ENR Top 25 Newsmakers Featuring Sam Hassoun

by | Aug 31, 2020

This newsmaker has become the go to person for many California agencies looking to mitigate, or avoid, major disputes, and has positively influenced a number of projects by persuading C Suite officials to truly commit to partnering.

The son of Palestinian refugees, this newsmaker found his calling while working for the California Department of Transportation. He created the agency’s partnering program and went on to found Global Leadership Alliance, striving to influence and inspire the construction industry to resolve potential and current disputes and keep big projects moving.

Agency officials and contractors alike credit this newsmaker for successfully mediating on major jobs like the 208 million-dollar Devore interchange in San Bernardino, one of Caltrans initial design build efforts. He is a member of AGC Caltrans Liaison Committee and of the statewide partnering committee.

Kyle Larkin, senior vice president with Granite Construction, says of this newsmaker, “I’m not sure I have ever met anyone more passionate about creating this collaborative culture in our industry.”

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