• Westin Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • January 10, 2019

Keynote Speaker

Anirban Basu
Chief Construction Economist, Marcum LLP

Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Pennsylvania and Cambodia.  The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others. 

In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission.  He also serves as chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee.  He is also the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association.  He serves or has served similar functions for Visit Baltimore, Maryland Realtors, and Marcum, LLC.  

He lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Global Strategy and has also taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins. His radio show can be heard weekdays on 88.1FM, WYPR, Baltimore.   

In both 2007 and 2016, the Daily Record newspaper selected Mr. Basu as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.

Mr. Basu has been on many boards over time, including First Mariner Bank, the Baltimore City Public School System, Port Discovery, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and Union Memorial Hospital.  He is currently on the boards of St. Mary’s College, the University System of Maryland Foundation, the Center for Emerging Media, the Lyric Opera House and the Archdiocese of Baltimore School System.

Mr. Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990.  He earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.  His Juris Doctor was earned at the University Of Maryland School of Law.  His doctoral work is in health economics and has taken place at UMBC.

Mr. Basu presentation supplies detail discussions regarding, global, national, and regional economic performance using the most current data available. Special attention is devoted to certain aspects of economic life, including the performance of financial, labor, real estate, and construction markets.


Michael Balter
Regional Managing Partner, Marcum LLP

As Regional Managing Partner, Michael Balter oversees Firm services to all Marcum clients in Florida and Tennessee and is also responsible for operations in the region's five Marcum offices. Additionally, he is partner-in-charge of Florida Assurance Services and is a member of Marcum's Executive Committee.

Mr. Balter joined Marcum in 2014 with over 25 years of client service experience in the construction, manufacturing, distribution and service industries.

Mr. Balter holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and a BS in Accounting from the University of Florida, where he serves on the Accounting Advisory Board. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - South Florida. He is also a Board member and past president of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and is the chairman of the FICPA Construction Conference.

Mr. Balter authored the Financial Management section of The Contractors Manual for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and recently completed his term as financial counsel for the South Florida Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. He also is a regular contributor to industry journals including Construction Focus, Construction Ink, and Building Florida.

Jeffrey Daitz
Partner and Chair of Employment and Employment Practices Group, Peckar & Abramson

Jeffrey M. Daitz is a Partner and Chair of Peckar & Abramson's Employment and Employment Practices Group. He dedicates his nationwide practice to the defense of Employment Practices Liability Insurance and Directors & Officers claims on behalf of employers, and he monitors EPLI/D&O claims on behalf of insurance carriers. He also coordinates local and co-counsel in multiparty and multijurisdictional litigation.

Mr. Daitz has extensive experience mediating and litigating employment discrimination, harassment, whistle-blowing, retaliation, wrongful discharge, defamation, misappropriation, and other employment- related cases before federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) forums. He is a frequent keynote speaker throughout the country, on topics such as sexual harassment, internal workplace investigations, restrictive covenants and proprietary business practice litigation, as well as EEO compliance.

Mr. Daitz represents employers in healthcare, construction, financial services, property management, insurance, technology, transportation, building services, hotel and hospitality, retail, manufacturing, power and energy, and pharmaceutical.

In addition to his practice, he also serves in an advisory capacity to several for-profit and not-for-profit businesses.

Mike Gillum
Product Specialist - Construction Edition, Acumatica

Mike has more than 23 years of construction software experience, working in many roles through multiple acquisitions with highly successful companies, including CCS, Viewpoint, Maxwell Systems and Quest Solutions, Inc. Mike's body of work includes roles in product management, development, professional services and business development both domestic and international. The past 15 years have been spent in leadership roles with multiple product and technology awards. Mike’s current role as Acumatica Construction Edition Product Specialist has him engaged in pre-sales, partner enablement and overseeing the construction ISV partners. Mike is passionate in working with contractors to help achieve their goals through the use of technology.

Brandon Schoper
Southeast Regional Director, Broker, Aon

Brandon is responsible for client satisfaction and retention by providing superior value to clients in the areas of project risk assessment, program design, marketing, management and oversight of all project specific related services. Brandon manages large and complex national rolling Controlled Insurance Programs, which include a 10-year, multi-billion dollar national rolling multi-family residential CIP, involving 121 projects in 18 states, as well as a 10-year, national rolling maintenance CIP throughout 13 states and 2 countries.

Brandon started his construction career in 1998 as an operations and marketing associate with a fiber-optics installation company. He has been involved in all areas of project specific placements, including Builders Risk, General Liability, Professional, Pollution, and Controlled Insurance Programs (CIPs). He has performed duties from tracking payrolls, certificates and negotiating contractor insurance credits to conceptual selling, program design, marketing, collateral negotiations, contract reviews, project cost allocations, program adjustments and close-outs. Prior to joining Aon, he was a Vice President with Project Technologies International, a division of Allied North America, beginning in March 2002. Allied was acquired by Aon in December 2009.

Brandon is expert in managing project-specific programs across many industries such as; airport terminals, healthcare and medical facilities, chemical and pulp and paper plants, manufacturing plants, hotels, retail, office, convention centers, commercial real estate, condominiums, mixed-use projects, arenas, stadiums, and street and road projects.

Jacqueline Voronov
Senior Associate, Peckar & Abramson

Jacqueline Voronov is a Senior Associate in Peckar & Abramson's New Jersey office. She focuses her practice on civil litigation and labor and employment disputes, with a focus on high-conflict cases. Her clients include major hotels, retailers, shipping companies, manufacturers, and national fast-food franchisees.

Ms. Voronov's litigation experience includes the representation of employers in cases alleging wrongful termination, sexual harassment, race, national origin, gender, disability and age discrimination, breach of contract, and the preparation of various employment agreements (including non-compete, confidentiality, independent contractor and separation agreements). She has extensive experience before various administrative tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the State Division of Human Rights (SDHR), as well as other state, federal and local agencies. She also handles traditional labor matters including labor arbitrations and NLRB proceedings.

Before joining Peckar & Abramson, Ms. Voronov worked for one of the country's largest law firms, where she defended employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), claims related to the New York State Human Rights Law (NSHRL), the Law Against Discrimination (LAD), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) and Title VII.

Ms. Voronov has been selected for inclusion as a New Jersey Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for six consecutive years, which honors the top 2.5% of young lawyers in New Jersey. She is admitted to practice in New York, the Eastern District of New York, New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Jeremiah M. Welch
Co-Chair - Risk Transfer Group, Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C.

Jeremiah M. Welch is co-chair of the firm's Risk Transfer Group. His practice is focused on risk transfer and insurance recovery, advising on risk transfer program design as well as improvements to existing programs. Jeremiah is frequently called upon to advise on the impact of new developments in legislation and case law affecting risk transfer in both the U.S. and in emerging international markets, and provides counsel to brokers and clients with self-insured and/or self-administered risk on issues of regulatory compliance.

Jeremiah also has an active litigation practice, representing clients in a variety of insurance recovery matters nationwide. His experience includes large scale construction and natural disasters, as well as terrorism related mass tort coverage and catastrophic commercial property loss and business interruption.

Jeremiah frequently presents on a variety of topics, for both clients and brokers as well as at large national conferences, and has authored numerous publications.

Jeremiah is Managing Partner of SDV West and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Prior to joining SDV, he was a partner in a prominent Los Angeles defense firm representing professional and corporate clients through all phases of litigation, including trial and arbitration. A U.S. Army Veteran and Connecticut native, Jeremiah joined SDV in 2007 and returned to California in 2016 to establish the firm's west coast office. He currently resides in Fallbrook, California with his family.