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Meet Our Expert Speakers


At the 2018 NAT Conference, we are bringing together some of the brightest minds in the industry. Get to know our expert speakers and start planning your conference experience today.

NAT Keynote Session
Monday, June 25, 2018 |8:30 AM – 9:30 AM | Salon 3, Lobby Level

Welcoming Remarks: Michael Roach, Traylor Bros Inc and UCA of SME Chair

Introductions: Lonnie Jacobs, Frontier Kemper Contractors Inc., and NAT Conference Chair

Speaker: Christine Merdon, Deputy Architect/Chief Operating Officer, Architect of the Capitol

As the Deputy Architect of the Capitol/Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Christine Merdon is responsible for the overall direction, operation and management of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), including implementing the AOC's goals and mission, providing overall organization management to improve performance, and assisting in promoting reform and measure results.

Before joining the AOC in 2010, Ms. Merdon worked in the private industry, starting as a project manager and ascending to the role of Senior Vice President of Program and Construction Management. Her responsibilities included operations and business development for program and construction management contracts in Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Illinois; and Los Angeles, California. She has been responsible for the successful program and construction management of more than $11 billion in major construction projects and programs including: Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Stadium, O'Hare Airport Modernization Program, Los Angeles Unified School District, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum for African American History, and Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Renovations.

Ms. Merdon began her federal career in 1981 as a cooperative education engineering student for the U.S. Navy. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in 1987 from the University of Maryland in civil engineering, she continued her career with the Navy as a project engineer and project manager. In 1998, she received a Master of Science degree in civil engineering.

Welcoming Luncheon
Monday, June 25, 3018 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM |$60

Speaker: George Hawkins, Former CEO DC Water, Founder and president, Moonshot, LLC

George Hawkins served as CEO and General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). On his arrival in 2009, Mr. Hawkins launched an ambitious agenda to transform DC Water into a customer-oriented enterprise that is driving innovation and delivering improved value to its ratepayers. The core goal is to improve aging infrastructure while complying with stringent regulatory requirements. Finally, Mr. Hawkins tripled the rate of DC Water’s program to replace water and sewer infrastructure.

Prior to joining DC Water, Mr. Hawkins served as director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). Previously, Mr. Hawkins was the executive director several non-profit organizations in New Jersey, including New Jersey Future, the Stony Brook Watershed Association and the NJ Council of Watershed Associations. Mr. Hawkins held senior positions with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and he served Vice President Gore on the National Performance Review, playing an integral role in strengthening environmental protection programs at EPA and OSHA.

Mr. Hawkins began his career practicing law for the Boston firm Ropes & Gray, and is a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.