Our Consultants

William Schwartzkopf
bills@sageconsulting.com

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Bill Schwartzkopf, CEO of Sage Consulting, received both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Bar Association, including its Forum Committee on the Construction Industry Public Contract Law section. Bill is the author of Calculating Lost Labor Productivity in Construction Claims, Practical Guide to Construction Contract Surety Claims and the co-author of Calculating Construction Damages. He has worked in the construction industry for over 45 years and has testified in trials and depositions hundreds of times. Bill also conducts seminars around the country, educating his clients and colleagues on damages calculations.

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Bill Schwartzkopf, CEO of Sage Consulting, received both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Bar Association, including its Forum Committee on the Construction Industry Public Contract Law section. Bill is the author of Calculating Lost Labor Productivity in Construction Claims, Practical Guide to Construction Contract Surety Claims and the co-author of Calculating Construction Damages. He has worked in the construction industry for over 45 years and has testified in trials and depositions hundreds of times. Bill also conducts seminars around the country, educating his clients and colleagues on damages calculations.

Don Harrington
donh@sageconsulting.com

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Don has nearly 50 years of experience in the construction industry, including over 35 years of experience preparing and analyzing construction claims. He has provided expert analysis in hundreds of cases and has provided expert testimony in deposition and trial numerous times. Don specializes in construction defect and cost estimating/damage along with schedule delay analysis related to residential, commercial and civil projects including surety matters.

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Don has nearly 50 years of experience in the construction industry, including over 35 years of experience preparing and analyzing construction claims. He has provided expert analysis in hundreds of cases and has provided expert testimony in deposition and trial numerous times. Don specializes in construction defect and cost estimating/damage along with schedule delay analysis related to residential, commercial and civil projects including surety matters.

Erik Carlson
erikc@sageconsulting.com

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Erik, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 1993. He has more than seven years of experience as a Project Engineer and over nineteen years of experience in Project Controls in multiple areas including, telecom, mining, power, oil and gas, water and wastewater projects. His experience includes cost control, scheduling, estimating, Earned Value Management, claims resolution and mitigation, change management, and interface with procurement and contracts. Erik’s specialty with Sage is schedule analysis.

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Erik, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 1993. He has more than seven years of experience as a Project Engineer and over nineteen years of experience in Project Controls in multiple areas including, telecom, mining, power, oil and gas, water and wastewater projects. His experience includes cost control, scheduling, estimating, Earned Value Management, claims resolution and mitigation, change management, and interface with procurement and contracts. Erik’s specialty with Sage is schedule analysis.

Tara Hannebaum
TaraH@sageconsulting.com

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Tara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University in 1997. She has over 20 years’ experience working on multi-million dollar design-build projects in multiple industries, including transit, power generation, power delivery, manufacturing, and information technology. She specializes in schedule analyses.
She holds the following certifications from the Project Management Institute:
•Project Management Professional (PMP)
•Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP).

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Tara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University in 1997. She has over 20 years’ experience working on multi-million dollar design-build projects in multiple industries, including transit, power generation, power delivery, manufacturing, and information technology. She specializes in schedule analyses.
She holds the following certifications from the Project Management Institute:
•Project Management Professional (PMP)
•Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP).

R. Brent McSwain
brentm@sageconsulting.com

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R. Brent McSwain received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial-Construction Management from Colorado State University in 1981 and has been in the construction business since 1977. Brent has worked as an owner representative, responsible for developing multi-million dollar acute care hospital facilities, offices, warehouses, correctional and probation facilities, recreational facilities, as well as administering disaster recovery services. He has extensive experience in preparing and defending claims that involve schedule delays, disruptions, and damages for correctional facilities, water treatment plants, office buildings, hotels, luxury condominiums, recreational facilities, schools, football stadiums, power plants, refineries, and airport parking garages. He has experience in litigation support, deposition and trial testimony.

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R. Brent McSwain received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial-Construction Management from Colorado State University in 1981 and has been in the construction business since 1977. Brent has worked as an owner representative, responsible for developing multi-million dollar acute care hospital facilities, offices, warehouses, correctional and probation facilities, recreational facilities, as well as administering disaster recovery services. He has extensive experience in preparing and defending claims that involve schedule delays, disruptions, and damages for correctional facilities, water treatment plants, office buildings, hotels, luxury condominiums, recreational facilities, schools, football stadiums, power plants, refineries, and airport parking garages. He has experience in litigation support, deposition and trial testimony.

Tony Salazar
TonyS@SageConsulting.com

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Tony has been in the construction industry since 1978, starting as a site laborer and working his way through the following positions: inspector, field engineer, superintendent, construction manager, project manager, procurement manager and operations leader over a regional office. During this period Tony also earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1984. Tony’s roles on projects increased in throughout his career including leadership roles on projects valued in excess of $350M, programs valued over $1.3B and on estimating teams for projects valued over $1.1B. Tony’s experience has been on the Owner’s, contractor’s, subcontractor’s and engineering side of projects. Tony has worked on projects including large scale housing developments; hospitals; water treatment facilities; military bases; oil, gas and chemical production and transportation facilities; geothermal, hydroelectric, gas and coal fired power generation facilities. In his latest role as Senior Consultant for Sage, Tony brings his 40 plus years of experience in all facets of construction including estimating, procurement, contract administration, construction execution, scheduling, claims avoidance and damage analysis that provide a strong and balanced approach to each project he is involved with.

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Tony has been in the construction industry since 1978, starting as a site laborer and working his way through the following positions: inspector, field engineer, superintendent, construction manager, project manager, procurement manager and operations leader over a regional office. During this period Tony also earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1984. Tony’s roles on projects increased in throughout his career including leadership roles on projects valued in excess of $350M, programs valued over $1.3B and on estimating teams for projects valued over $1.1B. Tony’s experience has been on the Owner’s, contractor’s, subcontractor’s and engineering side of projects. Tony has worked on projects including large scale housing developments; hospitals; water treatment facilities; military bases; oil, gas and chemical production and transportation facilities; geothermal, hydroelectric, gas and coal fired power generation facilities. In his latest role as Senior Consultant for Sage, Tony brings his 40 plus years of experience in all facets of construction including estimating, procurement, contract administration, construction execution, scheduling, claims avoidance and damage analysis that provide a strong and balanced approach to each project he is involved with.

Becky Smith
beckys@sageconsulting.com

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Becky has over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of construction-related fields. She served in the Air Force as an engineering officer, was an owner representative for aviation construction projects, and was a design consultant/project manager on major transit projects. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master of Science degree in construction management. She specializes in schedule analyses.

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Becky has over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of construction-related fields. She served in the Air Force as an engineering officer, was an owner representative for aviation construction projects, and was a design consultant/project manager on major transit projects. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master of Science degree in construction management. She specializes in schedule analyses.

Rex Snyder
rexs@sageconsulting.com

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Rex has more than 45 years of construction-related experience, including hands-on field work, field/project engineering, project scheduling, project management and project executive work. He has managed projects valued at over $200 million. Drawing on his experience in construction management, cost control, and scheduling, Rex provides cost analysis, CPM scheduling analysis and implementation, and assists clients on difficult projects.

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Rex has more than 45 years of construction-related experience, including hands-on field work, field/project engineering, project scheduling, project management and project executive work. He has managed projects valued at over $200 million. Drawing on his experience in construction management, cost control, and scheduling, Rex provides cost analysis, CPM scheduling analysis and implementation, and assists clients on difficult projects.

Robert Van Den Heuvel
Robv@SageConsulting.com

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Rob received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in International Business/Real Estate from the University of Denver in 2003, also completing the Abengoa Construction Management – 12 Week Course at Loyola University in 2012. He has over eleven years of Project Controls experience in natural gas and renewable energy (wind, solar, alternative fuels) construction as well as experience in Construction Cost Control for multi-million dollar projects. Rob’s specialty with Sage is schedule review and analysis.

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Rob received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in International Business/Real Estate from the University of Denver in 2003, also completing the Abengoa Construction Management – 12 Week Course at Loyola University in 2012. He has over eleven years of Project Controls experience in natural gas and renewable energy (wind, solar, alternative fuels) construction as well as experience in Construction Cost Control for multi-million dollar projects. Rob’s specialty with Sage is schedule review and analysis.

MOLLY YACKO
MOLLYY@SAGECONSULTING.COM

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Molly began her career in construction in 1996 and has held positions in many capacities including Project Manager. She moved into schedule and schedule analysis in 2003 for construction projects in conjunction with project delay analyses. She has extensive experience in a wide variety of industries including a multi-billion dollar transit project. Her specialty with Sage is schedule and delay analysis.

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Molly began her career in construction in 1996 and has held positions in many capacities including Project Manager. She moved into schedule and schedule analysis in 2003 for construction projects in conjunction with project delay analyses. She has extensive experience in a wide variety of industries including a multi-billion dollar transit project. Her specialty with Sage is schedule and delay analysis.

Cindy Hammack
Cindyh@SageConsulting.com

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Cindy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Texas A&M University Kingsville in 1999, with a focus on applications of metrics and policy research implementation, also achieving a minor in Business Administration. Cindy has nearly twenty years of experience in the construction industry. She has extensive experience in all aspects of Project Controls, primarily in scheduling. Her experience includes cost accounting and capital planning, estimating and budgeting, as well as document control and contracting. She has worked as an owner representative, analyzing and managing claims. She has been involved in heavy civil and infrastructure projects, commercial, public, telecommunications, and power industries. She is well versed in the use of scheduling software including Primavera and Microsoft Project. Cindy’s specialty with Sage is schedule analysis and review.

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Cindy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Texas A&M University Kingsville in 1999, with a focus on applications of metrics and policy research implementation, also achieving a minor in Business Administration. Cindy has nearly twenty years of experience in the construction industry. She has extensive experience in all aspects of Project Controls, primarily in scheduling. Her experience includes cost accounting and capital planning, estimating and budgeting, as well as document control and contracting. She has worked as an owner representative, analyzing and managing claims. She has been involved in heavy civil and infrastructure projects, commercial, public, telecommunications, and power industries. She is well versed in the use of scheduling software including Primavera and Microsoft Project. Cindy’s specialty with Sage is schedule analysis and review.