Commencement Speaker

Summer 2014 - Saturday, August 9, 2014


Douglas E. BarnhartDouglas E. Barnhart

Doug Barnhart is Chairman of the Board of Barnhart-Reese Inc., Managing Partner of Makena Medical Buildings LLC, and Chief Executive Officer of Makena Consulting, Inc.

Prior to founding the Makena Companies Doug was Chairman of the Board of Barnhart, Inc., which under his leadership grew to a yearly sales volume in excess of $650 million. Prior to founding Barnhart Inc. in 1983, Doug served as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer, responsible for U.S. Government administration of construction contracts and public works administration at major Navy shore installations and as a Vice President for a major Southern California contractor.

Doug was a gubernatorial appointee and past chairman of the California Contractors State License Board; a former Commissioner of The California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Commission; and the Del Mar Fair Board. He is a former Executive Board Member of the Regional San Diego Chamber of Commerce, a Board Member of the San Diego National Bank, Past-President of the San Diego International Sports Council, and past Chairman of the Qualcomm Stadium Board. He also served as Co-Chair of the San Diego Super Bowl Host Committee. He was the 2008 President of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, and is a Construction Neutral for the American Arbitration Association. Doug is also a past chairman of the Construction Apprenticeship Trust for the San Diego AGC, Secretary of the AGC Construction Pension Trust, and past Chairman of the National AGC Heavy Federal Division. He has served as President of the San Diego AGC, and has served on the AGC National Executive Committee for ten terms.

Doug has received numerous honors and awards for his professional achievements. In 2008 Mr. Barnhart received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.  Other awards include the Small Business Award for Excellence, Who's Who in U.S. Executives, Business/ Industry Award for the Greater San Diego Industry-Education Council, Civil Engineering Academy at Texas Tech University, and a Texas Tech Distinguished Engineer, and named 2009 Distinguished Texas Tech Alumnus. Doug has been awarded two SIR awards, which is AGC's highest individual award. Barnhart Inc. has received the National AGC Safety Excellence award, National Safety Council Award, three Build America Awards and numerous Best of the West and Build San Diego awards.

 

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