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President & COO

Gretchen is a recognized expert in the construction industry, consulting to both “owners” on strategies and tactics to optimize project and program delivery; and consulting to contractors, engineering firms, and material and equipment suppliers on how to effectively serve these clients and achieve organizational success. Gretchen works in partnership with her clients to determine strategies for more closely aligning the value chain to reduce construction costs and schedules, and improve profitability. Gretchen has a proven track record of measurable results with her clients. She is a prolific writer and sought-after speaker in the construction industry.

Gretchen began her consulting career in 1994 with FMI Corporation, a Raleigh, North Carolina based management consulting and investment banking firm focused upon the construction industry. During her 11-year career there, she was a member of the contractor-focused Quality and Productivity Improvement Group, initiated and provided leadership to the Owner Services Group and managed the Market Research Group. Owner clients included Marriott, Hewlett Packard, General Motors, Starbucks, and Detroit Edison; contractor clients included Barton Malow Company, DPR Construction and Kiewit to name a few.

Prior to joining FMI, Gretchen worked for Ralston Purina and Coca-Cola Enterprises in operations management. Gretchen also served as President/CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and Assistant Dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Gretchen received her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the University of Denver MBA program. In addition, she holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Gretchen is currently completing her coursework to become a candidate for PhD in Organizational Performance, Learning, and Change. Her dissertation topic reflects her passion for how leaders create agile organizations capable of swiftly and successfully implementing change in reaction to shifts in the external environment.