City of Philadelphia
Special Independent Advisory Commission
Carl M. Bornstein is a lawyer in private practice in New York City. He has conducted complex civil and criminal litigation and investigations in both the private sector and in government service. He has represented clients in complex civil and white collar criminal cases involving insurance fraud, copyright, and professional disciplinary violations among others. He has also worked on independent monitoring teams for national corporations and a state government agency.
Since 2007, as a principal, he has been the chief operating officer of the Fortress Monitoring Group, JV, as the Integrity Monitor for the $3 billion construction of 1 World Trade Center appointed by and reporting to the Inspector General of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Here, he supervises former FBI and IRS Special Agents, former NYPD Detectives, engineers and accountants working with the OIG to prevent corruption, racketeering, or fraud.
Previously, he was the Inspector General for the NYC School Construction Authority. His duties there included direct approval of contractors’ responsibility before bidding in the SCA’s $1 billion construction program; reporting directly to the Authority’s board and its chair, and overseeing the office’s assistance to federal and state prosecutors. Early in his career he served for 12 years as a U.S. Justice Department Special Attorney in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and.as a state prosecutor in executive positions
Since 2005 he has taught investigative techniques as an adjunct assistant professor in the MPA - Inspector General graduate program of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Business Manager, Laborer’s District Council of Philadelphia and Vicinity
Robert F. Brehm
Robert F. Brehm
Robert Brehm has been associated with over one billion dollars of construction including civic centers, correctional institutions, educational facilities, entertainment venues and government and commercial projects spanning over thirty-five years of construction activity. Dr. Brehm has served as a surety consultant developing turnaround strategies for trouble projects and authored several articles on claims avoidance and project scheduling while provided expert testimony on construction practices in both Federal and State courts.
Dr. Brehm currently is an Associate Teaching Professor in Drexel University’s Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and has served as a lecturer in Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies teaching courses in Construction Management. In addition, Professor Brehm serves as an adjunct faculty in Drexel’s Engineering Management Graduate Program.
Prior to joining the faculty at Drexel, Professor Brehm served as Senior Vice President of Kullman Industries where he was head of the Institutional Division. In that capacity Mr. Brehm had full P and L responsibilities for the Division’s vast portfolio of educational, correctional and health care construction projects. In addition to his day to day activities, Mr. Brehm served on the Company’s Executive Committee which has responsibilities for the company’s long range strategic planning.
Until joining Kullman, Mr. Brehm served as the Project Executive and Chief Administrator for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, where he was responsible for all matters associated with the construction of the New Wildwoods Convention Center ($70 million) and the renovation of The Atlantic City Historic Boardwalk Hall ($100 million). Mr. Brehm's principal accountabilities included development of final budgets, oversight of design development and construction, establishment of cost accounting and quality control systems, management of construction related regulatory matters and management of the communication process associated with both projects.
Prior to joining NJSEA Mr. Brehm served as the Director of the Office of Design and Construction for the State of New Jersey, Department of the Treasury, where he oversaw the design and construction activities on over 550 State projects totaling $660 million dollars with an annual operating budget of $7.8 million dollars. Prior to being appointed Director, Mr. Brehm directed the design efforts on the State's single largest construction project in its history. Mr. Brehm coordinated the activities of approximately 75 architects and engineers during the design-development of the $250 million South Woods State Prison. The prison facility incorporated state of the art technology to house over 3,000 inmates.
In addition to his ODC duties, Mr. Brehm was appointed to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Construction Committee as a voting member. The Committee had oversight responsibilities on the new $268 million convention center in Atlantic City and the $100 million renovation of The Atlantic City Historic Boardwalk Hall.
Mr. Brehm started his career as a designer for Whitman, Requardt and Associates, Baltimore, Maryland. From 1970-1973, he was employed as a Project Manager for Beers Construction Company, Atlanta, Georgia, constructing commercial and industrial buildings. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey from 1973 to 1976 where he developed a nationally accredited construction program while carrying on teaching and research in the areas of construction engineering and management.
From 1976-1978, he was employed by Charles J. Kupper, Inc., as Chief Resident Engineer and Head of the Construction Division responsible for the management of a resident inspection staff numbering 200, including over 20 professional engineers covering $150 million of environmental construction.
In 1978, Mr. Brehm founded Construction Analysts, Inc., a construction management and consulting firm, and served as its President from 1978 until its sale in 1986. As Chief Executive Officer, he supervised the firm's activities on projects ranging from:
• CPM Scheduling of a $65 million medium security prison.
• Surety Consultant on a $67 million oceanfront, 35-story condominium project in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
• The investigation and analysis of the collapse of the facade of the 11-story CBS Broadcast Building in New York City.
Lorraine H. Brown
Lorraine H. Brown
Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, The Temple Group, Inc.
Lorraine H. Brown, Ph.D. is the Owner, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of The Temple Group, Inc. Established in 1985, The Temple Group is a project management firm that provides a comprehensive array of professional services required to manage major capital projects. The Temple Group’s primary goal is to ensure that projects are completed within the established budget and schedule, while meeting the highest quality standards.
Dr. Brown has served as a member of the Boards of Trustees of numerous organizations including Philadelphia Urban League, Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital and Medical College of Pennsylvania Medical School, and St. Christopher Hospital for Children. She is a founding member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation Board.
Glenn Corbett is an Associate Professor of Fire Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he also served as the chair of the Department Of Protection Management. He is a Technical Editor of Fire Engineering magazine and is a former Assistant Chief of the Waldwick, New Jersey Fire Department. He testified before the 9/11 Commission and recently served on the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Construction Safety Team that investigated the World Trade Center disaster. In addition, he is the chief technical advisor to the Skyscraper Safety Campaign. Corbett has served as the President of the New Jersey Society of Fire Service Instructors.
He has spent a large part of his career in code enforcement. He was a fire protection consultant for the City of Austin, Texas Fire Department and was the Administrator of Engineering Services for the San Antonio, Texas Fire Department. He was a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Building Code Task Force in New York City. Corbett currently sits on the New Jersey State Fire Code Council.
Corbett is author of Brannigan’s Building Construction for the Fire Service, 5th Edition. In addition, he is the editor of Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II. .
Corbett holds a Master of Engineering in Fire Protection Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Rutgers University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Safety Director, IBEW Local 98
Jim Dollard is the Safety Coordinator for IBEW Local 98 in Philadelphia. He plays a significant role in the development of construction and safety related codes and standards including multiple committees on the National Electrical Code and NFPA 70E, the standard for electrical safety in the workplace. Jim is OSHA 500 authorized and specializes in all electrical installation and safety regulations.
With 33 years of experience in the field, he has an extensive background in the construction industry and all safety related requirements. Jim regularly performs onsite safety evaluations on construction sites and renovation projects throughout the City.
Edward Dunham, Jr.
Edward Dunham, Jr.
Cyber-Risk Assessment and Management, Insurance Coverage, Litigation
Industries and Business Sectors:
Business Services, Insurance, Professional Services, Technology
Background and Experience
Ned Dunham is Of Counsel to the Firm and a member of the Litigation Department. He practices in the areas of insurance coverage, commercial litigation, and risk exposure management, with a specialization in cyber-risk management.
Along with a business partner of the Firm, Ned has developed a number of proprietary, algorithm-based assessment tools which, when combined with the Firm’s business and litigation services, assist insurance and reinsurance brokers, intermediaries, and underwriters, as well as policyholders, in assessing the risks to be insured or reinsured. The family of offerings includes two recently-launched exposure management tools: Frigate for profit and nonprofit businesses, and Summa for higher education institutions.
Ned is a frequent lecturer on Internet risks and solutions. He is also an adjunct professor of advanced insurance law and risk management at the Rutgers-Camden School of Law.
Throughout his career, Ned has been involved in some of the largest insurance coverage litigation in the country. He has acted as lead defense counsel for environmental insurance coverage litigation, and as national coordinating counsel for major asbestos litigation.
Ned is active in dispute resolution as a Judge Pro Tem for the Commerce Program of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, a nationally recognized business court.
Underlying his qualifications in aviation and maritime law, Ned is a naval aviator with more than 6,000 hours of pilot time. During his 14 years on active duty, and 24 years in the active reserves, he flew a variety of single and multi-engine jet, turbo prop, and reciprocating engine aircraft. He holds a civilian instrument rating as a single engine (land) and multi-engine (land and sea) pilot. Ned is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, a retired Captain in the Naval Reserve, and a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Anne has been with the Dale Corporation since 2000. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Economics from Lehigh University and her Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her tenure at the Dale Corporation, Anne was Director of Development at the Redevelopment Authority during the Rendell Administration. Anne has over 25 years of experience in the real estate development field, including project planning, site acquisition, securing approvals, project financing, legislative policy and overall project management.
Her resume at Dale Corporation includes the completion of the Neumann North Senior Housing complex, which includes 67 affordable rental units for seniors. Currently under construction is Spring Arts Point, a mixed-income, mixed-use project. She is currently acting as a development consultant on a broad spectrum of both market-rate and affordable projects in Philadelphia.
During the course of her extensive career, Anne has administered over 125 residential and commercial development projects, which produced over 1,500 housing units and numerous commercial enterprises.
As Director of Development for the Dale Corporation, Anne is responsible for pursuing opportunities for the growth and development of the organization in the areas of development services and real estate development.
Anne is the current President of the Philadelphia Building Industry Association, the Builder/Developer member of Civic Design Review Committee, a member of the Mayor's Special Commission to Review L&I, a member of the Developers Workshop, on the Steering Committee of the Design Advocacy Group, an instructor for the Citizens Planning Institute and a board member of Lutheran Settlement House.
Mr. Hall is the Senior Regional Manager of Government Relations in the Pennsylvania Field Office of the International Code Council (ICC). He served in a similar position for Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) International since June of 1989, prior to its integration into the ICC in February of 2003. He serves as a representative to governmental jurisdictions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and is responsible for code administration presentations to adopting authorities, representing the ICC at meetings of state and local chapters, organization meetings, as well as instructing seminars.
He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Safety and Fire Prevention of the Philadelphia Fire Department.
A licensed engineer with 45 years experience, including 18 years in code enforcement, he is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Roland has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University.
Nationally, he is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
His previous experience includes serving as Chief of the Construction Division, a Supervisor of building and fire plans examiners, and a building plans examiner for the City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections.
Director, Great Works Symposium and Associate Professor, Drexel University
Scott Gabriel Knowles is associate professor and interim department head for History at Drexel University, where he also teaches courses in the Masters Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He is also presently a faculty research fellow of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, the Department of the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology.
Knowles' work focuses on the history and public policy dimensions of modern risk and disaster. He is author of The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America (UPenn Press, 2011), and Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City (UPenn Press, 2009). His work has also appeared in Technology and Culture, Isis, History and Technology, Annals of Science, the Journal of American History, the Journal of the American Planning Association, the New York Times, The Hill, U.S. News and World Report, and the Philadelphia Inquirer among other venues. He has also appeared on the Marty Moss Coane Show and the Leonard Lopate Show. Knowles is a member of the Fukushima Forum collaborative research community, and is co-editing a book on the Fukushima disasters.
John Elfrey, Director of Operations, Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities David Perri, Streets Commissioner Barry Scott, Risk Manager, Office of Risk Management
Dr. Patrick O’Hara
Dr. Patrick O’Hara
Department of Public Management
Dr. Patrick O’Hara has taught at John Jay College since1980 in the Master of Public Administration Program and the National Online Master of Public Administration—Inspector General Program, and is on the faculty of the City University of New York's Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice, where he focuses on administrative oversight.
Dr. O’Hara writes and lectures on management issues and has authored books addressing public administration and supervisory management. Organizational dysfunction is his abiding research interest. Dr. O’Hara’s principal focus in recent years has been police organization, management and criminal justice policy, as exemplified by Why Law Enforcement Organizations Fail whose second edition was published in 2012 by Carolina Academic Press.
Dr. O’Hara helped develop and was a charter director of the NYPD Leadership Program at John Jay, a tuition exempt academic program that delivers credit-bearing management and community relations courses to NYPD officers. Professor O’Hara has been an exchange scholar at the Bramshill Police Staff College in England, served as Coordinator of the Conference on Criminal Justice Education and has been President of the New York State Political Science Association.
Robert V. O’Brien is the Managing Director of the North Second Street Group, a public affairs organization that specializes in effective approaches to Labor and Employment Law Enforcement and advice, guidance, rapid response, testimony, legislative and regulatory drafting, analysis and witness preparation. The NSS Group provides assistance in both proactive strategies and effective defensive responses on a variety of policy issues.
After graduating from Pierce College in 1974, Mr. O’Brien began a 28 year career in the construction industry as a Sheet Metal Journeyman, Foreman and General Foreman. He also held elected office in Sheet Metal Workers Union Local # 19 and served as Director of Political Education from 1998 until March, 2003.
In March 2003, Bob O’Brien joined the Administration of Governor Ed Rendell, at the Department of Labor and Industry as a Bureau Director, Deputy Secretary and Executive Deputy Secretary.
As Executive Deputy Secretary at the Department of Labor and Industry in both the Rendell and Corbett Administrations, he was responsible for the day to day operations of the Bureaus of Labor Law Compliance, Industrial Safety, Mediation, Labor Management, Pennsafe and Administrative Services; the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, Industrial Board and Unemployment Compensation Tax Review office.
Mr. O’Brien was also responsible for chairing or had oversight of the following boards and councils: the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council, Minimum Wage Advisory Board, Elevator Advisory Board, Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board, Workers Compensation Appeals Board and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.
In September, 2011, Mr. O’Brien became the Managing Director of the North Second Street Group. Under his leadership, the NSS Group provides services to clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and the District of Columbia.
Mr. O’Brien is also a member of the Pennsylvania Governors Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Committee (GOSH).
Angelo R. Perryman
Angelo R. Perryman
Angelo R. Perryman is the second generation President and Chief Executive Officer of Perryman Building and Construction Services, Inc. a construction management and general construction firm based in West Philadelphia.
Perryman’s journey into entrepreneurship is the result of more than thirty years experience as a superintendent, project manager and construction manager from two “Top 15” international construction firms. Angelo has successfully completed commercial and industrial projects in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Alaska.
Mr. Perryman has received numerous awards and citations during the company’s entrepreneurial development. Active in civic and community organizations Mr. Perryman serves as a member on the Board of Directors several organizations and in 2011 was appointed by the City of Philadelphia’s, Mayor Michael Nutter, as Chairman of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Construction Industry Diversity.
Councilwoman María D. Quiñones-Sánchez
Councilwoman María D. Quiñones-Sánchez
In 2007, Maria defied all odds with an overwhelming victory with broad based grassroots support from her district in getting elected to City Council. In 2011 she was re-elected and is now serving her second four year term. In the November 2009 Philadelphia Magazine, Councilwoman Sánchez was named one of Philadelphia’s Most Influential 50 with her freshman colleagues, a prestigious list lead by Governor Ed Rendell, after being named in 2008 as the “Best of Philly” new Councilperson and one of the future women leaders to “watch” by the Philadelphia Daily News.
Councilwoman Sanchez is a rising star within political circles for her hard work and commitment to government reform and socio-economic development of her district.
Maria was the lead sponsor in historic business tax reform legislation. This reform will lead to an almost 50% tax deduction for small businesses and make Philadelphia’s manufacturing industry competitive again in the global economy.
In her new term, Maria is the lead sponsor for “Landbank” legislation which will drastically change how the city deals with vacant and tax delinquent properties. She serves on the Housing Trust Fund, the Mayor’s Facilities Taskforce and the Mayor’s Vacant Land Taskforce.
Maria is the first Puerto Rican/Latino elected to a district City Council seat and the first Latina to serve on the Philadelphia City Council.
In City Council, Councilwoman Sanchez serves as Chair of the Committee of Licenses and Inspections, Vice Chair of the Streets and Services, Public Health and Human services and also serves on Appropriations; Labor and Civil Service; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Commerce and Economic Development; Education; Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless and the Disabled and the Handicapped.
Prior to serving on City Council, María D. Quiñones-Sánchez served as the Regional Director for the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), serving Pennsylvania and Delaware. Maria is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition and served as its first Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. From June 1996 to June 2000 she served as the first female and youngest Executive Director of ASPIRA, the largest Latino educational institution in Pennsylvania. Her accomplishments include the creation of the first bilingual charter school in Pennsylvania (Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community Charter School), and the development of a multi-million dollar school and administrative office building in her neighborhood of Hunting Park.
She is married to Tomas Sanchez, JD and they have two sons, Edgar and Tomasito. She is also the grandmother to Jace Antonio. Having grown up in the Hunting Park section of the city, she now resides in the eastern North Philadelphia neighborhood of Norris Square. She proudly represents both neighborhoods.
Steven S. Lakin
Steven S. Lakin
Executive Managing Director, General Building Contractors Association, Inc.
Gregory C. Stewart
Gregory C. Stewart
Vice President, Gilbane Building Company
Born and raised Indiana, Greg is a 1985 graduate of Purdue University’s Construction Engineering Program. Greg started is construction career in 1983 working summers in Denver Colorado. Upon Graduation, Greg moved to the east coast, working predominately in the great Philadelphia area with several firms. Greg started with Gilbane in 1994, holding various positions in the firm. Greg’s current role is Vice President overseeing Gilbane’s preconstruction services and lump sum portfolio. Greg is on the board for GBCA and is Chairman of the Board for the ACE Mentoring Program.
Dan Sullivan is the Assistant Coordinator for Operating Engineers Local 542’s Joint Apprenticeship Training and Safety Committee. Dan joined the Operating Engineers in 1987 and has been a heavy equipment operator in the city of Philadelphia for 27 years. He has run all types of heavy equipment on a variety of job sites across the city that includes demolition work such as Veterans Stadium and the Civic Center. He currently oversees Local 542 apprentices learning the heavy equipment trade and Safety Training for journeypersons. Dan was born, raised, and currently resides in South Philadelphia.
Peter F. Vaira
Peter F. Vaira
Peter F. Vaira Member of GPEFF (Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores) law firm, Philadelphia; Former United States Attorney, Eastern District of PA; Former Attorney in Charge, Chicago and Philadelphia Dept. of Justice Organized Crime Strike Forces; former Exec. Dir. President’s Commission on Organized Crime; Independent Hearing Officer, Laborers’ International Union of North America; Special Hearing Officer, Commerce Court of Philadelphia; Chartered Arbitrator; Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers; member Mayor Nutter’s Police Dept. Transition Team; Member of the Pennsylvania, Illinois, and District of Columbia bars.
Project Manager, Allied Construction Services
On behalf of the Special Independent Advisory Commission to Review and Evaluate the Department of Licenses and Inspections, we invite you to provide the Commission with your thoughts, concerns, compliments, and experiences with respect to Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.
We are asking you, the public at large – private citizens, business owners, city workers, contractors, developers, etc. – to share with us any information that you would like to provide. We also extend a special invitation to all L&I employees – current and former – to also share your thoughts.
Our charge is wide-ranging. We are studying and analyzing all aspects of “L&I” including the department’s structure, management, operations, policies, procedures, and customer service. We will issue a comprehensive set of findings, conclusions and recommendations to Mayor Nutter by September 15, 2014.
As you may know, the Mayor created the Commission in the wake of the deadly building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets on June 5, 2013. All members of the Commission take this solemn responsibility very seriously. The Commission is dedicated to developing a set of progressive proposals that will improve public safety for the City of Philadelphia and its citizens well into the future.
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