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Thomas C. Schleifer

Industry Consultant, Professor


16Jul 18

How to Go Bankrupt

“How did you go Bankrupt?” “Two Ways…gradually…then suddenly.” (The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway) Subject: financial planning Ernest Hemingway, apparently knew more about business failure than some executives, scholars, and…

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09Jul 18


SUCCESS…ion Succession is a Big Deal The magnitude of the succession issue is staggering. Seventy percent of construction enterprises are family-owned. As more than 9 million baby boomers retire in…

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Thomas C. Schleifer, PhD

Tom Schleifer joined the construction industry at age 16 and brings more than 50 years of contracting and consulting experience to his presentation. He has Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in construction management from East Carolina University, and a Ph.D., in construction management, from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Schleifer’s experience includes serving as foreman, field superintendent, project manager, and vice president of a construction company which he owned with his brother. From 1976 to 1986 he was the Founder and President of the largest international consultancy firm serving the contract surety industry. View Full Resume

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Manual of Construction Practices