Steve Pate retired in 2011 after a 41 year career in the Surety industry. He has held senior management positions with Insco Dico Group, CNA Surety, HCC Surety and Continental Insurance. He has enjoyed extensive experience in branch operations, surety automation and claims management. Since his retirement, Steve has advised 21Delta on surety elements of Delta's comprehensive construction services. Steve is a good friend of our firm and was pleased to volunteer as a member of our Advisory Board. Steve and his wife Shelley reside in Belmont, MA.


Larry Smith is a Professional Civil Engineer and Certified Construction Manager. Larry retired from the Sacramento District US Army Corps of Engineers serving as Area Engineer, Chief, Construction Branch and Resident Engineer for over 39 years managing and directing a diverse team of engineers and construction managers executing Civil Works and Military Construction Programs.Governor, Construction Management Certification Institute 2008 – 2014 (Subsidiary to the Construction Management Association of America). Larry and his wife Charlotte live in Rescue, California and have one son, Craig living in Pennsylvania.


Patrick J. Dean, President Associated Builders and Contractors, Virginia Chapter. Mr. Dean has over 30 years of management experience with Associated Builders and Contractors including a full range of responsibilities at both the chapter and national level including membership recruitment and retention, budgeting and financial control, education, government relations, fundraising, and leadership development. Mr. Dean, is known as a visionary leader with strong entrepreneurial skills. He has a proven track-record of success in membership growth, education initiatives, and revenue enhancement. Mr. Dean recognized as an expert on the commercial construction market, workforce development, and Virginia politics.

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