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Name : Chris Olson
Industry Type : Global Project Devlpmnt Manager
City & State : Detroit, MI
Job Title MI
Relocation Preferences : Related Professions
Objective : Any including International
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101 Dong-3201 Ho, #65-23083 Greenan Lane
Daewoo Trump World #1-30Lake Orion, MI 48362
Hangangro 3-StreetU.S.A.
Yongsan-gu, Seoul, KoreaMobile: 248-884-4415
104-78Email: aaa89[at]


An International Executive, business development / director position that oversees, establishes, maintains, and plans the overall policies and goals for a capital project / design / facilities management department.

With a degree in Business Management after completing my architectural program, I have worked in the commercial architecture / engineering and construction industry for the last 25 years. For many years I have served in the capacity of a Director and Vice President of highly accomplished and results-oriented companies serving the commercial and automotive markets.

Director, Global Project Development, 2005 Present
The PAC Group, General Motors Capital Projects, Worldwide Facilities Group
Wiesbaden, Germany & Seoul, South Korea

Originally based in Wiesbaden, Germany and relocated to Seoul, South Korea in July 2007. As Director of Global Project Development I am responsible for providing successful planning, design and construction oversight and coordination of General Motors interest in the development of international capital projects throughout Asia Pacific and Europe. In this position I am the liaison between the project team and General Motors business group managers and senior leadership.

I have led teams in all aspects of project development including: feasibility studies, site selection, architectural / engineering services, contract negotiations, construction, FF&E, budgeting, scheduling, and overseeing all aspects of complex multi-use real estate projects; concept through design, construction and operational start-up.

My general responsibilities include providing a key role in coordinating with in country global development partners and entities on project execution. In doing so I have core responsibilities centered on the design and construction requirements of each project that include:

Implement and direct General Motors design and construction oversight of multiple development projects by supporting the preparation of development proposals, preparing program and scope documents, and providing financial feasibility analysis. Provide project market analysis, site assessment reviews and master planning coordination. Source, scope, negotiate and administer contracts with AEC consultants in order to support detailed design and construction oversight of the projects. Coordinate with all development partners to ensure compliance with General Motors global standards, technical requirements, budgets and goals. Prepare and present internal project reporting including project site analysis / recommendations, design and construction status, scheduling and budget information. Direct the creation, implementation and coordination of design and development standards / procedures necessary to support General Motors leadership directive for global facility standards. Participate and coordinate the hiring and direction of in-market project management resources in order to provide sufficient in-market project oversight. Interact and coordinate with various domestic and international partners, developers and government entities in order to foster existing and new relationships and establish new opportunities for venue and development projects.

The scopes of my recent projects vary but have been centered on large commercial, engineering and research and development projects including:

General Motors Technical Center, Bangalore, India
New full service 40 acre campus, over 1,000,000 Sq Ft., to support general office, engineering and research & development functions.

GM Advanced Technical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
Establish the first GM project in Israel for the Research & Development group

General Motors Headquarters, India & South Korea
New country specific headquarters for general office functions.

Extensive travel and project experience in the following countries:


Vice President, 2003 - 2005
ARCADIS, Southfield, Michigan Darmstadt, Germany

Senior business development executive with proven experience known throughout the Architectural & Engineering industry for delivering and sustaining revenue and profit gains within the highly competitive U.S. and European retail markets with concentration in the commercial and automotive industry. Extensive design background, exceptional communicator with a consultative sales style, strong negotiating skills, exceptional problem solving abilities, and a keen client needs assessment aptitude. Managing, leading and directing with clear objectives to aggressively identify opportunities, develop focus, and provide tactical business solutions. Spokesman for the United States Buildings Practice in Europe to integrate working relationships between United States and European offices.

Strategic & Tactical Planning
Account Develop. Acquisition
Target Market & Penetration
Business Development
Project Management
Budget Management
Feasibility Studies
Contract Negotiations
Sales Presentations / Closings
Trade Show / Special Events
Outsourcing of Engineering

Extensive business travel throughout North America & Europe

Vice President / Director of Design, 1982 2003
Pazzi Incorporated, Birmingham, Michigan

Vice President design professional with a 20-year accomplished career track record in providing the business community with a full range of High-End Architectural / Interior, Contract Furniture / Fixtures / Equipment, and Facility Management Services. Executive responsibilities revolved around Operations, Design Staff Management, Select Single Project Interior Designs, Project Administration and Design Supervision, Client Liaison, Business Development / Marketing, Long-Range Planning and Strategic Development. Diplomatic Leadership Skills were foundational to overseeing design, production, construction, procurement and facilities management functions.

Managing Director
Project / Construction Mgmt.
Business Growth Strategies
Sales Team Leader
General Contracting
Contract Negotiations
Broker / Owner Relations
Key Project Design
Sales & Business Development
Common Process Initiatives
Facilities Management
Policy Formulation

Partner in Commercial Office Design / Contracting Firm

1974 1982Coordinated Industries, Farmington Hills, Michigan
Senior Designer, 1977 - 1982
Junior Designer, 1974 1977

1972 1974TMP Associates, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


Designed and directed projects from conception to completion in a logical, professional manner that gained the confidence and respect of many architects, engineers, contractors and developers.
Developed criteria to determine value and redundancy of suppliers, negotiated strategic partnerships with preferred suppliers based on capabilities, volume discounts and expeditious procurement.
Broadened long-range business development plans and effected cultural change thru open communication and an enterprise-wide education process.
Directed design and construction phases of high visibility projects that include corporate headquarters, banking facilities, professional firms and automotive facilities.
Incorporated project management skills to manage diverse group of staff, consultants, and suppliers thru multiple projects with demanding schedules.


Discerning business sense for organizational efficiency
Expert implementer of common process strategies
Initiator of change to increase profit, revenue and productivity
Seasoned professional with internal and external negotiations
Customer driven executive with extensive architectural / engineering experience


Lawrence Institute of Technology, Southfield, Michigan
Architecture & Interior Architecture

Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Business Administration


United States Citizen
Married, two children (Christina 21, Anthony 18)
6-4, 195 lbs.
Resident of Michigan, United States
Transferred to Germany in 2003 spouse (Theresa Olson) on an ISP assignment with GM Worldwide Facilities Group - Europe
Based in Germany, 2003 - 2005
Transferred to Korea, 2006 - Present
Expected Asia Pacific assignment thru 2009


Enjoy home improvement, photography, fishing, hunting, sporting clays and ice hockey. Coached ice hockey at the elite AAA, Tier 1 level for 10 years, with an extensive training and travel schedule. Participated in and won many state national and international tournaments. Served as board member of the Detroit Sporting Club for three consecutive years.


Personal and professional references submitted upon request.

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