Name : djsimard
Industry Type : Real Estate Developers
City & State : La Habra Heights, CA
Job Title Division President
Relocation Preferences : Negotiable
Objective : Acquisitions / Dispositions / Entitlements / Development / Finance / Property Management
Resume :  
Professional Experience:
2005 to presentStorm Properties, Inc. & Storm Western Development, Inc.
Division President (2007 2009)
Director of Acquisitions & Entitlements (2005 2007)
Reported directly to the CEO and Board of Directors on a quarterly basis. Responsible for all acquisitions and dispositions of industrial/commercial/residential assets. Managed the entitlement and construction departments consisting of engineers, project managers and construction personnel. Coordinating the corporate and real estate counsels. Oversaw the expansion of the portfolio from one million to two and half million square feet over five years while maintaining the residential real estate redevelopment arm of the company through acquisitions and master planning. Completed all
strategic plans with CEO and developed the business and financial plans of the organization with the Controller.

2003 to 2005Velocitel, Inc.
Project Director Midwest Operations (2003 2005)
Managed the Mid-West region which covered 12 states. Oversaw new business development, maintained relationships with existing clients and oversaw daily operations through-out the region. Reported directly to the COO and CEO of Velocitel based out of Irvine, CA. Coordinated several national projects with Fortune 100 companies. Oversaw lease and sale negotiations, entitlements, state and municipal processing as well as asset dispositions and acquisitions. Reviewed and controlled regional budget.

1999 to 2003The Everest Group, LLC
Senior Acquisition & Leasing Manager (2001 2003)
Acquisition & Leasing Manager (2000 2001)
Attorney (1999 2000)
Worked with Fortune 500 communication carriers to secure real estate through lease or acquisition approximately 1500 deals a year. Managed and coordinated multi-million dollar construction projects successfully completing ahead of schedule and within budgetary constraints. Relationship building and long-term strategic planning of future endeavors. Budget review and approval.

1997 to 1999Terry T. Warren & Associates
Associate (1998 1999)
Clerk (1997 1998)
Managed several large-scale residential and commercial projects through all phases of development. Served as a contractual and property law consultant to the general counsel of several corporations. Provided legal guidance to municipal and state agencies.

1994 to 1997Apple Realty
Commercial Agent (1995 1997)
Specialized in commercial and light industrial real estate, as well as property
valuation and appraisal.

Academic Credentials:
Juris Doctor - Michigan State University College of Law 1996 to 1999
Honors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - University of Windsor - 1992 to 1996
Honors Bachelor of Arts in History - University of Windsor 1992 to 1996
Real Estate Association & Appraisal Certificate - St. Clair College - 1994 to 1995

Dale Carnegie Leadership Certification
Construction Compliance Certification
Project Management Certification

Professional & Extracurricular Highlights:
State Supreme Court Bar (admitted)
U.S. District Court - Northern District (Federal Bar, admitted)
State of California Notary Public (active)
California Real Estate Sales License (active)
Urban Land Institute Mentorship Program (2006 present)
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (Membership Committee)
Building Industry Association (Member)
Relationship Building Network (Member)
Contributor, Development in the Industrial Market" RealShare
Contributor, Market Updates - Real Estate Southern California Globe Street
Panelist, "San Bernardino Water Conference" - San Bernardino Water Board
Panelist, "Forecasting Leasing, Investment and Development in the Industrial Market" RealShare
Consulted on Real Estate Development / Construction for Goldman Sachs Proprietary Investing
Consulted on Industrial / Warehouse Real Estate for Merchants' Gate Capital
Consulted on Los Angeles / Santa Clarita Valley Real Estate and Real Estate Values for Anchorage Capital Group
Extensive background in the Miller-Heiman Conceptual Sales Program.
Extensive computer expertise - all versions of Windows, dBase, Lotus, Excel, WordPerfect, Word, Works, Access, PowerPoint, LEXIS-NEXIS, Westlaw, Yardi, Great Plains, etc.
Excellent capacity to work in and understand diverse cultures; extremely well traveled, and multi-lingual with fluency in English and French.

Doubled the size of the real estate portfolio (up to two and half million square feet) in four years by acquiring single investment units and clusters of commercial buildings around the southwestern United States.
Performed the largest industrial disposition on the west coast at the height of the market in 2008, timing to coincide with the downturn that occurred at the end of 2008 with a value exceeding 100M.
Handled transactions between private individuals, investment funds and offshore investors (typical transaction size exceeding 10M each)
Coordinated and negotiated all relationships with sellers, buyers and joint venture partners.
Successfully expanded industrial portfolio into multiple states including successful negotiations with the Ports of Seattle/Tacoma in Washington and Port of Stockton in California.
Strong track record of consistent relationship building over a 15 year period with an outstanding record of providing significant business and profit growth.
Successfully completed large scale residential acquisitions and master plan projects in the Inland Empire.
Sold final vertical construction in the Inland Empire in FY2009 with a profit.
Negotiated one of the only raw industrial land sales in the Moreno Valley/Perris corridor in mid-2009.
Exceptional ability to identify and capitalize on market opportunities by timing the market.
Developed a risk matrix which has allowed for the minimizing of financial impacts that would not be apparent in traditional underwriting models using Argus and Crystal Ball modeling program(s).
Able to successfully develop, negotiate and maintain long term relationships.
Captured key account with leading development companies and secured over 250M in revenues in 2001.
Managed and coordinated multi-million dollar industrial development projects for Fortune 500 corporations successfully, ahead of schedule and within budgetary constraints.
Superior leadership, team building and motivation abilities; demonstrated competencies in generating enthusiasm and results from project staff. Staff increased productivity and client satisfaction after in-house Carnegie strategies were adopted at two companies.

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