RON SIKORSKI – International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12
MANDO ESPARZA – Southern California District Council of Laborers
Armando “Mando” Esparza entered the Labor Movement as young man of 18 years old in 1971, joining Laborer’s Local # 652 in Orange County, California. Having worked on many different construction sites such as High Rise Commercial buildings, Waste Water Sanitation Plants, Parking Structures, Hotels, and Freeway & Toll Road projects, he performed tasks ranging from shovel man on a concrete pour to foreman for some of the largest construction projects in Orange County. He was elected by the membership to serve in a number of positions within the local and re-elected in 2006. Those positions include terms as an Auditor, Executive Board Member, and Recording Secretary. Armando’s commitment to his members was reaffirmed when he was subsequently re-elected as Business Manager and Delegate to the Southern California District Council of Laborer’s and continues in this capacity to date. In March of 2007, Armando’s commitment to the Labor Movement was again recognized by his appointment as President of the Southern California District Council of Laborer’s. Along with this appointment, Armando was installed as a Trustee on the Pension, Health & Welfare Board, and the Apprenticeship and Training Program Board. In August of 2012, he was elected as Business Manager of the Southern California District Council of Laborers and is seated as Chairman for the Laborers Health & Welfare Trust Benefits & Appeals Committee.
TOM FOSS – Associated General Contractors of California
As CEO of Griffith Company, a major Southern California infrastructure general contractor, Tom is responsible for providing vision and direction for the company’s management team and employees. His tenure at Griffith Company began in 1978, when he joined as a laborer. Over the next few years, Tom transitioned from a foreman in the field to an estimator in the office. By 1986, he was the chief estimator for Griffith’s Orange County District. After a stint as vice president and district manager in Orange County, Tom was selected to oversee the company’s operations. One of several top management team members to come from the Orange County District, Tom was instrumental in developing the company’s project management strategy, which has garnered industry recognition as well as successful results. Tom maintains an active role in the industry. For the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC), he has chaired the Highway Division, served as chairman of the Orange County District, and provided leadership as the 2009 president of AGC California. He currently serves in various capacities there, including the Caltrans liaison committee, the Construction Industry Advancement Fund, and the AGC of America Highway Division.
EDDIE SPRECCO – Associated General Contractors — San Diego
BRYAN J. ZATICA – Building Industry Association of Southern California
Bryan Zatica is President and CEO of the Macro-Z Technology Company (MZT). Since founding MZT in 1989, he has built a financially sound, multidiscipline heavy construction company specializing in facilities and civil construction. He began his career over 33 years ago as a cost engineer on large-scale public-works, then progressed through the ranks of field engineering, project management, and estimating. MZT provides construction services throughout the West Coast for a variety of owners including the Veterans Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Navy, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Transportation, General Services Administration, Federal Prisons, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, NASA, State, County and local cities. MZT has been awarded hundreds of projects which include wastewater treatment plants, pipeline construction, water course channel work, command headquarters and support facilities, fire stations, multi-story building construction, multifamily housing, commercial high-rise construction, hospital renovations and repairs, environmental restoration, MetroRail station construction, new freeway and bridge construction, seismic repair and strengthening of existing infrastructure. Mr. Zatica has received many prestigious awards, including Civil Works Contractor of the Year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division, SBA Minority Small Business Person of the Year, SBA Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year and has been inducted into the Society of American Military Engineers Academy of Fellows.
DAVE SOREM – Engineering Contractors Association
Now serving as manager and partner at Mike Bubalo Construction Co., Inc., David joined the company in 2000. Currently he oversees estimating, engineering, and operations activities for large-scale underground utility development projects in five Southern California counties. Formerly, David served as project manager at Steve Bubalo Construction Co., Inc., responsible for estimating sewer, storm drain and waterline projects. He began his professional career at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, where he held civil engineering positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in the post of Section Head, Design Division, Contracting Section. David is a member in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and ASCE’s Construction Institute. He serves on the board of directors of the Engineering Contractors Association (ECA), and the Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality (CICWQ). His group technical committee efforts involve developing specification standards for public works projects. David holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University in Fargo. He has completed graduate courses at USC in advanced steel and concrete design, and at UCLA in engineering applications of computers and advanced structural analysis.
MATT PIM – Southern California Contractors Association
Matt Pim is President and CEO of Riverside Construction Company, a full-service general engineering contractor specializing in heavy / civil construction in Southern California. For over 48 years, Riverside has built projects for both the public and private sectors of the construction industry primarily within the Inland Empire, Coachella Valley, Victorville, and Temecula Valley areas. Projects include roadways / freeways, street improvements, site work development, bridges, retaining walls, dams, flood control channels, storm drains, underground utilities, and parks. Riverside Construction is a highly respected company with a solid reputation for quality work and is proud to be an employee-owned company. All the employees have a stake in the success of the firm and are committed to quality work and service. Matt started with the firm working summers while in high school and started full time in 1982. He rose through the ranks starting as a laborer, then working with the carpenters, and operating heavy equipment. Matt became a superintendent and was responsible for running multimillion dollar jobs in the 1990s. He was made operations manager and vice president in 1997. As the company became 100% employee owned in 2002, Matt was elected President, CEO, and Trustee. In the years following 2007 saw Matt lead an effort to diversify into underground utilities, HVAC, and property development, in the way of high-end single family home lots. Matt is a member of: The Beavers; Southern California Contractors Association (SCCA) [Board Seat, 2014 President]; Trustee CIAF, FCIA; Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPJ) [Board Seat]; Construction Industry Advancement Fund; The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino Co. [Board Seat]; Community Bank [Advisory Board]; Security Bank [Community Board]; and the Orange County Wheelmen.