The founder of the Best Value Approach [BVA] Prof. Dr. Dean Kashiwagi, has worked tirelessly with BV experts to ensure that they provide the best possible education and expertise to owners and vendors utilizing the approach and processes. There is a large difference between these A+ Certified Experts and all other best value practitioners.  These experts also have full access to Dr. Dean to assist in resolving problems when doing projects.  Dr. Dean highly recommends the use of all A+ certified experts. Listed alphabetically below are the A+ certified individuals.


Contact us and we provide you recent performance metrics of the listed A+ certified experts (or any individual), to ensure their documentation satisfies the level of expertise required by you.

First NameInfixFamily NameOrganizationCertification Date
AlfredoRiveraLeadership Society of Arizona2021
CharlesZulanasLoveland Logistics 2021
DavidKrassaMWH Contractors2021
DelbertFeenstraKnutson Construction2021
ErikMarsMars Inkoopadvies2021
FrankSpaaijBest Value People 2021
HansvanZandvoortProvincie Noord-Brabant2021
IsaacKashiwagiKSM Inc.2021
JacobCharriesState of Oklahoma2021
JakeGunnoeLeadership Society of Arizona2021
JeffCooperChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints2021
JolandaLempersBest Value Verkoop2021
JosephKashiwagiKSM Inc.2021
NguyenLeMWH Contractors2021
OlgaWilhelmsenBest Value Experts Scandinavia2021
PascalEvertzBuyers United2021

B+ certified individuals

Full NameCountryCertificationDateCertification Group
Anthony EbenspergerUnited StatesB+8/28/2023PBSRG
Brad BarickmanUnited StatesB+8/28/2023PBSRG
Branden YatesUnited StatesB+8/28/2023PBSRG
Ike McWatersUnited StatesB+8/28/2023PBSRG
Justin JohnsonUnited StatesB+8/28/2023PBSRG
Mat MillerUnited StatesB+8/28/2023PBSRG
Matt WordelmanUnited StatesB+8/28/2023PBSRG
Nick BucknellUnited StatesB+8/28/2023PBSRG
Nicole JenssonUnited StatesB+8/28/2023PBSRG
Shane EricksonUnited StatesB+8/28/2023PBSRG
Peter HulsmannNetherlandsB+3/29/2023Mars Inkoopadvies
Ferdy van MeelNetherlandsB+3/29/2023Mars Inkoopadvies
Jeroen LoznikNetherlandsB+3/29/2023Mars Inkoopadvies
Astrid EkkerNetherlandsB+3/29/2023Mars Inkoopadvies
Raymond BakkerNetherlandsB+3/29/2023Mars Inkoopadvies
Boudewijn JanssenNetherlandsB+3/29/2023Mars Inkoopadvies
Ronald CornelisseNetherlandsB+3/29/2023Mars Inkoopadvies
Marco LoosNetherlandsB+1/23/2023Best Value United
Sjoerd van LoonNetherlandsB+1/23/2023Best Value United
Paul van LoonNetherlandsB+1/23/2023Best Value United
Jos KorstenNetherlandsB+1/23/2023Best Value United
Virginie KonincksNetherlandsB+1/23/2023Best Value United
Jorn van EekerenNetherlandsB+1/23/2023Best Value United
Jan EbbingNetherlandsB+1/23/2023Best Value United
Annemarie BovéeNetherlandsB+1/23/2023Best Value United
Frank GeurtzNetherlandsB+1/23/2023Best Value United
Werner SchneidersNetherlandsB+1/23/2023Best Value United
Jeroen KistNetherlandsB+1/23/2023Best Value United
Albert BraamNetherlandsB+10/17/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Jacolien WentinkNetherlandsB+10/17/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Sjaak KraaijNetherlandsB+10/17/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Allard DolronNetherlandsB+10/17/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Adam ReistadUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Amy KernUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Brady BachmeierUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Brock EricksonUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Chad SeversonUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Daniel BerlingerUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Delbert FeenstraUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Derek HansenUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Jamie AtkinsUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
John HoneckUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Jonathan PettigrewUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Jordan BarnesUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Josie GeigerUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Mary BeckerUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Mee ChangUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Melissa O'NeilUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Michelle Bergman AhoUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Nicholas BucknellUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Tim JohnsonUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Timothy RussellUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Tyler EricksonUnited StatesB+8/30/2022PBSRG
Asha ParksUnited StatesB+7/20/2022PBSRG
Brittany D. SmithUnited StatesB+7/20/2022PBSRG
Cooper CatlegeUnited StatesB+7/20/2022PBSRG
Darlene SaltzmanUnited StatesB+7/20/2022PBSRG
Jennifer Fischer-WalfordUnited StatesB+7/20/2022PBSRG
Marc BrownUnited StatesB+7/20/2022PBSRG
Nancy McFarlandUnited StatesB+7/20/2022PBSRG
Rhonda SpainUnited StatesB+7/20/2022PBSRG
Richard DiazUnited StatesB+7/20/2022PBSRG
Richard WilliamsUnited StatesB+7/20/2022PBSRG
Olav LofthusNorwayB+4/20/2022Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Kristian Tindvik SlettenNorwayB+4/20/2022Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Thomas Akselberg SæveNorwayB+4/20/2022Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Gunnar Einar SøderholmNorwayB+4/20/2022Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Frode DahlNorwayB+4/20/2022Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Teresa DebevecUnited StatesB+3/31/2022PBSRG
Carin Kelmendi-SmedesNetherlandsB+3/9/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Fer BeentjesNetherlandsB+3/9/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Inge BaltusNetherlandsB+3/9/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Jan Peter StamNetherlandsB+3/9/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Patrick de BokNetherlandsB+3/9/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Peter BijzetNetherlandsB+3/9/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Ria van OsNetherlandsB+3/9/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Tjeerd LeistraNetherlandsB+3/9/2022Mars Inkoopadvies
Ann PriedeUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Brian JohnsonUnited States2/1/2022PBSRG
Brian SimonUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Carolyn WilkesUnited StatesChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints2/1/2022PBSRG
Christopher FrameUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Donn RichardsonUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Donna HoskinsUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Emma ZwartjensNetherlandsB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Ernst-Ove EideNorwayB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Haneen FelembanSaudi ArabiaB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Jack ColemanUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Jackson HarareCanadaB+2/1/2022PBSRG
James SlaterUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Jamie DonahueUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Jed JohnsonUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Jeffrey PardikesUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Kai ZhouUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Karrie GoodnightUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Kelly ReganUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Lisa MonrealUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Magnus JosephsonSwedenB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Marcel NiemeijerNetherlandsB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Mark RylesUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Marleen van der ZielNetherlandsB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Michael ClarkUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Mike StoutUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Nathan CallUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Nila HensonUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Pawel ZejerPolandB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Philippi LabadieUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Ross DapperUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Shanel ScottUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Sharon ReedUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Stanford HadleyUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Steve HagarUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Tanner SorensenUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Teresa HouchinsUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Tony HagaUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Trevor MoultonUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Troy VethUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Tyler MelleckerUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Valerie ScottUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Wendy BlankertBelgiumB+2/1/2022PBSRG
William BurtUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
YU JUNG LinUnited StatesB+2/1/2022PBSRG
Dhr M.H.W. van de SandeNetherlandsB+1/24/2022Best Value United
Dhr. B. MarsNetherlandsB+1/24/2022Best Value United
Mevr. L. SomersNetherlandsB+1/24/2022Best Value United
Mevr. M. HeijmansNetherlandsB+1/24/2022Best Value United
Dhr. Ronno BroekhofNetherlandsB+1/21/2022Best Value United
Chenoa AvensUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Cheryl EmersonUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Heather OsborneUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Jennifer HankinsUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Kristen WallaceUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Laura BybeeUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Melissa GroomUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Paula BranamUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Phyllis GadberryUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Rhonda CuzzortUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Rhonda PowellUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Stacy WeltyUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Thelma FreemanUnited StatesB+11/3/2021PBSRG
Espen SørlieNorwayB+10/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Hans Jørgen SundbyNorwayB+10/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Hans Petter SkjellumNorwayB+10/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Morten StrengelsrudNorwayB+10/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Vegard WillassenNorwayB+10/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Andrea LedgerUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Brandon TownUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Carrie AndersonUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Dylan McDonahUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Erik HaysUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Ethan LochnerUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Jeff EvensonUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Jeremy BarrickUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Jordan BarnesUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Josh HagenUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Joshua CarrUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Karl EichingerUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Kerk JohnsonUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Matthew JohnsonUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Samuel KesslerUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Shane ButlerUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Stephanie SmithUnited StatesB+10/15/2021PBSRG
Frida NilsenNorwayB+10/14/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Harald EvenNorwayB+10/14/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Ingvill Stene LangballeNorwayB+10/14/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Jørn ÅselidNorwayB+10/14/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Jostein HatlebrekkeNorwayB+10/14/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Kristian RønningNorwayB+10/14/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Oddbjørn AlnesNorwayB+10/14/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Roger PettersenNorwayB+10/14/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Sigurd Johan JensrudNorwayB+10/14/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Simen BorgåsNorwayB+10/14/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Andreas NielsenNorwayB+9/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Anette Mari ThomassenNorwayB+9/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Arne BerghNorwayB+9/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Frode Vik BredesenNorwayB+9/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Inger-Johanne TollaasNorwayB+9/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Kaja GustafsonNorwayB+9/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Lars Egge JohnsenNorwayB+9/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Mai Lene RaanaasNorwayB+9/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Yvonne Curtis DelphinNorwayB+9/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Ben KosseNetherlandsB+9/9/2021Mars Inkoopadvies
Marcel DijkstraNetherlandsB+9/9/2021Mars Inkoopadvies
Patrick HoeflakenNetherlandsB+9/9/2021Mars Inkoopadvies
Pieter-Jan KasteleinNetherlandsB+9/9/2021Mars Inkoopadvies
Robert DallingaNetherlandsB+9/9/2021Mars Inkoopadvies

B Certified Individuals

Full NameCountryCertificationDateCertification Group
Andy YustUnited StatesB8/28/2023PBSRG
Brett WagarUnited StatesB8/28/2023PBSRG
Grady PyburnUnited StatesB8/28/2023PBSRG
Jackie MilnesUnited StatesB8/28/2023PBSRG
Marcus NigburUnited StatesB8/28/2023PBSRG
Micah Del ToroUnited StatesB8/28/2023PBSRG
Mitch NeslerUnited StatesB8/28/2023PBSRG
Ward GijsbertsNetherlandsB1/23/2023Best Value United
Ad WagenaarsNetherlandsB1/23/2023Best Value United
Paul van den AckerNetherlandsB9/30/2022Best Value United
Nerissa Trimo-OeyNetherlandsB9/30/2022Best Value United
Ben LochnerUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Brandon LawsonUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Fernando LobatoUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Jason TentisUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Javier GonzalezUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Jeff WereUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Lisa StockUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Mike ChristenUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Pam BookhoutUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Petar JurkovicUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Ross KuhnUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Scott McMartinUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Sean GilsonUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Tony KlemaUnited StatesB8/30/2022PBSRG
Carol Williams-DowningUnited StatesB7/20/2022PBSRG
Joshua HuckleberryUnited StatesB7/20/2022PBSRG
Melisha PlattUnited StatesB7/20/2022PBSRG
Peter van der Pijl NetherlandsB6/1/2022Best Value United
Cora van de Poppe NetherlandsB6/1/2022Best Value United
Jochem Seghers NetherlandsB6/1/2022Best Value United
Kirsten Smit NetherlandsB6/1/2022Best Value United
Anne Schotman NetherlandsB6/1/2022Best Value United
Janus van Vliet NetherlandsB6/1/2022Best Value United
Loet Jacobs NetherlandsB6/1/2022Best Value United
Nanne Huisman NetherlandsB6/1/2022Best Value United
Marcel van Herten NetherlandsB6/1/2022Best Value United
Bojan LugonjaUnited StatesB2/1/2022PBSRG
Doug JensenUnited StatesB2/1/2022PBSRG
Jacob WilliamsUnited StatesB2/1/2022PBSRG
Jamie HannonUnited StatesB2/1/2022PBSRG
Jane ScherbingUnited StatesB2/1/2022PBSRG
Jim KehoeUnited StatesB2/1/2022PBSRG
Karen SmithermanUnited StatesB2/1/2022PBSRG
Matt AlleyUnited StatesB2/1/2022PBSRG
Mike ThuesonUnited StatesB2/1/2022PBSRG
Trent HoldenUnited StatesB2/1/2022PBSRG
Brad SmithUnited StatesB11/3/2021PBSRG
Crystal WilliamsUnited StatesB11/3/2021PBSRG
Jeannette BellewUnited StatesB11/3/2021PBSRG
Shelly JordanUnited StatesB11/3/2021PBSRG
Stella PauleyUnited StatesB11/3/2021PBSRG
Stephanie RichardsonUnited StatesB11/3/2021PBSRG
Brad PotterUnited StatesB10/15/2021PBSRG
Brent KathUnited StatesB10/15/2021PBSRG
Casey SwansonUnited StatesB10/15/2021PBSRG
Jeff HolzUnited StatesB10/15/2021PBSRG
Josh ThygesenUnited StatesB10/15/2021PBSRG
Phil SchrackUnited StatesB10/15/2021PBSRG
Queenie TranUnited StatesB10/15/2021PBSRG
Rabiu Haruna AfricaB10/15/2021PBSRG
Adriana EidsvikNorwayB9/22/2021Best Value Experts Scandinavia
Peter van GinkelNetherlandsB9/9/2021Mars Inkoopadvies

Licensing of the BVA and Recognized Partnered Groups

Intellectual Property and Licensed Material

The Best Value Approach inclusive of the Information Measurement Theory, Performance Information Procurement System, Weekly Risk Report and Director’s Report was created by Dr. Dean Kashiwagi and his research group Performance Based studies Research Group (PBSRG). Through an agreement with Skysong Innovations, a unit of the Arizona State University knowledge Enterprise, the BVA has become licensed technology.

Approved and Partnered Certification Groups

As the BVA technology spreads and licensees grow, Dr. Dean has observed that there are many differing approaches and hybrid approaches which are labeled “Best Value”. Based on this need, Dr. Dean and PBSRG have created their own certification program to ensure proper implementation education and use of the Best Value Approach (see certification program: at There are multiple different groups which run certification programs in the Best Value Approach. The only certification groups which are affiliated and partnered with Dr. Dean Kashiwagi and PBSRG include:


1. Mars Inkoopadvies (

2. Best Value United (

3. Knutson Construction (

4. Best Value Experts Scandinavia AS (

5. Colorado State University (


A list of certified individuals (inclusive of A+, A, B+ and B certifications) which are recognized in the certification program created by Dr. Dean Kashiwagi and PBSRG can be found at

Licensed Entities

There are multiple other active groups in Europe who are not affiliated or partnered with Dr. Dean and PBSRG but have since licensed the Best Value Approach technology to educate, train and utilize on projects. The license groups within Europe that are not affiliated or partnered with Dr. Dean include:


1. Heijmans Infrastructuur

2. Scenter

3. Nederlandse Vereniging voor Inkoopmanagement (NEVI)


5. Best Value Europe

6. Best Value Experts Academy

7. Deloitte Legal



*The licenses held by the above entities cannot be sub-licensed for any reason. Sub-licensing should be reported to ASU as grounds for immediate license termination.

Entities which are not licensed in the BVA technology through Skysong Innovations

Out of respect and fairness to those who have purchased the BVA licensed technology, Dr. Dean Kashiwagi and PBSRG would like to be clear on the entities which are not licensed through Skysong Innovations at Arizona State University. These entities include:


1. Best Value Group Netherlands

2. InkoopTarget

3. RIF Norway

4. Van Hes Project Management

Global Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in Sustainability

Best Value Approach Research


Dr. Dean Kashiwagi is an adjunct professor for the DBA Program in Project and Program Management. He has created a research group of five DBA students conducting the latest research in project management using the Best Value Approach. This cutting-edge research is being done in a variety of different industries and companies in changing the way professionals manage projects. Dr. Kashiwagi is looking for visionary students, professionals, and academics who are interested in joining this research group.

Programme outline


Today, no significant business decision can be made without taking social, environmental, and sustainability demands into consideration. The ability to make business decisions compatible with sustainability needs is thus a core capability for a leader. The DBA at SKEMA Business School draws on a strong tradition of impactful and excellence in the competitive world of business research and education to foster this capability.


Graduates of the SKEMA Global DBA programme become competent applied researchers that can enhance business practices to create more sustainable organisations for a better future. They gain the ability to influences decisions-making processes not only through the knowledge developed from their research but also through the capability to disseminate this knowledge, the ability to convince relevance audiences, and their capacity to lead and impact necessary discourses.


The SKEMA Global DBA is aimed at the best talent in an organisation who aspire to become the senior executives of tomorrow and/or those talents aiming on thought leadership to impact public debates giving them doctoral research-based capabilities to address sustainability challenges. The distinguishing feature of our DBA is the strong focus on solving real-world business problems and identifying new opportunities for significant and lasting impact, especially in the evolving context of societal, economic, and environmental challenges.


For those talents who aspiring a career in academia, SKEMA Global DBA opens new avenues to contribute their practical and real-life experience enriched through doctoral-level research to the academic mission of all types of universities, business schools and academic institutions.


Aims and objectives


The aim of the programme is to increase the talent quotient of its graduates by developing all necessary competencies to address global business challenges, making graduates more attractive and valuable to an existing or future employer. We further support our students to become through their meaningful contribution recognised thought leaders in public discourses. By providing dedicated trainings, our DBA opens doors for a complementary secondary career in higher education as adjunct or visiting professor.


The DBA programme is designed to:


  • Provide doctoral-level research skills for senior managers and executives.
  • Develop capabilities to identify timely business opportunities from applied research.
  • Enhance the professional and scientific networks of our students.
  • Develop competencies to share new knowledge effectively and transform existing business practices.

International Best Value Approach Board Members

M. Algahtany

Faculty at Northern Border University.

Yasir Alhammadi

Faculty at Prince Sattam bin Adul Aziz University.

Saud Almutairi

Faculty at Qassim University

Windy Aphayrath

Assistant director for State of UT Purchasing.

Erik Brown

Area Manager at Green Planet 21.

Jacob Charries

Procurement officer at the State of OK OMES.

Allen Cook

IT Procurement Manager at State of Oklahoma.

Jeffrey Evenson

Superintendent at Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

Pascal Evertz

Owner of Buyers United.

Dhaval Gajjar

Assistant Professor at Clemson University.

Jake Gunnoe

Co-founder of Leadership Society of Arizona (LSA).

Steve Hagar

Procurement administrator for Oklahoma HFA.

Wayne Hampton

Regional V.P. of Sales at Insulated Roofing Contractors.

Teresa Harvey

Owner at Divina Management.

Kelly Ibara

Senior procurement manager at Kamehameha Schools.

Donna Hoskins

Procurement specialist at Kamehameha Schools.

Dean Kashiwagi

Director of PBSRG and Creator of BVA.

Isaac Kashiwagi

Project Manager for PBSRG.

Jacob Kashiwagi

Chairman of the Board for Leadership Society of Arizona.

Joe Kashiwagi

Project manager and coordinator for PBSRG.

Tom Leimer

Vice President/ General Manager of Knutson Construction.

Nguyen Le

Project Engineer for MWH Contractors.

David Krassa

Project Manager | QA/QC for United Integrated Services.

Jolanda Lempers

Owner of Best Value Verkoop, vendor training.

Neha Malhotra

Project Manager at CBRE @ Google.

Erik Mars

Owner of Mars Inkoopadvies, a consultant company.

Steven Mayle

President at Custom Seal.

Larry Pauling

Director of Facilities at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Alfredo Rivera

Project manager at Leadership Society of Arizona.

Sylvia Romero

Marketing & Program Manager.

Eduardo Rubio

Maintenance Planning Leader at the HEINEKEN Company.

Mark Ryles

Facility Consultant at OVEC.

Matt Thornley

Area Vice President at Staples.

Pawel Zejer

Director at INAB.

Emeritus Members of the International Board

Bill Badger

Emeritus Professor at Arizona State University.

David Cotts

Past IFMA President (1987), Author of the FM Handbook (1992) and BV Practitioner.

Denise DiGruccio

Retired Corporate Accounts Manager at Neogard.

Ray Jensen

Retired Associate Vice President at Arizona State University.

Gordon Matsuoka

Retired Director of the State of Hawaii Dept. of Accounting.

Steve Miwa

Retired Special Assistant at the State of Hawaii Dept. of Accounting.

Jim Pederson

Retired Procurement Agent at the Church of Jesus Christ.

Mike Perkins

Retired Purchasing Manager at the State of Minnesota

John Riley

Retired Chief Procurement Officer at Arizona State University

Charlie Serikawa

Retired Practitioner from the University of Hawaii.

Thomas Shultz

Retired Director of Facilities at Intermediate District 287, Minnesota.

Mike Valerio

Retired Chief Engineer of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Trainings & Courses

Education is the core of PBSRG’s function and is the key to utilizing the business concepts and models that we provide. If you’re new to what we do. Our training sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of your organization. If you are interested in receiving in-person training for our Best Value Model, please contact us.

We also have an online course for professionals who are not able to come to our events or do an in-person training!

  • The A+ BVA is the highest comprehension level of certification a BV expert can achieve. The A+ certification signifies an individual is capable of educating other professionals in the Best Value process and concepts....

  • The A certification is the 2nd highest comprehension level of certification a BV expert can achieve....

  • The B certifications are the introductory level certifications a professional can achieve. It signifies a person has a basic understanding of the Best Value Approach...

List of 2021 Virtual Presentations



  • International Research in Construction and Building Innovation (CIB)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • National Institute of Government Procurement (NIGP)
  • Institute of Supply Chain Management (ISM)
  • International Facility Management Association (IFMA)]
  • American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE)
  • Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM)
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)


2021 Virtual Presentations:

  • Jan. 15-19: Annual CIB International BVA Training/Certification
  • Jan. 28: IFMA Delaware Chapter
  • Feb. 9: ISM Tennessee Nashville Chapter
  • Feb. 10: PMI Alaska Chapter
  • Feb. 18: IFMA Orange County California Chapter
  • Feb. 25: IFMA Chesapeake Maryland Chapter
  • Mar. 11: PMI Dayton Ohio Chapter
  • Mar. 16: PMI Central Mississippi Chapter
  • Mar. 18: ISM Alabama Chapter
  • Mar. 18: NIGP Utah Chapter
  • Mar. 22: CIB Early Career Researchers
  • Mar. 25: PMI Central Florida Chapter
  • Mar. 27 PMI Monterey Bay Chapter
  • Apr. 7: Brigham Young University Idaho Training
  • May 14: NIGP Saratosa Florida Chapter
  • May 17: Instytut Analiz Budowlanych Training/Certification (Poland)
  • May 19: PMI Oklahoma City Chapter
  • June 3: Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative
  • June 18: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysia)
  • July 2: Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • July 14: BOMA Orlando Chapter
  • July 20: State of Oklahoma – Office of Management and Enterprise Services
  • Aug. 10: ASCM Brandwine Chapter
  • Aug. 11:PMI Illinois Chapter
  • Aug. 13: PMI Tulsa Chapter
  • Aug. 18: EDEN Conference – SKEMA Business School (France)
  • Aug. 26: ASHE Missouri Chapter
  • Aug. 27: ASHE Nebraska Chapter
  • Sep. 7: Mars Inkoopadvies (Belgium)
  • Sep. 9: IFMA Alberta Chapter (Canada)
  • Sep. 21: NIGP Arizona Chapter
  • Sep. 23: ISM Philadelphia Chapter
  • Oct. 11: City of Roseville
  • Oct. 14: NIGP Arizona Chapter – Winter Conference
  • Oct. 22: PMI Tulsa Chapter Conference
  • Oct. 26: IFMA World Work Place Conference
  • Nov. 3: State of Oklahoma – Department of Transportation

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2016 Saint Louis School Academic Innovation Award

Saint Louis School (SLS) awards the 2016 Education Innovation Award to Professor Dean Kashiwagi (Class of 70′), the Performance Based Studies Research Group, KSM, and the Leadership Society of Arizona (LSA) for their donation of the “Leadership and Deductive Logic” course to SLS and continual support of the NCAA approved course. PBSRG has donated over $65,000 of intellectual property license rights, support services, electronic textbooks, course materials, and in-person teaching for the “Leadership and Deductive Logic” Class [2015-2016].

2012 IFMA Fellowship – Dr. Dean Kashiwagi

Established to recognize members dedicated to IFMA and the facility management profession, the IFMA Fellowship Program creates an elite core of respected leaders who act as advisers to and ambassadors of the association. Being named an IFMA Fellow is the highest honor the association can bestow on a member. In 2012, Dr. Dean Kashiwagi became one of only 90 professionals that have received the distinction thus far. Kashiwagi was recognized for his “inspiring, engaging and tireless” FM education and research, which has spanned over two decades.

2012 Dutch Sourcing Awards – Best Overall Procurement Effort & Operational Excellence – Rijkswaterstaat

The Dutch Sourcing Awards are presented annually to the purchasing teams that have demonstrated the most impressive purchasing performance in the Netherlands over the past year. In 2012, Rijkswaterstaat won the award for Best Overall Procurement Effort as well as the Operational Excellence category. Under great political and social pressure, the organization has implemented Best Value Procurement on a billion dollar road network project. This sparked the growth of Best Value Procurement in the Netherlands.

2011 IFMA MSP Chapter Facility Practitioner of the Year

In January 2012, The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter of IFMA presented its 2011 Facility Practitioner of the Year award to Tom Shultz, Director of Facilities for Intermediate District 287, for his use of the Best Value Model. Using Best Value, he was able to transform the way his organization selected and managed the construction of their new facility in New Hope. Rather than using the traditional price‐based procurement processes, his team used best‐value processes to select the highest performing contractors who had an affinity to identify and minimize risk.

2011 George Cronin Silver Award for Procurement Excellence – State of Idaho

The 2011 George Cronin Silver Award was presented to the State of Idaho for its Best Value Model. Idaho teamed with the Performance Based Research Studies Group in an effort to improve the success rate and decrease the risks associated with service contracts. Since implementation, the state has applied these Best Value practices to a variety of programs internally, has promoted their plan to at least two other states and has assisted Arizona State in transforming what started as a construction-focused process to a mainstream public procurement sector solution.

2008 CIB Research Innovation of the Year – University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota (Capital Planning and Project Management Group) was awarded the 2008 Research Innovation of the Year Award by the CIB for their use of Best Value Model in the delivery and management of construction and design services. Visit this link for detailed information about this award.

2008 Fulbright Scholarship Award – Dr. Dean Kashiwagi

The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs in the world. The program operates in 144 countries and awards only 7,000 grants annually. In 2008, Dr. Dean T. Kashiwagi was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at University of Botswana (Africa).

2007 COAA Gold Award – City of Peoria

The Construction Owners Association of America has an annual Project Leadership Award that recognizes excellence in project management & promotes leadership, professionalism & excellence of owners & developers involved in the construction process. In 2007, the City of Peoria received the COAA’s highest award (Gold Award) for the success of the Rio Vista Recreational Center. This project was procured using the Best Value Model.

2005 H. Bruce Russell Global Innovators Award – Harvard University

The CoreNet H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator’s Awards program showcases solutions, best practices & innovations in corporate real estate and workplace management. In 2005, Harvard University received CoreNet’s highest award for innovation for transforming their organization using the Best Value Model.

2001 Pono Technology Award – State of Hawaii

The Pono Technology Award is presented to organizations in Hawaii that have excelled at successfully implementing information technologies for the betterment of the enterprise. In 2001, the State of Hawaii was recognized for its innovation in improving productivity and performance using the Best Value Model.


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