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Biography

Mr. Franco is a Senior Executive Consultant with Long International and has over 40 years of experience on large international projects ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$1 billion. He is a heavy civil engineering and construction professional recognized for his expertise in project management and corporate strategy.

Mr. Franco performs standard of care analyses, constructability reviews, contract issue resolution, claims management, dispute resolution, corporate strategy development, and business process improvement services.

Mr. Franco has provided claims management on behalf of a government agency contractor, in which he developed and presented multiple ($10M+) claims for compensation and compensable time extensions. His efforts positioned the client for favorable monetary settlements by presenting articulate and compelling arguments that forced the owner to negotiate, rather than continue its practice of summarily rejecting claims.

During his prior employment with a global heavy civil construction company, he leveraged his experience with profitably managing numerous transportation and infrastructure projects to serve as director of corporate strategy and business process improvement. He spearheaded numerous corporate improvement projects, including: implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system; development of governance, risk management and compliance models; and implementation of workable corporate policies and processes to manage projects and control risk.

Notable among the projects he has managed is the largest project ever let at its time ($250M) by the New York State Department of Transportation for reconstruction of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway interchange with the Grand Central Parkway in Woodside, Queens, New York. He also managed the design and start of construction of a section of the $1B Air Train light rail service for JFK Airport in Jamaica, Queens, New York, a design-build project for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with multiple stakeholders including airport operations and airport tenants.

EDUCATION

M.S., Civil Engineering, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, New York, New York, 1977
B.S., Civil Engineering, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, New York, New York, 1976

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

Registered Professional Engineer, New York (No. 058678)
Registered Professional Engineer, New Jersey (No. 28513)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE International)
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Concrete Institute
Deep Foundations Institute

CERTIFICATIONS

Prosci Change Management
Lean Six Sigma White Belt
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (in training)

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