Chief Estimator

Name : John Kerstetter
Industry Type : General Contractors - Managers
City & State : Ooltewah,TN
Job Title Chief Estimator
Relocation Preferences : Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama
Objective : To Whom It May Concern,

Attached is my resume, references and project portfolio for your review. I am offering you the opportunity to work with a highly skilled and motivated construction professional.

My experience in the construction industry consist of both hands on and administrative service. As an administrator, I have had managerial experience as a Chief Estimator, Estimator/Expediter, Job Superintendent, Job Site Foreman and Residential Builder. As a tradesman, I am a Journeyman Carpenter experienced in concrete, rough framing, roofing, siding, insulating, metal studs & drywall, trim carpentry, etc.

Experiences, as an estimator, would include preparing, submitting and setting up hard bid projects. My responsibilities have included building and maintaining client relationships and providing pre-construction services, such as conceptual estimating, preparing specifications, trade scopes of work and bid packages, setting said projects up for hard bids, reviewing and awarding contracts, and assisting project managers via support services throughout the construction of said projects.

Field experience, coupled with my education, certifications, and licensee provide me with the vital skills necessary to manage projects within set budgets, on schedule, and to adhere to higher standards when speaking of quality of work, in the office and on the job site. My specialties include - value engineering, computer skills, people management and addressing problems and crises in a timely and professional manner.

I would like to discuss how my placement with your project management team could benefit both your company and myself. I am available for interviewing at your convenience and can be reached any weekday at (423) 664-2342.


John D. Kerstetter, Estimator
Resume :  
6016 Barkley Creek Drive
Ooltewah, TN

My immediate goal is to work with a group of construction professionals, as a team, building structures of the highest quality while adhering to set schedules and budgets.


May 2009 July 2010
Chief Estimator
Prestige Construction Group, Richmond, VA
In addition to the specific estimator duties identified below, my responsibilities included overseeing our staff in the assembly of all bids, budgets, request for proposals and/or request for qualifications. I identified and targeted projects suitable for bidding, set overhead and profit margins, prepared general condition cost, maintained sub data base, created and maintained bid and budget spread sheet templates and bid log, assigned personnel to lead projects and mentored staff.

Specific Estimator duties include building and maintaining client relationships, preparing and presenting conceptual & schematic estimates, performing take-off pricing, assembly of bids for general contract and prime trades projects, setting up successfully bid and negotiated work and support services to project mangers for said work.

May 2006 January 2009
EMJ Corporation, Chattanooga, TN
See specific Estimator duties above

April 2001 May 2006
JC Beal Construction, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
See specific Estimator duties above

January 1999-December, 2000
Youth Build Program Manager
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, Pontiac, MI
Specific duties consisted of designing and implementing the YouthBuild Pontiac Program, which included creating the curriculum and infrastructure, writing the budget, hiring teachers and trades instructors, recruiting students, overseeing the rehabilitation of a condemned house in Pontiac, and teaching the building trades course. Not only was I responsible for the administration of the YouthBuild Pontiac, but I also served as the Construction Manager, Site Trainer and Construction Skills Instructor.

January 1997 - January, 1999
Building Trades Instructor
Leona Group, L.L.C., Lansing, MI
New Directions Institute, Pontiac, MI
Specific duties consisted of classroom and hands on instruction, in the modern application of construction practices as well as leadership development. Program and curriculum development, job shadowing, mentoring, internship advisor, academic to trades subject integration, material and equipment orders, class projects, tool and material inventories, contact for supply houses as well as donators of program, and Quality School program implementation, as defined by William Glasser, MD., were some of the main functions performed, as a Building Trades Instructor, at new Directions Institute.

September, 1991- August, 1996
Vocational Trades Instructor
Associated Builders & Contactors of S.E., MI, Madison Heights, MI
Carpentry I, II, III, IV, Madison Heights, MI
Drywall I, W.J. Maxey Boys Training Center, Pinckney, MI
Specific duties consisted of classroom and hands on instruction, in the modern application of construction practices as well as social skills, so as to ensure each apprentice readiness for field work in the present and for future advancement. Program and curriculum development, material and equipment orders, class projects, material and equipment inventories, and apprentice advisor were some of the main functions performed, as a Vocational Trades Instructor, for the Associated Builders & Contractors of S.E., MI.

December, 1990- May, 2006
Residential Builder, License # 2101110076
Kerstetter Construction, Linden, MI
Specific duties would include customer relations, estimating, bidding, planning, drawing, scheduling, coordinating suppliers and subcontractors, as well as performing all aspects of hands on work from new construction to home remodeling. Homes, garages, remodeling, additions, rough framing, roofing, gutters, replacement windows and trim, were just some of the many types of work performed by Kerstetter Construction.

November, 1987-September, 1991
Journeyman Carpenter
Damico Carpentry Inc., Troy, MI
M.T. Rod, Inc., Rochester, MI
Light Commercial and Residential Construction
Specific duties consisted of rough framing homes, apartments, and condominiums, application of pine, calculation of structural headers as well as rafters, stairway design, blueprint reading,
layout and leading a crew of three or more, as a foreman.

August, 1987-November, 1987
Woods Construction Co., Fraser, MI
Retail Stores
Specific duties consisted of preparing project bids, including quantity take-offs of materials, man-hours, and equipment, as required and expediting the aforementioned on site as per project schedule.

June, 1986-August, 1987
Job Superintendent
Arbys Construction and Equipment Co., Atlanta, GA
Light Commercial
Specific duties consisted of obtaining project bids, preparing subcontract agreement proposals, providing assistance in awarding contracts, scheduling and coordinating all subcontractors, expediting materials and equipment as necessary and administration of all invoices, change orders, purchase orders and back charge forms.

State of Michigan, Temporary Vocational Authorization, awarded March, 1999

Ferris State College; B.S. in Construction Management, with honors, awarded
May, 1986. A.A.S. Building Construction Technology, with honors, awarded May, 1984.

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