Lean on the Front Line: A Conversation with Superintendents

At the end of the day, it’s all about the men and women in the field, building. Which means superintendents are on the front line with Lean—applying, enforcing, and continuously improving the tools and processes. The LCI’s Dallas/Fort Worth Community of Practice invites you to Lean on the Front Line, a moderated conversation with Lean superintendent champions where we’ll explore the use of Lean in the field through the superintendent’s lens. Where and why do they think Lean succeeds or fails? What have been their greatest lessons learned? How can we work together to achieve more buy-in from trades, architects, and owners? What do they see as the future for Lean in the field? All of these topics and more will be covered. Join us for a spirited discussion with Lean leaders as we explore Lean on the front line.


Patrick Stutler, Turner Construction
Patrick is a Project Superintendent for Turner Construction who is passionate about building relationships among project teams. Patrick has experience across numerous project types including commercial, healthcare, sports facilities and higher education. Regardless of the project type, Patrick understands that construction is a people business, one in which collaboration, positive communication and respect for people is vital for success. Patrick serves at the Leader for the Local LCI community.

Justin Davis, Skiles Group
Justin offers over 15 years of experience with healthcare construction values of up to $650M. He is quality-focused and detail-oriented, with high standards that are tempered with an approachable and collaborative attitude. He excels at understanding the client’s needs and tailoring the project’s plan to create minimal impact while still maintaining flow and meeting obligations. He is very experienced with schedule coordination, visual planning and communication, and conflict resolution.

Nick Jackson, Robins & Morton
Nick is a superintendent with Robins & Morton and has spent the entirety of his 17-year career focused on the exceptional delivery of healthcare facilities. He is currently leading construction at Westover Hills Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Nick has earned certifications as both a CICTI Certified Healthcare Manager and an ASHE Certified Healthcare Constructor.

Don Friesen, JE Dunn, Construction
Don serves as the Senior Superintendent at JE Dunn Construction, boasting a remarkable 37-year career marked by a rich and varied project portfolio. His extensive experience includes successfully completing construction projects in healthcare, higher education, and commercial offices, totaling over $600 million. Utilizing his profound expertise of lean principles, Don ensures successful planning, collaboration, and project execution success.

Joe Donarumo, Linbeck
Joe serves Linbeck as Vice President of Field Operations where he has been able to develop and lead high-performing field teams. Joe is responsible for improving the safety, production, and quality of field operations via Linbeck’s Lean Operating System. He has a unique passion for Lean implementation, continuous improvement, and a ruthless pursuit of waste elimination within Linbeck’s projects, teams, and overall organization. Joe is also the Co-Author to The Lean Builder.

Refreshments will be provided.

Parking is available onsite.

4/10/2024 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Central Daylight Time
Community Beer Co. 3110 Commonwealth Drive Dallas, TX 75247 UNITED STATES
Registration is closed.