What We Do – JOC

Our JOC Team helps Owners, Contractors, Subcontractors, Architectural&Engineering/Contract Management Companies and Cooperatives  develop, deploy, and execute LEAN best practice Job Order Contracts.

JOC Team

Our JOC Team

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Mark Powell – President Mark Powell served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Enterprise in the mid 1970’s and once discharged started his construction career as a carpenter.  By the mid 1980’s he became a California Licensed Contractor at which time he focused upon Cost Engineering, Project Management, Preconstruction Services, and Unit Price Book (UPB) estimating.

For thee past 20 years Mark has been heavily involved in Job Order Contract (JOC) Estimating and Preconstruction Services with extensive knowledge of the top 3 UPB’s and JOC estimating software in the United States.  Mark worked with the MGM/Mirage Design Group in Las Vegas, NV where he was part of the design team providing progress design estimates to keep design costs in check.  Mark’s expertise spans a variety of computer software applications for estimating, scheduling, project management, accounting and administration.

Mark is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds memberships with:

  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

  • Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE)

  • Center for Job Order Contractor Excellence (CJE) (National Member at Large Board Member (prior) & Southwest Region member

  • The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

  • The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE)

Mark also is a skilled educator.  He teaches JOC Estimating, JOC Coefficient Development, and JOC Project Management for the Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) & Arizona State University (ASU) Job Order Certificate Program along with their various workshops.  He also provides JOC estimating and coefficient development training throughout the United States for various companies and government agencies.

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Peter Cholakis – Senior Vice President Peter Cholakis is a seminal thinker on TCO (total cost of ownership) applicable to construction and facilities industry associations including CJE, FFC, APPA, NASFA, NIBS, and IFMA.  Peter formerly led the marketing, sales, and product development efforts of 4Clicks Solutions, LLC, the leading provider of Job Order Contracting and IDIQ cost estimating and project management software.

Peter has served as Senior Consultant for RS Means Company, LLC, and brought the concept of Capital Planning and Management Solutions – CPMS to market as a founding member of VFA, Inc.’s management team.  Peter has helped hundreds of large real property owners, contractors, and AEs to develop and deploy facility management anc LEAN construction best management practices.

Peter has served as a Board Member for the Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence (CJE) and the National Institute of Science (NIBS) Facilities Management and Operations Comittee.   Additionally Peter has served …

  • National BIM Standard (NBIMS) 3.0 Planning Committee

  • Chairman of the National Institute of Science (NIBS) National BIM Standard (NBIMS) Terminology Committee

Gene Spencer –  Vice President Cost Engineering Gene Spencer is an industry authority on construction cost estimating.  Gene’s background includes a over a decade of experience a an R.S. Means Company, LLC Senior Engineer, and several additional decades as a cost estimator, project manager, and facilities manager for Turner Construction, the United States Navy,  and other large organizations.   Gene is also well known for his nationwide speaking and training.  Gene has lead a series of nationwide mechanical, electrical, site & heavy construction and facilities estimating seminars for the R.S. Means Company, LLC.   His additional duties included creating new data for specific clients, and evaluating costs incurred due to changes in scope of work.

Ben Stack–  Ben brings over two decades of cost engineering and project management experience to 4BT.  With respect to Job Order Contracting, Ben work with U.S. Cost and the associated Job Order Contracting Cost Data.   He has been involved with JOC Unit Price Book development and support since 1996 on an ongoing basis.   Over this time period, Ben has continued to enhance and grow on of the most extensive and highest quality unit price cost databases available.    Ben’s background also included parametric cost modeling for the United States Department of State, Overseas Building Operations, standardizing construction cost estimating and information sharing for the Federal Aviation Administration,  and Building Information Management (BIM) integration for commercial and government organizations.  Ben holds a secret clearance for the Defense Security Agency, and prior clearances for other federal agencies.




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