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Ted has over 33 years of experience in the field of construction management, over 18 years of experience as a testifying expert witness and has been designated in over 600 construction litigation cases. He is President of the San Diego Chapter of the Forensic Expert Witness Association and serves on the organization’s National Board of Directors. Ted also serves on the advisory board of NoteVault, a construction technology company that provides documentation services for the construction industry. He teaches a graduate course in Construction Management at San Diego State University.
Michael is a licensed mechanical engineer in five states and is experienced in construction management, building commissioning, forensic engineering, and design, which qualifies and enables him to view projects from both the construction industry’s perspective, as well as the technical and theoretical positions. From Michael’s unique vantage point as engineer and construction project management experience, he has taken special note over the last twenty-six years of how projects run into trouble; why complex projects tend to become difficult for everyone involved and how to solve the problems effectively.
Operations, House Counsel
Ron Whitehead received his B.S. Degree in Economics from the University of Utah in 1988 and began working as a claims adjuster for Farmers Insurance handling personal injury, property, commercial liability, and workers’ compensation claims in California and Colorado. He received his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999 and thereafter the U.S. District Court, Southern Central District. As an attorney, he has been primarily involved in construction defect litigation and also practiced in areas of mechanic lien, personal injury, insurance coverage, and real estate law. He has taken over 500 depositions and has been in over 100 trials and arbitration. He has served as an arbitrator for Arbitration Forums since 1998.
From a humble beginning in a family owned construction firm, Charles has now well over 30 years of construction experience in both the public and private sectors, including the past two decades dedicated to Construction and Surety related claims. Charles brings extensive real world experience to the litigation process in the area of defect claims, schedule or contractual change order disputes or just plain problematic construction projects in general. Always a team player, Charles continues to provide expert testimony in all phases of litigation, including trial, on behalf of numerous Contractor, Developer and Insurance clients.
Expert in the fields of lath, plaster, drywall, dimensional stone, handset applications, prefab installations, light-gauge metal stud, fireproofing, architectural pre-cast concrete, and EIFS for all types of facilities. Steve is experienced in virtually every aspect of fenestration and lath/plaster issues. His skills and experience include estimating, material take-offs, site inspection, corrective construction detail, scheduling, subcontractor and field crew coordination, contract execution, safety, etc.
Manager, Quality Assurance Services
Active in the construction industry since 1978, with emphasis on carpentry and general contracting; expertise gained through work in both commercial and residential construction, range from rough framing, to finish cabinetry, and mill work; as a claims inspector and reconstruction manager in the 1990s, inspected over 7,000 dwellings that had experienced defects with polyethylene plumbing systems, managing the resultant copper retrofits along with the preparation of detailed water damage reports and property damage estimates, and as an expert at inspection documentation, analysis, and preparation of cost estimates pursuant to insurance and litigated case work.
This combination of experience as a competent contractor; inspector of construction defects, and third party new construction combination inspector has led to the current position as Manager of Quality Assurance Services. Is licensed as General Contractor and is certified Combination Dwelling Inspector, Residential Combination Inspector, and Building Inspector by the International Code Council. Also certified CHEERS HERS Rater and EPA 608 Technician.
Amy brings a diverse background to Xpera, including 9 years in the construction industry. She handles all client contracts and is a Facilities Manager for the Xpera offices.
Charles Montgomery, Business Development