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Senior Project Manager, Business Development

Charleston, SC
110,000 - 125,000
March 28, 2018

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Matthew K. Smith (Matt)

**** ******** ******, **********, ** 29407


Professional Summary

A Senior Manager / Executive with proven abilities in assessing client and organizational needs and developing guidelines, lean methods, cost structures, and schedules to more efficiently achieve desired outcomes and meet specific requirements, with demonstrated ability to lead multiple stakeholders, technical disciplines, subcontractors and suppliers/vendors on concurrent projects exceeding $100 million. Currently holding Secret Security Clearance with the U.S. Department of State.

Professional Proficiencies

Superior Communication and Team Building Skills

Process Improvement and Problem Recognition & Solution

Strategic Vision and Lean Methodologies

High Technical, Logic, and Mathematical Aptitudes

Business and Client Development

Project Leadership

Creation and execution of project specifications, budgets and schedules through communication concerning desired outcomes, time frames, and committable resources; building of team and working relationships through formation of common goals and earning trust. Proven leadership from design development to successful completion of concurrent projects with multiple stakeholders and exceptional quality. Experience as primary contact with client and owner representation and leading project execution under multiple contracting strategies including Design/Build, Lump Sum, T&M, Cost Plus, and Unit Price.

Communication and Teamwork

Promotion of communication network through personal meetings, telephone, written, and electronic mediums according to level of importance and success rate of responses; rapport-building and mentoring through personal interaction and earning trust; defining project updating process according to pre-arranged criteria and benchmarks. Proven ability to lead and work with multiple teams with proficiency in managing, influencing and proactively communicating with key stakeholders and team members.

Technical Skills

Extensive knowledge of pre-construction, RFP’s, supply chain, production, construction and delivery processes; mastery in reading, understanding, and interpreting technical and engineering drawings and specifications; exceptional mathematical, mechanical and logic aptitudes; ability to lead and communicate with multiple technical disciplines at all levels of production, proficiency in MS Office, MS Project, Primavera, and other project management and scheduling software applications.

Professional Experience

Construction Manager / Owner’s Representative, United States Department of State / Zerohaus Consulting & Construction Management, November 2014 – December 2017

Led construction team as Owner’s CM on new LEED Gold Secure Office Building, Renovation of Charleston Passport Center, and other projects in continental U.S.

Successfully led A/E, GC, Owner Agencies, and various stakeholders to program and project completion on time and under budget, amid labor shortages and material delivery difficulties, on a mission critical multi-tenant secure office building with integral data center and SCIFs.

Streamlined and shortened the change order process to maximize value and minimize cost & schedule impact.

Introduced hybrid Lean / Agile project management methods to remove obstacles to progress and promote continuous collaboration

Led development of operations & maintenance procedures and training and provided support to maintenance staff on new and continuing projects

Managing Member / Principal, M. K. Smith Builders, Charleston, SC 2002 – 2016

Built specialized general contracting firm from scratch to achieve listing on Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies

Delivered consistently high levels of quality to maximize value for clients utilizing lean procedures

Created Risk Management and Safety Program for no lost-time accidents in 14 years

Created operations & maintenance protocols and training procedures for property owners in conjunction with in-house services

Developed employee grading criteria to assist in cultivation and promotion of successful project leaders

Successfully led concurrent projects and project teams on commercial, industrial, multi-family, hospitality and luxury single-family projects with Design/Build, Cost-Plus, and GMP, and CM-at-risk contracts

Developed in-house estimating and cost control program to combine estimating, job-costing, and billing into one function

Construction Operations Manager, Meadors Construction Corporation, Charleston, SC, 2000 – 2002

Introduced agile project management system to incorporate project estimates, budgets, cost control, contract items and schedules to improve efficiency & profitability and maximize value for end-user

Transformed billing practices with lean methods in sync with project milestones and schedule progress to maximize in-house accounting resources

Exceeded expectations on concurrent historical renovations and restorations, commercial projects, and luxury residences for demanding, high net-worth clients

Developed maintenance and operation protocols for client properties

Introduced effective communication protocols to improve work assignment and scheduling

Reduced labor & material waste and modernized billing methods with improved material procurement, inventory and handling procedures

Project Manager, R. J. Griffin and Company, Atlanta, GA, 1997-2000

Managed and developed job estimates, budgets and job costing on concurrent projects up to $20 million

Projects types included Office, Multi-Family, Healthcare, Educational, Historical Renovation, and Sports Facilities

Developed schedules, subcontracts, work orders, and purchase orders

Risk Management and Safety

Quality Control Management

Assisted in development of Project Manager grading criteria to assist executive management in cultivation and promotion of successful project managers

Managed multiple concurrent projects and project teams

Prepared operations and maintenance manuals for client training

Honor Graduate of Construction Executive Training Program (pre-PMP)

Assisted in development of in-house change order estimating program

Construction Manager / Engineer, Caddell Construction Company, Montgomery, AL 1996-1997

Re-established schedule compliance after failure and bankruptcy of prime subcontractor on S.C. State House Historical Renovation ($50+ million) and completed work ahead of schedule and under budget

Developed make-up schedule, budget, and workforce requirements to obtain revised schedules

Improved job costing and budget analysis to enable better cost reporting and tracking of change orders

Re-sequenced structural aspects of project including structural steel and retrofit of foundation and addition of seismic isolation capabilities to allow early start of finishes

Revised schedule methodology for “fine finish” aspects of project including plaster, copper/slate roofing, casework and millwork, pressed metal ceilings, stone masonry, and decorative wrought iron to improve quality without adding cost

Developed operation & maintenance guidelines and training manuals for Budget & Control Board staff

Streamlined review of technical drawings & revision of project documents

Managed OSHA compliance and safety for over 500 personnel over 16 months without a single lost-time accident

Field Engineer / Construction Engineer, Sebrell/Griffin & Company, Charlotte, NC, 1995-1996

Construction layout, steel reinforcement QC, and reinforced concrete installation at Williams-Brice Stadium End Zone Project

Improved layout accuracy and efficiency by introducing HP construction software and mobile computing to field operations

Reviewed shop drawings and managed formwork and reinforcing subcontractors

Assisted Superintendent in schedule review and manpower projections

Field Engineer / Civil Designer, Bell Brothers / Obrien & Gere (JV), Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC 1995

Civil, Piping and Instrumentation design on Domestic Water Loop, New Water Tower, and Nuclear Waste Glassification Plant

Field supervision and quality control of my designs

Change Order management and material / equipment control

Managed 4 installation crews

Radiation monitoring and safety

Technical representative to US Government


B.S. in Civil / Structural Engineering from Clemson University, May 1995

Emphasis in Construction Management and Structural Design

Minored in English to enhance written and oral communication skills

Certifications, Licenses, and Training

Secret Security Clearance, U.S. Department of State

Cyber Security and Insider Threat Training, U.S. Department of State

Active Shooter Training, U.S. Departments of State & Homeland Security

Counter Intelligence Training, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Foreign National Escort Training, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Secure Building and Network Construction

ICS 705 Construction Accreditation

Primavera, Suretrak, Fast Track, and MS Project scheduling software

Proliance (Pro Log) and ePM Web-based Project Management Systems Certification

Licensed Engineer-in-Training (EIT) in South Carolina

Licensed Unlimited General Contractor in South Carolina

Licensed (Inactive) Residential Builder in South Carolina

Construction Executive Training Program, R. J. Griffin & Co., 1999-2000, Honor Graduate (Predecessor to PMP certification)

International Building Code Program

Continuing Education

Insurance and Bonding Issues

Mechanics Liens

Construction and Contract Law

Land Development and Zoning

Special Inspections and 3rd Party Inspections

Current Volunteer and Community Activities

Member, Exchange Club of Charleston

Member, Coastal Carolina Fair

Board of Directors, Coastal Carolina Fair

Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America

Volunteer, Cub Scouts

Northbridge Baptist Church

Volunteer, Special Olympics

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