Name : James F. Reilly Jr.
Industry Type : Real Estate Developers- Managers
City & State : Valparaiso, IN
Job Title Store Planning and COnstruction Manager
Relocation Preferences :
Objective : James F. Reilly Jr.
824 Yorktown Street - Valparaiso, Indiana 46385 - (219) 465-1689 (home) - jimreillyjr[at]

Real Estate Development
Construction Project Management

Proven experience and bottom-line leadership skills in site selection, design, project management including new construction, build-outs and retrofits. Comprehensive knowledge in the management of construction operations encompassing all phases of the project development process from conceptualization to completion. Unique ability to solve complex problems that result in a more efficient design and increased financial returns.

Core Competences:

Site Selection and Lease Development
Entitlements and Permitting
Due Diligence
Civil-Structural-Architectural-Mechanical Design
Estimating and Budget Management
Maximize Project Returns
Information Technologies
Decision Maker
Construction Project Management
Store Planning and Visual Merchandising
Facility Maintenance

Professional Experience:

Paper Source, Inc., Chicago, IL8/08 - 8/12
Store Planning and Construction Manager
Responsibilities included real estate, design, construction operations and maintenance supporting a sixty plus (paper/stationary/craft/gift) retailers national store rollout program with annual budgets exceeding eight million dollars.
Lead the brand expansion development process from real estate site selection, lease development, build ability, design, project budget through construction execution and store set-up.
Formulation and execution of a comprehensive "store in a box" construction process that delivered accelerated project schedules and construction costs forty percent below national standards.
Forecasted and managed all capital / operating expense budgets.
Developed the new store design prototype, storefront, signage and fixture package that positively impacted store sales and evolved visual merchandising standards.
Authored the construction manual and store construction document prototype designs enhancing construction operations, cost controls and schedule adherence.
Directed Production and Distribution Center facility development including maintenance.

Kohler Interiors, Inc., Chicago, IL5/06 - 8/08
Construction Manager
Directed all construction operations for Kohler's retail divisions with annual budgets exceeding ten million dollars per year. Brands included Kohler Stores, Ann Sacks Tile, Baker and McGuire Furniture.
Successfully completed new store and remodel projects including budget estimates, permitting, bidding, contract negotiations, scheduling and construction execution.
Consistently developed projects up to 20 percent under budget while maintaining brand standards.
Designed and orchestrated a store development process to lead multiple retail channels / manufacturing to meet project construction schedule objectives.
Managed store designers, construction coordinators and purchasing personnel.
Ultra Stores, Inc. (Ultra Diamonds), Chicago, IL 2/03 - 10/05
Director of Construction
Designed and managed all phases of a national jewelry store chain expansion program that included lease negotiations, store design, visual merchandising, purchasing, construction, maintenance and store set-up operations.
Creative development of industry recognized store design concepts that had proven sales impact and was nominated for Store of the Year by the Institute of Store Planners.
Cost effective management of a maintenance program that supported one hundred and thirty stores.

Potbelly Sandwich Works, Inc., Chicago, IL 8/01 - 7/02
Consultant / Vice President of Construction
Managed a national rollout program of an "antique styled" quick serve restaurant concept.
Successfully supported the program objectives with accurate financial forecasts, effective construction operations, detailed lease work scope exhibits and site feasibility studies.

The Atlanta Bread Company International, Inc., Atlanta, GA 1/00 - 7/01
Director of Construction
Directed and developed all aspects of a franchise quick serve bakery caf national expansion program.
Managed general contractors, outside architects, internal project and purchasing managers.
Spearheaded the purchasing division reducing costs, simplified ordering and created a profit center.

The Preston Phillips Partnership Architects, Inc., Atlanta, GA 3/98 - 10/99
Senior Project Manager - Studio Leader
Directed a studio responsible for the development of two hundred freestanding CVS Pharmacy stores.
Managed studio project managers, rollout program operations, developers, due diligence requirements, construction administration and outside architects.
Created and enforced project guidelines to meet senior management objectives.

The Home Depot, Inc., Atlanta, GA 11/94 - 1/98
Store Planner
Designed home improvement warehouse stores and managed the store set-up process.
Managed a one million dollar plus new store fixture and set-up budget per project.
Member of the National New Store Setup Process Innovation Team developing creative strategies to reduce cost, labor and time in many aspects of the store set-up process. Individually assigned to a one-year special project to develop a CAD, merchandising, planogram and purchasing system.

Clestra Cleanroom, Inc., Syracuse, NY 1/93 - 11/94
Project Coordinator
Designed and engineered pharmaceutical / genetic engineering facilities.

P & C Food Markets, Inc., Syracuse, NY 2/87 - 11/92
Store Development Specialist / Engineering Systems Administrator
Design and engineering department manager for a regional supermarket retailer.
Developed store designs, directed internal CAD department operations and outside engineering services to generate all construction drawings/specifications (90% produced in house).

T.A. Buscaglia, Inc. / E.G.W., Inc., Buffalo, NY5/86 - 2/87
Tops Supermarket Store Designer
Designed stores and fixtures for a regional supermarket retailer.


Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY 1981 -1982:1986
A.A.S. - Mechanical Design, Industrial Piping and Curriculum Control
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