Architecture, Engineering & Construction Panel
As Managing Executive and Studio Director, Bette has overseen the successful completion of an array of projects with a focus on corporate and retail interior projects. Her comprehensive industry background spans across 35 years of experience in project management, construction, and design. Her extensive skills include budgeting, programming, and overall project coordination. She has proven experience and a deep understanding of her clients in the financial services industry, which has led to long-term relationships with these clients.
James K. (Jim) Donaghy is Executive Chairman of the Structure Tone organization, a $5 billion global construction services firm headquartered in New York City. In 2018, the company was ranked in the top 20 on Engineering News Record’s (ENR’s) Top 400 Contractors List.
The Structure Tone organization comprises eight companies who operate independently: Structure Tone, LLC, Structure Tone Southwest, LLC, Structure Tone International Ltd., Pavarini North East Construction Co., LLC, Pavarini McGovern, LLC, LF Driscoll Company, LLC, Govan Brown Associates Ltd. and Ajax Building Corporation. These companies collectively employ over 1,900 professionals across 26 offices throughout the US, Canada, UK and Ireland.
Jim learned the business from the bottom up, holding various positions in operations, estimating and management of STO’s regional offices, and leadership of the executive team for the past 19 years. In addition, Jim spearheaded the creation of a new Board of Directors in 2014 to ensure the right strategic planning, QA/QC, governance, audit, compliance systems and reporting were in place throughout the global organization.
A dynamic and creative leader, Jim personifies the entrepreneurial spirit that is a hallmark of Structure Tone. He plays a key leadership role in setting the strategic direction of this international organization and spearheads innovation within the firm to both better serve his clients and provide an enhanced workplace for Structure Tone employees. When he is not taking on the role of project principal for some of our high-profile projects and accounts, he is typically working alongside the management teams on strategic plans to ensure a sustainable growth plan for STO.
One of Jim’s passions is developing future leaders. He has championed the implementation of development and training programs and is the driving force behind Structure Tone University (STU). STU is a dynamic internal education and development resource to help define STO career paths and hone both technical and soft skills. Jim also spearheaded numerous innovative projects to ensure the continued improvement of controls, data analytics, and service delivery.
Not solely internally focused, as Executive Chairman, Jim ensures the firm’s unwavering commitment to community. Jim is Chairman and an Executive Committee member of the Boy Scout Explorers, which focuses on mentoring high school students through exciting activities and introducing them to the many career opportunities young adults seek to explore. He was the Chair of the Planning Committee for the Board of Trustees of St. Thomas Aquinas College from 2004 through 2010 and sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Engineering School of Hofstra University. He is also on the Board of Directors for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-NYC Chapter and Cardinal Dolan’s Executive Committee for Charity.
Jim is a graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration and has completed the Columbia Business School Senior Executive Program (CSEP). Jim resides in Old Tappan, NJ, with his wife and son.
Stu knows proper infrastructure investment helps support economies, progress long-term growth, and maintain public safety. This concept drives his leadership of Stantec’s Infrastructure division. It has also made him a well-known advocate within the industry, having served in multiple professional organizations, spoken at numerous professional events, and been published in several industry journals. Stu’s passion for infrastructure has only grown over the last 30 years, from his early beginnings as a civil engineering student at Lehigh University and the Stevens Institute of Technology, to his leadership of Stantec’s transit-rail, transportation, and infrastructure groups. He’s channeled his desire to enhance our communities’ infrastructure into many critical and complex projects, helping to build better transit systems and roadway networks via design-build, public-private partnerships, and conventional design-bid-build methods. A visionary, Stu keeps a watchful eye on the future of infrastructure. He promotes solutions that embrace sustainability, like building to accommodate autonomous vehicles, smart cities and other innovations that will change the way our communities live, work, and play.
Tom Sperber joined AECOM Capital in 2014. Sperber is a Vice President overseeing AECOM Capital’s design and construction efforts in development projects on the east coast, including Flushing Commons in NYC and the Paramount Miami World Center.
Prior to AECOM Capital, Sperber worked as a Project Manager at Brack Capital where he oversaw the ground-up construction of the 230-key CitizenM flagship hotel in Manhattan.
Sperber has a B. Arch. from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and a Masters in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
Alexandra joined Gensler in 2019, working on worldwide corporate interiors. Previously, she worked in Construction Management, focusing on residential projects throughout New York City. She is a 2017 graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Alexandra is passionate about architecture and design, and likes to paint, travel, read, and cook in her free time.
Donny Silberman, Senior Associate, has been with Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) since 2013. His design and management experience at RAMSA is focused primarily on multi-family residential and mixed-use projects in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. His previous experience at firms in Chicago included commercial and single-family residential projects. Donny’s (almost) lifelong passion for architecture has evolved to encompass a deep appreciation for the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the profession. Donny received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. He is a registered architect in the State of New York.
Join YJP for our Architecture, Engineering and Construction Panel. We will be serving gourmet bites, signature cocktails, and strategic networking as we convene with the top movers and shakers in the architecture and construction industries.
6:00 - 7:00 PM | Cocktail Reception & Gourmet Bites
7:00 - 8:00 PM | Panel
8:00 - 9:00 PM | Post-Session Networking & Cocktails
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*Please note, this event is exclusively for individuals in the real estate, construction, engineering, interior design, and architecture industries*
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This event starts on September 19th at 6:00 PM.