Kenneth Cates earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction in 1996. He is currently the Executive Vice-President of Northstar Management Company, a firm he co-founded. Ken is a Certified Healthcare Constructor who has developed educational programs for healthcare owners, architects, and contractors, chaired design and construction planning meetings for national conferences, and has given countless hours to enhance the process of planning, design, and construction of healthcare facilities. In more than years in the industry, Ken has worked on over one thousand projects with a lifetime value of more than three billion dollars. In 2009, he was awarded the Crystal Eagle Award from the ASHE of the American Hospital Association, recognizing him for his excellent leadership qualities, innovation and overall contribution to ASHE.