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Project Executive

White Lake, MI, 48386
September 30, 2008

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Joseph A. Spezia

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White Lake, MI 48386

Summary of Qualifications

Senior architectural and management professional with a background in design, commercial/residential development, sales, business development, estimating, sourcing, budgeting, analysis, communication, and human resource management. Possess effective and creative design, management, leadership, presentation, and negotiation skills with a strong work ethic. Committed to exceeding expectations and achieving objectives.


Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

Master of Architecture ● Concentration: Management, G.P.A.: 3.58, 2003

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

Bachelors of Science in Architecture, 2002


Managing Director of Architecture, AMI Hospitality, LLC, Las Vegas, NV 2007-Present

1. Fontainebleau Hotel Resort – Miami Beach, FL – $1.2 Billion Budget – Renovation & Expansion.

2. Fontainebleau Casino Resort – Las Vegas, NV – $3.1 Billion Budget – 2+ Million Square Feet.

· Secured over 10 million dollars in contracts/purchase orders within 4 months for Millwork Division.

· Established a presence at the Fontainebleau Casino/Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

· Worked with Turnberry Construction through design/build obstacles.

· Managed contracts from inception through punch-out.

· Maintained an average of 47.8% gross margin on all material delivered and installed.

· Identified potential customers to establish and introduce AMI Hospitality as a millwork supplier/manufacturer.

· Conducted meetings with customers to discuss new business opportunities.

· Managed and directed Millwork staff through product take-offs and final proposals.

· Reviewed all bids/estimates with both Asian & domestic suppliers.

· Established relationships with new Asian suppliers.

· Implemented a strict Quality Control standard of all material delivered through Asian Manufacturing.

· Designed and developed shop drawings for submittal reviews.

· Created and submitted purchase orders, letters of delay, change orders, submittals, RFQ’s, and RFI’s.

· Developed and introduced value-engineering ideas to customers.

· Attended pre-bid meetings for new customers.

· Worked with Installers on all labor issues and change order requests.

· Reviewed all LEED & Technical submittals.

· Supported additional AMI project needs outside of the millwork division.

· Reviewed all timecards/expense reports for millwork staff.

Director of Design and Development, In-Line Construction, Warren, MI 2004-2007

1. McDonalds Corporation – Michigan/Ohio – 18 New Store Design/Build – $1+ Million Budget Each.

2. Yum Brands Corporation (Taco Bell) – Michigan/Ohio – 12 New Stores Design/Build - $900K+ Budget Each.

3. Camp Bow Wow – Michigan – 4 New Stores Design/Build - $750K+ Budget Each.

4. Sika Corporation – Michigan – Design/Renovation – 500,000 SF - $30 Million Budget.

5. Rally’s Corporation – Michigan/Ohio – 13 Stores Design & Renovation - $500K Budget Each.

· Responsible for the development and design of 95% commercial and 5% residential projects.

· Obtain and analyze all proposals/bids and recommend best in class/best in price.

· Accountable for all project/business development and construction management.

· Develop and create large commercial clientele through sales and marketing.

· Create and conduct project presentations to both clients and management.

Joseph A. Spezia, page two Experience, continued

· Top manager for major accounts with City and Governmental officials.

· Lead client representation for Zoning Board of Appeals.

· Initiate and conduct Building Code research and analysis.

· Coordinate and administered human resource management, including recruiting, motivation and discipline.

· Formulate management goals and procedures for standardization.

· Implement cost reduction functions.

· Develop architectural office CAD standards.

Job Captain, TMP Associates and Yamasaki Associates, Bloomfield Hills & Rochester, MI 2002 – 2004

1. Anchor Bay High School – Design/Build – 450,000 SF - $110 Million Budget.

2. Salina Middle School – Design/Build – 200,000 SF - $41 Million Budget.

· Responsible for the management and delegation to the design team.

· Developed and reviewed construction documents with the project management team.

· Accountable for material and building code research.

· Conducted site testing and documentation for plan submissions.

· Devised field reviews and observation reports.

· Created final review/punch-lists through field verification and cross coordination.

· Formulated and analyzed project scopes.

· Prepared project field measurement and documentation.

Designer/Project Manager/CAD Manager/Model Maker, DiMella Shaffer & Associates, Boston, MA 1998 – 2002

1. Marriott Assisted Living Complex – Stamford, CN – 300,000 SF - $68 Million Budget.

2. Summit Assisted Living Complex – Rochester, NY – 275,000 SF - $59 Million Budget.

3. GTE Corporate Building – Woburn, MA – 500,000 SF - $75 Million Budget.

4. University @ Albany – Student Housing Facility - Albany, NY – 462,000 SF - $125 Million Budget.

5. Stoneleigh Jail Renovation – Dedham, MA - $35 Million Budget.

6. Tudor Wharf Hotel – Charlestown, MA – 389,000 SF - $82 Million Budget.

7. Nixon Peabody Corporate Offices – Boston, MA – 70,000 SF Renovation.

· Involvement in all aspects of projects from schematic design to project closeout.

· Developed and reviewed construction documents with the project team.

· Accountable for material and building code research.

· Conducted site testing and documentation for plan submissions.

· Devised field reviews and observation reports.

· Created final review/punch-lists through field verification and cross coordination.

· Provided CAD adherence to office standards.

· Constructed & presented working models to clients to secure contracts.

· Initiated weekly meeting with team members regarding changes to CAD standards.

· Reconstructed and administered new 401K program for entire company.

Designer/CAD Drafter, GMT Architects, Boston, MA 1996 – 1998

1. Central Artery – Big Dig Highway Project - $13 Billion Budget

· Involvement in the preparation of construction documents for the Central Artery/Big Dig Highway Project.

· Responsible for submersed tube tunnel from Boston to Logan Airport.

· Focused on architectural finishes for ½ mile tunnel.

· Created red-line sets for design team.

· Trained team members to work in accordance to specifications and CAD standards.

Computer Skills

· Proficient in AutoCAD

· Proficient in MS Word, Excel, & Powerpoint

· Proficient Photoshop & Pagemaker

Joseph A. Spezia, page three Continued

Professional Development & Honors

Master of Architecture with Distinction at Lawrence Technological University

Dean’s list for entire Master’s program at Lawrence Technological University

First Place Honors for a structural design competition called “Roof over Haymarket”

Published project in Shaping Structures textbook with recognition from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nominated for the Alumni Scholarship

Honorable Mention for the Gale Prize

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