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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; Giuseppe Quarta, The Lane Construction Corporation

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: Christopher Mossey, Deputy Director, Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, U.S. Dept of Energy

Christopher Mossey is deputy director for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility. He manages all aspects of the LBNF project, the largest international DOE project ever hosted on U.S. soil. A retired and decorated rear admiral with the United States Navy, he has more than three decades of experience leading the design and construction of environmental and facility programs for the Department of the Navy. Mossey previously served as the commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. In this position he oversaw the $1 billion Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the $5.7 billion Marine Corps program to expand and update operational and training facilities. 

Mossey holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in construction management from Stanford University. He also completed the Executive Management Program at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.