Pavillion of Knowledge and Alcohol This year's Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) conference was held in South Portland's Marriott hotel. Almost 350 registrants had two and a half days of fo America's foremost industry represenatives provide the most insightful and thorough perspectives on the progress of competitive proposal system procurements. The National Council of Public Private Partnerships had its Water Institute give two extensive panel discussions on the opening day, May 30, 2001. Most presentations were in one of several ballrooms. But, the weather was fine enough for several important discussions to be held outdoors in a large tent.


Lunch and refreshments were often served in the "Pavillion" tent.

Debra Coy, Vice President, Schwab Capital Markets in Washigton, DC opened the  conference with a direct, jargon-free, comparison of the major industry players, here and abroad, and their relative impact on the industry and their growth potential.

For further analysis by Ms. Coy, contact her directly at Schwab Capital Markets, 202-298-6226      

Debra Coy, Schwab & Co. equity analyst
Debra Coy, Senior Analyst/Vice President
Schwab Capital Markets 

Jeff Beard, Executive Director of DBIA Jeff Beard (mustache) President and CEO of the Design-Build Institute of America opened the luncheon activities and introduced keynote speakers.
Stephen Gordon, a native of Portland, returned to his native soil to speak about the importance of the design-build model for greatest efficiency of system development.

Steve is Vice President of Corporate Development for American Water Works Services in Voorhees, NJ. Steve can be reached at 856-566-4043

Steve Gordon-V.P. US Filter Operating Services
Rick Norment, Exec. Dir., NCPPP & Dick Splete, Chair., Water Institute
Rick Norment, Executive Director of the NCPPP chats with colleague Dick Splete, Chairman of the Water Institute and Vice President of US Water (401-438-4600) 
Steve Cordes. PE, Project Development Manager, Black & Veatch with John Giachino, Vice President, US Water
At the evening reception Stephen Cordes PE, Project Development Manager at Black and Veatch chats with John Giachino, VP of Development for US Water
Don Jessup, Director, Meetings & Conferences with Peggy McDonald, Director, Institute Programs and Huyen Dang, Meetings and Conferences Coordinator, DBIA The event planning staff, Don Jessup, Peggy McDonald and Huyen Dang, take a few minutes to recover during the conference. DBIA can be reached at 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC  20001 (202) 682-0110