Board of Directorsground breaking in Baocia

Sherman D. Balch, Chairman

Bruce Kirkpatrick

Avery Pratt

Roger Brownell

Kurt Waag

Executive Staff

Sherman D. Balch, Founder & CEO

Avery Pratt, Director of Construction Training
& Trade School Development

Bruce Kirkpatrick, Director of Communications

Christie Gloster-Bierman, Director of Operations

Craig Janofski, Haiti Country Director


Sherman Balch

Achievements and AwardsSherman Balch

California general contractor's license, specializing in design/build construction.

Contributor/consultant to the development of the “Tilt-Up Supervisor Training for Certification” seminar for the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

Seminar Presenter, 1998-2008, “Tilt-Up Supervisor Training for Certification” at World of Concrete trade shows and TCA symposiums.

Tilt-Up Achievement Award For the Outstanding Use of Tilt-Up Concrete Construction by Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA): 1998 Westland

Giftware, Union City, CA; 2000 Supercom, Fremont, CA;
2002 Super Micro Computer, San Jose, CA; 2003 Valmark Industries, Livermore, CA;
and 2005 Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Livermore, CA.

Appreciation Award, in recognition of dedication to excellence in construction, New Life Church, 2007.
The Murray Parker Memorial Award, for outstanding contributions that advance the art of tilt-up construction, Tilt-Up Concrete

Association (TCA), 2006.
Reuse/Redevelopment Project of the Year, Cornerstone Fellowship Church, East Bay Times, 2004.
Presidents Award for unselfish devotion and distinguished service as President, Tilt-Up Concrete Association, 2001.


     Vice President, Construction Division Balch Enterprises, Inc., Hayward, CA

     Founder/CEO, CEDC, Brentwood, CA

     Founder/CEO, Extollo International, Pleasanton, CA

2011 Recipient, Peter Coutois Memorial Award
Given for the highest level of commitment to advancement and innovation in the Tilt-Up industry.

Off-road Race Car Designer/Builder/Driver. Sponsors included Nissan and BF Goodrich. Winner Baja 1000 Off-Road Race 1976, 1982, 1987.

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Bruce Kirkpatrick


BA, Political Science, Wittenberg University, 1973


1974-1980  GAP Stores, Inc.
     Store manager, district manager, and operational auditor.

1980-1985  MAS International
     Sales Manager, VP Marketing for high technology equipment manufacturer.

1985-1992  Union Carbide
     National Marketing Manager: high technology chemicals sold globally; based in Silicon Valley.

1992-Present  Kirkpatrick Communications, Inc.
     Founder of advertising & PR agency, located in Silicon Valley.

Client focus: start-up and small private companies, both in high technology and non-profit sectors.

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C. Avery Pratt         


1972-1973  Cal State University  Hayward, CA
1971-1972  Chabot College  Hayward, CA
1969-1970  Biola University  La Mirada, CA


1993-2010  Diablo Valley Masonry, Inc., Sacramento, CA

1999-2001  Megawall, Henderson, NV
     Director of Field Operations

1977-1993  APM, Inc., Livermore, CA
     General Manager

Industry Associations

2004-2010  Masonry Industry Training Association (MITA), CA/ID
     President, 2008-2011
     Board of Directors, 2004-2010

1994-2010  California Conference of Masonry Contractors Association, CA
     Regional Representative to State Board, 2006-2011
     Member, 2004-2011

1979-1983  Associated Builders and Contractors/Golden Gate Chapter, CA
     California Representative to Washington, D.C. – National Board of Directors, 1983-1985
     President/Board Chair – Northern California Chapter, 1982-1983
     Board of Directors – Northern California Chapter, 1979-1984

1980-1989  Merit Shop Training Center, Dublin, CA
     Founding Member
     Board of Directors, 1980-1989
     Masonry Instructor, 1985-1988
        • Provide training for all construction trades for Northern California
        • Seismic code compliance for masonry trade

1981-1985 National Center for Construction, Education and Research (NCCR) FL
     Curriculum Developer
        • Developed the current national industry standards and curriculum for the
           masonry training program, in conjunction with the University of Florida.


Roger Brownell

ExperienceRoger Brownell

1966-1970  US Coast Guard / Search and Rescue

1970-1974  Millwright Apprenticeship - Winner International Millwright Apprenticeship Contest

1974-1975  Millwright Foreman / Superintendent Mechanical Contractor      

1975-1990  Business Manager Millwrights of Northern Calif. / Chairperson for
the Apprentice and Training Committee/ Trustee and Chairperson for Millwright Annuity Trust Fund.

1990-1997  Director of Compliance Northern California Carpenter Trust Fund

1997-2002  Controller / H- R Director for Northern California Carpenters Regional Council

2002-2006  State Director, Crown Financial Ministries


Kurt Waag

EducationKurt Waag

MBA – 1977
Oklahoma City University – Meinders School of Business

BS – Accountancy - 1968
Miami University


ZipRealty, Inc. – 1999 – Present
Realtor – Team Leader
Vice President

THEOS Software – 1989-1999
Vice President – Finance & Administration

Kenetech/U.S. Windpower – 1997-1999
Vice President – Planning & Control

Kenning USA – 1984-1997
Vice President – Finance

Bennetts Photo Service – 1981-1984
Vice President – Finance

Memorex – 1979-1981
Manager – Budget & Measurement

Xerox – 1970-1979
Finance Director
Capital Planning Manager
Supervisor, Manufacturing Cost Control

General Motors – 1968-1970
Cost Analyst – Fisher Body Division

Sherman Balch,

Founder & CEO

On January 12, 2010, Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake. It was at that time that God started dealing with me about going to Haiti and using the gifts He had given me to help rebuild this country that had been torn apart by death and destruction. In March 2010, I traveled to Haiti with a team from Cornerstone Fellowship.


Bruce Kirkpatrick,

Director of Communications

Over the past two years of my Christian walk, I have been studying spiritual gifts and calling with a large group at my church. I have learned the distinction between natural talents and spiritual gifts and more specifically, how to call upon the Holy Spirit to guide me.