David Ashcraft is an expert in transforming tortuous subject matter into educational, engaging, and entertaining material. Ashcraft has been engaging businesses as a professional speaker for over twenty years. Over the last 10 years, he has been working with contracting associations and companies to teach employees the impact they have on financial outcomes. Ashcraft specializes in presentation coaching and financial education. He works closely with clients to design and develop training programs that are specific to their everyday business needs. Ashcraft received his BA from Washington State University and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School, where he later served as an associate director.
John Koontz has over 30 years of experience in the mechanical industry, including contracting, academics, and consulting. A former tenured associate professor at Purdue University, Koontz founded and directed Purdue’s Mechanical Construction Management Specialization Program and MCAA’s first student chapter. Additionally, Koontz has worked with MCAA contractors for 15 years in a variety of positions, including Project Engineer and Estimator, Project Manager, and Senior Project Manager. Koontz’s family heritage of long-term UA family members provides a sincere and deep-rooted pride, interest, and concern for the future success and survival of all parties involved in union mechanical construction.
Fred Mendicino is a cofounder of Faughnan Mendicino, PLLC with a 27-year legal career exclusively dedicated to the construction industry. Mendicino earned his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is the head of the firm’s Construction and Surety Practice Division and serves clients on public and private projects throughout the country. He has acted as Lead Counsel in numerous complex disputes before federal and state courts, boards of contract appeals, and construction arbitration panels. He has also represented a variety of construction and surety clients in numerous mediations. Over the course of his career, he has overseen dozens of substantial disputes, involving: terminations for default on both public and private contracts, assistance in complex project management problems, and representation in avoidance measures.
Starting as a Local 602 Steamfitter in the Washington D.C. region, Woody Woodall completed his apprenticeship and became an instructor for the Union Apprentice Program. Woodall is also the managing Principal of Customer Focused Solutions, Inc., an organization he founded to assist contractors, associations, and businesses achieve their strategic goals. After a long and distinguished career in the mechanical contracting industry, Woodall now focuses on education, collaboration, and operational support. His innovative approach to sales has transformed customer service teams from average to “Best in Class.”