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  • Visual Resume for Ronald K. Thornton 1
  • Architectural & Interior Designer / Project Manager  Self-confident, and insightful individual with 30 years experience gaining progressively responsible positions in commercial, business, residential and interior design.  Project management responsibilities have enabled me to gain organizational skills, pay attention to detail, and the ability to multi- task.  I work well under pressure and deal with last minute changes in a professional manner.  I have exhibited an objective and proactive approach with the reputation of a strong cross-functional leader and team builder. 2
  • Career Profile  Architectural Designer II, Sears Holdings  Project Coordinator/ Office Manager, The Peabody Group  Draftsmen (Temporary Services), University of Michigan  Senior Designer/Project Manager, Ledy Design Group  Program Assistant (Temporary Services), University of Michigan, Business School, Executive Education  Designer/Project Coordinator, Fanning/Howey Associates  Drafter/Designer, Griener, Inc. (now URS Corp.)  Interior Designer, Catallo Associates  Freelance Residential Designer 3
  • Architectural Designer II, Sears Holding  Created and implemented corporate standards to help bring approximately 1400 chain wide stores to current ADA compliance.  Formulated project work schedules based upon scope of work and allocated man power. Identify scheduling conflicts to management in a timely fashion.  Reviewed and approved construction documents. Make appropriate changes and revisions due to client and/or municipality review and insuring all items are compatible with other disciplines. 4
  • Architectural Designer II, Sears Holding  Employed from 04/05 to 03/08  Employed at Kmart 04/05 to 09/06 as a contractual employee  09/06 became employed by Sears Holdings due to merger  Key Projects  ADA compliancy for 1400 Kmart stores  Product Repair Service Centers - Sears 5
  • Project Coordinator/ Office Manager, The Peabody Group  Organized and developed office and project scheduling for architectural department increasing employee effectiveness.  Coordinated with associates project scope, design objectives and individual task expectations promoting compatible and accurate design and construction documents.  Orchestrated meetings with various departments to determine or state project Scope of Work and developed design proposals in responses to RFP’s.  Reviewed and approved construction documents and shop drawings. Made changes and revisions to ensure compatibility with other drawings and disciplines and to verify compliance to all required agencies. 6
  • Project Coordinator/ Office Manager, The Peabody Group  Employed from 06/04 to 03/05  Key Projects  Beaner’s Gourmet Coffee  East Lansing, MI  Jackson, MI  Roly-Poly Sandwiches  Single story office buildings  Tenant office spaces  Retail Center 7
  • Draftsmen University of Michigan Architectural, Engineering & Construction  Provided Microstation drafting services for Electrical department per engineer’s requirements and verifying that all documentation was compatible and accurate with other disciplines  Accurately field measured job sites for use in various renovation projects that enabled precise background drawings to be utilized for construction documentation. 8
  • Senior Designer/Project Manager, Ledy Design Group  Designed, detailed and managed numerous commercial (Retail, research and development, office, and restaurants) and residential (apartment and student housing) architectural projects to client approval and within stated budgets for bidding and construction.  Developed conceptual design sketches and renderings for client approval and publication  Implemented and established AutoCAD layer and drafting guidelines per AIA Standards promoting increased office proficiency. 9
  • Senior Designer/Project Manager, Ledy Design Group  Employed from 11/99 – 10/03  Key Projects  Red Robin Restaurant’s  Pittsfield Twp., MI  Brighton, MI  Detroit, MI  Chandler Crossing Retail Outlet  Foley Towne Center  Kroger  Chandler Crossing Clubhouse  E.C.T.C. Italian Bakery Cafe  Midland Mall  Famous Footwear  Michaels  MC Sports  Petco 10
  • Ledy Design Group – Chandler Crossing Clubhouse 11
  • Ledy Design Group – Kroger 12
  • Ledy Design Group – Midland Mall 13
  • Ledy Design Group – Red Robin Restaurants 14
  • Ledy Design Group – Foley Towne Center 15
  • Program Assistant University of Michigan, Business School, Executive Education  Coordinated the logistical details of Executive Education programs/events and provide on-site support to faculty and participants.  Created and monitored timelines/due dates for program materials and keep track of a variety of programs in different phases of readiness. 16
  • Designer/ Project Coordinator, Fanning/ Howey Associates  Responsibilities incorporated; interior design, building design, interior and exterior finish selections, furniture selection and specifications, and the coordination, drafting of a complete set of construction documents and school districts bond issue assistance.  Lead Designer/Project Coordinator for Mason Public Schools four (4) elementary schools and middle school additions and renovations resulting in over $12 million in total construction. 17
  • Designer/ Project Coordinator, Fanning/Howey Associates  Employed from 05/95 – 08/99  Key Projects  Mason Public Schools  Williamston Community Schools  Plymouth – Canton Community Schools  Novi Community Schools  Northville Public Schools 18
  • Fanning/Howey Associates Mason Public Schools 19
  • Fanning/Howey Associates Novi Community Schools 20
  • William D. Ford Vocational/Technical Center, Instructor  Taught a high tech approach to drafting and design that prepared each individual to plan, prepare, and interpret mechanical, architectural and structural documentation.  Students were provided an extensive experience in both manual and CAD (AutoCAD) drafting. 21
  • Drafter/Designer, Griener, Inc. (URS, Corp.)  Employed from 09/92 – 04/95  Key Projects  Brighton Area Schools  Scranton Middle School  Clarkston Community Schools  Elementary and Middle Schools  Airport Community School District  Elementary Schools  Farmington Public School District  Middle Schools and High School 22
  • Interior Designer, Catallo Associates  Developed and implemented interior designs for several commercial and business clients.  Performed all phases of design, from rough sketches to a final punch-list.  Developed and maintained working relationships with all clients resulting in repeat business. 23
  • Interior Designer, Catallo Associates  Employed from 1987 – 1992  Key Projects  Alibi Lounge – Troy, MI  Opus One – Detroit, MI  Leo Burnett – Southfield, MI  Sullivan, Ward, Bone Tyler, Fiat and Asher – Southfield, MI 24
  • Freehand Sketches & Computer Renderings 25
  • Freelance Residential Designer 26
  • Education  John Glenn High School  Henry Ford Community College  Oakland Community College  Lawrence Institute of Technology 27
  • Items of Interest  Sports  Golf  Tennis  Softball  Art  Kids  Teach 1st Graders & Kindergarten at NorthRidge Church  Family 28
  • Contact Information  Ronald K. Thornton, Jr.  4598 Sunburst Ct.  Whitmore Lake, MI 48189  734-388-0028 (home)  810-599-3591 (cell)  29