Owner’s Rep Virtual Roundtable

October 20, 2020
11:45 AM CDT - 1:00 PM CDT

Virtual Meeting - Online

Owner’s Rep Virtual Roundtable

Tuesday, October 20 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

Join SMPS Fort Worth for this Owner’s Rep Virtual Roundtable. During this program, we will connect with firms who represent both the private and public sectors, including municipal, educational, healthcare, industrial and more. We’ll learn about Owner’s Rep’s roles in projects, who they are working with, and how they procure projects. We’ll also understand the way this pandemic has effected and challenged the A/E/C industry and construction projects. During this virtual roundtable, you will be able to join the Zoom event at 11:45AM and network with A/E/C industry friends and partners. The program will begin at 12:00pm.

Steven Solka

Steven Solka is a 1986 graduate from Texas A&M with a BS in Construction Science; and received a commission in the US Army at that time. He is a graduate of the US Army Engineer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the Command & General Staff College.

He currently leads operations and business development efforts in the North Texas office of Vanir Construction Management. He is a capital program management professional with more than 25 years of experience as an owner’s representative on programs and projects for municipal, K-12, higher education, religious, aviation, transportation, private and public works facilities. 

He has held leadership positions in the North Texas Chapter of Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM).


Jake Fields

Jake Fields is a dedicated, self-motivated professional who enjoys being collaborative and seeing the dreams of others realized through all phases of a project. With 10+ years in the construction industry, his attention to detail is a major asset to any project team. Spending time in some of the toughest construction markets ranging from DFW Airport to Healthcare and Institutional projects, his experience has helped cultivate a leadership mentality and the drive to be successful. In the tumultuous landscape of a construction or development project, Jake’s ability to narrow the conversation and determine appropriate next steps is a valuable asset to any member of the project team. His experience working on challenging projects has broadened his skills as an effective leader.

Jake Fields earned his Bachelor degree from Texas A&M University.  Fields’ expertise and strengths include:

· Clear team communications as a priority, with a collaborative culture of working with all project members.

· Effective problem solving through an unbiased perspective on the ideas to produce the best results for the overall project.

· Selection and assembly / creation of design and construction teams

· A hands-on approach to management, from team selection through implementation


Doug Thompson

Doug Thompson joined a national construction company in 2007 as Vice President and Division Manager of the company’s Texas operations. The company had previously entered the Texas marketplace in 2002 and engaged him to further develop their footprint across the entire State with offices in Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. At that time was operating at a loss due to troubled projects. He was tasked with overseeing the dispute resolution management of these projects. In doing so, he oversaw the management of counsel, outside attorneys, expenses, risk and other specialty consultants. For five years, his focus was on successfully resolving challenged projects with the least exposure to the company as possible.

Previously, he was with a Dallas based national design and construction firm from 1984 to 2007. There, he participated in the successful completion of a diverse group of projects, each of which had its own unique set of challenges and objectives. These projects included educational, municipal, mixed-use, office, industrial, hotel, residential, corporate, and sports related facilities  After managing multiple complex projects, he served in various roles in business development, marketing, development of the school construction market and early development of both the Austin and Fort Worth offices.

In September of 2012, he opened Construction Advisory Specialists serving a wide range of clients such as developers, law firms, construction companies, lenders, subcontractors, commercial property owners, and disaster recovery companies. He has successfully managed many different assignments ranging from litigation support, dispute resolution support, lender representation, owner representation, project management, business consulting, business planning, safety support and business market planning. He has over 40 years of construction experience.

A Zoom link for this meeting will be included on the registration confirmation screen.

Cancellations are fully refundable with 48 hours or greater notice. Once registration closes, you will be responsible for the full cost of the event, even if you cannot attend.

To cancel your registration and receive a refund, please contact us.


$0.00 SMPS Member - Fort Worth

$0.00 SMPS Member - Other Chapter

$20.00 Non-Member

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