• KSU CM Annual Fundraiser 2019

    Event Information

    Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6:00pm
    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
    2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway | Atlanta, GA 30339


  • About

    Join the Department of Construction Management for the 18th Annual Industry Advisory Board Fundraiser Gala. The gala includes dinner, a silent auction, raffle and entertainment, with proceeds benefiting KSU Construction Management scholarships through the KSU Foundation.


    • Bob Coffey

      Bob Coffey

      Bob is a leader in construction data, software, and services. Having co-founded Gordian with his friend and mentor Harry Mellon in 1990, He transformed construction procurement across the United States and Canada.

      • Bob is a leader in construction data, software, and services. Having co-founded Gordian with his friend and mentor Harry Mellon in 1990, He transformed construction procurement across the United States and Canada.

        Bob started his career in 1986 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University. After graduation, Bob went to work for CRSS, one of the largest architectural, engineering and construction companies in the United States at the time. While at CRSS he spent his days practicing landscape architecture on projects around the world and his nights teaching himself how to develop software and build databases. It was at CRSS that Bob met Harry Mellon. The idea that would later become Gordian came out of their discussions while working on a project in New York. Gordian was founded just six months after those initial discussions.

        In 2007 Bob worked with the New York Based private equity firm, The Wick’s Group, to accelerate Gordian’s growth. Gordian employed approximately 80 people at the time. The rapid growth with Wicks led to an acquisition of Gordian in 2012 by Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm. Warburg Pincus continued the focus on rapid growth and expansion through investment and acquisition. Bob was able to fulfill a longtime dream in 2014 when Gordian purchased RSMeans, the leader in construction cost estimating data. Gordian now employs over 450 people.

        Bob retired from Gordian in early 2016 and decided to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Planning, Design and the Built Environment at Clemson University while teaching future construction leaders. Gordian is a Fortive company after it was acquired from Warburg Pincus in 2018.


      • Mike Kenefsky

        Mike Kenefsky

        Mike Kenefsky is an innovative leader in the project management and EHS software space. Kenefsky launched PM Vitals and Safety Indicators with Greg Funk in 2013 to create a suite of digital tools that remove managerial uncertainty and help simplify complex capital projects. With that being said, he is a terrible golfer and not much better at bowling.
        • Kenefsky earned a degree in business from USC in Columbia, due in part to his parents failing to specify ‘Southern Cal’ on their bribe application to Rick Singer. For good measure, Kenefsky also holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. Kenefsky spent his early career in construction focused on finance, contracts and project management with Fluor and Baker Concrete Construction. It was during this time that Kenefsky noticed the lack of a centralized e-commerce platform that could offer free two-day shipping to premier customers.

          Figuring that e-commerce was a passing fad, Kenefsky teamed up with Funk to create a comprehensive project management solution that would eventually become PM Vitals and Safety Indicators. Their stated goal was to create industry-specific tools that could adapt to any size company or project. Today their technology is being utilized by a range of companies, both big and small, that include Michelin, AstraZeneca, Turner, Rubbermaid and Hyundai.

          Kenefsky currently resides in Greenville, SC, with his wife and two children.


        2019 Sponsors

        Martin Concrete Construction
         DPR Construction
         Brasington Bailey
         Archer Western
         CW Matthews
         Swofford Construction
        Brassfield & Gorrie
         AGC Georgia
         Inglett & Stubbs
         Parrish Construction Group
         United Forming
        Classic Plains Construction
        Precision Blasting
        american structural concrete
        Brent Scarborough
        ABC Georgia
        Ram Tool construction
        New South Construction
        Mill Creek
        Turner Construction
        Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association
         Oxford Properties
        BM & K



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