Peter M. Solis
Campbell, Calif. 95008
FEMA Inspector/Loss Verification/Damage Analyst #V154201595
Vanguard Emergency Services
Winchester, Virginia 22603
Supervisor: Varies job to job
Dates: 1/15/2015- 1/2020
Duties: Inspect damages to residential housing due to various disasters, assess repair/replacement work and costs to complete the work, and send my reports back to main office for processing.
I deal with the homeowners on the damages to their home, and assess damage, dollar amounts, and repairs to their home for occupancy. I need to communicate clearly to the owners on the damage to their property and help them understand what I can do for them, answer any question they have on the damages and what the process consists of to do the repairs. I need to know both national codes, and local codes to ensure compliance of the repair/replacement work. My measuring, descriptions of damages, photos of damage need to be precise and clear so the department that receives my reports clearly understands the issues, costs, and work needed for repairs/replacement. My final report includes dollar estimates to complete the job. This job is national, and the disasters can be anything from flood, fire, earthquake, or any other type of natural disaster declared as such by the U.S. government.
NOTE: This job is not full time, but rather on an “as needed” basis varying on disasters as they strike. Work times on the job are from sun up to sun down. Average work hours per week are 40+ when deployed.
Small Business Administration Disaster Verification Center
13221 Woodland Park Rd.
Herndon, Virginia 20170
866-***-**** xt.6785 (Jorge Jorquera, HR) personal records via FAX request only.
Supervisor: Danny Hogsett
Position: Loss Verification/Construction Analyst, GS-11
Duties included meeting with the homeowners, and doing detailed measurements, sketches, and analysis on damages due to disasters. Photo’s were also used, and all work was input on a government computer, and when complete, uploaded to management. Damage ranged from no house existing anymore, to major repair/replacement down to minor repairs. Communication was vital both with the homeowner and SBA both Disaster Verification Center and the SBA loan center if they had any questions from my reports. Not only did I do physical property damages, but also damage to landscaping (exterior), vehicles including monetary damage to vehicle using the internet (NADA) for current values. I also did personal property giving values ranging from appliances, tv’s, entire household contents, as well as personal clothing. Everything effected by the disaster was accounted by me and put in my reports. I also dealt with public entities such as Fire Department, Police, FEMA, and local officials. My final reports were the basis for their SBA loan. I had to have an extremely wide range of knowledge, skills, and judgement on behalf of both the victims and the government. Good communication and accurate reports were paramount for this type of work. My home inspections had to be consise and accurate. I could not recommend any contractors, but I could give them knowledge in what to expect and look for in choosing one.
NOTE: This job was NOT full time, but on an “as needed” basis depending on the disaster and required manpower. When on the job, hours started at 12 hours per day, seven days per week and as the disaster wound down, would be reduced to 10 hours, 6 days per week down to 8 hours 5 days per week until sent back home. Average work hours when deployed are 40+ per week.
1138 Ruth Drive
San Jose, Calif. 95125
Contractor: Tony Barindas
Position: Demo/Framing/Finish Subcontractor
This job entails the use of my Calif. Contractors License General Construction #B588936 that I have had in good standing since 1990. I perform demolition of work that is to be replaced or removed, new structural framing, and finish work to complete the job. The jobs range from residential additions, new construction, remodel work to commercial tenant improvement work. My skills as a journeyman carpenter are of utmost importance. I need to understand the blueprints completely, and if there are discrepencies between the blueprints and actual field work, I need to make the General Contractor (Tony Barindas) know and the architect or engineer understand whatever the problem is so it can get solved in a timely manner. I need to interact with the other trades-electrician, plumber, HVAC, roofer, etc. so as to not impact their work. I also need to know what framing, blocking, head-outs they need so they are in place for their work. Understanding local building codes is vital for progress of the job. Precise layout of work is key to smooth job progress. Blueprint reading of both architectural, structural, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC plans is a must in order to do a quality job. As a subcontractor, I am responsible for all my work, and accuracy is utmost since any mistake means less money to be made. An accurate job take off of materials is also important so I don’t come up short on the job, nor do I want to over buy and waste money. Getting in and out of the job, doing quality work, maintaining good communication and good relationships with both the contractors and owner is key to doing a good job and getting future references.
This job is 8 hours a day, 5 days a week minimum, average work hours per week are 40+.
Swenson and Associates
580 Division Street
Campbell, Calif. 95008
Supervisor: Thomas Pond
Position: Commercial Superintendent
Dates: 1/1992- 8/2010
For 18 years I was a commercial superintendent for Swenson and Associates, a commercial contractor in Silicon Valley specializing in public works jobs, and high tech jobs. Job values ranged from 150,000 to over 5 million plus. About 80% or more were public works, with our specialty being public schools. This included anything from ground up, to renovation, and public school bond work. My job entailed running the job from start to finish. I was the first person on the job even prior to start, to daily opening up the gates until the last person left the job and I closed and locked the gates. I interacted with all trades from site work, concrete work (foundation, piers, caisons, slabs) to framing, to all plumbing, electrical, HVAC, exterior finish (stucco, siding, metal) finishes, and final landscape and hardscape. I had to know all the trades, their work, answer their questions, give them guidance when needed, and point out if work was acceptable or not. I had all authority to stop the job if necessary, for bad workmanship or any safety violations. I held weekly safety meetings with the entire crew, as well as kept records of individual company safety meetings as they occurred. I walked the jobsite daily for any safety violations, and to just keep a clean, safe job environment. I held weekly job meetings to go over job progress, the schedule, any changes (RFI’s, architect or engineer directives) and held weekly job walks. The meetings and job walks were with the owner, principal architect, structural engineer, plumbing engineer, electrical engineer, HVAC engineer, and any specialty contractor who was doing work at that specific time. I handled all inspections, and if they didn’t pass for some reason, I made sure the work was corrected to plan specs, and inspector special notes. I managed the entire job, and kept accurate daily reports. All paperwork was stored in my job trailer both with hard copies, and stored on my job computer. I interacted daily with the architect and engineers and kept a tight handle on the job at all times. My jobs were safe, well run, and on schedule and budget. If someone came to me for an answer and I couldn’t answer, I got on the phone to the person who could so as to keep the job flow going. I kept my project manager up to date on the job status daily, and he would be at the weekly job meetings and job walks. All stamped plans, changes, cut sheets for all trades, meeting minutes, and weekly schedules as well as the overall schedule were always on site and kept in my job trailer for anyone to review. My jobs through the years were primarily school/public works, but also commercial buildings (both new and tenant improvement) as well as very high tech clean rooms for the semi-conductor industry. A small list of my school jobs include schools in the Los Altos, Mountain View, Greater San Jose, Milpitas, Fremont, Palo Alto, Morgan Hill, Scotts Valley, and other districts just to name a few. A small list of high tech jobs include Sun Microsystems, Apple, Applied Materials, IBM, Hewlett Packard, List Labritory’s, and others just to name a few.
Average work hours per week were 40+ for 19 years.
On top of having a General Contractor License for the state of California for 25 years, I have taken courses in scaffolding safety, trenching safety and construction, crane lift safety, OSHA 10 hour and 20 hour safety classes (multiple times), general job site safety protocol, and others. I have taken extensive course work and classes with the government given at the SBA Disaster Verification Center headquarters in Herndon Virginia on both job inspection and using the government computer and programs, and safety as well as FEMA classes on inspection, computer programs, and job protocol and job safety. Job safety on disasters is paramount with the condition some home are in after a disaster strike. Please feel free to call me with any questions or clarifications.
Average work hours are 40+ per week.