b'Craig Backhus, AIAPrincipalCraig Backhus is the co-founder and a Principal ofBlackline Group. Craig has over 30 years ofexperience in the design, construction and real estatedevelopment industry and has successfully deliveredhundreds of commercial, industrial, residential andhospitality projects throughout North and SouthAmerica, Asia and Europe with full responsibility forcost, schedule and client satisfaction. He hasassembled and managed multinational teams todeliver complex projects with constrained budgets andschedules, on time, within budget and at specifiedquality levels.Prior to founding Blackline Group with Michael Miller, Craig served as Vice Presidentwith Project Management Advisors, Inc. (PMA), a national development managementconsulting firm, where he was responsible for leadership of the companys hospitalitypractice. Before joining PMA, Craig spent nine years as Corporate Vice President forDevelopment Management with Marriott Vacation Club International, the worldslargest developer of vacation ownership properties, where he oversaw all projectmanagement, field operations, schedules, budget adherence and quality control in thewestern United States and Pacific Rim. Prior to Marriott, Craig owned and managed afull service project management consulting firm based in Portland Oregon,specializing in the provision of PM services to the Hospitality Industry. Craig startedhis career at Litton Industries, a multi-national Fortune 100 company where he rose tothe position of Supervisor of Project Management and was responsible for developingcompany owned properties worldwide.Craig is a nationally accredited licensed Architect. He has both a Bachelor of Sciencein Architecture and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois atUrbana-Champaign. He augmented his coursework with study abroad at the UnitePedagogigue Darchitecture in Versailles, France. Craig also holds a post graduatecertificate in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.'