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Title: Contracts Manager Location: Dallas Age: 59 Many Hard Hats Tedde Blunck leads a double life at the construction-management firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, or is it a triple life? Depending on the need at hand, he is an engineer, a surveyor or an attorney. “When I sit at the table across from engineers and hand them my business card, I don’t necessarily want them to know that I’m an attorney. I want them to know that I’m negotiating as an engineer � I just happen to have a legal background,” he says. “He is a very unique resource,” says Robert Berg, director of projects. Berg says Blunck brings valuable management, engineering and legal expertise to the strategy table. Not only is Blunck an engineer, he has a background in public agencies, which make up 95 percent of PBQD’s clients. He went to law school while managing projects for PBQD, because he became uncomfortable with his own interpretations of the law and couldn’t always ask a lawyer. When he finished law school, PBQD moved him over to the legal department. His ability to think creatively as an engineer and stay within the law has helped PBQD out of a few tight spots, such as a situation involving the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). PBQD held the program-management contract with the Fort Worth Transportation Agency for the TRE, which began operating in 1993. In 1996-1997, as quality manager and construction manager, Blunck rewrote the original contracts and saved the TRE several million dollars. By 2000, the TRE project was behind schedule and significantly over budget. The TRE’s general manager commandeered Blunck for nine months, during which he acted as of counsel and construction manager, and helped finish the project on time and much closer to budget. Blunck has taken a lead role in helping the company avoid contract disputes by crafting a popular mock-trial training course that shows what happens when a dispute goes to court. For seven years, his team has scripted a contract dispute and seated senior project-manager candidates as the jury pool. He seats six to eight juries each year, using the same script. The decisions are seldom the same, which is part of the training. “It’s always best for the business managers to resolve their issues,” he teaches. After finishing the course, each participant gets a handout covering the addressed points of law, so they have a ready reference guide for future use. This is one of 18 training courses Blunck’s team offers. When he takes off his hard hat, Blunck craves further training and tries on any number of other hats. He carves out between 50 and 250 hours a year to handle pro bono cases, purposefully tackling new issues such as family law, speeding tickets and Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims. Says Blunck, “It forces me to do the necessary research and educate myself.”

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