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Design and Construction Project Manager

United States
October 08, 2008

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Iowa City, IA *****



Professional expertise in Engineering and Interior Design, Construction Project Management, Sourcing, Purchasing, Installation, Business Systems Analysis and Software Development Project Management

Thirteen years of experience in Design and Construction Management

Seven years in Renovation and New Construction Design/Build projects

Six years in Municipal Design and Construction

Eight years of experience in Software Design and Project Management

Outstanding professional abilities in:

Design Talent: creating innovative approaches for project solutions

Technical Applications: researching and specifying products and services

Project Management: applying PMI principles and building productive teams

Software Applications: MS Project, MS Office, Drawing and Accounting applications

Continuous Quality Improvement: analyzing and improving business systems


Associates Degree, Interior Design, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2003

Masters of Science, Double Major Information Technology & Industrial Engineering,

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1993

Teaching Assistant for Statistical Analysis and Engineering Measurements for seven quarters

Publications: Data Structures casebook, Managing High Performance Teams Masters Thesis

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Seattle University, Seattle, WA, 1983

Dean appointed Engineering Student Body representative on the Vision 2000 Committee

Engineering Job Fair Reorganizer. Tripled organizations participating, added interactive workshops

Software Competence: MS Office, MS Project, Visio, Softplan, AutoCAD, Quickbooks, SharePoint


Artful Living, Iowa City, IA 2001 – Present

Business Owner and Construction Project Manager

Design/Build Firm for Renovation, New Construction, Retail and Commercial Projects

Managing Client Interactions and Design Process

Single-point of contact with clients for design/build process from project inception to completion

Designer of trend setting custom interiors in traditional, transitional and modern styles

Projects include whole house renovations: kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, sun rooms, home theaters, basements, home offices, salons, product showrooms, retail stores and commercial offices

Innovative space planner and specifier of art, furnishings, interior fixtures, architectural detail and finishes

Construction Management

Sourced, purchased, and managed installation of all treatments within each project scope

Controlled project scopes, contracts, detailed design plans, schedules, and change orders

On site contractor, vendor and trades supervision, problem solving and project accounting

Managing the Business of Design/Build Projects

Developed business strategy, marketing, sales goals, and improvement initiatives

Proficient in Construction Accounting

Experience in Trades Insurance, Tax Requirements, Vendor Contracts

Portfolio available


Unext, Deerfield, IL 1999 – 2001

Software Project Manager for Hi Tech start up developing an online University

Led cross functional team consisting of seven departments through SDLC using Rational modeling

Integrated deliverables and tasks from all departments to create master schedule and critical path

Established quality standards for deliverables and quality testing procedures

Tracked daily project progress, resolved problems and communicated outcome to management

Completed series of Rational Software Development method seminars

Obtained Project Manager Professional certification from Project Management Institute

Live Wire, Cedar Rapids, IA 1999

Software Project Manager for Hi Tech start up developing video streaming training products

Led 7-member cross functional team to clarify product requirements and contract obligations

Met deliverable schedule and quality standards of client contracts and investment bankers

Returned to Iowa for family reasons

University of Texas, Austin, TX 1997 – 1998

PhD student in Project Management

Course work in statistics, project management, contract law, financial statement analysis

Developed software for benchmarking project management programs

Advanced Micro Devices, Austin, TX 1995 – 1997

Staff consultant to the semiconductor design groups for project management and technical training

Project Management responsibilities for Imbedded Microprocessor Division

Technical training representative on software design process improvement team

Completed entire series of internal and vendor-supplied management training

Completed two engineering courses in microprocessor design; completed five MBA courses

Certified trainer for Eagle Flight’s experiential learning courses

BBS Telecom, Austin, TX 1994

Software Project Manager for Hi Tech start up in telephone technology

Led 7-member cross functional team to launch PBX switch at domestic and international trade shows

The Knowledge Alignment Network, Seattle, WA 1992 – 1994

Total Quality Management Trainer and Consultant

Clients included three of Seattle’s largest organizations: Associated Grocers, Group Health and Boeing

Developed TQM and Information Systems training program with 13-member management team

Merged 7 small business TQM programs into integrated program, facilitated seven quality teams at once

Trained over 2000 Boeing employees

Trained large manufacturing unit in Continuous Flow Manufacturing resulting in 75% decrease in cycle time

Completed Mager instructional methods certification and Toastmasters ATM Certification.

Publications: Value-Added Analysis course, System Analysis and Process Improvement manual

University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1989 – 1993

Pursued Masters Degree

1988 cared for terminally ill parent

City of Seattle Construction Division, Seattle, WA 1983 – 1988

Municipal Construction Engineer

Materials testing on-site, in laboratory and at vendor sites

Construction Inspections for new builds and as-builts

Design Engineering for Lighting Projects

Project Management Assistant for large scale government construction projects

Founder of Leadership Savvy annual seminar series

Toastmasters CTM Certification; EIT Certification

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