Karen Colby
Educates colleagues on putting lean concepts into practice
37, Lean Champion
Gilbane Building Co.

As leader of Gilbane's lean and integrated project delivery (IPD) initiatives, Colby formulates strategy to maximize value and minimize waste on projects. A 15-year construction industry veteran with Gilbane and a graduate of the company's management training program, she has held positions of increasing responsibility, including project engineer, superintendent, project manager and senior project manager. Colby's experience includes work on multiple complex pharmaceutical projects for manufacturers Pfizer and Amgen. As Gilbane's lean champion, a major component of her leadership role is employee education. She authored Gilbane's "lean playbook," a manual that features a lean strategy kickoff guide and tips on implementing lean construction projects. Colby also developed a lean portal as part of Gilbane's intranet system that offers lean and IPD resources, and she writes a blog on the topic for employees. She also is a part of a core group for the New England Lean Construction Institute Community of Practice and is an active speaker and mentor on the topic.



Matthew Consigli
Built family business from local company to regional player
39, Vice President
Consigli Construction Co.
Milford, Mass.

The fourth generation of the Consigli family to lead the 108-year-old company, Matthew, along with his brother Anthony, who is the firm's president, have grown Consigli Construction from a small central Massachusetts general contractor with a 2002 volume of $79.9 million to a $633.1-million business today that has offices in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and New York. The company now serves academic, health care, institutional, corporate, landmark restoration and federal clients throughout New England and New York, as well as having worked on projects in Philadelphia and Puerto Rico. Recent accolades include the historic restoration of the New York State Capitol Building, which completed two years early with a $2.4-million savings to taxpayers. As vice president, Consigli directs all project management activities. He also spearheaded the development of the company's operations, safety, environmental and training programs, which have earned awards and recognition at local, regional and national levels.