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Karen (Maytnier) Wilkes

Construction/Project Manager

Raleigh, NC

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PMI PMP Project Manager Professional (in-training with targeted certification June 2012) with 10+ years experience. Productive team leader; effectively managed multiple simultaneous projects in a fast paced environment with proven track record of on-time within budget project delivery. Extensive project and construction management background within multiple market sectors. Experienced with planning, negotiating/bidding, contracting, budgeting, scheduling and purchasing using Microsoft Project and cost tracking software. Superior verbal and written communication skills. Easily develop and retain positive relationships with customers, government officials and project teams. Adept at problem-solving with sound analytical ability.

Work Experience

Consultant - Project Management

Lifestylists360 Consultancy
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Raleigh, NC
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2011 to Present

Project Management Specialist creating order, calm and efficiency to meet critical project deadlines.

Vice President-Project Management

Madison Marquette
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Washington, DC
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2008 to 2010

Team Leader for University Mall master concept plan and Rams Plaza site renovation, Chapel Hill, NC 
Major Accomplishments: 
• Spearheaded Phase I of re-development in accordance with corporate objectives, site restrictions and land use to meet community expectations and shareholder ROI. 
• Built and leveraged relationships with City Officials and NCDOT to gain permit approval for new site entrance 
• Generated presentation and negotiated with City Officials to attain key tenant upfit expedited permits, signage and Phase II exterior renovation permit approvals

Development Manager

The Cypress of Raleigh
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Raleigh, NC
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2006 to 2008

Managed Phase 1 $123M development of upscale condominium equity model retirement community with clubhouse and skilled nursing facility. 
Major Accomplishments: 
• Represented Ownership by developing effective relationships with City officials to successfully obtain all permit approvals ahead of projected schedule 
• Defined and directed overall low voltage design and installation for seven community-wide systems 
• Accountable for $1.5M Start-up and $1.3M FF&E budgets. Completed project on-time within-budget 
• Managed design and interior finish selections of 34 new custom luxury homes with resident buyers 
• Created detailed RFP for 202 home move-in process, analyzed results, advised and recommended provider to Ownership and new residents 
• Identified, selected and purchased complete artwork and amenities packages for all community buildings 
• Exceeded owner's design and functionality expectations by advising, hiring and coordinating design, engineering, telecommunications and utilities infrastructure teams to bring project in ahead of schedule, reducing carrying costs by closing on $100M+ enabling construction financing to be greatly reduced.

Real Estate Development, Management and General Contractor

Montgomery Development
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Chapel Hill, NC
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2004 to 2006

General Manager - Development, Projects & Leasing 
Charged with business development for real estate acquisition, development and retail client expansion. Project management of new retail freestanding construction and in-line tenant upfits. 
Major Accomplishments: 
• Strengthened company's operations and growth by effectively negotiating and securing nine new national retail 
accounts and sourcing additional partners for joint venture real estate acquisitions. 
• Successfully project managed two new ground up freestanding Walgreens pharmacy stores in Central Florida 
• Profitably managed and supervised numerous tenant upfits for new and existing retail clients in six U.S. states 
• Researched, evaluated, recommended and selected business solutions that optimized departmental functions 
KAREN (MAYTNIER) WILKES,

Director of Tenant Coordination

Zimmer Development Company
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Wilmington, NC
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2003 to 2004

Project and Construction Management and Tenant Coordination of Mayfaire Town Center Phase I 
Major Accomplishments: 
• Utilized substantial background in Tenant Coordination to review and approve all retail tenants' architectural and signage construction documents in accordance with landlord criteria 
• Developed productive relationships with city and county officials to facilitate and secure all permit approvals 
• Evaluated, recommended and supervised all tenant/site life safety work 
• Owner's representative to all project team members, government officials and tenants with successful on-time within budget project delivery by March 25, 2004 grand opening

Field Tenant Coordinator

The Richard E. Jacobs Group
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Cleveland, OH
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2002 to 2003

Accountable for Tenant Coordination, Project and Construction Management of Triangle Town Center 
Major Accomplishments: 
• Built relationships with City of Raleigh officials to negotiate and facilitate delivery of 137 tenant permit approvals to meet owner's project schedule. 
• Owner's Representative to manage and supervise 72 retail construction upfits with successful on time delivery 
• Employer recognition of performance added additional nine months project oversight of several post grand opening retail tenant upfits

Design and Construction Coordinator

Urban Retail Properties
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Chicago, IL
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2001 to 2002

Chicago, Illinois 2001 - 2002 
(Retail Real Estate Developer, Owner and Management Company) 
Design and Construction Coordinator 
Responsible for the Project and Construction Management and Tenant Coordination of The Streets at Southpoint and Main Street 
Major Accomplishments: 
• Administered and communicated landlord criteria to 37 retail tenants and associated architects 
• Analyzed, reviewed and approved tenants' architectural construction documents 
• Facilitated, coordinated and oversaw construction of 37 retail tenant spaces for March 8, 2002 grand opening

Senior Manager - Design Studio and Procurement

Winston Hotels Inc
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Raleigh, NC
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1998 to 2000

Major Accomplishments: 
• Supervised seven interior designers and three purchasing agents for 51 hotel portfolio in 13 U.S. States 
• Created company Supplier Application package and Supplier Certification Guidelines for company's terms and conditions for all vendor purchase order contracts 
• Negotiated annual account pricing programs for $9M CAPX and new development expenditure 
• Procured $11M FF&E for new hotel projects within budget, per schedule to meet hotel grand opening dates

Education

Bachelor of Arts

Tulane University -
New Orleans, LA

Associate of Arts in Interior Design

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising -
Los Angeles, CA

North Carolina Real Estate Broker's License

Howard Perry & Walston

Skills

Project Management Professional (PMP)-PMI certification pending exam target date June 2012, MS Office, MS Project, SureTrack, Timberline,*Critical thinker-Strategist, Analytical, Problem Solver, Detail Minded, Results Oriented

Additional Information

Areas of Expertise 
Strategic Planning Owner Representation Tenant Coordination 
Budgeting/Forecasting Project Analysis Interior Design 
Negotiation Conflict Resolution Leasing