Daniel O Connell Professional Construction Consultant
Daniel O’ConnellProfessional Construction Consultant in Retail Restaurant Commercial Projects <br />Shamrock Enterprises <br />
Professional Narrative <br />As a construction professional with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering. I believe construction project management is more than just solving problems. It is the ability to bring a concept to life. To turn the stakeholders vision into a reality which fulfills the business and organizational needs of a company. <br />I achieve success by orchestrating and managing the efforts of diverse teams during the life cycle of concurrent multiple projects. I have a blending of experience in multiunit development in the retail, restaurant and commercial industries both nationally and internationally. The projects include new construction, remodels , conversions and facility management. <br />
Professional Narrative <br />Projects included free standing units, malls, shopping centers and walk up locations. <br />As a business partner , I understand the importance of delivering excellent customer service to stakeholders and to build business relationships within and outside an organization. I have partnered with the franchisee community acting as a resource to assist in the implementation of national roll out projects and programs.<br />
Professional Narrative <br />I apply core project management principals to successfully execute processes which can be duplicated and applied to a variety of projects. The core principals are : Initiation, Planning, Execute, Control/Monitor and Close Out. <br />Multiunit development is similar to placing the process in a box and sending it to another geographic location and repeating the principals and process. Variables can be managed with flexibility and incorporated into the process. <br />
Core Competencies<br />Leadership<br /><ul><li>Managed multiple projects concurrently, formulated estimates, planned and organized quality retail projects adhering to strict schedules and budgets.
Represented corporate clients acting as owners representative in all phases of construction management by assisting in project planning, design and budgeting.
Lead collaboration between construction, real estate and legal departments for timely lease negotiations and store openings. </li></li></ul><li>Core Competencies<br /><ul><li>Participated in site selection, design and drove construction to exceed store opening schedule in various new store and remodel programs.
Managed facility group to meet the maintenance and service needs of stores. Participated in selection of corporate national account vendors.
Managed team 8 project & facility managers to deliver high profile projects to store operations ahead of schedule.</li></li></ul><li>Core Competencies<br />Strategic Planning<br />Managed multiple construction / facility projects both regionally and international. <br /><ul><li>Organized and oversaw the activities of team’s consisting of architects, engineers, corporate internal groups from feasibility of project through turnover to store operations.
Participated in qualification / selection of consultants, contractors and vendors.
Projects included build to suit, ground up, malls shopping centers and free standing locations. </li></li></ul><li>Core Competencies<br /><ul><li>Analyzed and monitored capital budget vs. actual and progress schedule for construction and facility projects.
Created weekly reports providing analysis to senior management.
Negotiated construction contracts and participated in lease negotiations with landlords.
Administered all aspects of facility budget for 1,100 retail locations
Administered procedures for handling store maintenance issues and tracking repairs and preventative maintenance programs.</li></li></ul><li>Core Competencies<br />Budgeting & Cost Control <br /><ul><li>Established ,monitored and maintained budgets for construction and facilities departments.
Managed construction / facility budgets from $10M - $35M
Monitored cost ,budgets ,scheduling and quality of work within corporate guidelines.
Prepared and reviewed bid documents for accuracy prior to posting for bids.</li></li></ul><li>Core Competencies <br /><ul><li>Provided cost analysis of GC / Vendor proposals-
Negotiated price ,delivery and managed purchase order placement for GC / Vendors
Managed electronic bidding process for contractors and vendors.
Conducted quality review of bid packages and provided feedback regarding cost savings.</li></li></ul><li>Core Competencies<br />Post Contract <br /><ul><li>Managed facility needs via tracking system
Worked closely with operations on improving store turnover procedures and accelerated construction schedules.
Insured Landlord adhered to lease provisions regarding maintenance of facilities.
Disaster recovery</li></li></ul><li>Notable Projects<br />Red Lobster flagship 3 story restaurant one block off Times Square New York City<br />Banana Republic converting a 150 year old historical building in Montreal Canada. <br />Wendy’s International converting an existing bank utilizing the vault as walk in cooler/ freezer. <br />AT&T 500 locations converted into Verizon retail stores. <br />Managed daily maintenance issues at 1,100 Office Max locations.<br />
PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY<br />Visionary construction project manager with extensive and international experience in orchestrating all phases of construction and facility projects. Proven track record for successfully managing multiple concurrent projects to completion within budget and ahead of schedule.<br />ACCOMPLISHMENTS:<br /><ul><li>Directed and developed staff of 15 located in 3 regional offices and exceeded store opening goals resulting in increased sales days and added profit of $2M to bottom line.
Created 2 year plan to rebuild construction department and assumed dual role of director and project manager.
Performed research, analysis and provided recommendation for utilizing outsourced web based facility call center resulting in cost savings of $1M annually.
Elevated safety awareness by having staff become OSHA certified and formalized daily on site contractor lunch box safety meetings.</li></ul>CAREER EXPERIENCE:<br />Shamrock Enterprises, Bolingbrook,IL 2008-Present<br />Managing Director – Corporate Office <br /><ul><li>Providing project management services to Retail, Restaurant and Commercial industries.</li></ul>Office Max, Inc. Naperville, IL 2007-2008<br />Project Manager – Corporate Office<br /><ul><li>Managed a team of 3 construction consultants, outside vendors, and general contractors to deliver 22 new stores nationwide within a 70 day compressed timeframe and approved budget.
Advised and acted as liaison between real estate and legal departments in lease negotiations with landlords resulting in 4 week reduction in lease execution and construction starts.
Maintained and updated weekly reports on web based project management system resulting in real time forecasts to senior management on project budgets, timelines and close out process.
Administered build to suit project process from landlord negotiations, construction document review, onsite inspections, payment applications, change order resolution and open to public</li></ul>Facilities Manager – Corporate Office <br /><ul><li>Managed outsourced vendors for $14M maintenance budget at 1,100 retail units.
Implemented store turnover / warranty process between retail operations and landlord which produced substantial cost savings of $500K due to enforcement of landlord warranty work.
Managed capital budget of $6M for 100 capital related facility projects. </li></li></ul><li>Career Experience <br />Gap Incorporated, Chicago, IL2006-2007<br />Project Manager – Regional Office<br /><ul><li>Directed multiple teams for $30M annual construction and remodeling budget for 5 separate brands in Canada & upper Midwest regions.
Generated estimates, schedules and oversaw quality control for 70 new & remodel projects within brand portfolio. Managed to resolution any issues between retail units and landlords.
Partnered with real estate department in lease negotiations with landlords and reduced capital investment. </li></ul>Jones Lang & LaSalle, Chicago, IL2006-2006<br />Project Manager Consultant – Client Citibank Group<br /><ul><li>Managed team of Architects, consultants & contractors for new branch expansion.
Assured all processes within compliance of internal auditing and government agencies.</li></ul>Project Manager Consultant – Client YUM Brand Restaurants<br /><ul><li>Generated as built equipment surveys while on site for multi brand restaurants located in the Chicago & Detroit markets for remodel program.
Created floor & equipment plans reflecting results of surveys.
Approved CAD documents based on as built floor & equipment plans.</li></ul>Trammell Crow Company, Schaumburg, IL2003-2005<br />Development Manager – Client ExxonMobil<br /><ul><li>Managed multi-million dollar projects to insure delivery on time, within pre-established budget, quality control vendor deliveries and seamless openings to public.
Supervised project team for construction of new multiple gas & convenience retail units from preliminary design, zoning hearings, obtaining all applicable permits ,cost estimates, schedules and on site inspection.
Directed construction team & interacted with Illinois tollway authority and highway departments during demolition and construction of 11 Illinois tollway oasis locations. </li></ul>Project Manager – Client Cingular / ATT Systems<br /><ul><li>Managed vendor team to convert 240 ATT retail locations to Cingular in Midwest area.
Inspected locations to verify compliance and updated project status via web based data base.
Approved all payment requests from contractors and vendors.</li></li></ul><li>Career Experience: <br />Darden Restaurants, Orlando, FL2001-2003<br />Design & Construction Project Manager<br /><ul><li>Supervised national team of vendors, contractors & consultants to exceed store opening goals for nationwide restaurant development program which added $3M profit to bottom line.
Created & managed the cost, schedule and quality of 14 yearly new restaurant openings nationwide. Partnered with Operations & Facilities departments at turnover to insure prompt resolution of punch list items.</li></ul>Steak & Shake, Incorporated, Indianapolis, IN1999-2001<br />Senior Construction Manager<br /><ul><li>Managed all aspects of construction including design, bidding, permits, and contract negotiation and on site inspection for 16 yearly new restaurants in Midwest and Texas markets.
Conducted due diligence and cost analysis to determine feasibility of project and maintained quality control through periodic site visits.</li></ul>Wendy’s International, Incorporated, Dublin, OH1996-1999<br />Midwest Director of Engineering, Construction & Facilities <br /><ul><li>Directed team of 5 project managers, 5 facility managers across 3 operating divisions to exceed develop goals for 15 state region including franchise community.
Created new process to standardize department procedures used as model for broader corporate implementation. Approved all bids, contracts and applications for payment.
Generated and managed a $30M construction / remodel budget and an $8M facility budget. </li></ul>Regional Construction Manager 1983-1996<br />Education: BS Construction Engineering, Lawrence Technical University, Southfield, Michigan<br />Training: OSHA Construction Safety Standards, Six Sigma Green Belt, PMI <br />Computer Skills: Microsoft 2007 Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Project<br />