Jonathan R. Garza
Senior Management Executive
State of Florida Certified General Contractor with Project Management & Business Development experience in Commercial, Residential and Industrial Construction, Land Development, and Real Estate Finance. I have a centered focus on integrity, organization, innovation, and productive results. I have enjoyed Business Development success, which has accounted for $150 million dollars in project procurement with public and private sector clients. The Business Development experience compliments my diverse portfolio of Project Management experience which also includes; residential, municipality, medical, condominium, educational, retail, religious, office, and historical renovation.
CORE COMPETENCIES AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS
R.P. Witt Construction, Inc. Feb 2008-2010
Vice President of Construction
Implemented the corporate structure that focused on operational organization, business development, innovation and profitable results.
I engaged strategies that allowed me to achieve increased earnings on all of the construction projects. In several cases these efforts increased profit by 200% to 300%.
Developed and established the corporate Quality Assurance Plan and assisted field personnel in its implementation.
Vigorously evaluated plans and specifications for potential value engineering possibilities and worked closely with Design professionals and Owners on implementation.
Negotiated and provided professional insight on all new commercial contracts (Construction Management, Design/Build, and Lump Sum).
W.G. Mills, Inc.June 2001-Feb 2008
Project Manager/Business Development
Gained a diverse portfolio of experience, which includes; Educational, Medical Office, Condominium, Historic Renovation, Site Development, Bulkhead and Dock Construction, and Underground Utility Installation.
Worked in challenging safety environments at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Duval County Public Schools, and Downtown Jacksonville.
Participated in development and oversight of multiple contract methods (Construction Management, Design/Build, and Lump Sum).
Managed Continuing Contract for the Duval County Public Schools.
Provided Owner Representative Service to the University of North Florida.
Assisted one client by proactively value engineering their project and saving them $750,000, nearly 10% of the project costs and saving three months on the project schedule.
Assisted in Business Development where I helped to procure nearly $150 million dollars in new projects.
Assisted in RFP responses to public and private clients.
Actively involved in Presentation Development and Delivery before public and private clients.
Worked closely as a Project Manager with Field Supervision, Subcontractors, and Design Professionals to bring effective solutions to design conflicts.
Coordinated all aspects of each project and assisted in field implementation.
Developed lasting subcontractor relationships, which provides essential and valuable knowledge in the conceptual development of projects.
Participated in the implementation of Google SketchUp as an estimating and 3D modeling tool.
The Tower GroupNov 1999-Jan 2001
Assistant Project Manager (College Internship)
As a college intern I focused on estimating, submittal procurement and processing, requests for information, and assisting the Project Manager.
Worked closely with subcontractors to respond to questions and concerns about project specifications and plans.
Horizon Valve and Fitting June 1993-Dec 2000
Provided management and operations oversight.
Worked closely with Mechanical and Piping Contractors on procurement of materials for Industrial projects at facilities such as Anheuser Busch, Jacksonville Electrical Authority, Florida Power & Light, Paper Mills, and Citrus Plants across the Southeast.
This experience provided with the unique prospective of the subcontractor on large scale projects, which shaped my approach when dealing with all subcontractors as a general contractor.
Ultra Technologies Aug 1995-Jan 1998
Field Technician Director for the Jacksonville Jaguars Communication Equipment.
Responsible for set-up of the Coaches and Quarterback Communication System at Home and Away games.
Included coordination of all sound and video pre-game activities on the playing field during home games.
This gave me experience of working in high pressure environment at an early age. The conditions were demanding and required your work to be error free every time.
AWARDS /ACCOMPLISHMENTS/CERTIFICATIONS/VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Certified General Contractor for the State of Florida CGC1518577April 2010
Graduate of Leadership Jacksonville Class of 20062006
Chairman of Downtown Design Review Board (Mayoral Appointment)2004-Present
Member of Gator Bowl Association 2005-Present
Associated General Contractors2001-Present
U.S. Green Building Council Member2008-Present
Dreams Come True2008
Dignity U Wear2008
Second Harvest Food Bank2008
Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters2009
University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida May 2001
Bachelor of Science in Building Construction
Major: Building Construction
Minor: Real Estate Finance
References can be furnished upon request