Board of Directors
Lupe Carbajal is the founding CEO of constructNET International and is responsible for all aspects of the company's strategic and operational activities.
Lupe's career includes 17 years as chief executive of his own company, providing consulting and training services to the transportation and construction industries in the U.S., Latin America and Eastern Europe. He has also served 13 years in the public sector, including 10 years as an administrator in higher education. His experience includes serving as an advisor to a construction software firm that hosted online construction courses as part of its business. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a Vietnam veteran, serving in the infantry in 1966-67, and is the recipient of the Bronze Star Award for meritorious service against hostile ground forces.
Dr. Loui Olivas has an extensive background in executive development, public education, and teaching at secondary, community college, and university levels. A third-generation native Phoenician, he served as the director of Executive Development and Education for Western Savings and Loan Association, director of Employee Development with the City of Phoenix, and as a consultant, instructor, and developer of various other executive development programs involving Fortune 500 companies.
Dr. Olivas joined Arizona State University (ASU) in 1979 as the assistant director for the Center for Executive Development and served as the director from 1982-86. He is a tenured professor in the Management Department, W. P. Carey School of Business. His teaching and research emphasis is in entrepreneurship and small business management. He has been awarded the "Outstanding Teaching Award" by ASU undergraduate students and the "Teaching Excellence Award" for ASU's Center for Executive Development. He has published in the fields of personnel, management, training, and small business operations.
He serves on numerous national boards and commissions, having recently completed the office of chair of the Hispanic Caucus, American Association for Higher Education and served as the founding dean of the National Hispanic Corporate Council Institute from 1995 to 1999. Dr. Olivas is the secretary-treasurer for Project ChalleNGe Foundation, a director of the U.S./Mexico Solidarity Foundation, a board member of Angelita's Amigos, Inc., and a board member of St. Joseph's Foundation. For the past three years, he has authored the annual DATOS Report (1999, 2000, & 2001), Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Olivas is also a member of the Phoenix Bank Advisory - Wells Fargo Bank, Arizona, and a cabinet member, Valley of the Sun United Way. He is a retired colonel from the Arizona Air National Guard, having served a distinguished military career for 29 years. For the past 12 years, Dr. Olivas has served as the assistant vice president for academic affairs at ASU.
Steven M. Padilla, a 1972 graduate of Arizona State University with a BS in Engineering and Construction, has devoted his entire 30-year professional career to Hunter Contracting Co. and the construction industry. His personal hands-on experience encompasses a wide variety of projects that range from highways, water and wastewater treatment facilities, residential construction and land development.
Steven began his professional career at Hunter Contracting Co. in 1972 as an estimator, and later moved up to Project Superintendent, Project Management, Chief Estimator, Vice President of Operations, and President. Established in 1961, Hunter Contracting Co. is a general contractor based in Arizona with offices in Gilbert and Tucson.
Steven is a long-time member and past President of the Gilbert Rotary Club, a board member of the Arizona Chapter of the AGC, a founding member of the Arizona State University Alliance for Construction Excellence and a member of the executive committee for the Del E. Webb School of Construction Advisory Council at Arizona State University.
Mr. Rojas received a Bachelor of Science Construction degree in 1976 from the School of Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He is presently the Manager of Manager of Electric System Operation & Maintenance at SRP. During his 35-year career at SRP, Tony has spearheaded several major projects including hydro, coal, gas/oil turbine and generating plants, corporate operations facilities, a 43 mile coal haul railroad spur, and a $470 million flue gas desulphurization retrofit. For many years Tony has been actively involved with Construction alumni and advisory boards at two Arizona universities. He is also involved with the Western Council of Construction Consumers (WCCC), Habitat for Humanity Valley of the Sun Board, and State of Arizona Character Counts Education Foundation.