Meet the Speakers


Dan Belcher
NCCER

As workforce development director, Dan Belcher informs and updates government, workforce, industry and education sponsors about NCCER and its activities. He helps companies, schools and governmental agencies implement workforce development activities and foster the growth of the craft professional.  He is the liaison between NCCER and organizations including ACTE, SkillsUSA, ACCE, NTHS, Advance CTE, MCAA, AGC and ABC and serves on the boards of the National Technical Honor Society and the American Council of Construction Education.   

Mike Casten
Construction Concepts
Mike Casten started his career as a carpenter’s apprentice before studying industrial construction management at Colorado State University.  Later, based on his experience as a project engineer, superintendent, production analyst, chief estimator, project manager and area manager for general contractors such as Hensel Phelps Construction, he founded Construction Concepts. Over the last forty years he has provided productivity improvement consulting services on projects of every size and type across the United States and in Canada, Mexico and Venezuela.



James J. "Jim" Dimas
Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co. 
Serving as in-house counsel since 2001 for LG&E and KU Energy LLC, Jim Dimas advises the commercial operations and project engineering departments on the preparation, negotiation and administration of contracts for work at company-owned and -operated electric generation sites. He partners with commercial, engineering and operations colleagues to develop and manage relationships with contractors under EPC and PC agreements. He previously worked in real estate, occupational safety and health, mergers and acquisitions, and finance law.




Daniel Groves
Construction Users Roundtable (CURT)

Daniel Groves is the director and workforce consultant for the Construction Users Roundtable, focusing on metrics, benchmarking and deployment of best practices to help owners achieve the most productive use of every capital dollar. He is also the CEO of Construction Industry Resources, a market intelligence and project risk mitigation company that produces the Construction Labor Market Analyzer ®. He was named a global Top 25 Newsmaker by ENR Magazine for his work developing the CLMA.

Kevin Sell
United Group Services

A 29-year veteran of the construction industry, Kevin Sell is the Chief Values Officer of United Group Services, a Cincinnati-based mechanical industrial construction firm that operates throughout the United States. Sell was a contributing author to George Burk's Value Centered Leadership and he co-authored the Voluntary Protection Program for Construction for the U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA. He currently serves as Chair of the ABC Business Development Committee and as a member of the CURT Workforce Development Committee.

Brian Stamper
Advantic LLC

Brian Stamper is a managing partner at Advantic LLC, an international turnkey structural composite company, where he manages and develops client relationships along with leading the preconstruction team as well. Previously he led business development at United Group Services and worked with owners during stints at the Construction Users Roundtable and Construction Labor Market Analyzer. He started his construction career with Danis Construction and has construction project management experience in the industrial and commercial sectors.

Ty Campbell
United Rentals

Ty Campbell is the director of sales for digital solutions at United Rentals. He and his team help firms leverage digital solutions to manage fleet and job cost related to equipment on jobsites where providing equipment data and the tools to use it is almost as important as the equipment itself. Prior to joining the equipment industry, Campbell was an airport planner and project manager with responsibilities in designing, planning and funding general aviation airport projects.





David Chapin
Willmar Electric

David Chapin is the president and CEO of Willmar Electric, which has offices in Minnesota, Nebraska and Oklahoma. He and his brother, Justin, represent the fourth generation of Chapins to own and manage the firm his great-grandfather started in 1920. Chapin was ABC’s 2016 national chair and currently serves as chair of the ABC Cornhusker Chapter. He serves on ABC’s National Legislative Committee and on the board of trustees for the NCCER.

Dan Freese
United Group Services
Dan Freese is president of United Group Services. Founded in 1982 as an industrial piping company, United is now a series of industrial-focused companies providing construction, staffing and technical training services across the United States. He started with United in 1987 and was named president in 2002 as United began broadening its services. Being “born” in to the industry as the son of a second-generation pipefitter, he is focused on improving this rewarding industry.




Ed Luckenbach
Air Products and Chemicals

Ed Luckenbach is the manager for Air Products and Chemicals’ Americas Field Execution Team, overseeing construction estimating, construction and commissioning. Luckenbach has 28+ years with Air Products in the areas of industrial gas plant engineering, design and construction. His career includes mechanical engineering of systems, large machinery engineering and commissioning and more than 15 years starting up air separation and HyCO plants. His passion is site safety, leadership and making the contractor workforce successful.

Greg Sizemore
Associated Builders and Contractors
Greg Sizemore is the vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development at Associated Builders and Contractors, a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. In this role, he oversees a network of 800 education programs and leads ABC’s health, safety, environment and workforce development initiatives. Sizemore is also responsible for ABC’s STEP safety management system, a benchmarking improvement tool that dramatically increases safety performance among participants




Scott Straight
Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co.
With 34 years of experience in the electric and natural gas utility industry, Scott Straight, vice president of project engineering, manages the development, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning execution for all major capital projects at LG&E and KU Energy’s generation companies. Straight joined the company in 1984 as a mechanical engineer and has been part of nearly every major generation construction project the company has undertaken since—more than $8 billion in projects in the last 12 years.