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Manager Engineering

Orlando, FL
February 24, 2020

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Proven leader and land development executive with fifteen years of diverse experience. Originated and expanded consulting services for highly respected engineering firm in land planning, land development, and land management. Managed dozens of land development projects for large homebuilder, totaling over 2,500 units in various stages of acquisition and development. Experienced in land entitlement, due diligence, permitting, construction management, agency/client negotiations and budgeting/financial management. Strong Business Development skills. Some of my strengths are:

Relationship Builder: Ability to develop relationships with City Council Members and two Mayoral administrations in Jacksonville, Florida. Leveraged relationships with various departments of government, including surrounding county and city governments, Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Environmental Protection and Water Management Districts to aid in the approval process; and third-party professionals to aid in executing existing projects, and to acquire new business.

Forward Thinker: Understands the “Big Picture” and how to strategically use available or obtain needed resources to meet current challenges, and anticipate potential issues and/or benefits. Key driver to use alternative funding strategy in Jacksonville, Florida which yielded $12M+ in grants and matching funds for land acquisition; creating the largest acreage of parks in the Nation. Understands what it takes for a site to move from acquisition through site planning and design to final development.

Leader and Team Builder: Keen ability to develop a team, delegate as needed, continuously assess the situation, and remain flexible in executing projects through completion. Built a 12-person team, at England, Thims and Miller, with synergy. Identified key members to obtain new business, manage projects, develop plans and execute required tasks to get the job done on time and under budget.

Results Driven: Driven manager with a strong sense of urgency. Solid organizer and communicator that knows how to gain corporate acceptance to establish objectives, set priorities and use resources to meet or exceed well thought out deadlines. Ability to exceed revenue targets, $900K+. Managed the acquisition, planning and development of over 2,500 units.


American Survey and Mapping – Orlando, FL 11/16 – 9/17

Project Manager - Land Development

Managed the platting of subdivisions, surveys for entitlements, topographic surveys for design, platting and construction layout services.

Assisted the Principal-in-charge with client project update meetings, including, real estate transactions, conveyances, developments, assessments and project planning.

Managed land surveying for all phases of a project from due diligence through construction to as-builts.

Department of the Navy - CNRSE, NAS Jacksonville, FL 9/08 – 4/15

Regional Encroachment / Development, Liaison Officer, Southeast U.S.

Chaired bi-monthly briefs with Admiral Alexander, Commander Navy Region Southeast, regarding development and encroachment issues. Discussed development resolutions as it related to developers building to close to “Military Training Zones.”

Managed encroachment-partnering meetings with the Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy to develop strategies to purchase large tracts of land through matching stat fund.

Identified “target areas” throughout the southeast where we believed developers could acquire land that would impact out military training mission.

Managed all Encroachment Liaison Officers through out the Southeast region to maintain continuity of the Region’s Mission and to assist in “lobbying” at the federal, state, and municipal levels to make the Navy’s position known, and clear.

Reynolds, Smith & Hill, INC., Jacksonville, FL 12/06 – 4/08

One of the top Multi-Discipline Engineering firms in Florida

Planning and Development Manager

Work closely with Director of Real Estate to assist clients in the acquisition of retail, residential and commercial tracts for infill and new development projects.

Managed and mentored eight LD professionals, and recruited and hired three additional members to the team in a nine-month period.

Responsible for all aspects of project management, including client negotiations, contracting, budgets, invoicing and work load distribution.

Responsible for all business development in the land development group, including proposal/ presentation preparation, marketing budgets and sales goals.

Developed both marketing strategies and quarterly business plans for department with a target on retail, commercial and residential development in the Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Orlando and Tampa markets.

Acquired $1750K+ in new retail, commercial and residential land development business.

TOLL BROTHERS, INC., Jacksonville, FL 3/04 – 11/06

One of the top 10 Home Builders in the Country

Senior Land Development Manager, Florida North

Managed land development team throughout the Northeast Region. Responsible for due diligence, design, planning/permitting, agency negotiations, budgeting, bidding/contracting and construction management for the division.

Supervised the management of three projects under construction, two in permitting and design, and seven in various staged of acquisition and due diligence.

Responsible for developing and managing the hard and soft cost budgets for three projects under development. Totaling over $20M in construction.

Assisted in various stages of acquisition, including market & site research of both “raw land” and entitled properties, conducted necessary due diligence, developed pro formas/ROI & site improvement assessments, and assisted in client negotiations.

Negotiated two PUDs, a DRI, land use changes and various environmental issues through St. Johns County Planning and The State of Florida Devolvement and Review Committee

Successfully completed - Corporate Land Development University, Negotiation Training and NPDES/OSHA Certifications.

ENGLAND-THIMS & MILLER, INC., Jacksonville, FL 8/96 – 1/04

Highly respected and largest land development engineering firm in Northeast Florida

Vice President, Partner (2000 – 2003)

Made Partner at England, Thims and Miller in four years (youngest and only non-engineer).

Built from inception and managed 12-person department responsible for in-house regional planning, due-diligence, site selection, permitting, GIS and database development.

As partner, responsible for all my own business development / NBI (New Business In) and carried my own Profit & Loss responsibilities – Fiscal year 2003 invoiced revenue was $2.8 Million at an 18% profit, accounting for 12% of overall corporate revenue.

Assisted in development of client budgets, schedules and scopes of services and conducted all contract negotiations and invoicing with sub consultants and clients.

Coordinated sub-consultant activities. Included development of project schedules, bidding, and initial due diligence, permitting / design and construction management.

Managed seven large-scale municipal capital improvement projects and park development projects from planning through construction, including the engineering and architectural construction drawing review and approval processes.

Assisted in the acquisition of over 2-dozen properties throughout Jacksonville in support of the Mayor’s land preservation initiative. Conducted site analysis/selection, lobbied for community and City council acceptance, and executed negotiations related to land acquisition activities.

Project Manager/Planner (1996 – 2000)

Planned / executed regulatory permitting for multiple residential land development projects (including DRIs and PUDs) through DEP, The Corps, Water Mgmt Districts, and other agencies.

Developed multiple project design standards, and conceptual / preliminary master plan studies leading to final master plan approval.

Coordinated and developed project schedules, budgets and Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) with multiple government agency involvement.

Coordinated construction with sub consultants, limiting change orders, through final approval.

Provided ongoing monitoring of sub consultants and government approval agencies for planning, platting and regulatory approvals.


Largest retail video store in the Nation

Real Estate/GIS Analyst

Developed in-house Geographic Information System (GIS), assisting in site selection, acquisition and project racking of over 120 retail stores.

Performed site evaluation modeling, sales forecasting, store network optimization, revenue impact and market analysis leading to the opening of over 80 stores.

Determined market potential and existing market penetration of stores throughout the east coast.

Performed all aspects of real estate contracting / negotiating with outside brokers and franchisees.


FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD, Lieutenant, Commissioned Officer, Camp Blanding, FL ‘97 – ‘00

U.S. NAVY, Reserve, Aircrewman/Rescue Swimmer, NAS Jacksonville, FL ‘91 – ‘95

U.S. NAVY, Active Duty, Aircrewman/Rescue Swimmer, NAS Mayport, FL (AA degree in Service) ‘86 – ‘91


B.S., Geography/Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1995

B.A., History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, (Cum Laude – 3.78 GPA) 1994

Graduate Studies - Land Planning and Real Estate, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1995


Infrastructure Committee Chairman for Clay County Economic Development Council, 2003

Real Estate Sales Associate license in Florida and License in Georgia (inactive)

Urban Land Institute, Northeast Florida member

Northeast Florida Builders Association


Jim England - (Character reference and previous CEO of ETM/Partner) 904-***-****

Preston Doub - (Colleague / Fellow Vice President at ETM) 904-***-****

Tom Fallin - (Colleague / Fellow Vice President, Partner at ETM) 904-***-****

Jason Gregory - (Worked on my team for over five years at ETM) 904-***-****

Mark Middlebrook - (Former client with Mayor’s Office in Jacksonville) 904-***-****

Dave Jones - (Former client with Duval County Health Department) 904-***-****

Marty Child - (Colleague / Fellow Vice President at ETM) 904-***-****

Kirk Drost - (Consultant / Project Principal at Kimley-Horn Jax) 904-***-****


Mayor Payton’s Administration (Jacksonville Mayor)

Various City of Jacksonville Council Members

City of Jacksonville Planning and Development

City of Jacksonville Engineering Division

Jacksonville Economic Development Commission

Clay County Planning Department

Clay County Engineering Department

Clay County Economic Development Council

Nassau County Planning Department

St. Johns County Development / Engineering Department

St. Johns County Planning Department

Florida Department of Transportation

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

St. Johns River Water Management District

US Army Corps of Engineers (Jax District all of Florida)

Daytona Beach Engineering and Planning Department

Volusia County Planning Department

Florida Power and Light

Various Contractors throughout The State of Florida

Various Consulting firms represented in The State of Florida

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