1. What is project management and why should companies engage your services? What is your differentiator?
Project management is a ‘cradle to grave’ service, where we handle the projects for and on behalf of our clients, from start to finish. We act as the representative of our clients by being their eyes and ears on the ground. Our mandate is to represent the best interests of our clients, ensuring projects are completed within budget and schedule, with a high level of quality and risks properly managed and mitigated. Types of projects we manage include office fit-outs (commercial interiors), residential developments, industrial developments, hospitality/leisure developments and even mission critical projects.
Companies commission us so they can focus on their core business and not get bogged down by the day-to-day affairs of the project. We will act as the single point of contact (SPOC) for the project from inception to project completion.
Our advantage over our competitors is that we offer bespoke project management solutions contingent on the project objectives, client requirements and type of project. We treat every project as a unique endeavor so we tailor-fit our solution according to the needs and idiosyncrasies of the project. Our team is also lean hence we leverage on our proprietary systems and processes to execute our projects.
2. What are the lessons you’ve learned over the course of your career as an engineer that have shaped the way you lead?
Do not be afraid to get your hands dirty. Treat every project as a learning experience and opportunity to build relationships and further expand your network. And when a client engages you, make sure to add value to the project.
I also empower my project managers to make their own decisions. I do not micro-manage them. I only step in if there are issues that cannot be resolved at the ground level.
3. Tell us about your experience as an engineer that led you to this point in your career with Colliers.
I started as a structural engineer for one of the biggest engineering firms in the world right after passing the Civil Engineering licensure exams. I got bored reviewing building codes of different countries and doing modelling and simulation on design software. I initially got into structural design because I wanted to be like Michael Scofield, who was a structural engineer on Prison Break. LOL.
Six (6) months into my first job an opportunity beckoned to work for a multi-national real estate firm as a Project Engineer. I rolled the dice and moved to a new company without any experience in Project Management. I was fortunate to have been mentored by seasoned Project Managers, who showed me the ropes and trusted me enough to handle intricate projects and difficult clients.
I also had the opportunity to work for one of the biggest conglomerates in the Philippines, where I headed a multi-billion peso project and was answerable to the board and various stakeholders of the company. I also ran my own boutique project management consultancy firm, which grew exponentially in just three (3) years.
4. How do you see the project management business in the Philippines evolving over the next 5 years?
Project management will remain a vital service in the country. Companies across all industries will ride the Philippine growth wave and will undertake projects and initiatives that will grow businesses, increase revenues and market shares. Project management will be utilized to rein in these projects and initiatives. In the Philippines, real estate industry is expected to grow about 12% over the next five (5) years, hence there are still plenty of opportunities for project management. Upside is still tremendous.
5. What do you do in your down time and what is it about the activity that you like?
I binge watch (Netflix and Amazon Prime), work out, run, do yoga and play golf. I also read books on security analysis and stock trading to keep my mind sharp and improve my trading skills.
All-time favorites include Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Narcos, Breaking Bad, Ozark and
Better Call Saul.
Nothing in particular but am currently listening to Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee for sure. Need to have my daily caffeine fix. Americano (black), Macchiato and Affogato.
Locally I’d say Anvaya. We try to go to Anvaya at least once a month to hit the beach.
When I was in college I devoured books of Mario Puzo, John Grisham and Tom Clancy.
This year, one of my resolutions is to rekindle my love for reading.
My goal this year is to read at least 50 books. Stretch goal is to read 100 books.