Brian D. Palmer
Leveraging a background in architecture and business

36, Preconstruction Director
Duke Realty Corp.
Alexandria, Va.


With a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and a master of business administration from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, Palmer specializes in design-build, build-to-suit facilities. He leverages his background to blend design, construction and business acumen. Palmer joined Duke Realty in 2000 and has been involved in more than 8 million sq ft of development and construction, totaling nearly $1.7 billion worth of work. His projects include the HealthNow New York (BlueCross BlueShield) headquarters in Buffalo, the Simon Property Group headquarters in Indianapolis, the BRAC 133 Dept. of Defense complex in Alexandria, Va., and the Aerospace Corp. campus in Chantilly, Va. In 2009, Palmer was asked to transfer from Duke Realty's headquarters in Indianapolis to Washington, D.C., to become the director of preconstruction. His responsibilities include overall direction and management of preconstruction activities for office, industrial and government projects within the region. In the spring 2013 semester, Palmer became an adjunct professor at George Mason University, teaching courses in management of real estate design and development.



Kimberly Roy
First woman in HITT's history to reach the executive ranks

36, Senior Vice President, Preconstruction and Strategy
HITT Contracting Inc.
Falls Church, Va.


Since joining HITT Contracting after graduating from Virginia Tech in 1999, Roy had followed the fastest career progression in the company's history. She was promoted to project manager in 2002, senior project manager in 2006, vice president in 2009 and senior vice president in 2012. During that time, she has worked on more than $555 million worth of projects in HITT's base building portfolio. Since joining HITT, she has exceeded the annual minimum profit required, often by more than two times the prescribed amount. The first woman to be promoted to an executive level at HITT, Roy actively seeks out female recruits and takes time to mentor women employees to promote their personal and professional goals. She was recognized by her alma mater in 2007 as the Virginia Tech Outstanding Young Alumnus for the building construction department.