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JEFF SAWYER

Director of Strategic Engagements

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The Simplar Team

  • Business Consultant

    Kenn Sullivan

    Associate Professor


    Arizona State University

  • Business Consultant

    Brian Lines

    Assistant Professor


    University of Kansas

  • Business Consultant

    Jake Smithwick

    Assistant Professor


    UNC at Charlotte

  • Business Consultant

    Kristen Hurtado

    Director, Org. Analytics


    Arizona State University

  • Jeff Sawyer

    Researcher


    Arizona State University

  • Business Consultant

    John Savicky

    Researcher & Lecturer


    Arizona State University

  • Business Consultant

    Brian Stone

    Assistant Professor


    Western Illinois University

  • Business Consultant

    Anthony Perrenoud

    Assistant Professor


    University of Oklahoma

  • Business Consultant

    Michael Brown

    Associate Professor


    Brigham Young University

  • Business Constultant

    Thomas Schleifer

    Industry Consultant, Professor


    Arizona State University

  • Business Consultant

    Ben Bigelow

    Assistant Professor


    Texas A&M University

Kenn Sullivan

Associate Professor

Dr. Kenn Sullivan specializes in performance measurement, risk management, best value contracting, organizational transformation, and accountability systems. His processes have been implemented in design, engineering, construction, and facility services projects valued at $3B+. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering; MBA in Real Estate and Urban Economics; and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Author of 120+ peer reviewed publications, he won the 2012 ASCE Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering Best Article. Dr. Sullivan has created a Masters Degree program in Facility Asset and Project Management, and won the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering 2008, 2009 and 2012 Teaching Awards and 2013 IFMA Educator of the Year.

Brian Lines

Assistant Professor

Dr. Brian Lines is an assistant professor in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. Brian specializes in the areas of alternative procurement methods, expertise-driven project delivery, and organizational assessment. The objective of his research program at KU is to integrate with organizations to transform their operations into more efficient and performance-driven environments. His industry-focused research has been implemented on a total project value of more than $1B and participating organizations have documented $10’s of millions in direct savings. Brian is also active in continuing education seminars and short courses for professionals internationally.

Jake Smithwick

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jake Smithwick is an assistant professor in the Engineering Technology and Construction Management Department at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Jake’s research focuses on the optimization of project delivery within facility management, procurement technology, risk management, and performance measurement. Jake also has experience in improving organizational agility through strategic management of overhead. He has worked on a variety of projects, totaling more than $600 million in value, with 25 public and private owners. His industry experience also includes field inspection of nearly 2,000 waterproofing systems (74 million SF) across the United States, and six years in the US Air Force Reserve (civil engineering squadron). Jake also possesses IFMA’s Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) credentials.

Kristen Hurtado

Director, Org. Analytics

Kristen Hurtado is an Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Lead Project Manager at the Simplar Institute. Kristen has her degrees in Construction and Facilities Management as well as Education. She has 10 years of experience with running progressive and advanced procurement systems with private, public, federal, and international organizations. She has helped manage over 300 projects, worth $500M throughout the USA and internationally, with clients such as the US Government, various state agencies, and universities. As an Educator, Kristen has developed new approaches to metrics, documentation to streamline the supply chain, and educated owners in best practices and written over 20 publications and dozens of industry educational sessions and conference presentations. Previously, Kristen worked for a variety of companies, including Turner Construction Co., McCarthy Builders, and the Intel Corporation.

Jeff Sawyer

Researcher

Jeff Sawyer is a researcher and director of strategic engagements for the Simplar Institute. He has over 25 years of experience in the engineering consulting, construction, and capital project management fields. He has a BA in Geology and a MS in Construction Management. Jeff was the co-founder of Fann Environmental, an Arizona design build firm specializing in the water and wastewater industry. He is the former capital improvements project manager and senior environmental service engineer for the City of Prescott, Arizona. As an owner representative and a construction company owner, Jeff has led teams in the design, construction, and management of projects both in horizontal and vertical construction.

John Savicky

Researcher & Lecturer

John Savicky is a Researcher and Lecturer at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Director of Sourcing Research at the Simplar Institute. John received his degrees in Construction and Facilities Management. He has 20 years of experience with running progressive and advanced procurement systems with private, public, federal, and international organizations. John has published over 30 articles and has taught graduate courses on advanced procurement systems.

Brian Stone

Assistant Professor

Dr. Brian Stone received his undergraduate degree in Management from Brigham Young University, an MBA from the University of Utah and a PhD from Arizona State University in Construction Management. His fields of study include extensive research and experience in Organizational Behavior topics in CM-related fields, Small Business Management, Contracting with the Federal Government, Best Value procurement processes, Leadership-related issues in CM, Government, Takeoffs and Estimating, Project Management, Project Planning, Industry measurement techniques and applications. He has over 14 years of applied experience in construction management as an owner of a construction company contracting specifically in Federal, Non-Profit, Commercial and Residential environments.

Anthony Perrenoud

Assistant Professor

Dr. Anthony Perrenoud has several years of experience working with facility managers as a researcher. He has also obtained higher education within the facility management industry including: FMP, Master’s Degree in Facility Management, and honors within Facility Management. His PhD research was conducted within the University of Minnesota capital and facilities management, where he benchmarked more than 300 construction and facility projects.

Michael Brown

Associate Professor

Dr. Michael Bown is an associate professor at BYU where he teaches facility management courses. He has more than 30 years of work experience overseas, while based in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Prior to coming to BYU he spent more than 20 years in senior FM positions for large companies (P&G, Nestle, Bank of America, American Express, Shell), both in-house and as an outsourced FM service provider. Before entering the FM industry he was a manufacturing engineer for P&G

Thomas Schleifer

Industry Consultant, Professor

Dr. Thomas C. Schleifer has 45 years of industry experience and was founder and President of the largest international consultancy firm serving the contract surety industry. He was an Eminent Scholar and Research Professor at the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. Dr. Schleifer is known as a “turnaround” expert because of the number of companies that he has rescued from financial distress.

Ben Bigelow

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ben Bigelow pursues research in all areas of residential construction and has particular interest in affordable and sustainable housing. He also conducts research relating to: underrepresented groups in construction management, the workforce shortage, construction finance, preconstruction, & construction education.