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Over 31 years of experience, that includes V.P., Sr. Proj. Mgr. and Owner. Strong portfolio of achievements that includes numerous successful architecture/design contributions to construction projects and internal operations growth. Excellent leader and mentor for architectural interns.
- Proven ability to lead teams through the full cycle of complex projects and achieve time, budget, and quality goals.
- Synthesize several disciplines – creativity, logic, discipline, risk – to produce exceptional, highly-praised work
- Employ an honest, straightforward approach to doing business that earns the full respect and trust of clients.
- Mentored and supported numerous interns who are now licensed or in the process of becoming licensed.
Core Knowledge and Skill Areas:
Staff Training, Coaching and Supervision; New Department Build-Out & Expansion; Uncompromising Focus on Quality; Client Acquisition & Retention; Architecture & Engineering Contributions; Critical Problem Identification & Resolution
GOLDEN EMPIRE DESIGN, INC., Bakersfield, CA, US, President / Principal
Oversee all functions and activities within architecture firm, supervising internal employees and external consultants. Provide all services including space planning, site coordination, plan design/construction documents (site/facility/floor/parking, etc.) and construction management. Design all corporate marketing materials, including web site. Manage broad range of architecture and design/build contracts, with an emphasis in the financial services industry (including industry-leading banking and credit union institutions), retail and commercial office projects, and high-end custom residential work. Lead teams through the entire project lifecycle, solve complex architectural/engineering issues, reviewing drawings in accordance to contractual obligations. As such, we meet with clients as often as required to anticipate future organizational requirements to establish long-term facility and infrastructure strategies. We also evaluate existing facilities/projects in order to determine the most appropriate energy efficient and economical systems by which the facility can be operated and maintained. My years of experience here provide a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.
Captured financial institution client that led to over $750,000 in billable dollars and $5.5 million-plus in projects. Facilitated client savings of $100,000 to $250,000 by acting on clients’ behalf to negotiate with government and redevelopment agencies on building issue resolution.
Built the company from the ground up, implementing all company policies, procedures, and best practices. Grew the business through a combination of effective marketing strategies, excellent service, and top-quality work.
Received the Community Citizen Leadership Award in 2001 in recognition of “contributions for volunteer work, charitable organization activities, fund raising, and public speaking”.
PROJECTS: Multiple banks and admin. facilities throughout CA, numerous churches and places of worship, custom residences (3k to 6k sq. ft.), Multi-Family, Tenant Improvement, Medical/Office, Class A Office, Motels, etc.
Interbrand Design Forum, Irvine, CA, US, Project Architect / Entitlements
This position managed the facilitation of project start-up and provided guidance in coordination with Authorities Having Jurisdiction concerning the expansion of financial institutions. Although based in Irvine, CA, I traveled extensively throughout California to ensure our clients were very well represented to present briefings to clients and others at Architectural Design Commission meetings, Planning Commission meetings, City Council meetings, County Supervisor meetings, and all other required policy meetings to facilitate construction of new facilities as requested by our clients. Prepare briefings indicating project scope, recommend methods of accomplishing design and construction to contractors and other personnel.
PROJECTS: Primary architectural representative in CA of major national financial institution. Concurrently had upwards of 42 projects throughout CA in various stages at once from design through opening; primary position involved presenting designs to City Councils and Commissions for Design Approval and authorization to proceed in jurisdiction frequently where project types had previously been disallowed.
M.S.W. and Associates, Inc., Bakersfield, CA, US, Vice President Architecture
Hired to create the Architecture department in a small, local design-build construction company. Facilitated growth in department and company to assist in rapid expansion and to include all project types including hospitality/hotels, civic/governmental, office parks/industrial, retail/shopping centers, restaurants, tenant improvements, etc. Managed all aspects of Architecture department, including HR functions (hiring, performance evaluations, salary), client and contract management, project design, and production activities, including reviewing all work for technical accuracy and compliance with project criteria and budget, solving complex architectural/engineering issues, and reviewing drawings in accordance to contractual obligations, identifying specific problems such as design errors, review contractors' schedule of prices. Oversaw the full project lifecycles from concept and initial client contact through construction and close-out. My years of experience here provided a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.
Hired as the #12 employee in the company; spearheaded creation of the Architecture department where there had been none; groomed the first 8 people into top-performing employees in a 6-month period; capitalized on management capacity to play a key role in corporate growth from 12 to over 200 employees.
Developed all corporate standards for documents produced in department. Created and implemented al departmental standards that streamlined production.
Received awards for design work including “BEAUTIFUL BAKERSFIELD AWARD” and “ARTS COUNCIL of KERN AWARD” for Bakersfield Monument City Sign; Received “Honorable Mention” for Historic Renovation of local restaurant.
PROJECTS: Commercial, Medical/Surgical, Supermarkets, Restaurants (throughout the western U.S.) Hotels, Shopping Centers, Industrial Complexes (5-8 acres+), Tenant Improvements, Monument Signage (Bakersfield City Sign), etc.
Kendrick Design Group, Inc., Bakersfield, CA, US, Project Manager
Managed beginning-to-end cycles of (Client contact, conceptual design, construction documents, field verification, contract administration) educational architectural projects including dozens of individual High Schools, Junior High School, and Elementary Schools. Scopes of work varied from extensive additions of relocatables to expand campus capacity to brand new school campuses of all grades levels with jurisdictional territory all across the state of California. Work processes were from initial conceptual design and layout through client coordination and design team, CADD-based documents creation, and authority having jurisdiction original submittals, redlines, resubmittals, permitting, closeout, etc. As such, I provided consultation in technical matters such as the inclusion of appropriate features in design/construction/alteration of projects; Review contractor shop drawings and equipment submittals of systems to assure compliance with contract requirements and recognize specific problems such as design errors, unforeseen conditions, or change in criteria to ensure contractual obligations.
PROJECTS: Educational scope varied from campus expansion of relocatables on site throughout CA (McFarland, Lamont, Bishop, Lone Pine, Olancha, Hollister, etc.) to Renovations (Shafter, etc.). Also provided new school design on several sites (Bakersfield Christian High School, Ladd Lane Elementary, etc.).
R.L.H. Fire Protection, Inc., Bakersfield, CA, US, Project Manager
Hired initially to complete company-sponsored fire-systems engineering school (50% completion/retention rate). Hired subsequent to graduation as Fire Systems Engineer to provide comprehensive fire sprinkler system design, engineering, hydraulic calculations, pipe cut sheets and load documents. Completed comprehensive design and engineering of sprinkler systems for low-rise structures, strip malls, warehouses, and other buildings. Traveled throughout California to various sites in order to verify conditions and measurements prior to design of systems and provided recommendations to fabricators and installers in various areas such as project development, design, and construction through personal visits (drawings included comprehensive fabrication and take-off sheets for all system components).
PROJECTS: Georgia-Pacific Warehouse in San Francisco, 1MM Sq. Ft., 660 J. Street Sacramento (5-story office), Golden Valley Produce, Bakersfield (2,400 heads), etc.
Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, US, BArch, Religous Studies
Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA, US, Architecture
Community Citizen Leadership Award, 1st Place
Recognized by the City of Bakersfield
Beautiful Bakersfield Award, Honorable Mention
Historic Renovation of Curtis’ Restaurant at the IceHouse.
Arts Council of Kern Award, 1st Place
Bakersfield City Sign
Beautiful Bakersfield Award, 1st Place
Bakersfield City Sign