So Much More Than An Association

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the DBIA Florida Region. As a membership-based organization, we rely on your support. In return for your involvement, you will make valuable contacts and increase your insight into the design-build industry.

Please reach out to the committee chairs to find out how to engage.

Annual Conference Committee

As the only association representing the entire spectrum of design and construction professionals, DBIA fosters the kind of collaboration that powers industry transformation. DBIA national and regional conferences across the country convene multiple disciplines and stakeholders to bring together disparate perspectives for real-world application. The DBIA Florida Region annual conference committee is charged with planning the statewide conference for the Florida Region, including: organizing Design-Build Done Right educational programming, engaging Owners across the state to participate and attend, and working with practitioners to identify key topics to discuss throughout the conference. Conference participants include professionals representing every facet of the design-build industry, including contractors, architects, engineers, consultants, and public and private Owners.

Annual Conference Committee Chair

Kellie M. Humphries

Legal Legislation Committee

The legal and legislation committee serves as a resource for Owners and practitioners for interpreting and applying Florida statutory requirements to design-build procurements and projects, including FS 287.055 (CCNA) and FS 286.0113 (Confidential Meetings). Committee is responsible for reviewing existing design-build legislation, making recommendations for legislative initiatives as applicable, organizing a minimum of four educational programs per year working in collaboration with the Chapter Chairs, and steering the development and execution of contracts and legal specific programming for the annual statewide conference working under the direction of the Conference Chair and working in collaboration with the conference committee. Committee is also responsible for providing content for various communication channels (website, newsletter, social media, etc.) Chair shall also serve as liaison to DBIA National Contract Documents Committee. 

Legal & Legislation Committee Chair

Bill Tinsley
Phelps Dunbar

Owners Council

The Owners council committee provides a voice and serves as a resource for Owners seeking information about design-build. The Owners council provides input and guidance to the Board of Directors by informing on Owner needs and trends. The committee is responsible for engaging public- and private-sector Owners and serving as a liaison to Owner-focused organizations such as NIGP, FAPPO, and others. The committee will also serve as a resource for Chapters and Market Committees looking to implement owner programming.  In addition, the Council is responsible for promoting the annual statewide conference and scholarship opportunities to Owners throughout Florida and providing content for the quarterly DBIA Florida Region newsletter.

Owners Council Chair

Cheryl Robitzsch, PE, DBIA
Hillsborough County

Membership Committee

DBIA is all about collaboration-driven success. The membership committee is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the membership program with a focus on engagement, recruitment, and retention. The committee is responsible for connecting with new members via phone or email within 30 days of membership activation. In addition, the committee shall provide support to Chapter Chairs to host membership social events with a goal of one per chapter. Drives Young Professional and Student Membership activity and engagement working closely with the Chapters and College & University Committee chairs. Chair will also serve as a liaison to the DBIA National Membership Committee. 

Membership Committee Chair

This position is currently vacant. 

Marketing & Communications Committee

The marketing and communications committee works closely with the specialty marketing and communications consultants as retained by the Region. The committee and specialty consultant(s) develop and implement a statewide marketing plan to position DBIA as the design-build authority in Florida. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to promoting DBIA, programs, and events through various communication channels (i.e. website, social media, etc.), developing and disseminating thought leadership and perspective content, developing and maintaining an editorial calendar, and updating the DBIA Florida Region website as appropriate. 

Marketing & Communications Committee Chair

Cricket Robertson, FSMPS, CPSM
Superior Construction Company

College & University Committee

The college and university committee is responsible for promoting the incorporation of design-build best practices into design and construction curriculum at Florida colleges and universities, helping colleges and universities establish DBIA student chapters and participate in the annual DBIA student competition, and implementing DBIA Floridas undergraduate and graduate scholarship program.

College & University Committee Chair

Carolyn Bonaventura, DBIA

Market Committees

The market committees are responsible for steering statewide dialogue, outreach, initiatives, and events to promote the use of design-build best practices, and position DBIA Florida Region as a trusted advisor for Design-Build Done Right. At a minimum, market committees will focus on the following:

  • Owner Engagement Work in collaboration with the Owners Council to engage Owners across the state, understand their needs, and provide design-build education.
  • Programs Organize and host market and design-build specific programs in collaboration with the Chapters (minimum of four programs per calendar year).
  • Annual Conference Steer the planning and development of market-specific programming for the annual statewide conference working under the direction of the Conference Chair and in collaboration with the conference committee.
  • Thought Leadership Steer statewide discussions and share thought leadership (website, newsletter, social media, etc.) to promote design-build best practices, facilitate collaboration, and provide access to design-build information.

Transportation Markets Chair

David Nardon, DBIA
Superior Construction Company

Vertical Markets Chair

Joana Berling, AIA, DBIA
Novus Architects, Inc.

Water Markets Chair

Adam Corn
Garney Construction

Training & Education Committee

This committee is responsible for supporting training and education activities within the Region. The committee provides guidance and supports Regional programs to verify quality and consistency with DBIA policies, goals, and objectives. The committee is responsible for securing CEUs, PDHs, and other learning unites for all DBIA Florida Region programs. The committee is also responsible for working in collaboration with the executive council, Owners council, and market committees to identify and prioritize outreach efforts in alignment with the strategic plan and with a goal to position DBIA as the design-build authority in Florida. 

Training & Education Committee Chair

Robert Garland, PE, DBIA
McKim & Creed