklahoma

Design and build over 3000 Basements in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana.

National foundation contractor of the year 2011 CFA

National concrete project of the year 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018 

Performs Forensic investigation on construction defects 

Mike is hands-on in the construction field.  You will often see mike running the excavation equipment, tying steel, setting forms, shoveling dirt or pounding nails 

Sean Rieger Preview Sean Rieger
Lead attorney at Rieger Law Group
Sean Paul Rieger is a licensed attorney, architect, and real estate broker and serves as lead attorney at Rieger Law Group, PLLC. Rieger graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in architecture and then went on to pursue a law degree after five years of practicing architecture. Rieger began his practice as a sole practitioner for several years before expanding his law firm and hiring on other attorneys. He has been representing Oklahoma market since 200. Rieger’s main areas of practice are related to real estate, zoning, land use, development, construction, business, property, landlord-tenant, business entities, contracts, wills, trusts, and related litigation.
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