Regulation, transformative projects focus of May 21 conference

The regulatory landscape for construction and a detailed look at some of the North Bay's major projects will be the focus of the Business Journal's Construction Conference on May 21.

The keynote speaker for the morning conference is set to be Tennis "JT" Wick, director of the county of Sonoma's Permit & Resource Management Department, or PRMD, which regulates real estate development and construction as well as stewardship of natural resources.

He assumed that role in November, bringing with him decades of private-and public-sector experience in real estate development. He was a partner and planner in the Petaluma office of CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group in the latter half of the 1990s, then became a principal with Sausalito-based Berg Holdings, responsible for government affairs, site acquisition, design and special projects.

Before working in the private sector, Mr. Wick worked for a decade at Marin County Development Agency, serving as development chief, principal planner, senior planner and planner.

[caption id="attachment_91423" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Hugh Futrell, Don Tomasi, Joe Guerra[/caption]

On the conference's major projects panel are scheduled to be:Hugh Futrell, president of Hugh Futrell Corp., redeveloper of the former AT&T building in downtown Santa Rosa into a 100,000-square-foot office building and wine museum and Don Tomasi, partner of TLCD Architecture, designer of that project, called Museum on the Square.Joe Guerra, in charge of Northern California acquisitions and entitlements for SunCal Companies, redeveloper of the 30-acre former State Farm Insurance campus in Rohnert Park into a transit-oriented, mixed-use community and city center called Rohnert Crossing.Keith Rogal, founder and partner in Rogal + Walsh + Mol, a firm that is redeveloping the 154-acre former Napa Pipe plant in south Napa as a mixed-use community and is repurposing the former Copia wine and food center in downtown Napa.

Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and costs $65 a person. The program will run from 8--11 a.m. The event will be held in the events center at Sonoma Mountain Village, 1100 Valley House Rd., Rohnert Park. Preregistration at closes May 16.

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