Name : Steve Carter
Industry Type : Building Owners
City & State : 81 Oakcliff Drive, CA
Job Title VP Construction & Development
Relocation Preferences : any
Objective : Dear Prospective Employer,

I am a well rounded, experienced, proven commodity for a challenging opportunity that offers professional and financial opportunity. As you will see by my resume, I have vast experience in multi unit development, managing the entire progression of development including at a minimum budgeting, design, project viability and analysis, entitlements, developer coordination / tenant relations, and execution of build outs. Additionally, I have a very strong sense of quality control and schedule adherence adhering strictly to budgetary demands.

Although my field of expertise has been in Hospitality and Restaurant Development, all of these development skills can be applied to other fields easily. I have served in positions running departments for extremely successful nationwide development rollouts with Grill On The Alley, Mimis Caf, Potbelly Sandwich Works, and High Volume retailer, Rite Aid.

My experience with High-rise, Mixed Use Development, Life Styles Themed projects as well as directing Tenant Side Responsibilities, and Multiple Project responsibility with and without staff, gives me a unique view of projects from their inception and preliminary design to there build out and completion. Over 200 projects completed under my authority and my experience lends itself to accommodate many challenges, be they financial, municipal, or conceptual. My team building and leadership promotes success in the corporate environment and my personal involvement, work ethic and accountability promote a great environment for others to work in and thrive.

Having been successful on the both the client and vendor side, my adherence and accountability to budgets and schedule issues is unparalleled. I am eager, energetic and one of the industries hardest working individuals, whose goal is to provide opportunity and profit to my employer while providing long term financial and professional security for me and my family.

Please review my information, resume, and references and let me know when we can schedule a meeting to discuss out cooperative futures.


Steve Carter
Resume :  
Steve Carter, LEED A.P.
81 Oakcliff Drive, Laguna Niguel, California 92677
Phone (949) 495-4191 Mobile (949) 363-3886


GRILL CONCEPTS, INC; Woodland Hills, California

Grill Concepts, Inc. is the publicly held parent company of the Grill on the Alley, Daily Grill, and In Short Order restaurant concepts. Grill Concepts Inc, includes 31 privately held, managed and licensed locations that offers upscale, casual, and barista style dining venues. Annual sales for Grill Concepts is $145 million.


Preside over the companys first significant development undertaking in the Upscale Casual market segment. I successfully executed the creation of a new development department by creating policies, procedures and best practices to support our planned growth. This included written procedures and guidelines for physical, practical, and financially responsible development with flexibility addressing challenges inherent in emerging nationwide construction efforts.

Core Responsibilities:

Comprehensive budgeting of potential projects, I am a firm believer in projects starting and ending with the budgeting process. Calculated focus on establishing development partners and participants assembling the team required to entitle, design, manage, and construct all projects.

Identified and targeted growth opportunities in market areas decided on by Executive Committee. Worked with Legal Counsel to negotiate Work Letter, Letters of Intent (LOIs) and Leases for GCI brands. Established delivery timing and development progression based on criteria supporting operations teams.

Additionally as a Member of the Executive Committee I was part of discussions, decisions, and strategic actions affecting the entire corporation.

Established and fulfilled $500K internal operations budget and $24 million construction budget for fiscal years 2007 & 2008.

Created development schedules and strategies to assure new project deliveries and openings adjusted to, and in support of operations time frames.

RITE AID CORPORATION; Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Rite Aid is publicly held (NYSE) and the nation's #3 drugstore chain. It operates 5,200 drugstores in 27 states and Washington, D. C. Annual sales are $29.6 billion.


Core Responsibilities:

Team with Real Estate Vice President to establish and implement Corporate Development and Expansion plan in the Western US. Prepare presentation of prospective deals packages and submit them in person to the Real Estate Executive Committee monthly at Corporate Headquarters.

Oversee the planning, entitlement, architecture, engineering, construction and development of 40 - 60 Major Capitol projects per year identified to fulfill regional goals; this includes Preferred CAP Rate, Ground Lease, Build to Suit, Owner Build, Acquisition and Conversion deals as well as TI opportunities.

Solely responsible to identify, in advance of legal commitment, the cost and anticipated timing of development for future projects to contribute to the corporate sales plan calculations. Executed this responsibility through the management of 5 regional construction managers, 20+ consultants, and administrative staff to supervise the development process of projects and oversee the financial, chronological and quality adherence of individual projects. Additionally tasked to manage all regulatory concerns including; title research, environmental investigation, remediation and compliance, governmental approvals, geotechnical assessments, site planning, schedule feasibility, and existing building and site condition appraisals.

Directed value engineering and alternate elevation design opportunities for jurisdictional approvals while maintaining focus on the companys prototype design and standards.

Generate, monitor, and control, construction budgets & costs through proactive administration of developers proformas, contracts, change orders, and additional scope of service requests from development contributors.

Responsible to identify and secure all municipal licenses, approvals and permits including general plan amendments, conditional use permits and zoning approvals.


Potbelly Sandwich Works is privately held and owns and operates more than 125 sandwich restaurants in Illinois and nine (9) other states. Annual sales are $106.5 million.


With the companys initial significant development undertaking to corner the market segment; I was challenged with, and successfully executed the creation of the department from the ground up, developing and implementing Policies, Procedures and Best Standards of Practice for the entire department. This included written procedural guidelines for Physical, Financial and Practical policies to address challenges of growth inherent to the development process.

Core Responsibilities:

Created and managed all aspects of the construction, design, and development departments. I established the team to construct over sixty (60) units per year with in-house Construction Directors, Construction Managers, Project Coordinators, Design Staff, purchasing department, artifact manufacturing, warehousing, installation and facilities, and associated personnel.

Presented deal opportunities to Executive Committee to implement growth strategies in new market areas.

Established and fulfilled $7 million internal operations budget and $32 million construction budget for fiscal years 2005 & 2006.

Established and conformed to Departmental Standards to comply with Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 planning for an IPO of company.

Increased procurement opportunities and developed strategies to acquire materials, supplies, and equipment culmination in per units cost savings of 8% overall on an already lean budget by increasing and streamlining the owner provided items program for roll-out of units.


Mimis Caf Restaurant was founded in 1978. When I joined the company they operated 31 units in California and Arizona. During my time in service we grew the company to 110 units and expanded into 15 states. Mimis was acquired by Bob Evans Farms in 2004.

1997 2004


Oversee and prepare construction and development budgets, manage general contractors bidding negotiations, award contracts, and evaluate general contractors performances for improved strategic partnerships to better serve a nationwide development plan. In-person reviews during construction and at completion with final sign-off and acceptance.

Directed and supervised architects and engineers to create a newly cost effective and operationally efficient Prototype building resulting in 21% total per unit construction savings. This allowed Mimis Caf to grow in targeted markets previously unable to capture ROI numbers, and with smaller pad site requirements, increased marketability to developers and better cost savings opportunities in unpredictable supply markets. This was the first prototype in 12 years. Participate in the pre-construction development process including site investigation reports. Represent the company at city council, planning commission meetings, architectural design review boards, and liquor license hearings.

Constantly value engineer with architects, MP&E engineers and designers while maintaining building integrity, design objective, and quality. Found a balance between value added design opportunities and operational integrity of completed restaurants.

Negotiate with landlords, property owners, and developers for Letter of Intent issues and work letters, Coordinated development timelines within mixed use developments and power centers. Finally signed off on LL deliverables and lease language on tenants behalf.


Developed construction schedules, supervised construction, recruited and organized the FF&E program and provided project management responsibilities for all new construction, also served as liaison between construction and operations departments - staying at sites for up to two weeks post turnover to help operations open new locations.

Reviewed plan check and correct architectural and Fixtures Furnishings and Equipment construction documents; project budgeting, bidding, and job costing; bidding negotiating, and awarding contracts with equipment manufacturers and suppliers; establishing and maintaining construction schedules; field visits to supervise construction, adherence to plans, designs, schedules, site conditions, and overall project status and quality; and, contract administration, change order reconciliation, and extras negotiation.

CARTER COORDINATION; Tuscany Hills, California

Carter Coordination was a kitchen equipment design, supply, and installation firm.


My goal with operating my own Project Management Company was to provide the highest quality program and project management to companies with capital expenditure goals. Utilizing my specialized expertise in project management, companies could benefit by quickly reacting and responding to ever-changing budgets, human resources, and market conditions. This resulted in my clients bottom line profitability by relieving pressures on budgets, payroll, and expenses.

Services included Design Consultation and Management, Fixtures Furnishings and Equipment consulting, procurement and installation and Complete Capitol Development Management, including budgeting, Bid Support and negotiation, Project management, supervision and turn over assistance.

At the conclusion of the second of two construction opportunities as a consultant to Mimis Caf, the company offered me a position in-house to lead future construction efforts in anticipation of a major development push.

1994 1996KOO-KOO-ROO INC; Los Angeles, California

1991 1994ROBERT/CLARK EQUIPMENT CO; Irvine, California


Attended Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA on a full athletic scholarship for participation in NCAA football. Academic Major in Communications / Minor in Secondary Education. GPA 3.2.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
National Restaurant Association (NRA)

I served in the United States Navy and United States Naval Reserves, and was Honorably Discharged in 1994. I was honored as Distinguished Graduate from Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes Illinois, and gratefully recognized as Most Outstanding New Recruit, additionally selected as the RCPO Commander for Commencement Ceremonies. Upon finishing at the top of my class in Hospital Corpsman School, I was cross assigned to the Marine Corps and trained with a fifty (50) man platoon at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.

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