Name : Kristi Newton
Industry Type : Design Build Firms- EPC
City & State : Kissimmee, FL
Job Title Interior Project Manager
Relocation Preferences : United States
Objective : Goal: Utilize my design talents and project management experience in the Hospitality and Building Industry to implement challenging projects while promoting high quality industry standards.
Resume :  
Reunion Resort of Orlando: Wyndham Grande Vacation Resort July 2006-Aug 2012
Interior Design/ Project Manager
Create standards and strategies in design, procedure, and construction for the Reunion Rental Program. Evaluate and Project Manage all condo/vacation ownership units for aesthetic quality, ADA, hospitality maintenance, durability, and safety. Oversee vendor resources including designers, products selections and optimal pricing. Plan and execute design and budget for capital renovations. Liaisons with Department stakeholders to obtain lessons learned and improve product excellence and efficiency.
Interim Engineering Manager
Supervise 14 direct reports for Maintenance Department. Reorganize department to employees strengths. Results include zero turnover, highest employee satisfaction score in company, and reduction of department labor and material costs. Responsible for operational budgets and forecasts.

Vallery Custom Homes June 2005-July 2006
Specifically located in Reunion Resort, design custom high end vacation homes for worldwide clients. Manage contract budgets, evaluate site conditions, and develop plans and specifications unique to each client. Responsible to adhere to all Reunion Guidelines, ADA and hospitality building codes for rental program.

Walt Disney Imagineering May 1996 June 2005
Art Director, Disney Cruise Line
Formulate program and operational requirements for yearly renovations (two week dry-dock). Responsible for scope, schedule, and estimates for all dry-dock interiors. Participate in standards committee for ADA compliance and pool renovations. Leads design vision and venue team including managers, designers, and coordinators. Initiate show quality program to improve guest area presentation while reducing maintenance costs.
Senior Design Manager, Disney Vacation Club, Hotels, Downtown Disney, Animal Kingdom
Manage scope, schedule and budget for design efforts. Determine project teams through direct reporting including Interiors, Graphics, Show Illustration, and Architecture. Advisor to Senior Management for design feasibility, timelines and long term goals. Mentor new managers and establish procedures for design program.
International Project Coordinator, Disney Cruise Line
Implemented mock up rooms for Guest Rooms and Suites including design reviews and presentations to upper management, bidding, negotiating and hiring international contractors and vendors. Established replacement specifications and documentation for all interior products, domestically and internationally, including development of products for International Maritime Standards (Fire) code. Set up new warehouse with inventory plan for future procurement and maintenance of attic stock. Managed design enhancements and warranty and ADA work including identifying problems and recommended solutions, Supervise installation while maintaining guest satisfaction and minimal disruptions. Position required extensive travel to Europe and the Bahamas.


Keller Graduate School June 05 Graduate
Masters of Business Administration GPA: 3.8 of 4.0
Certificate of Project Management awarded July 2004

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl 1995/96 year
Graduate School of ArchitectureGPA: 3.4 of 4.0

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN1989 Graduate
Bachelor of Science, Interior Design MajorGPA: 3.7 of 4.0
Special Project: Study abroad analysis on Italian Cathedrals

Personal and Professional Activities

LEED Green Associate, 2012- present
Certificate of Project Management, 2004- present
Peace Lutheran Church and School, Expansion Committee Secretary
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour guide
Habitat for Humanity volunteer

Current Projects

Reunion Resort and Wyndham Vacation Ownership: Lobby renovation
Purpose is to accommodate the Wyndham Vacation Ownership Sales team

Reunion Resort: Models for Hannigan Homes exclusively for Reunion vacation rental program
Models consist of 3 designs: Contemporary, Tuscan, and Island themes

Peace Lutheran Church and School: Lead Designer and Project Manager
$2M school expansion and LEED certification

Completed Projects

Disney Cruise Line: Magic and Wonder, initial launch, Wonder, Drydock 2006

Disney Resort Hotels and Vacation Club: Miscellaneous Renovations

Downtown Disney: Miscellaneous Renovations

Disneys Animal Kingdom: Miscellaneous Renovations

Reunion Resort: Wyndham Grande Condos and Vacation Ownership

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