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Management Team

Robert L. Vale

Robert L. Vail's Career Highlights

Founder, President & CEO    VN Services Inc., 1982 - Present

Contact Robert L. Vail:
(440) 729-0514

Mr. Vail is highly active in all phases of the company's business activities and works closely with staff to ensure quality expertise for all projects and clients.

  • Arbitrator and expert witness, advocate and advisor in negotiations, mediations, arbitrations and when necessary litigations.
  • Owner's representation services
  • Planned maintenance master scheduling
  • Delay and claims analysis (both assertive and defensive)
  • Project management consulting to assist in improving project processes, reducing the risk of disputes.
  • Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling on Primavera products
  • Cost control analysis and consulting
  • Teaches Graduate Classes, Workshops and Seminars covering topics including project controls, scheduling and claims analysis.
  • Senior Lecturer at University of Akron
  • Co-authored & published multiple industry articles and curriculums

Dunbar Mechanical      Toledo, Ohio 1981 - 1982
Project Coordinator

  • Volume - $12 million/year
  • Project Management - all phases, including buying material, writing contracts, field labor management, billings, change order evaluation and scheduling. In charge of all work at the Standard Oil Refinery, Toledo, Ohio and other industrial and commercial projects.
  • Responsible for the construction schedules of four other project managers and monitoring progress and profitability of their projects.
  • Responsible for setting up a computer cost control system for project management and integrating it into existing estimating and accounting systems.

R.V. Buric Construction Management Consultants      Cleveland, Ohio  1977 - 1980
Vice President

  • Responsibilities included CPM scheduling, construction claims, and management of the company.
  • Personally involved in more than $350 million of construction projects, including the following types of projects ranging from $1 million to $85 million: industrial, medical, waste treatment, and office buildings.

The Cleveland Crane & Engineering Company      Cleveland, Ohio  1973 - 1977
Engineer & Sales

  • Experience in overhead crane design, including mechanical, electrical, and systems design.
  • Expansion of the Northern Ohio sales office through market research, sales calls and application design.
  • Estimating, sales trainee seminars and development of specifications for overhead cranes for the Monorail Manufacturers Association.

Anchor Fasteners      Cleveland, Ohio  1970-1973

  • Worked in the maintenance department and in plant engineering
  • Worked on plant layout and drafting for machinery components


Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Degree: B.B.A. Business
  • Minor: Business Management

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Major: Mechanical Engineering

Continuing Education and Seminars Attended:

  • Navigating the Evidence & Discovery Roadmap in Arbitration (AAA 2016)
  • Discovery in Arbitration: Practical Advice for Domestic / International Success (AAA 2014)
  • Managing Risk: How to Stay in Business and out of the Paper (CES 2012)
  • Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration: Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing (AAA 2012)
  • Ohio Construction Reform Academy, Ohio Construction Reform (2012)
  • CDRS Arbitration Training
  • Measuring Inefficiencies on a Construction Project
  • AIA Contracts
  • Realistic Cost Controls in Construction
  • Electric Hoist Engineering: Harnischfeger Institute
  • Construction Contract Claims: Ohio Contractors Association
  • Construction Contract Organization and Financing: University of Denver
  • Advanced Course on Construction Claims: Engineering News Record
  • Computerized Scheduling: Primavera Systems
  • The Growing Use of Alternative Disputes Resolution in Construction
    Disputes: CPR Legal Program
  • Calculation in Proof of Damages for Construction Owners & Contractors:
  • Construction Education Management Corporation
  • Calculating Loss of Efficiency Claims: Federal Publications, Inc
  • Mediation: The ADR Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Basic Arbitration Program: American Arbitration Association
  • Annual ADR Day: American Arbitration Association
  • Annual Construction Seminars: American Arbitration Association
  • Construction Industry Arbitrator Training Workshop I:
    American Arbitration Association
  • Transformational Leadership System of Management
  • Construction Industry Arbitrator Training Workshop II:
    American Arbitration Association
  • SAO College Seminar for the Design and Construction Industry in Ohio
  • Advanced Case Management Techniques: American Arbitration Association
  • National Forum on Conflict Resolution, Chicago: American Arbitration Association

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Health Care Engineering: Current
  • American Arbitration Association, Cleveland, Ohio: Current
  • National Business Officers Association: Current
  • Construction Panel of Arbitrators: Current
  • Project Management Institute, Northeastern Ohio Chapter: Current
  • Trustee for a private school in Buffalo, New York: Current
  • Chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee: Current
  • Construction Advisory Council: 1992 - 2001
  • Install Incorporated, Greenville, South Carolina: Board of Directors: 1983 - 1986
  • American Institute of Constructors, Northeastern Ohio Chapter: 1994 - 2003

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter: MAINTENANCE & CAPITAL EXPENDITURE PLANNING, Education Collaborative of Western New York
  • Presenter: TOP GUN, Bricker & Eckler
  • Senior Lecturer, PRECONSTRUCTION, THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS, University of Akron
  • Co-author, RISK MANAGEMENT & ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION, The Cambridge Institute, 1994
  • Co-author, CONSTRUCTION LAW FOR ATTORNEYS IN OHIO, Lorman Education Service
  • CONSTRUCTION CLAIM ANALYSIS, Lorman Education Service
  • CLAIM BASICS, BX Magazine

Job Listing Highlights





Shams Rotana Hotel Baghdad Summit Hotels, LLC Owner's Representation services for $100 million luxury hotel in Baghdad's International Zone Iraq
West CSO Storage, Tunnel & Pump Station City of Atlanta Claim assertion for CSO Storage, tunnel and Pump Station project. GA
World Trade Center Tower One Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Schedule and change analysis for all vertical structural concrete and structural slabs for new Freedom Tower NY
Ten Year Plan Gow School Master Plan for school's 10 year campus expansion including a new dining hall and two new dormitories. NY
Glass Pavilion Toledo Museum of Art Claim defense for new $22 million glass walled exhibit and educational facility OH
GOHT Unit Marathon Ashland Petroleum $4 million claim assertion for refinery expansion project OH
High School Expansion Garfield Heights City Schools Owner's representation services for High school expansion project OH
Steelers Stadium, PNC Park, North Shore Infrastructure Projects, DL Lawrence Convention Center and Infrastructure Sports and Exhibition Authority Scheduling of major infrastructure improvements and oversight of project schedules for demolition of existing stadiums and building of 1 new baseball and 1 new football stadium, and new convention center in Pittsburgh. PA
High School Renovation Harbor Creek School District Claim defense for high school renovation project. PA
Detroit Metro Midfield Terminal Northwest Airlines Schedule/change analysis for foundations for $250 million airport expansion. MI
Rt.59, 95th Street, Book Road Underground Electrical Duct Bank Arterial Water City of Naperville Claim assertion for underground electrical and arterial water duct system. IL
Sommerset Mall Forbes Cohen Claim defense for newly constructed mall and parking garage MI
Kansas Technology Center Pittsburgh State University Claim assertion for PSU's new technology center in Kansas KS
U of M: Engineering Building University of Michigan Claim assertion for new engineering building MI
New offices and parking garage Ritz Carlton Hotel Claim assertion for new hotel offices and parking garage. MI
University Hospitals-Multiple Projects University Hospitals of Cleveland Individual and master scheduling & cost control for 14 major projects OH
Student Union Renovation University of Kansas Scheduling for two year renovation of student union. KS
New Assembly Plant Mazda Contractor's representation services for new $200 million automotive assembly plant MI
Shawnee City Adult Detention Facility Department of Corrections Schedule for new prison facility. KS
Eight-Floor Expansion Moffit Cancer Center Claim assertion for construction of new $37 million addition to cancer center. FL
Hazardous Cargo Servicing Facility NASA: Kennedy Space Center Schedule for new Kennedy Space Center Hazardous Cargo Servicing Center FL
Waste Water Treatment Plant Parkersburg, W.VA. Claim assertion for waste water treatment plant project. WV
Portsmouth Enrichment Plant U.S. Department of Energy Claim assertion for recycle assembly & centrifuge training & test facility. OH
Miami International Airport Addition Dade County Aviation Department Claim assertion for additions to existing airport terminal. FL
Collins Park Filtration Plant Toledo, Ohio Claim assertion for project to convert high & low service pumps with energy recovery equipment OH
Conveyor System United Parcel Service Claim assertion for new distribution facility and automatic conveyor system. FL

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