Program Director, Manager / Technical Director / Design, Engineering and Construction
1999 Masters of Science Project Management, Glendale University Austin, Texas
1980 Bachelors of Science Civil Engineering, Northrop University Los Angles, California.
1976 Electrical Engineering / Power Generation, Army Corps of Engineers Fort Belvoir, Virginia
LEED Accredited Professional
PMI / PMP Accredited
P3O practitioner aligned to PRINCE2, PMI, MSP, and MoR
J. A. Jones laws of Management
J. A. Jones Senior Management Program
Numerous CM/PM seminars and continuing educational programs
PROFESSIONAL LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS:
(PE) Professional Engineer (USA), (PE) Saudi Council of Engineers, (PE) Armenia, NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology), NETA International Electrical Testing Association, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), PMP (Project Management Professional (PMI), and NEBB (National Environmental Balancing Bureau)
BSI (British Standards Institute), ICC (International Code Council), RICS
(Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors), AEA (Army Engineers Association), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), ACI (American Concrete Institute), AEA (American Engineering Association).
28 years of experience in the design / engineering / construction industry in both the private and governmental sectors. Currently serving as PMO Program Director to The Presidential Guard Command UAE Military. Fully experienced in construction management / consultancy contracts RFPs, MTRs, SOWs. Design / Build, EPC, PM/CM, Cost Plus, Firm fixed price and lump sum construction at risk, KPIs, critical path, mentoring / motivating and team building for a wide range of project types.
COUNTRIES LIVED, WORKED and DELIVERED IN: USA, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Belize, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Germany, Belgium, Tanzania, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Kwajalein, Jamaica, Haiti, Croatia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Bulgaria, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Greece, China and Pakistan.
UAE Presidential Guard Command (Military)
Abu Dubai (June 2016 to Present)
EXECUTIVE PROGRAM DIRECTOR PMO:
Setting forth a Strategy and Performance indicators as a Military subject matter expert: Client Representative on behalf of the UAE Government
Overseeing the Program Lifecycle of sophisticated Military training facilities / firing ranges for the UAE Presidential Guard Command personnel. These training facilities are state of the art and include live fire as well as simulated fire. Both indoor and outdoor ranges all in adherence to all safety regulations governing firing ranges.
MINISTRY of INTERIOR KINGDOM of SAUDI ARABIA:
Riyadh (November 2009 to May 2016)
Managing / leading as The Client PMO (Program Management Office) the design and construction of large-scale multi-disciplinary projects. Heavily involved in HR for the recruitment of highly qualified individuals with the correct skill sets mentoring them for the best outcome. Coordinating multi-disciplinary teams comprising internal Staff multiple GEC’s, Site PM’s, Contractors, etc. conducting weekly management meetings to plan the strategy and review ongoing progress budgets and earned value, Mile Stones and KPI’s. Defining operational resources required to deliver service, develop and implement operational plans and tactics / strategies with multiple stakeholders, identifying (Early) bottlenecks and implement troubleshooting exercises when necessary. Displaying at a High Level a refined approach to manage multiple consultants and stakeholders in a mega program high level environment. Responsible for governing the design, construction, refurbishment and delivery throughout The Kingdom.
BELGRAVIA Development: Head Quarters Almaty, Kazakhstan
(August 2007 to October 2009) Developer/Contractor
MANAGEMENT BOARD MEMBER / COO / OPERATIONS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Responsibilities: Senior level Director charged with a high degree of fiscal responsibility (P&L) for a Mega Program Portfolio exceeding 4.7 Billion US Dollars at its peak, managed a diverse and complex real estate portfolio, independent decision making and professionalism directing sustainable urban planned DEVELOPMENTS, PPP’s, Marine infrastructure Civil works, Power Plants, WWWT, PTP’s, mixed use development projects throughout UAE, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Pakistan. PMO operation, Staff management and mentoring of 80+ Design / Engineering Staff, 22 Project Managers, Engineers, Construction Professionals, multiple Project Management Consultants and multiple General Engineering Consultants. Participating in municipal steering committees, preparing strategic program management / execution plans, establishing project management processes and procedures utilizing P3O Program Management, hiring of key personnel, monitoring, evaluating and controlling of external consultants / specialists (PMO’s). Resource planning, risk assessment, value engineering, preparation and implementation of strategic planning / programming to define and develop program strategy. Identifying future business opportunities, preparing and controlling operational budgets.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE (Iraq, Afghanistan)
(July 2005 to August 2007)
DIRECTOR / MILITARY COMMANDER Governmental
Key Projects: Power Infrastructure / Airports / Boarder Protection and Marine Port Facilities
Responsibilities: (DOD) Solely responsible at (PMO) Program Management Office in Iraq for all project operations and execution of Task Orders for Iraqi Military and Ministry of Defense (MOD), value in excess of USD 200 + M per project (1.2B) on behalf of the United States Government, AFCEE (US Air Force), Army Corps of Engineers and others completing various projects on a lump sum and cost plus reimbursable basis. Provided feasibility studies for infrastructure as well as overseeing the design development of heavy civil construction and all key infrastructures, utilities, existing military and governmental facilities as well as construction of new facilities, WWTP, FOB’s / Isolation Facilities and Air Bases. Responsible for program delivery teams to include power production experts. Provided Dam structural and power plant assessments of 8 Hydro Electric facilities throughout the operational theater. Managed the technical approval process to ensure that appropriate resources are mobilized and fully utilized. Directed a team of more than 200 staff throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, the largest being less than two miles from the Iranian border with no military support, in an extremely volatile work environment, not for the faint of heart. Ordering and directing partial / complete demolition of existing facilities as part of value engineering. HV Power Transmission and distribution repairs, civil utilities and new infrastructure. Orchestrating and managing through staff of local national’s and expat’s major civil construction. Provided professional project and civil construction management expertise to in country coalition forces, local Iraqi Municipalities and Iraqi Ministry of Defense for new infrastructure throughout Iraq and existing facilities in Arbil, Kirkuk, Bagdad, Basrah and Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. As well as U.S. Military facilities at Bagram Air Base and Kandahar in Afghanistan.
Spearheaded the infrastructure / utility development process as PMO, starting from the project initiation to completion, coordinated activities of parties involved and oversaw execution of the projects / task orders in extremely adverse circumstances. infrastructure for future development. Ensured completion of all aspects of the projects within allocated budgetary and time constraints in addition to confirming compliance to contractual and legal regulations. Monitored infrastructure project progression, scrutinized phases of work according to devised P6 schedules and diligently calibrated the allocation of all resources at my disposal to ensure the timely completion of projects. Communicated project status and costs to financial entities having jurisdiction, periodically conducted surveys to verify workflow, quality of work and mitigated all relevant issues. Writing scopes of work, contracts, and change / variation orders and mitigating claims for perceived extras outside scope of contracts.
J. A. JONES INTERNATIONAL / LOCKWOOD & GREENE / FLUOR
(September 1984 to June 2005) Contractor / PM/CM / Designer / Consultancy
PROGRAM DIRECTOR / SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER / PROJECT & CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT / TECHNICAL COMMISSIONING AUTHORITY
Key Projects: United States Embassies / USAID / Military Facilities / Governmental Facilities & Maintenance Contracts / Industrial Facilities / Marine dredging reclamation / Power
Achievements: Selected to spearhead Design Build United States Embassy / USAID construction worldwide.
Responsibilities: As Program Director / Technical expert (consultancy) representing United States Department of State. Design Build development, construction and successful turn over from the contractor of US Embassy projects in Armenia, UAE, Phnom Penh Cambodia, Quito Ecuador, Managua Nicaragua, Beijing China and many others. Conducted design reviews from all hard infrastructure / utilities determining existing and future traffic loads, determine existing infrastructure capacity, and estimating the existing and future standards of service, conducting preliminary surveys and obtaining information from existing air photos, maps, GIS and plans identifying possible conflicts with other assets or topographical features evaluating the impact on the human environment. Directing ground up In-situ high rise construction up 60 stories, verified constructability, High End fit out, installation and performance testing as a technical integration systems expert (Commissioning Authority). Added value engineering in every aspect of the project and incorporated it into the design build process, in addition trained (craft) multinational personnel on construction projects worldwide. Ensured optimum operation of facilities according to contract documents at turn over provided maintenance plans and program support throughout the warranty period. Identified and resolved potential problems that might otherwise compromise the efficient, successful build and operation of several projects and collaborated for the successful financial progression of the project. Directly responsible for establishing protocols, writing / preparing contractual letters, claims and negotiating variations / change orders. At Peak a portfolio of 2+ Billion US Dollars. Staff management of 240 with total workforce of 3000.
As Senior Project Manager: Responsible for the successful and profitable operation of projects. EPC, Design Build, Civil Construction, Tunnels, Transportation Hi Way / Expressway infrastructure, Road and highway networks, including structures (Hydro Electric Dam’s, bridges, tunnels, culverts, retaining walls), electrical systems (street lighting and traffic lights), Prepared regular reports and briefing papers / Executive Dash Boards on the progress of the capital program for presentation to stake holders. Environmental Impact Assessment risk across the capital program. Prepared management reports to propose strategies for possible mitigation. Managed the performance of the PMC / EPCM as to agreed KPI’s consultants and ensure continuous improvement in the quality of service delivered through the supply chain to avert delays. Provided coordination with internal and external stakeholders to ensure appropriate levels of liaison to support program delivery. Directed and mentored the work of engineers, project managers, construction managers, electrical / mechanical / civil superintendents, and office personnel in design, estimating, bidding, negotiating with sub contractors and execution of the projects / programs. Directed the implementation of the programs execution plan, detailed schedule, accident prevention and commissioning programs. Held direct management responsibility for contract construction and engineering administration, materials control and logistics, project costs and scheduling, change order preparation, negotiation and mitigation. Managed a team of 90 with a workforce of 1200, total portfolio 850+ Million US Dollars.
UNITED STATES ARMY RANGERS
(August 1973 - September 1996)
(Military Commander Colonel) 0-6 / Combat Engineer)
Bringing a great wealth of program / project management knowledge, and experience.
District Engineer and Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District. As Commander, overseeing civil works mission stretching from southern Missouri to southwest Arkansas. The $6.5 billion worth of public infrastructure includes 12 multipurpose lakes, seven hydropower facilities, and 13 lock and dams on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. The Little Rock District also manages a large recreation mission with 138 parks and access areas. Visitors to Table Rock Lake alone reach 2.5 million annually. The District’s military medical mission provides engineering and construction management services for all branches of the military around the world managing projects worth about $900 million.
District Engineer and Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District operating nine multi-purpose projects with hydroelectric power plants. These power plants have 28 generators and produce about $32 million each year in revenue for the U.S. Treasury.
Commander / Director Hydropower Branch providing standardized policy, technical support, coordination, and program compliance review for: Management, operation, preventative, and major maintenance of all electrical, mechanical, and structural features at all district flood control dams, navigation dams, hydropower plants, and high voltage switchyards for the purposes of flood control, power production and transmission, navigation channel elevation regulation, recreation, water quality, and other purposes. The Hydropower Branch manages the training and development program for hydroelectric power plant personnel, which provides qualified journeyman and senior level employees. Assigns trainees to permanent duty stations upon completion of training.