Project Management Advisors (PMA) believes that relationships built on trust achieve optimal results. Whether we are managing the entire development of a multi-building campus or advising an investor in a real estate project, earning our client’s confidence is the first and most important step toward success.
Trust doesn’t just happen; it is earned. Integrity, fairness and diligence are among the qualities that we value most and are fundamental to our way of doing business, elemental to each day, each meeting and every email. These core principles guide our business and our teams:
With more than 20 years of experience, PMA is a national firm with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Orlando. We have cultivated an exceptional team of over 75 professionals with expertise in multiple disciplines to provide a 360-degree perspective on every assignment. Our skills are strengthened by our breadth of practical experience managing a broad range of projects across a wide range of industries. This experience has created a significant knowledge base that allows our team to consistently anticipate issues, understand potential impacts and provide proactive solutions.
We emphasize engendering trust with clients and stakeholders alike because we believe that project success depends not only on technical expertise, but on people - relationships, integrity, communication and collaboration.
We Get It.
- Agilent Technologies
- Carley Corporation
- Deltak edu
- Hewlett-Packard Company
- Hyatt Hotels Corporation
- Informatica Corporation
- Merlin Entertainments Group
- Physicians United Plan
- Polycom, Inc.
- Sterling Bay Companies
- Voxx International Corp.
- Anka Development
- Core Campus Communities
- Draper and Kramer
- Golub Real Estate Corp.
- Mercy Housing
- PNC Realty Advisors
- UDR, Inc.
- Urban West Associates of San Diego
Not For Profit
- Archdiocese of Chicago
- Archdiocese of San Francisco
- Diocese of Orlando
- Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
- La Rabida Children’s Hospital
- St. Josaphat Parish
- The Old Globe
- The Rock Church
- Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
- Youth & Opportunity United, Inc. (Y.O.U.)
Life Sciences & Healthcare
- Amgen, Inc.
- BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Exelixis, Inc.
- Genentech, Inc.
- HCP Inc.
- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology
- Pfizer Global Research & Development
- Salk Institute for Biological Studies
- Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
- Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
- Scripps Health
- Shire Regenerative Medicine
- Takeda Pharmaceuticals
- City of Des Plaines, Illinois
- City of Lake Forest, Illinois
- County of San Diego
- Park District of Oak Park
- Unified Port of San Diego
- Village of Oak Park, Illinois
- Village of Tinley Park, Illinois
- Wisconsin Department of Transportation
- California Polytechnic State University
- California State University
- Chicago International Charter School
- Francis W. Parker School, Chicago
- Ida Crown Jewish Academy
- Knox College
- Lycee Francais
- National University
- North Shore School District
- Point Loma Nazarene University
- Rasmussen College
- San Diego Community College District
- Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
- University of California San Diego
Principal, San Francisco
Drawn to PMA’s reputation for high quality clients, projects, and alignment with PMA’s cultural values, Rob feels that the firm’s integrity and it’s collaborative approach - seeking input, alignment and buy-in from the entire project team, maximizes positive results to realize a client’s vision.
With over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry as an architect and owner’s representative for a wide range of product types, Rob manages the operations of the San Francisco office and oversees service delivery for the diverse and demanding requirements of the industries that dominate the market, including technology and life sciences. His in-depth market perspective, success at building deep client relationships, and mentoring and developing the San Francisco team has contributed to the firm’s growth and expansion in the Northern California Bay Area. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, a Certificate in Investment Real Estate from the University of California, Irvine and is a California licensed Architect.
Principal, LEED AP BD+C - Chicago
Gene is one of the three founding principals of PMA, and believes the greatest accomplishment the firm has achieved is creating a culture of trust.
More than 40 years of diverse real estate industry experience in project management, development, asset management and construction management distinguishes Gene as a knowledgable authority whether providing principal oversight on client projects, guiding strategic business initiatives or providing counsel on firm activities including financial operations and reporting, business development and recruiting and professional development. Gene holds a Master of Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is also an Illinois licensed Architect and Illinois licensed Real Estate Broker.
Principal, Chicago and San Francisco
As one of the three founding principals of PMA, Jeff takes pride in the firm’s long-standing reputation of operating with a high sense of integrity and commitment to fairness, and to the firm’s ability to consistently develop and maintain lasting relationships that lead to successful projects.
Jeff’s accumulated industry experience and development expertise over 40 years guides his strategic oversight and delivery of services for a wide range of clients. As the principal contact for a large healthcare REIT client, Jeff manages overall strategy and leads the project teams for all development activities including planning, design, and construction for new multi-building campuses and redevelopments, facility acquisitions, and capital improvements for life sciences, business, and medical office developments across the client’s US portfolio. Jeff also plays an integral role in defining and implementing the firm’s technology capabilities and initiatives including its web-based project management system. Jeff holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is also an Illinois (inactive) and Wisconsin licensed Architect and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Principal, AIA, LEED AP - Chicago
Roger believes that clients value PMA’s willingness and ability to deliver timely, accurate information and advice, even when it's not the easy road to take. He is gratified by the personal growth and success of others in the firm, especially those who have developed from entry level team members to become key leaders on large, complicated projects.
Roger is the managing principal of PMA’s Chicago office, responsible for project planning and staffing, client relations, business development, and managing local team members. As a key member of the executive team, he works in tandem with other executive members directing firm-wide operations and financial activities, implementing project management systems and procedures, and establishing corporate policies to advance the strategic goals of the firm. Highly regarded for his natural team leadership and consensus-building ability, Roger’s portfolio of experience is diverse, amassed over his 25+ years of experience in project management and owner representation, including projects in higher education, K-12, multi-family residential, corporate office, non-for-profit, retail, and municipal sectors. Roger holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Iowa State University.
Principal, LEED AP - San Diego
Ken believes that PMA’s commitment to collaboration is evidenced by the firm’s ability to successfully deliver complex projects coordinated among large multi-disciplined project teams, while keeping an open mind and clear focus on client objectives.
Ken brings 30+ years of industry experience in project management and owner representation to his role as Managing Principal of the San Diego office, with specific expertise of the unique facilities requirements of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare industry. Under his leadership and supported by a team of multi-disciplined professionals with experience in a wide array of project types, PMA is recognized throughout the Southern California market as a top-tier provider of project management consulting for individual, developer, and investor clients from a diversity of industries, including life sciences, higher education, corporate, hospitality, and residential. Ken holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
J. Michael Tracy
J. Michael Tracy
Principal, San Diego
As one of PMA’s three founding principals, Mike believes that people define the PMA experience. He takes pride in the firm’s ability to attract and retain great people - people who are curious, who challenge themselves and who understand that collaboration isn’t just a word on our website, but is the very essence of how we do business.
Mike’s experience in real estate development spans over 40 years and includes a broad range of complex projects across the US. A talented problem solver, Mike’s capacity for bold thinking and innovation are his hallmarks. He is expert at building consensus among disparate, multi-disciplinary teams to achieve client goals, and forming alliances to grow and expand the firm’s business. Mike applies his experience and knowledge to delivering consulting services to multiple clients and varied project types, and serves as the principal contact and delivery strategist for a large multi-family REIT client with a national portfolio. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts and Economics from Knox College in Illinois.
Vice President, San Francisco
Anthony was attracted to PMA by its unique culture and ability to work with colleagues from richly diverse backgrounds and a wide range of expertise.
His professional real estate experience in both project management and architectural design has created a deep portfolio ranging from commercial office to financial operations to research facilities. Anthony is the primary contact and team leader for a large biopharmaceutical client in the San Francisco Bay Area. His experience and immersion in the biopharmaceutical and biotech industry has provided him with valuable knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by companies in this market. Anthony combines this practice with building long term client relationships, and mentoring and developing talented staff to identify new opportunities and help to grow the firm’s business. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Vice President, LEED AP, PMP - Orlando
Leon finds that clients most value PMA’s uncommon courage and strategic thinking for solving project challenges, results that can be credited to the firm’s culture of independent thinking and empowerment of its employees.
Leon has more than 15 years of experience in the development and construction industry with a portfolio that includes a wide variety of projects for hospitality, commercial office, industrial, biomedical research, retail, religious facilities and residential development. Leon manages the operations of the Orlando office, assembles and leads project teams to achieve client goals, and develops relationships to expand the firm’s business throughout the Southeast region. His market knowledge and business development skills have contributed to the growth and diversification of the PMA portfolio in the region. Leon holds a Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the University of Florida.
Vice President, LEED AP - San Francisco
Matt embraces PMA's focus on building authentic relationships and knows that clients rely upon this core value when selecting an owner’s representative. He believes that optimal results are achieved through strong relationships built on transparency, honesty and objectivity.
Matt brings over 15 years of well-rounded industry experience in real estate development, entitlements, design, construction, and financial analysis to his role as a senior PMA team member. As a main point of contact for various institutional investors and a large healthcare REIT, Matt combines his knowledge of the development process with creative problem solving to successfully meet client needs. Matt has delivered projects ranging from ground up campus developments to complex urban high rise assignments. He has also managed tenant improvement, redevelopment and capital improvement projects including office, industrial, retail and multi-family residential. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Real Estate, from San Diego State University.
Vice President, AIA - San Francisco
Jerry believes that clients choose PMA because they value the firm’s rigorous strategic approach, based on deep technical knowledge and broad industry experience. Equally important to clients is the firm’s unique management approach which reflects its commitment to honesty, transparency and mutual accountability that leads to progressive, successful outcomes.
As a practiced professional with 25 years of experience as an architect and owner’s representative, Jerry’s portfolio includes complex projects for corporate, commercial, government, higher education and institutional clients. He brings design expertise and collaboration to his role leading large multi-disciplined teams through planning to occupancy for a large life sciences REIT client. Jerry holds a Master of Architecture from Tulane University in Louisiana and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois. He also is a licensed Architect in Illinois, Colorado, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.
Vice President Finance
Vice President Finance, Chicago
Sandra believes clients appreciate PMA’s ability to make tough decisions and she values its commitment to helping clients make their project goals a reality.
Sandra has more than 35 years of business administration, operational and financial experience. She is a valued and integral member of the senior management team, responsible for managing the firm’s financial activities and contributing to the development and implementation of policies and procedures that advance the firm’s strategic goals both in finance and general operations.
B. Timothy Desmond
Senior Vice President
B. Timothy Desmond
Senior Vice President, AIA - Chicago
B. Timothy Desmond has joined PMA as a Senior Vice President. He brings more than 35 years of experience in the real estate development industry to his new role, and will be working closely with senior leadership to build on current relationships and expand the firm’s network of business opportunities. Timothy’s portfolio includes commercial office, hospitality, convention, land development, and high rise luxury condominium residential development ranging from $70M to more than $800M
Vice President, AIA - Chicago
With more than 30 years of industry experience, Tom came to PMA as a result of the high levels of quality and professionalism he encountered when working on projects with the firm. He feels that clients are attracted to these same qualities, finding exceptional value in the depth and breadth of experience PMA brings to a project.
Tom is a recognized industry leader specializing in corporate interior design and offers a high level of marketplace knowledge regarding the unique requirements of commercial and corporate interior projects of varying sizes and design complexities. As a former Principal and Director for a Chicago design firm, and in other leadership roles throughout his career, he has overseen firm operations, directed and managed both internal and external project teams to achieve client goals, and contributed to business growth by developing lasting client relationships. Tom holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Ball State University in Indiana and is an Illinois licensed Architect.
Vice President, San Francisco
Vice President, San Francisco
Peter was drawn to PMA because the firm has, since it’s founding, carefully developed and nurtured a practice dedicated to delivering owner’s representation services at the highest possible level. He feels that clients most value a PMA team’s ability to internalize their business objectives and tailor project success to their specific needs.
Peter currently provides program management for a large life sciences and healthcare REIT, focusing on both portfolio administration and project specific oversight. Experience in design, construction, and general management of over one million square feet of ground-up and tenant improvement projects allow him to strategically plan and execute projects and effectively manage large project teams. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University in California and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley.
Vice President, P.E., LEED AP - San Diego
Ted believes that PMA differentiates itself in the marketplace by being true to its core values. Clients recognize this, and value PMA’s commitment to understanding their needs and motivations.
Ted’s experience in management, consulting, and engineering encompasses all phases of real estate development and spans more than 20 years. His portfolio includes a broad range of product types that range from hospitality, commercial and education to large-scale infrastructure and complex redevelopment projects for clients in the United States and the United Kingdom. He serves an integral role overseeing the delivery of services and managing relations with several key PMA clients, including a large European entertainment company, a multi-family REIT client with a national portfolio, and a county government client. Ted holds a Master of Science in Construction and Engineering Management from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is also a California registered Professional Civil Engineer.
Vice President, San Diego
Russell worked alongside PMA on a successful project before deciding to join the firm. This experience demonstrated to him the value PMA places on trust-based relationships with all team members, a quality that allows for forthright discussion of project issues and challenges as they arise.
Russell has 20+ years of experience in construction management, coordinating and leading project teams through planning, design and construction on a diverse portfolio that includes residential, hospitality, retail, office, higher education, healthcare, biotech and public works projects. He brings a high level of expertise to understanding client objectives, organizing project teams and building consensus to meet the project goals. Russ holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Roger Williams College in Rhode Island.
Vice President, AIA, LEED AP - San Francisco
Tom values the naturally collaborative approach that defines the PMA experience. Working with smart, conscientious, engaging team members with a wide variety of professional experiences brought him to PMA and, clients tell him, its what they value most as well.
With over 30 years of experience, Tom has built a reputation for managing highly complex projects, particularly in technically savvy environments. As the team leader for a large utility client and a multinational technology company, he applies his extensive technical and architectural design expertise to these clients’ most challenging project demands to deliver innovative efficiencies while fulfilling project goals. Tom holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and is a California licensed Architect.
Vice President, AIA - Chicago
Alice believes that clients value PMA’s ability to provide broad industry perspective, insight and critical thinking while also achieving technical and process control to successfully manage risk.
As a results-driven professional with 40+ years of diverse real estate industry experience, Alice’s portfolio includes a broad array of project types with development and design complexity and high performance demands, including residential multi-family, transit oriented mixed-use, biotechnology research and development, commercial office, and industrial development. She brings a broad level of development expertise and strong leadership skills to her role as a senior team leader for a large, multi-family REIT client with a national portfolio. Alice holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President, LEED AP - Chicago
Since joining PMA, Andy has embraced the firm’s core values as the foundation of both effective client communication and service. He believes that PMA’s ability to seamlessly align with a client’s business and project goals provides peace of mind that PMA is their absolute owner advocate.
Andy is a demonstrated leader with experience managing diverse project teams for a wide variety of product types. He plays an integral role in the growth of the firm’s business, is instrumental in the professional growth and mentoring of project staff, brings a consistent leadership style to both internal and external project teams, and is a leading voice in support of strengthening and enhancing internal operations. Andy holds a Master of Architecture in Real Estate Finance & Construction Management Concentration and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Vice President, LEED AP - San Diego
Jeff appreciates PMA’s culture of team work and the deep knowledge and resources provided by the wide range of professionals at the firm. He feels that clients value the firm’s absolute owner advocacy and trust PMA team members as if they were a member of their own staff.
Jeff has more than 25 years of professional experience in project management and real estate development and is the primary team leader for key clients in life science, office/industrial, and higher education. Jeff applies his extensive technical expertise of all phases of real estate development to his role with PMA and is guided by his commitment to the firm’s emphasis on collaborative partnerships. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from the University of Redlands in California.
Vice President Marketing
Vice President Marketing, Chicago
Jill values the firm’s commitment to fostering a collaborative culture that empowers team members at all levels. She believes PMA is set apart in the industry by its authentic focus on building relationships that are grounded in mutual respect and trust.
Jill has more than 20 years of experience in professional services marketing in the real estate industry. She oversees the firm’s marketing and communications strategies and programs, develops and implements marketing procedures, collaborates on business development efforts and operational initiatives, and manages the activities of the corporate marketing team. Working with internal and external teams, she directs the development of a wide range of activities while maintaining the firm’s brand identity in areas including firm credentials, email marketing, website content, photography, proposals, presentations, internal communications, technology platforms, promotions, corporate events, public relations and social media. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from DePaul University in Illinois.
Vice President, LEED® Green Associate
Jeff values the firm’s commitment to fairness and integrity, and appreciates the open and honest environment that it fosters in the office and among project team members. He believes clients value PMA’s absolute advocacy to act in their best interest at all times.
Jeff brings 20 years of experience in real estate development and owner representation to his role as a senior PMA team member. He has managed the planning, design and construction activities for a diverse range of commercial, residential and institutional real estate and building projects and plays a key role in the delivery of the firm’s services to an expanding client base.
As the relationship lead for a national multi-family residential developer, Jeff collaborates with the client’s internal staff and teams of design, construction, and engineering professionals throughout the development process to deliver projects that meet client goals and add value to their portfolio. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Advanced Technical Studies from Southern Illinois University.