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South Texas: Lean Principles in Sustainability - POSTPONED

  • Wednesday, November 09, 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • The University of Texas - San Antonio, Downtown Campus



Aula Canaria Auditorium, Buena Vista Building
501 W Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, Texas 78207

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

(4 GBCI CE Hours - Self-Reporting)

About the Symposium
Members of the general contracting, facility maintenance, and building product manufacturing community speak about how lean industrial manufacturing practices are making their way into buildings. Find out how these lean practitioners are implementing principles from the manufacturing industry to enhance their project outcomes and how LEED plays an instrumental role in project delivery success. By programming in more predictability and optimizing planning, they are experiencing more reliable outcomes, better processes and more successful projects.

The event will include four 50 minute presentation blocks highlighting the current trends in sustainability, the history of lean practices, how lean practices have migrated into construction and buildings, how companies are implementing these principles, and the synergies between lean and LEED.

There will be a panelist discussion featuring leaders from within the contracting and facility management community.      

A Networking Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.
Cohosted By:


Sponsors: Turner Construction and Alterman, Inc.



Michael Deane, LEED Fellow,

Vice-President and Chief Sustainability Officer,

Turner Construction

Michael Deane is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Turner Construction Company and a LEED Fellow. His responsibilities include developing and implementing sustainable policies and procedures for Turner’s national and international operations, green building training, operational oversight and sales.

Michael has an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and 25 years of construction management experience including K-12 schools, libraries, cultural institutions and hospitality. He is a founding board member and past chair of the USGBC New York Chapter and served on the USGBC National Board of Directors from 2005 through 2008. He is a member of the Federal GSA Green Building Advisory Committee. He is on the Board of Governors of the Design Futures Council and the Board of Directors of the Recycling Certification Institute.

Michael writes and speaks frequently about sustainability and in particular the builder’s role in delivering green buildings. In 2013 Michael was named a LEED Fellow, the most prestigious designation of LEED Professionals.  


Heather K. Anderson,

Vice-President Quality & Performance Management,

Baptist Health System

Heather K. Anderson has over 18 years experience in healthcare finance, operations, and performance improvement and is currently the Vice President of Quality and Performance Management for the Baptist Health System, San Antonio, TX.    Heather oversees quality reporting, performance improvement, patient safety, accreditation, and risk management for Baptist.  She is also responsible for the lean operations of the system which includes development of the daily management structure, kaizen events, strategic deployments, and lean training and education.   She has been with Baptist since 2008.

Prior to joining Baptist, Heather served as the Director of Financial Operations, Medicare Profitability, and Organization Effectiveness for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. Prior to that she worked in financial operations for Columbia HCA Bayshore Medical Center.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Business Administration/ Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  Prior to entering healthcare, Heather worked in nuclear chemistry at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she was first exposed to a high reliability infrastructure.  Heather has served as adjunct faculty for the Baptist School of Health Professions teaching Healthcare Performance and Process Improvement for the B.S. in Healthcare Management Program.  Heather is also a certified lean six sigma master black belt.


Chris Leonard,

Director of Operations and Technical Services

Bautex Systems

Chris is responsible for all plant operations and strategic planning, including budgeting, system and process design, production scheduling, quality assurance and testing, and staff training. He manages all safety and environmental compliance programs, leads lean manufacturing process evaluations, and is a principal contributor to the company's R&D program. Chris also manages the Construction Support and Technical Services teams at Bautex, working with architects, engineers and contractors to successfully build with Bautex Block.

Chris previously served as Director of Operations for Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc., a large structural precast manufacturer. Chris managed large commercial and institutional construction projects through scheduling, production, and delivery. As the primary lean manufacturing resource at his company, Chris developed and led company-wide process improvement programs and managed key vendor relationships.


Chris received his degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio and has earned the US Green Building Council LEED AP, ACI Field Tech Certification, PCI Level III Certification, OSHA Trainer, numerous Six-Sigma/Lean Manufacturing Training designations, and was part of the 2009 Leadership PCI class.



Patrick Byrnes,

Lean Manager,

Turner Construction




Jane Baxter Lynn,


JBL Strategies



Denis St. Pierre,

Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer,

Alterman, Inc.


Mike Sireno,

President, San Antonio Division

Baker Triangle


Elizabeth Kertesz,


San Antonio 2030 District



Member: $75

Non-member: $95

Student: $25

Designated parking is available in the UTSA parking lot directly under I-10 Freeway.


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