Getting the Band Back Together: Communication Among Your Contractors Team of Advisors to Assist with Current Challenges
Recorded On: 07/29/2020
During this NASBP Virtual Seminar, David Jean with Albin, Randall & Bennett, CPAs, NASBP Past President Bob Shaw of Skilling’s Shaw & Associates Inc, Ralph Pulver of Travelers and Rob Ruesch of Verrill Law will share ideas and thoughts in how to cope with some of the current and future challenges caused by COVID-19. They will address best financial, legal and surety practices during these uncertain times and will discuss the importance of proactively reaching out to our contractor client to provide them with the best tools and resources available to help them succeed.
Principal, Albin, Randall & Bennett
David Jean is a principal at Albin, Randall & Bennett specializing primarily in financial accounting and consulting for construction, manufacturing and real estate development companies. He provides tax, accounting and management advisory services to contractors, manufacturers and developers throughout New England. Mr. Jean also serves as the Managing Partner of New England Funds Control, LLC (NEFC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ARB. NEFC specializes in providing funds control services for sureties, contractors and banks.
Ralph V. Pulver
Vice President, Construction Services/Bond, Travelers
Ralph began his surety career with the Travelers in 1985 in Albany, New York. Subsequently he has served in both home office and field management positions for Travelers, Continental Insurance and Amwest Surety Insurance Company. In 2001, he returned to Travelers where he serves as a Regional Underwriting Officer for Construction Services of Travelers Bond and Specialty Insurance based in Hartford, Connecticut. He has underwriting responsibilities for Northeast Midwest territory as well as the Construction Services Express unit in Exton, Pennsylvania.
Ralph serves on the National Association of Surety Bond Producers’ (NASBP) Professional Development and Education Committee, Virtual Seminar Advisory Board, and the Emerging Contractor Committee. Ralph has been a faculty member for the NASBP’s William Angel Surety School since 1990 and involved with both the development and teaching of the Level II and Level III curriculum. In 2013, the NASBP awarded Ralph with the John J. Curtin Jr Presidents Award for his distinguished service to the surety industry.
Ralph also serves on the contract surety advisory board for the Minority Business Development Institute and assists the Surety and Fidelity Association of America with its initiatives in support of small and emerging contractor initiatives. He has served on the advisory committee for the Insurance Institute of America’s Associate in Surety and Fidelity Bonding designation program and is recognized by the Institute for contributing to the technical review of their AFSB 152 text book material.
Ralph is a cum laude graduate of Siena College. He received his Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bond designation in 1993.
A. Robert Ruesch
Partner, Verrill Dana
Rob focuses on construction, design, and surety law, and counsels his clients through all aspects of the construction process, including contract negotiation, procurement, bid protests, claims management and avoidance, and trials, arbitration, and mediation. Rob represents owners, sureties, contractors and subcontractors.
Rob excels at presenting complex claims and defenses in mediation, arbitration, and court. He has tried, mediated, and arbitrated hundreds of contract, real estate, surety and construction disputes. In addition to his accomplishments in the area of claims and disputes, Rob focuses his construction practice on helping clients avoid claims through effective contract strategies, risk allocation, and negotiation. Rob maintains an active practice in state and federal courts throughout New England and regularly speaks on topics related to construction law. Rob is chair of the ABA Forum on Construction Law's Distance Learning Committee and recently coordinated that organization’s Leadership Roundtable Webinar Series on the COVID-19 crisis. Rob is also a member of the ABA’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee.
ROBERT E. SHAW
President, Skillings Shaw & Associates, Inc.
Bob received an MBA from National University, San Diego and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine. He is a founding partner of Skillings Shaw & Associates, Inc., a surety agency founded in 1994, and became President in 2000. Bob has been involved in the surety bond business since 1979 when he worked for Fidelity & Deposit of Maryland in the Portland, ME, San Diego and Boston branch offices before joining Industrial Indemnity in San Diego as Surety Manager. In 1985 Bob joined the Robert F. Driver Company and in 1987 returned to Maine as Surety Department Manager for a local agency. He is a local member of AGC, ABC, CFMA, and MBTA.Bob is and NASBP Past President and a Past Chair of the NASBP Education & Professional Development Committee, and serves on the Association’s Membership Committee.
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