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contracting TRACK 6: General Contracting


Ethan Cowles

Principal and Denver Consulting Manager

As a principal with FMI, Ethan has worked with both general and self-performing contractors helping them to develop a strong understanding of the financial risks and rewards inherent to operational issues. Ethan assists these contractors to maximize productivity and minimize risk by implementing proactive management processes. Prior to joining FMI, Ethan spent many years working his way up the construction ranks and held jobs as a carpenter, foreman, superintendent and project manager. During this time, Ethan personally managed projects ranging from minor remodels to large land development projects. As a prior service United States Marine, Ethan was a heavy equipment operator and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ethan’s trade knowledge and management experience help to identify problems and offer meaningful solutions. Ethan frequently writes and speaks on topics pertaining to construction operations and has earned an industry reputation for helping contractors focus on making the field successful while positively affecting margins. Today, Ethan is the director of FMI’s Project Manager Academy and is the project execution and operations practice leader within FMI. Ethan has earned a Master of Business Administration from The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. He is an alumnus of the University of Washington where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned a certificate in construction management. He also holds the Project Management Professional, Certified Construction Auditor and Graduate Master Builder professional designations.


Making the Business Case for Prefab

How contractors can improve their own capabilities in offsite prefab and multi-trade collaboration, then apply those best practices to help owners understand its bottom-line advantages.

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