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Bill Ferree

Portland, Oregon

Bill Ferree has managed diverse accounts ranging from publicly-traded technology companies, restaurant conglomerates, OCIP programs for master-planned communities, regional banks and property developers throughout the US. He's been a guest speaker for Continuing Legal Education, Lorman Educational Services, the Florida State Bar and several insurance companies on the topic of "green" insurance.

ARGO Insurance Brokers, Inc is a recognized leader in providing proactive risk management and insurance solutions for "green" businesses. To learn more, visit www.argogreen.com.


Deborah Singerman

Sydney, Australia

Deborah Singerman is an accomplished freelance writer, editor and managing editor of Australian and international print and online magazines, books, newsletters and websites, particularly in design, building, construction, sustainability, infrastructure and the built environment. Deborah is Sydney-based having previously worked in London, Hong Kong and South-East Asia. She contributes widely to well-respected industry, research and professional publications. Her profile appears on National Association of Women in Construction's Building a Better Future website: http://www.buildabetterfuture.com.au/index.cfm?MenuID=97

Contact dsingcbeat@ozemail.com.au


Michelle Platter

Vancouver, Washington

With 30 years experience as an architect, contractor and development manager, Michelle Platter has been responsible for nearly $1 billion in development throughout the western United States. She has lectured on a variety of industry topics ranging from "How to select an Architect" to "Facilitating Team Building on Public Bid Projects" working to improve understanding of and communication between all of the members of the project development team. Her experience has most recently led her to found Shaping Environments.com.