I am exploring management opportunities with your company and believe you will find my experience of interest. Specifically, I can bring you highly developed talents in driving revenue growth, profit margins, client acquisition, and client satisfaction to new heights. Adept in architectural design, I have a background in construction project management, team leadership, and multi-million dollar budget oversight. I have extensive experience within a unique boutique development company with strong skills in business development, conceptual design and master planning, with full service architectural, design, build and consulting skills. As a collaborative team builder with solid management, operational and communication skills, I am certain I could make a valuable contribution to your goals.
During my career I have:
Instituted and launched business development and system strategies that provided immediate revenue during startup phase. Developed additional project value through visioneering that saved millions. Created sustainable food-chain approach to specifying from the perspective level of a project and initial concept. Increased value of multiple projects through creative assessment of project dynamics from a market backwards approach. Initiated best practices and professional standards that empowered staff responsibility.
Executives and industry peers can confirm that I thrive in an atmosphere of challenge. An in-depth knowledge of all phases of architecture design and build processes, along with specialized abilities that set my performance apart, enables me to offer a truly unique talent. Im confident I can bring to the table a package of skills, experience, and abilities that will provide you with an invaluable resource. In addition, I am a self-motivated performer who gets the job done.
I believe a personal meeting would provide us with a more effective platform to discuss my offerings. Please review the attached resume for a more detailed presentation of my expertise and career history. Thank you for your time and consideration.
James B. Beers, AIA
JAMES B. BEERS, AIA
DESIGN BUILD EXECUTIVE / DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURE / SENIOR MANAGEMENT Design and Construction New Business Development P&L and Operations Management
More than 15 years of comprehensive experience in driving revenue growth, profit margins, client acquisition, and client satisfaction to new heights. Looking for an organization with a growth opportunity that utilizes my developed skill set as an architect and a leader. Adept in architectural design, combined with construction project management, team leadership and multi-million dollar budget oversight. Total career project value in excess of $650M. Experience within a unique boutique development company with strong skills in business development, conceptual design, and master planning, with full service architectural, design/build, consulting and management skills. Deep understanding of critical business drivers; highly successful in strategic project management with solid background in supervising architects, design build and construction projects. Skilled in business planning and value engineering, as well as operational streamlining, policy development and process improvement. Collaborative leader skilled in role modeling, mentoring, and motivating staff to achieve aggressive goals and objectives. Adaptable, creative and innovative, with exceptional strategic, conceptual, analytical, and execution skills.
BEERS ARCHITECTS AND PLANNERS, INC., ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL 1/01 PRESENT Established BEERS ARCHITECTS AND PLANNERS in 2001 and BDG CONSTRUCTION in 2003 and associated them with G23 DEVELOPMENT and G23 DESIGN/BUILD with 2 partners in 2006.
President Beers Architects + Planners, Inc. and BDG Construction, Inc. In charge of all operations and business development for this full service architectural design and planning firm and the design/build construction services and administration. Handle sales, marketing, client relations, project budgeting, and established operational standards. Direct a total staff of 14 and 8 in managing projects from $350K to $28M. Creative force for all designs, and high level project management from planning and zoning entitlement, through construction process. Establish policies and procedures with a phased approach to all work. Served as Architect of Record, performing design of buildings and sites, and conducting all appropriate due diligence. Instrumental in developing almost $50M in project work since 2006. Key negotiator in obtaining land $2.7M below asking price. Saved $1.1M in specific project construction costs and increased value by $1.1M. Created a fully buildable site that had been on the market for over 30 years; determined that off-site detention area could be used to create an additional 7 acres of buildable land and add $2.8M of immediate value in land. Recognized by client for significantly increasing the value of a previously approved 140K SF of retail site by obtaining approval for an additional 50K SF of mixed-use retail and office space. Instituted and launched business development and system strategies that provided immediate revenue during startup phase. Developed additional project value through visioneering that saved millions. Created sustainable food-chain approach to specifying from the perspective level of a project and initial concept. Increased value of multiple projects through creative assessment of project dynamics from a market backwards approach. Initiated best practices and professional standards that empowered staff responsibility.
Notable Projects: The Lake Barrington Field House: $28M 175K SF full indoor multi-use turf field and hard court training facility; directed team of 12, obtained $2.3M in revenue, and on track to complete 9 month construction schedule on time in 11/08.
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Professional Baseball Instruction of Illinois: $3M 22K SF full indoor training facility with 120 clear span infield; directed team of 5, $700K revenue and on time for completion in 1/09. The Onion Pub and Brewery: $3M 9K SF banquet facility; directed team of 12, $800K in combined revenue, completed within 7 month schedule in 12/06. Santa Maria del Popolo: $2.2M 12.5K SF Parish Center Gymnasium for the Catholic Bishop of Chicago, $225K in revenue, completed in 3/05.
TMA AFFINITY, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS 1999 2001 Director of Architecture Served as Architect and Designer for $115M 850K SF Tellabs Corporate Headquarters. Created and coordinated numerous design build projects ranging from auto dealerships, office buildings, industrial, retail, and recreation support facilities with project values in excess of$ 30M. Implemented productivity improvements that saved more than 2K hours annually. Initiated a Stepped and Phased system for all disciplines enabling all components of a project to be at the same level of completion prior to entering a subsequent design or construction phase. Established project specific criterion and databases for product research and services provided. Instrumental in the final building design and creation of systems that streamlined the Construction Document process to 3 months for an 850K SF Shell building.
OPUS NORTH AND OPUS A&E, ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS 1996 1999 Senior Design Architect In charge of all conceptual design and implementation, construction budgeting design refinement, and marketing of design ideas from project conception through project completion. Managed all phases of a project in a multi-point phased coordination approach with consultants and in house staff. Performed field coordination with construction observation of both the architectural design and planning efforts as part of the companys design/build project delivery process. Projects ranged from $2.3M to $90M. Developed winning design for $45M Xavier University Gallagher Student Center. Designed and planned approximately 60 buildings/sites a year with approximately 25-30 building constructed. Created uniform design standards to allow for effective communication within all disciplines.
Career Note: Details of prior experience available on request, and include Project Architect and Manager with PRISCO, SERENA, AND STURM, Design Architect with CASTRO-BUCHEL ARCHITECTS, and Intern Architect with HOWARD AND PORCH ARCHITECTS.
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Licensed Architect State of Illinois 2010 American Institute of Architects I.C.S.C.
Bachelor of Architecture with emphasis in planning and construction development University of Oklahoma 1992