Words of Wisdom Award

The Words of Wisdom (WOW) Award recognizes speakers who have stood out as being the very best. Based on attendee evaluations, it is given to speakers who give outstanding, enthusiastic presentations, prepare detailed and useful handouts, and effectively use visual aids. More importantly, they share practical ideas, tips, and techniques that attendees can take back to their jobs and use.

2019 Winner

Ed Littleton

Mr. Littleton joined Balfour Beatty in 2006 as vice president of Risk Management and serves as chief risk officer. He is responsible for the overall design, management, and execution of risk management programs and initiatives for Balfour Beatty. Mr. Littleton began his career in 1985 with Arthur Andersen & Co., where he worked closely with construction industry clients. From there, he joined one of those clients as vice president of Finance. In 1996, Mr. Littleton moved from finance to risk management when he joined Willis, serving in various capacities, including National Subguard Practice leader, chief financial officer of their National Construction Practice, and chief operating officer in the Carolinas. He further expanded his industry experience serving as vice president of Risk Management for a top 10 Engineering News-Record contractor.

Mr. Littleton holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from the University of South Carolina, where he serves on the recently formed Risk and Uncertainty Management Advisory Board. He is involved in numerous industry leadership groups and is past chairman of the Associated General Contractors Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management conference. Mr. Littleton is also active in the grant process and annual campaign cabinet for United Way of Dallas.

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Prior Winners