Recap on Construction and Infrastructure Opportunities

Posted by: Doug Bruhnke on Friday, November 30, 2018

This Global Chamber® event was for business leaders looking to expand opportunities in infrastructure construction in specific regions and worldwide. Our experts discussed Energy, Technology, Transportation, Communication and Sustainability Segments... and how companies can connect to future business in these areas around the world.

Verinda Fike of US Trade and Development Agency led off by discussing opportunities in Transportation, Energy and Communications segments. USTDA supports US companies, and has been able to generate US$104 of exports for every US$1 invested on programs. Their 60+ reverse trade missions per year provide SMEs the opportunity to connect with projects all over the world more easily.

The overall program was approximately 30 minutes of presentations and 30 minutes of Q&A. If you're a member and would like to connect with any of the speakers, please contact us. Our daily goal is to connect members with new growth opportunities.

Listen to the program HERE on Youtube. Thank you to our speakers and attendees. Enjoy!

Our speakers:

  • Verinda Fike - Regional Director South and Southeast Asia, and Global Transportation Team Leader at USTDA (D.C.)

  • Kevin Seegmiller - Director of Program Management at Delta Environmental Services (Phoenix)

  • Chris Price - President at Indiana Construction Roundtable (Indianapolis)

  • Kirk Galster - Global Advisor at Global Chamber® Djibouti

  • Demba Ndiaye - Global Advisor at Global Chamber® Dakar


Moderator: Doug Bruhnke, CEO/Founder of Global Chamber


Speaker Biographies


Verinda Fike - Regional Director South & Southeast Asia for the USTDAVerinda Fike serves as the Regional Director for South & Southeast Asia for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), where she is responsible for developing the agency’s strategy, infrastructure project preparation activities, and innovative public-private partnerships throughout the region.  She also leads USTDA’s Global Transportation Sector Team. Ms. Fike has travelled and worked in over 50 countries and has managed projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Ms. Fike began her career at USTDA in 2010, and previously served as Country Manager for Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and for East Asia.  Prior to joining USTDA, Ms. Fike consulted U.S. private sector and USAID overseas missions on creating effective public-private partnerships in developing and emerging economies. She also spent three years in China managing patient relations and marketing for several women's health clinics in cooperation with Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ms. Fike holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, as well as a B.A. from the University of Colorado in International Affairs and Mandarin Chinese.

Topic: Highlights on the Transportation Sector


Kevin Seegmiller - Director of Program Management at Delta Environmental Services. Mr. Seegmiller is the Director of Program Management at Delta Environmental Sciences. His expertise lies in sustainability, environmental planning (NEPA), electric utility infrastructure siting and permitting, public involvement, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Over the years, he has designed and developed several innovative, web-based computer tools including web-mapping and public comment tools that improve decision-making on environmental planning and permitting projects and allow extreme efficiency and accountability with the management of NEPA, electric utility permitting, and construction inspection projects. His strengths include finding social, ecological, and technical systems that break through transition barriers towards sustainability. Mr. Seegmiller earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Economics, a M.S. is BioRegional Planning, both from Utah State University, and is currently working to complete a PhD in Energy Policy at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability.  His research focus is on energy transitions and conflicts in renewable energy development.

Topic: New Opportunities in the Energy Sector


Chris Price - President of the Indiana Construction Roundtable. Chris is the President of the Indiana Construction Roundtable and the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation, where his leadership and fun-loving attitude keep the associations thriving. Describing each day as a new adventure, Chris takes pride in helping these organizations fulfill their missions. Before joining the ICR in 2008, Chris worked in the construction and civil engineering fields. Through his work with both groups, Chris is currently involved with programs that aim to add to the diversity of our construction workforce. Outside of work and philanthropy, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Stefanie, and their three sons. When he can get a break, you can find him on the golf course. Any golf course will do because his golf game is terrible.

Topic: Labor Opportunities and Sustainable Construction


Kirk Galster - Global Advisor at Global Chamber Djibouti. Kirk is a life long learner who loves to read and keep up on current events. His expertise in International Affairs and Global Enterprise allow him to analyze complex political, legal, cultural, and strategic issues for any organization ranging from corporations, non profits, and government entities. This along with his background in military intelligence trained in the U.S. Army, has equipped Kirk to handle a variety of issues regarding risk management and strategic decision making. Being able to analyze complex issues utilizing all sources of information or data from geographic, economic, political, or cultural interaction allows him to be competitive in any industry. Kirk interests are in economic development using market based solutions and my research has focused on violent conflict and the relationship with economics.

Topic: Construction and Infrastructure Insights from Global Chamber Advisors in Africa - Part 1


Demba Ndiaye - Global Advisor at Global Chamber Dakar. Demba is Founder and Director, Strategy First LLC (, a Multi-line Insurance & Financial Services Consulting, in the provision of insurance & financial services, strategy and advisory services to individuals, community groups and companies in various sector. Headquartered in Washington DC and Virginia, Main accountabilities include: Consultative Marketing Services, Community Resilience and Adaptation strategies, Economic and financial literacy model design and integration, Donor strategy and funding development and Diaspora involvement through ownership advocacy and ethnic buy-in. Demba is also a Global Advisor for Global Chamber in Senegal.

Topic: Construction and Infrastructure Insights from Global Chamber Advisors in Africa - Part 2


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