Gary D. Bates a partner in the management consulting firm of Roenker Bates Group, is a former construction industry senior executive and educator. He has specialized in the techniques of “effective management through Positive communication” and “systems for continuous improvement.” As a registered professional engineer, Gary has nearly three decades of experience in the management of organizations and related design and construction projects. The last 20 years have involved a wide variety of consultation, facilitation, and training programs for numerous organizations, mostly in the design, construction, and health care industries. He is known nationally for his expertise in partnering, team-building and effective communication, and has facilitated or presented at over 500 workshops, seminars, or meetings throughout the U.S. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. Gary is an active member of the American Arbitration Association and Rotary International. He is active in many other professional and civic organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, for which he is the Editor-Emeritus of the Journal of Management in Engineering, an international publication. He is the co-author of the book Win-Win Negotiating: A Professional’s Playbook. Gary has been listed in many biographical registries, including Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.