WALTER BITLER

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GENERAL OVERVIEW

Walt Bitler , President and CEO of Northeast Development Services, LLC,.  NDS offers vital assistance ranging from executing and facilitating land acquisition; and works with the Master Developer in many areas of the project as requested.  Areas of participation could be: the design, structure and hiring of the on-site development team; facilitating and obtaining all necessary governmental permits and entitlements; coordinating and managing project sub-contractors and outside consultants including but not limited to architects, engineers, environmental specialists, and government officials.

As a former land developer, hotel operations manager, resort and restaurant owner, he brings a multiplicity of skills and familiarity to your mediation table. He empowers the parties to find innovative solutions that allows the parties to sustain control of the dispute and cultivate economical solutions for affirmative conclusions.

Areas of ADR in the Construction Arena

Industrial/Commercial/Residential: construction defect, architectural malpractice, defective construction, leaking roofs, defective foundations, delays in construction, product delay, wrongful termination, landscape construction, area preparation and infra structure, on site injury, additional work, failure to complete, design defect, environmental issues, and fire causation and loss.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Walt is a practitioner with the Vermont Mediatorís Association, a active member of the American Bar Association and the ABA Dispute Resolution Section as well as the Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, an active member of the Vermont Bar Association and serves on the Conflict Resolution Committee, an active member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution and presently serves the  Association for Conflict Resolution as the Chairman of ACRís Consumer Section - one of 18 sections which make up the national organization, with over 7000 members. Equally important is Waltís participation the Vermont Association of Private Investigators where he is a licensed Private Investigator.

Additionally, he is an active member of the Vermont Paralegal Association and has mediated several hundred cases for the Vermont Superior Court as mediator in itsí Small Claims division ,mediating commercial, contractual, construction and home-owner disputes, and brings years of significant experience . Furthermore, he serves on the roster of approved mediators/ arbitrators for the VT. State Department of Housing and Community Affairs as well as a Consultant Trainer to the members of the Vermont Mediators Association and will attend the spring training program to be an approved member of the CDRS National Panel of Construction ADR Specialist and a member of the Dispute Review Board and Arbitration Panel.

EDUCATION

He has had extensive training both locally and in the national arena. He completed initial and advance mediation training at Woodbury College, Montpelier, VT while completing the program as a paralegal.  Also, Walt has participated in master courses at the Boston College of Law and Vassar College, and most recently attended Pepperdine University of Law for advance training in Complex Construction Dispute Resolution. Additionally he has attended Southern Vermont College for Hotel Resort Management and Alfred Collegeís for Turf management.  Walt also attends several hundred hours yearly of continuing educational courses in many areas of mediation skills as well as programs relating to the construction industry.