Testimonials

Read what our clients say about GLA’s construction partnering services.

“GLA does a great job of keeping the partners focused on working together to successfully resolve issues that could otherwise derail the project. An invaluable resource for both Owners and Contractors.”
Rob Layne

President and CEO, O.C. Jones & Sons Inc.

“Sam and Dina are both skillful and well-prepared partnering facilitators that helped in solving difficult project challenges. They were both engaging and personable. They were able to bring out the best in the group in working towards a common goal. I would recommend them on other Caltrans projects.”
Daniel M. Juarez

Resident Engineer, Caltrans District 11

“Thank you for your help and support as we at WFLHD continue on our journey of Partnering and continuous improvement as we engage our industry partners.”
Ed Hammertree

Western Federal Lands - Highway Division

“Sam brings a passion to partnering that both sides need to hear. He challenges all parties to think beyond traditional contract relationships, and pushes for best practice teamwork. The monthly surveys are very useful in helping everyone check-in and finding areas of the project that can improve towards the common goal of a successful job.”
Jay McQuillen, Jr.

President, Garney Federal, Inc.

“GLA has given us 5-star service. I can’t imagine going through another construction contract without Partnering.”
Michael Hursh

General Manager, AC Transit

“Thank you, again, for facilitating our closeout partnering session. This was the most productive and beneficial partnering session I’ve attended. My one regret is not requesting your services earlier in the project when we really needed you. There’s a night and day difference between this partnering session and our previous session where voices were raised, emotions lead the conversation, and issues were left without a path towards a solution. I’ll definitely recommend GLA.”
Tiffany Montoya

Assistant Resident Engineer, San Francisco DPW

“Sam Hassoun has been a close friend for many years. His background is unique being Ex-Caltrans and AGC of California. I have worked with him and GLA on a number of Partnering sessions with excellent results. The most important one was with City of Sacramento a decade ago where our relationship was very adversarial. It was amazing to see the breakdown of very negative posturing to get to a positive relationship and a successful project. Sam was also our Executive Manager for the Caltrans/AGC Liaison for decades, a position he recently retired from to greater pursue GLA Partnering. If you have a Partnering opportunity coming up please consider using GLA.”
Jeff Reed

President & CEO, George Reed, Inc. and Basic Resources, Inc.

“GLA is a great choice. I always have a great experience with them. They really helped on the I-5 job a great deal. The monthly plan worked for us. We had several sessions, sometimes twice, three times a week. They were available anytime we needed them. To date, we paid $66 million to the contractor, and ZERO notice of potential claims on the job. GLA played a great role. Sam is the best in the business from my experience.”
Girmay Beyene

Senior Resident Engineer, Caltrans

“I have enjoyed working with Sam Hassoun for well over 15 years on several large public work projects. Sam always brings a positive attitude and is always available and very attentive to the team and the project partnering needs. He has played a crucial role as a partnering facilitator including facilitated dispute resolution meetings. Sam is an advocate of dispute avoidance and makes a point to highlight the importance of this practice on every project.”
Ramzi Nassoura

Director of Heavy Engineering, DeSilva Gates Construction

“GLA did an outstanding job I have worked closely with their team on various important projects notably the design build Devore project in San Bernardino (award winning)and SR -91 CIP( award winning) project in riverside. I have personally hand picked them on various other interchange projects where communication with Caltrans / SBCTA /RCTC and city was lacking progress and trust. GLA was able to pick up the pieces right away focus on the issues that were outstanding bring the team back together again, reestablish trust between team members and brought the entire team back on the project. GLA has done an amazing job with their monthly progress meetings ,action items and followed up on solutions that they and the team developed. GLA exemplifies the value and importance of partnering and dispute resolution.”
Basem Emile Muallem

District Director, Caltrans District 8

“GLA’s Sam Hassoun has facilitated Staff Partnering, Senior Executive Partnering and Complex Technical Summit Sessions for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project (GDB). All participants including the Design-Builder, Port of Long Beach, Caltrans and the WSP PMCM team have been extremely satisfied with the services that have been provided by Sam and GLA. Sam brings the utmost in professionalism, positive attitude and proven problem solving techniques to assist the entire project team tackle unique challenges and accomplish the goal of constructing California’s first Cable-Stayed Bridge in one of the Nation’s busiest commercial port. Sam’s technical qualifications along with his unwavering drive to resolve issues makes him the perfect facilitator who’s goal is success of the Project. Sam expertly facilitates the team to work together, resolve issues and employ the tools that he imparts during his motivating facilitation sessions. This project has engaged several professional “Partnering Facilitators” without success. GLA has capably filled the need on the project and Sam will continue to guide the project team until final completion!”
Steve MacLennan

Vice President and Program Director, WSP/PB

“As the strategic dimensions and initiatives increase for an organization, so do the challenges and need for radical shifts in its vision, philosophy, and leadership and management skills. Sam Hassoun and the GLA team, through their extensive experience in this space, are the invaluable partners that help forge the needed change to meet an Organization’s aspiration for sustainable and exemplary performance.”
Ghassan ALQaser, Ph.D.

Chief, Power and Risk Office CA, Department of Water Resources

“The GLA Team always comes prepared and polished to provide the utmost support to a partnering session.”
Jeanne Kuttel

Chief, DWR’s Division of Engineering

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