Grand Rapids, MI
SEASONED CONSTRUCTION ANALYST AND ESTIMATOR
Cost Estimating Project Management Property Inspections Consulting System Development
Versatile construction leader and estimator with over 30 years of industry experience. Managed varied staffs of construction analysts, cost estimators, appraisers, designers and support staffs. Pioneered developing software for the building and remodeling industry. Provided and developed training for builders, realtors, and mortgage bankers in the public and private sector.
Residential and Commercial Insurance Inspections
Information Providers, Inc. Hopkins, MN & Grand Rapids, MI 2009 Present
Promoted to staff field representative - interview and recommend potential new hires; train and mentor field staff. Inspect and survey interiors and exteriors of homes and commercial properties in Western Michigan for insurance companies. Diagram all properties with Marshall/Swift/Boech, XactValue, and ISO methods and systems in company software. Work with Citizens Insurance, Amica Insurance, CHUBB, Secura Insurance, Badger Mutual Insurance, Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance and Partners Mutual Insurance.
Reliable Reports Lewis, TX & Grand Rapids, MI 2008 2009
Inspected interiors and exteriors of homes and commercial properties in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and West Virginia for insurance companies. Collaborated with underwriters and agents to verify inspection requirements. Diagram all properties with Marshall/Swift/Boech, XactValue, and ISO methods and systems in company software. Worked with Nationwide Insurance, American Family, Amica Insurance, USAA Insurance, ANPAC Insurance, Farmers Insurance and Merchants, and State Farm Insurance.
Michigan Commercial and Industrial Inspections
Owner and Independent Construction Consultant Grand Rapids, MI 2000 2007
Designed and taught multiple courses for professionals in real estate and mortgage industry for Realtor license renewal by the State of Michigan. Several hundred realtors attended training at the Grand Rapids Realtors Association along with smaller sessions at real estate offices. Worked with over 1,000 home buyers and sellers, realtors, mortgage bankers, bankers, and title companies in property inspection of single-family homes throughout West Michigan. Marketed and sold consulting services via networking and client referrals. Prepared H.U.D. estimates and property capital needs assessments for multi-family project owners and investors. Helped home buyers plan future repairs and enhancements to their homes.
Construction Software Developer
HBIRD Technologies Grand Rapids, MI 1998-2000
Developed specialized software for the commercial furniture industry along with employee tracking systems for in-store product demonstrations. Developed internet based cost estimating system for the building industry; utilized Cobol programming to write HTML code interactive offsite estimate processing. Provided training and provided technical support for customers.
Owner and Construction Software Developer
Jenny Systems, Inc. - Grand Rapids, MI 1988-1993
Designed, programmed and published software for the building industry. JS Cost Estimate general estimating system, JS Report Writer custom estimate report system, JS Job Cost job costing system, JS Room Estimate estimating system for remodelers, JS Change Order construction change order system. Received excellent reviews and recognized in the Journal of Light Construction for developing user friendly systems.
Chief of Multifamily Housing Support Branch
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Milwaukee, WI & Grand Rapids, MI 1978-1997
Architectural Design Review Construction Management Project Inspections Cost Analysis and Estimating Public Speaking Labor Relations Office Management Software Development
Served as Chief of the Multifamily Architectural, Engineering and Cost Branch, Senior Multifamily Project Data Specialist, Chief of Single Family Property Disposition Branch, Chief of Multifamily Housing Support Branch, and Senior Cost Analyst. Received multiple awards for developing time and labor saving processes and computer programs. Designed computer system for developing wage rates for Davis-Bacon Act utilized by government agencies; saved hundreds of labor hours for the HUD offices required to collect and tabulate construction wage data for the Department of Labor. Created the cost analysis segment of the MIPS (Multi-Family Insurance Processing System). Designed, developed, programmed and installed a stand-alone networked computer program for all multi-family insurance processing at HUD offices around the country.
President and Home Designer
FM Designs Milwaukee, WI 1973-1978
Designed over 500 homes, supervised single-family construction and coordinated multifamily projects. Developed computerized lumber listing for calculating materials required to build wood frame structures that saved builders and lumber yards many hours of manual calculation. Prepared cost estimates and prepared lumber lists and budgets for construction.
Aquinas College Grand Rapids, Michigan
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Maintenance Chairman of Congregation Building and Parsonage ($3 Million in Structures/Facilities)
Asthma Network of Western Michigan
Committee Member of Asthma Initiative of Michigan - Michigan Department of Community Health