Virginia Rhodes, EdD has over 35 years experience in Urban School District Policy, Development, and Administration and Teaching. Dr. Rhodes' specialty is persistently failing city schools.
Background - Dr. Rhodes provided consulting services to an international firm on certain aspects of U.S. public school practices prior to their exploration of a related market sector. She also acted as a consultant to the University of Cincinnati Career Center assisting in the development of pre-service teacher hiring expectations. Dr. Rhodes was retained by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to co-investigate a study for mental health and achievement factors related to excessive student mobility.
As a Consultant to AdvancedEd Accreditation Team School Evaluation, she has evaluated various high schools on issues of performance. Dr. Rhodes has researched and written numerous articles on school mobility, achievement, culture, and STEM (NSF). She has delivered lectures on urban school district policy and other related topics to various groups and educational institutions.
George Hedley is the founder and President of Hedley Construction and Development Inc., a major General Contractor, Owner’s Representative, and Construction Manager headquartered in Orange & Riverside Counties, Southern California. Since 1977, Mr. Hedley has built and / or developed more than 1,000 projects totaling in excess of 15 million square feet of commercial, office, industrial, and residential projects valued at more than $700,000,000. As a general contractor and construction manager, he has constructed numerous projects ranging from $3,000,000 to $10,000,000 each. Mr. Hedley has served as a Past President of Associated Builders & Contractors and Southern California Builders Association. He has presented over 500 presentations and workshops to national construction conventions including over 60 programs at the World Of Concrete. He is author of 10 construction business books including “Get Your Construction Business to Always Make A Profit!”, and several workbooks on Estimating, Project Management, Field Management, and Contracts. He has also written over 250 published articles in major construction industry publications including Construction Business Owner magazine. Construction Expert Witness - Mr. Hedley offers construction expert witness and consulting services. His areas of expertise include:
Construction Industry Speaker - Today, along with managing his company, Mr. Hedley owns HARDHAT Presentations, presenting keynote speeches, workshops and seminars to companies and associations. He has received the prestigious ‘Certified Speaking Professional’ designation from the National Speakers Association earned by only 7% of the members. His ‘Profit-Builder’ Programs include topics on Building Leaders, Building Profits, Building Customers and Building Wealth. Construction Business Coaching - Mr. Hedley also provides ongoing professional business Coaching, hosts peer to peer mentor groups, facilitates Strategic Planning retreats for companies, and leads ‘BIZ-BUILDER Boot Camps’ for business owners of construction companies. View George Hedley's Expert Witness Profile.
Hastak Consulting Services is a Construction Engineering and Management firm established by Prof. Makarand (Mark) Hastak, PhD, PE, CCP, Professor and Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management as well as Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Hastak offers consulting services to clients around the world in the following areas:
Dr. Hastak has been involved with the construction industry for the past 32 years providing his expertise through consulting, research, teaching, and service to the industry. He is a world renowned expert in the area of construction engineering and management including process improvement, disaster risk reduction, resilience and capacity building, infrastructure management, factory built housing, intelligent planning for the built environment, cost control, project management decision-making, risk management, contracts and warranties, and strategic planning. Dr. Hastak is a Professional Engineer (PE) and a Certified Cost Professional (CCP). Dr. Hastak has given over 40 keynotes and invited lectures around the world. As a prominent educator, he also engages in developing training material and workshops as well as regularly teaching professional courses for the A/E/C industry. He has completed the 30-Hour OSHA Hazard Recognition Training for the Construction Industry. His services include consultation, on-site investigation, data collection, assessment, and reporting. Dr. Hastak Lectures at the 2015 International Conference on Building Resilience
Prof. Hastak has worked on numerous projects sponsored by the Construction Industry Institute (CII), NSF, State DOTs, and City Agencies. He has authored over 200 publications on process improvement, project controls, capital rehabilitation planning, strategic planning, and decision-making. He has co-authored a widely used book on Infrastructure Planning, Engineering, and Economics (McGraw-Hill 2006 and 2015). Dr. Hastak served on the Education Board of the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering (2004-2016). He was Editor for two AACE books, the Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering (6th Ed. 2015) and the CCP Certification Study Guide (2nd Ed. 2016). He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (2009-2016). View Dr. Hastak's Expert Witness Profile.
Linnda Durre', Ph.D., Licensed Psychotherapist, (FL License #MH6058) is an expert witness, psychotherapist, family counselor, intern supervisor, international speaker, author, business consultant, adjunct college professor, and a magazine, Internet, and newspaper columnist.
With over 44 years of experience, she consults to attorneys and has been qualified as an expert witness in six (6) states - Florida, California, Arkansas, Georgia, Connecticut, and Washington - in the areas of, Personal Injury, PTSD, Family and Couples Counseling, Divorce, Child Custody, Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, Relocation, and Sexual Abuse by Therapists. Her 400-page doctoral dissertation and research in the latter area was cited to pass legislation in several states.
Dr. Durre' hosted and produced three radio shows, two of which were call-in advice shows. She hosted and produced two call-in advice TV shows, including "Ask The Family Therapist," on America's Health Network, which was associated with Mayo Clinic and aired from Universal Studios Orlando.
She has appeared on Oprah, 60 Minutes, O'Reilly (twice), Today Show, Good Morning America, Canada AM, Daytime, Donahue (twice), Sally Jessy Raphael, People Are Talking, Home Show, Hour Magazine, Home and Family Show, Disney Channel, and the local and/or national news on NPR, PBS, CBS, ABC, NBC, CW, and Fox.
Dr. Durre' has been interviewed, cited, and/or quoted by the NY Times, LA Times, Forbes, WSJ, IBD, Business Week, SF Chronicle & Examiner, Toronto Globe & Mail, Albany Times Union, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Orlando Business Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Parade Magazine, Alternative Medicine Magazine, CNN Online, Washington Parent Magazine, Screen Actor Magazine, Florida Magazine, Orlando Magazine, Women's Health Magazine, and others.
As a business consultant, Dr. Durre' consults and speaks to Fortune 500 companies, businesses, agencies, professional and trade associations, and non-profit organizations on customer service training, sales techniques, communication skills, stress and time management, conflict resolution, motivation, personality disputes, team building, job satisfaction, reducing turnover rates, diversity training, and sex discrimination and harassment.
Her book, "Surviving the Toxic Workplace - Protect Yourself Against Co-Workers, Bosses, and Work Environments that Poison Your Day" was published by McGraw Hill and can be ordered online.
Dr. Durre' has spoken to groups, associations, clubs, and corporations as a keynote and motivational speaker, trainer, and/or consultant, including Disney, Whole Foods, Paul Mitchell, Dollar Enterprises, Jacobson's, Girl Scouts, BICSI, American Psychological Association, National Speakers Association, American Management Association, National Association of Bank Women, Altrusa Service Club, and Naval Regional Medical Center.