Panel Discussion: How to Attract and Retain the “A” Players

You’re invited to MCA’s virtual education session where a panel that includes a general contractor, subcontractor, and an engineering firm will highlight the key points required for attracting and retaining the best employees.

Thank you for supporting MCA during this pandemic. This virtual event will provide you with essential education for you and your company.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 7:30 – 9:00 am | Virtual
Networking | 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Program | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Cost: FREE for members who have renewed their membership by February 1, 2021*; $15 for all others.


David R. Borak, Principal, Orion Search Group – Moderator
David’s experience gives him a broad understanding of the industry from a national perspective. Since 1997, he’s been involved in every aspect of recruitment from research to account management to business development. While his client partners have spanned the country, his current focus is on local to national searches for primarily Minnesota-based client partners.

Dave Lyste, P.E., Rachel Contracting 
Dave has worked with Rachel Contracting since they established in 2006. He started out as a project manager/estimator and has elevated to his current role as Vice President of Estimating and Project Management. Dave, a member of MCA for 10 years, joined initially due to the networking and education aspects when Mike Purfeerst (who was with Steiner Construction at the time) recruited him to get involved with MCA by joining the awards committee. There are a lot of great people associated with MCA, so the networking aspect has been the most valuable part of Dave’s membership. In his free time, Dave loves to attend concerts and sporting events with friends and family.

Gerard Moulzolf, P.G., American Engineering Testing
Gerard is a Geologist and Principal Petrographer, as well as a Vice President for American Engineering Testing, Inc. (AET) where he manages the Petrographic and Chemistry Group. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Duluth with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology and is a professionally licensed geologist in the states of Minnesota and Florida. Gerard is a director of ASTM C-9 Concrete and Aggregates. He is currently secretary of committee 9.20 Normal Weight Aggregates, a former Director on the board of the International Concrete Repair Institute, and a member of ACI Committee 201. He is also a past president of the former Iowa-Minnesota Chapter of ACI and the Minnesota Concrete Council – an organization dedicated to cast-in-place concrete. He currently is active in many other concrete-related industry groups. His experience of over 29 years includes petrographic work in at least 10,000 projects throughout the United States and numerous foreign countries. Materials regularly studied include: cast-in-place and pre-cast concrete; coating and flooring failures, mortar, block, and stone, sand and gravel. He possesses extensive experience in materials related distress such as: alkali silica reaction (ASR), delayed ettringite formation (DEF), corrosion of steel reinforcement, and cyclic freeze-thaw.

Paris Otremba, SHRM-CP, SPHR, Learning and Development Manager, Adolfson &  Peterson Construction
Since 2008, Paris has served in HR and L&D roles for general contracting firms in the Twin Cities market. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota, completed HR Management and Organization Development certificates from the University of MN, and holds SPHR and SHRM-CP designations. Over the years, Paris has served on advisory boards for Purdue University, South Dakota State University, and Good-Will Easter Seals. Locally, she was a co-founder of the Construct Tomorrow program, served as the President for the ACE Mentor Program – Twin Cities, and judges the annual Construct*ium™ competition. Talent acquisition, development, and engagement have been her passion throughout her career. Additional experience includes; internship programming, facilitation, retention, succession, employee relations, labor relations, contractor compliance, and HR strategy. In her free time she enjoys camping, boating, fishing, archery, paper crafting, and geeking-out over development and engagement strategies.