Ms. Szarama has over 24 years of experience in the construction industry, specializing in construction managment, change negotiation, project closeout and dispute voidance and resolution. Her background encompasses all phases of construction, from start-up to closeout, and all elements of construction, from civil and structural work to finishes, with extensive onsite experience.
She has widespread knowledge of the construction change order/claims process, with a highly successful track record in analysis, presentation, and negotiation of construction changes and disputes both during the project as well as post-project settlement negotiations, mediation and litigation support, including testimony in jury trial. Her experience includes daily oversight of all contractor activities as owner representative, concurrent with resolution of complex interrelated issues between various agencies, consultants and affected business and residential communities. Ms. Szarama is thoroughly versed in construction industry protocol, reporting and tracking procedures.
GEORGE FLOWERS Director of Systems
Over 26 years of systems and electrical inspection experience that includes: public works, transportation, roadway construction, light rail &underground rail systems, bridges, refining, reservoirs, fresh water intake/output, reclaim water, sewer, and pump stations. Electrical and Systems QA/QC inspection of electrical, mechanical and communications systems, including power distribution, fire alarm/suppression and wet standpipe, emergency response, traffic control & communications systems (CTS, CCTV, PA/VMS, ETEL, PTEL, IDS, SED) electrification power systems, A/V, emergency ventilation systems, train control and SCADA installation in subway, light rail, maintenance facilities and bridge projects. Oversight and management of electrical inspection teams. Certified in Positive Train Control.
ALFONSO GONZALEZ, PE Station & Bridge Resident Engineer
Alfonso has over 18 years of construction management experience in rail, highway and freeway improvement projects. Resident Engineer on Metro and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Bob Hope Airport Metrolink station and roadway projects. Thoroughly versed in Caltrans and public works standards and specifications, traffic management requirements, environmental compliance and Cal-OSHA safety requirements.
JAMES PENN Director of Safety
Mr. Penn is a Construction Health & Safety Technician and Safety Professional. He is a responsible and dedicated professional with 10 years of progressive experience in the public safety sector. Mr. Penn is a self-starter with the ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines. He has developed an expert knowledge of internal policies, procedures, and processes to ensure flawless and seamless execution of the most complex strategies, and has provided training to regulators and industry professionals on California regulations, statues, and compliance requirements. Mr. Penn was a Fire Specialist and firefighter for the City of Compton and Hazardous Materials Specialist and Program Manager for the City of Vernon, where he responsibly managed the Hazardous Material Program budget, materials and supplies, managing a book of 300-plus regulated businesses.
MARIO AGUIRRE Senior Track & Civil Inspector
Mario has over 25 years of field experience in track and civil construction and inspection on transportation projects throughout the country, including light rail,heavy rail, and commuter rail projects.
ANNALISA MURPHY Field Engineer
Annalisa is DE’s Field Engineer on the Metro “The New Blue” projects. She is a transportation planning analyst whose experience includes New York City Transit, Caltrans, CalSTA, Amtrak, San Joaquin JPA and BNSF projects, with responsibilities for design, schedule and budgets.
MARK MIYAJIMA Senior Cost Estimator
Over 32 years of experience in the construction industry, specializing in construction cost estimating and project management. Mark has held significant responsibilities including Lead Estimator, Project Manager, Claim Manager, Superintendent and Foreman on various large projects , and responsible Project Manager for Japanese contractor for 5 of its US projects. Projects include vertical structures, geothermal power plants, water treatment plants, tunnels, railroads, roads, golf courses, and deep foundation construction projects. Familiar with all aspects of project management from both Owner and Contractor perspective. Claim related experience includes negotiation, mediation and litigation.
WES MAYS Signal Inspector
Wes is currently working as a Signal Inspector on Metro’s “The New Blue” project. He has over 25 years of experience in railroad signal engineering, inspection and maintenance, including San Diego area NCTD projects (Midcoast Extension, North Coast I-5 Corridor, NCTD Crossing upgrades, San Diego River Bridge), South Line Freight Railroad, Metro Foothill Gold Line Extension, Metrolink and ATSF/BNSF railroad projects. His certifications include RWP/MOWORI/Flagman, Lone Worker/EIC/Watchman and HAZMAT First Responder.
ARDALAN VAJDI Field Engineer
Ardy is currently working as a Field Engineer on Metro’s “The New Blue” project. He has managed and inspected (including QC/QA inspection) construction of heavy civil rail and tunnels, structures, roadways, buildings and utilities for over 16 years. His utility experience includes extensive traffic signal as well as wet utilities. He has worked in the United States (Hollywood Park mixed use in Inglewood, California; roadway projects CC215 Beltway in Nevada, I-70, US-34 and US-85 in Colorado, and Rosemead Blvd. in El Monte, California) and internationally on the Cross Rail, Victoria Station, Bond Street, London Underground, Thames Tunnel and Birmingham Queensway Tunnel projects in the United Kingdom, as well as Kinaxixi 30 story commercial and residential project in Angola, Africa.
ED SEGURA Senior Cost Estimator
Ed has over 18 years of professional construction quantity takeoff and cost estimating experience encompassing all trades. He is currently performing cost estimating and negotiations on Metro's Purple Line Section 1 subway project. He has previously worked as a senior cost estimator on NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory and numerous Federal Aviation Administration projects, as well as Resident Engineer, Project Manager and CAD Manager.
MIKE KURYLO Systems & Signal Resident Engineer
Mike has over 42 years of experience in rail/transit systems design, construction, operations, testing, integration, commissioning and maintenance. Mike is Qualified under General Code of Operating Rules, Timetable and Special Instructions governing freight and passenger operations for railroads in North America (MOWR), FRA Rules and CPUC Regulations as related to communications and signal operations, CENELEC safety standards, Roadway Worker Safety, AAR and AREMA Standards and Practices. He has worked with all types of train control/signal systems which include Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) and Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS). Mike spent the last seven years managing the installation and commissioning of the Alstom CBOSS system for Caltrain and the THALES automatic train control (ATC) projects in San Francisco, before joining DE as the Resident Engineer responsible for Metro's "The New Blue" rehabilitation systems and signaling on Metro's oldest rail line running from Los Angeles to Long Beach.
MARCO ZAFRANCO Senior Cost Estimator
Marco Zafranco has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry as an estimator, project/construction manager and job superintendent from design development, to preconstruction and construction phases of projects. His experience spans educational facilities, aviation and transportation, healthcare, advanced technology, commercial, and state/federal and municipal infrastructure projects including light and heavy rail projects. His estimating experience ranges from the development of probable construction cost estimates to schematic, design development, and construction phase estimates. He has performed budget cost reconciliation through value engineering and constructability review including bid document packaging and result analysis. Experienced in change order technical/forensic audit and cost negotiation and settlement.
MARTY MAGGARD, MIRSE Train Control Manager/Technical Expert
Over 35 years of experience in the design, construction, inspection, testing and maintenance of railroad signal and highway rail grade crossing systems. Train Control Manager with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Expert overseeing completion of Expo Light Rail Phase 2 opening May 2016. Uniquely qualified as having successfully implemented numerous Class 1 railroad as well as transit projects.
JEFF POND Electrical & Systems Inspector
Responsible for QA/QC oversight of the installation of various electrical systems including power distribution, motor control centers, automatic transfer switches, transformers, panels, lighting, receptacles, generators, switchboards, cable trays, UPS, fire alarm, communications, security cameras, CCTV, A/V and lighting control. Jeff comes from a long history of installing electrical and lighting systems in facilities and public transit, including Expo 1 Culver City station and bridge electrical and tie-ins with SCE, Expo 2 Operations & Maintenance Facility electrical & systems, and oversight of street lighting and traffic signal installations.
KIM FLYNN Senior Labor Compliance Manager
Kim has over 23 years of experience as a Labor Compliance Officer, overseeing General Contractor and Subcontractor labor compliance, to ensure that all necessary forms and certified payroll reports are prepared and uploaded, and ensuring that State and Federal (as applicable) prevailing wage requirements are met for each trade classification; she has also provided compliance oversight to agencies employing contractors. Kim provides labor compliance oversight of DE’s construction management services, to ensure that documentation for prevailing wage personnel is submitted and uploaded, to maintain compliance with all applicable requirements.
OSAHON TONGO Digital Media Director
Osahon Tongo has 10 years of film and digital media industry experience. He is a writer-director in the film industry. He has a digital marketing background with experience at CNN, Emory University and has developed content for Nike, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, and Google among others.