For over a decade, we have been transforming the ideas and visions of our clients into award-winning projects. 


Leadership Team

OMAR A. KARIM

PRESIDENT

Mr. Karim serves as President of the Company which he has led since its founding in 2005.  He has grown the Company from a boutique real estate development firm to a diversified, full-service construction firm, also specializing in facilities and construction management with federal government, local government and commercial clients.    

Since its founding, Mr. Karim has been responsible for the Company winning more than $30MM in contracts and overseeing the construction of more than $200MM in public and private projects.  Prior to founding Banneker, Mr. Karim served as General Counsel for a Washington, DC-based development company.  Before that, he served as a Corporate Associate with a large New York law firm.

Mr. Karim received a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University where he was a member of The Howard Law Journal; and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering - also from Howard - where he became the first undergraduate student to serve two terms on the University’s Board of Trustees.


SHAY-LA ROMNEY, M. ED.

VICE PRESIDENT of Strategic Partnership

Ms. Romney serves as Vice President of Operations of the Company.  In this role, she is responsible for leading and managing all Company operations.  She also serves as a strategic advisor to the President.  Shay-La oversees human resources and recruitment, leads the Company’s capture management efforts, and maximizes the Company’s growth and profitability.  

Since joining Banneker, she has helped it expand into the federal government marketplace, winning more than $30MM in contracts and $200MM in contract vehicles.  

Ms. Romney received a Master of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. degree in Psychology from Howard University. She is fluent in Spanish having lived in several countries around the world.


KAREN LISER, CPA

CONTROLLER

Mrs. Liser is the Company's Controller and is a member of the Senior Management Team.  In this role, she oversees all accounting and finance functions of Banneker, including - but not limited to - administration, support of operations business planning, accounting and budgeting, risk management and financial management of the enterprise. Additionally, she is responsible for preparing accurate financial statements of the Company.  Karen brings with her over 20 years of progressive experience in accounting, management, leadership and operations.  Prior to joining Banneker, Mrs. Liser worked as the Senior Financial Executive in various industries including real estate development, property management, logistics, professional services and software development.

Mrs. Liser graduated from the University of Maryland University College. She has been a Certified Public Accountant for over 10 years and participates in various industry and professional organizations.


Aaron Turpin, CCM

PROJECT EXECUTIVE

Mr. Turpin is Banneker’s Project Executive.  He will leverage his 21 years in project management, estimating, purchasing and field experience to enhance the skills of our organization.  The Project Executive is instrumental in developing strategies and programs that cultivate individual career plans, aligning them with our organizational goals.  Aaron’s knowledge and skills in the area of construction, engineering and architecture supports our mission of providing superb customer service and retaining the best project management talent.

Aaron joins Banneker from Heery International where he spent the last 14 years as a Senior Associate and Project Manager working out of the Regional Office in Washington, DC.  Throughout his career, he managed construction projects with contract values as low as $4M and up to $1B and functioned in various roles during his employment.  Additionally, his past work experience includes other well-respected firms in the construction industry, like Turner Construction Company and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

Mr. Turpin is a Howard University graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, a professional program that is accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board.  He is also a Certified Construction Manager.


TAMATIA G. HAYWARD

HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR

Ms. Hayward is our Human Resources Coordinator where she brings over 15 years’ experience streamlining processes and motivating teams.  Tamatia is responsible for implementing strategies that align with our corporate goals.  She takes the lead in other areas within the company as well, such as maintaining Banneker’s website and social media accounts – Facebook and LinkedIn. 

Starting out as the Office Manager, Tamatia was successful in administering the necessary tasks to make day-to-day operations easier.  As an Accounting Assistant, she was responsible for Accounts Payable and contract administration for all Banneker projects.  She maintained over 200 vendor records and processed a monthly average of $600,000 in invoices.  Tamatia holds an Associate of Business Administration degree with an Accounting discipline.


SOMAYEH NAIMI

STAFF ACCOUNTANT

Ms. Naimi serves as Banneker’s Accountant and Contract Manager. She is fully responsible for day to day accounting and financial transactions, as well as providing assistance to the Controller of the Company. As a Contract Manager, she is responsible for pre-construction contract related procedures - budget tracking, proposal review, and overall contract management operations. She studied the following disciplines - accounting, project management, and engineering technician at University of Maryland University College; Knowledge Academy; and College of Southern Maryland.    Somayeh has over a decade of experience in construction accounting, project management, and estimating for multi-million dollar general contracting firms.   Ms. Naimi drives process improvement in an effort to streamline project delivery and anticipated financial outcomes. Somayeh is also bilingual – speaking Farsi and English.


Lisa Allen

PROJECT MANAGER

Lisa Allen joined Banneker in 2015 as a Project Manager. She is responsible for overseeing all phases of a construction project which include – controlling costs, managing the financial aspects of each project, scheduling, negotiations and contractual provisions from pre-bid to warranty. She also has experience in space planning and construction management, working as an Owner’s Representative. Ms. Allen has more than 12 years of Project Management experience on various types of construction projects including office buildings, data centers, schools, arenas, utility plants, historical renovations and laboratories (Vivarium, BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories). She has managed projects ranging up to $190MM in contract value. Ms. Allen is a member of Professional Women in Construction (PWC) and Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).  Lisa received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Tennessee State University in Electrical Engineering.


BRADSHAW CUFF, LEED AP  

PROJECT MANAGER

Mr. Cuff has served as a Project Manager for Banneker since 2012.  Since joining the Company, he has been instrumental in in the complete construction project life-cycle from - responding to solicitations through closing out projects and everything in between.  He has managed projects for Banneker ranging from $40K to $5MM.  Bradshaw has also served as a Construction Manager on several projects ensuring that project goals were met and stakeholders were satisfied.  He brings years of construction experience, industry standard practices, and mentorship to the firm.  Mr. Cuff has experience in both the private and government sector; and his projects include offices, schools, law firms, data centers, healthcare facilities, libraries, historical renovations, LEED projects, customer service centers, retail, and others. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University.


TARA DORSEY

PROJECT MANAGER/CONSTRUCTION LIASON

Mrs. Dorsey has been with Banneker since 2012 and serves as a Project Manager and Construction Liaison. As a Project Manager, she is responsible for leading federal government projects from bidding to close-out. As a Construction Liaison, she is responsible for monitoring and inspecting new construction and modernization projects while serving as the Owner’s Representative.  Prior to joining Banneker, Mrs. Dorsey worked in the architecture field for over 10 years.  She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tuskegee University.