Connecticut’s Economic Outlook Client Panel & SMPS Annual Meeting

June 20, 2018
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Back Nine Tavern at Southington Country Club
150 Savage Street
Plantsville, CT 06479

Come join us for the final program of SMPS Connecticut's 2017-2018 program calendar. Newly-elected officers and directors for 2018-2019 will be announced, followed by a recap of the Board of Director's accomplishments. Following the annual meeting, join us as we listen to a diversified panel talk about current and upcoming projects in Connecticut and their perspective on the state of our state.


James P. Redeker – Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation

James Redeker was named Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on August 25, 2011.  He is responsible for overseeing the statewide system of highway operations and maintenance, capital project design and construction and public transportation. Mr. Redeker serves on the board of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which is responsible for Bradley International Airport and the five general aviation airports.  He also serves on the boards of the Connecticut Port Authority and the Capital Region Development Authority.  Mr. Redeker represents Connecticut on the Northeast Corridor Commission that has responsibility for the creation and implementation of a short-term and long-term, regional investment strategy for the Northeast Corridor.  Mr. Redeker is Chair of the Rail Council of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.  He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee.

Laura Cruickshank, FAIA - University Master Planner and Chief Architect and Associate Vice President for University Planning, Design and Construction - University of Connecticut

Laura is responsible for the immediate and long-range planning, design and construction of the capital program at the UConn Storrs and Regional Campuses and the Law School.  Since her arrival in February 2013, Ms. Cruickshank has reorganized her department and its processes, including implementation of new project management software; completed a Master Plan and a Science Space Needs Assessment; planned, designed and constructed a new UConn campus in Hartford; overseen real estate acquisitions and leases, including development of a new residence hall at the UConn campus in Stamford; and planned and implemented the Next Generation CT $2 Billion Capital Improvement Plan as well as projects funded by other sources. Prior to joining UCONN, Laura Cruickshank was the Yale University Planner and directed planning and design on the Yale central campus.  Her portfolio included campus master planning and programming, the construction of new facilities, and the restoration of historic buildings.

Karri May, AIA - Senior Project Manager, Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Karri L. May, AIA, LEED AP, joined Connecticut Children's Medical Center as a Senior Project Manager for Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction in April of this year.  Karri is responsible for the immediate and long-range planning, design, and construction of the Medical Center’s inpatient and outpatient services. Prior to joining Connecticut Children's, Karri was a Senior Associate with Steffian Bradley Architects, where she specialized in healthcare facility design.  Karri has worked on large-scale, complex healthcare projects with healthcare facilities throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. Notable clients include University of Connecticut Health Center John Dempsey Hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center Campus, Baystate Health, and Northern Dutchess Hospital. Karri is a LEED Accredited professional and holds a Lean Certificate for Healthcare from GBMP.  She is a founding member of the Southern New England Community of Practice for the Lean Construction Institute, and a “Woman on the Rise” honoree of the Connecticut Professional Women in Construction (2009).  

Dawn Hocevar – President & CEO of Bio CT

Dawn is the 2017 President and Board Chair of Women-In-Bio and has spent the last five years in various roles with Women-In-Bio including: fundraising, national program chair and helped establish Women In Bio’s Boardroom Ready program. Women-In-Bio has 13 chapters across the country with over 2000 members.  With her most recent role as Vice President, Business Development with BioSurplus she worked closely with BIO and affiliates across the country helping to grow vendor programs and membership.  With BioSurplus, she seeded and built business platforms in San Francisco as well as Boston and the New England area including Connecticut.  She excels in building relationships and her vast network adds tremendous value to her work with BioCT.  She has experience in distribution, sales, management and marketing with her 20 years working with Fisher Scientific.  She obtained her BS in Microbiology and Chemistry from San Jose State University and worked at Stanford University for six years prior to joining Fisher Scientific.

Courtney Hendricson - Vice President of Municipal Services at Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)

Courtney Hendricson specializes in designing and implementing economic development strategies. As part of CERC’s strategic direction to improve economic development performance in Connecticut, she drives CERC services to municipalities, such as improving the town’s regulatory process, analyzing commercial real estate mix, and providing targeted networking and communication among the local business community.  Prior to joining CERC, she served as Assistant Town Manager for Enfield, CT and Economic Development Director for Farmington, CT, as well as Director of Community Development for Connecticut Main Street Center. She began her career in Austin, Texas, working on large scale economic development projects for the city manager’s office.


Kent Schwendy, President/CEO, CIL

Kent Schwendy wants to live in a world where everyone has choices, where the half-million bees he keeps never sting, and where The Elements of Style are always utilized. As the President/CEO of CIL, a nonprofit real estate development company, Kent has over 27 years of experience providing his teammates the resources they need to succeed, while also tearing down obstacles that block the path to success. He is a recovering Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, Congress for the New Urbanism Accredited, and a Certified Construction Specifier. Kent believes the key to success is finding, attracting, and keeping good team members. He provides an understanding of the strategic direction of CIL, so every teammate can make tactical decisions that move CIL forward.

Event Details:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.   Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch & Annual Meeting
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Panel



Back Nine Tavern at Southington Country Club
150 Savage Street
Plantsville, CT 06479

(Please note - new location!)

Registration: Please register by 5:00 PM Friday, June 15, 2018.

SMPS CT Members: $65 
Non-Members: $85
Past SMPS CT President (Member): $35
Past SMPS CT President (Non-Member): $65

Please note:
Late registrations and walk-ins will be charged an additional $10. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a refund. No shows are responsible for payment in full. Past SMPS CT Presidents will be charged the full registration amount.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 
This program is eligible for 1.5 SMPS CEU credits in Domains 1, 2 and 3.

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