Biography

Mr. Franco is a Senior Executive Consultant with Long International and has over 40 years of experience on large projects ranging in size from US$100 million 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 provides standard of care analyses, constructability reviews, contract issue resolution, claims management, corporate strategy development, business process improvement services and expert witness testimony.

Mr. Franco has provided claims management on behalf of a government agency contractor, in which he developed and presented multiple claims exceeding US$10 million 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 by managing numerous transportation and infrastructure projects in his role 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.

Mr. Franco has managed some notable projects during his career, such as the US$250 million reconstruction of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway interchange with the Grand Central Parkway in Woodside, Queens, New York, which at the time was the largest project ever for the New York State Department of Transportation. He also managed the design and start of construction of a section of the US$1 billion Air Train light rail service for JFK Airport in Jamaica, Queens, New York, and 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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