Our Story

Murow Development Consultants was created from a vision of Steven Murow where clientele would receive the highest level of service from a committed team to “do what is best and right” for the project. Murow Development Consultants provide land development services to enhance the management and administrative practices of any project. We are goal oriented and problem solvers, which allows our clients to procure the benefits of cost savings and avoidance of delays and complications. Murow Development Consultants assist in pre, during, and post development.

Murow Development Consultants is “contractor based,” where many of our team have either owned, operated and/or provided “hands-on” services to contracting firms. This foundation allows our group to not only think like a contractor, but maneuver through the various “tricks of the trade” and complexities of the project. We minimize our clients’ liability exposure by taking a proactive approach and devoting our focus on sensitive areas of the project from inception to final acceptance.

Mission Statement

To provide unparalleled, unbiased third-party consulting services to a defined set of clients through a diverse mix of our project experience, personal knowledge, and deep-rooted industry relationships exceeding expectations every step of the way.

Core Values

Honesty

With yourself, with the client, and with the company

Integrity

Completeness, wholeness, sincerity

Excellence

Be the best, do your best

Respect

Appreciation of people, their unique personality, talent and abilities

Service

Pride, passion, professionalism. Listen, encompass and communicate.

We Are Family

Welcoming, comforting, appreciated

Principals

Steve Murow

Chairman & CFO

Steve Murow - Chairman & CFO

Contact

949.988.3271
smurow@dirtexpert.com

Biography

In 1978, Mr. Murow began his career as a quantity takeoff estimator for grading contractor – Sukut Construction, Inc. After attending the University of Illinois and Cal State Long Beach, studying Civil Engineering; Mr. Murow utilized his knowledge of soils mechanics, hydraulics and general business courses and teamed up with former employees of Sukut in 1981 to form Gillespie Construction. In 1987, Mr. Murow became a principal at Clayton Engineering, Inc. offering general engineering contracting services. Mr. Murow held the position of Executive Vice President; performed the sales and marketing for the company; estimated and supervised over 1,500 bids and was responsible for the project management of over 250 projects in excess of $125,000,000, including heavy engineering and building construction. In October, 2000, Mr. Murow joined The Moote Group to offer his expertise in developing proformas associated with mass grading and infrastructure development. He also performed mass grading budgets and analysis, bid packages and served as a project manager on grading and infrastructure related projects. Mr. Murow developed the forensic estimating and litigation support division while at The Moote Group. As of July 11, 2012, Mr. Murow began offering expert witness and litigation support services through his new entity DIRTONU, Inc. In addition, he created Murow Development Consultants to act as the construction oversight consultant for the 20-year build-out of Rancho Mission Viejo, while also providing construction management services, contract administration and claims mitigation for several general engineering contractors and builders.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 4 Decades

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • B.S., Business Management | University of Redlands (2016)
  • M.S. Organizational Leadership | University of Redlands (2021 candidate)
  • California State Contractors “A” License (659969)
  • President of Orange County Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) | 2011-2014, 2018-Present
  • Past National President of Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) Board of Directors | 2014
  • President of the American Society of Professional Estimators – Chapter 3 | 2010 – 2014
  • Member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
  • Building Industry Association Board of Directors Member | 2016-Present
  • Member of the Advisory Council for the Construction and Technology Dept. | Orange Coast College
  • Member of the Advisory Council for the Engineering Construction Management Dept. | CSULB
  • Board Member of the ASU-Family Association, GFL-Goals for Life, Building Industry Association, HomeAid Orange County

Experience:

  • Fine Grading | Mass Grading
  • Wet | Dry Utilities Improvements
  • Street Improvements | Roadway | Bridge Construction
  • Tunnel Construction

Greg Perrine

CEO

Greg Perrine - CEO

Contact

949.398.8467
gperrine@murowdc.com

Biography

In 2005, Mr. Perrine began his career in the Land Development industry as an intern in the cost estimating department at Moote Companies. Mr. Perrine quickly transitioned into other areas of the company such as municipal bond financing programs, project administration, and land due diligence. With a background in finance, Mr. Perrine was relied upon to assist clients with the execution and disposition of municipal bonds and agreements needed to finance public infrastructure. Throughout his career with Moote Companies, Mr. Perrine was involved in well over $200M in public infrastructure and is well-versed in construction documentation, public works and prevailing wage compliance as well as most all financial programs throughout California. Mr. Perrine was responsible for all facets of project administration through establishing policies and procedures to coordinating with all consultants and subcontractors. Mr. Perrine has also taken a lead role in in the land transactional side of the industry throughout the due diligence period providing clients with a detailed assessment of all regulatory approvals and fees, constructability and constraints, and the preparation of land development budgets. Mr. Perrine eventually served as Principal of the Moote Companies and oversaw all operational and strategic planning aspects for the company. His experience in the land development industry is vast and expands throughout all of California, typically working on a portfolio of over 75 projects in any given year. In 2018, Mr. Perrine joined Murow Development Consultants as CEO and will focus on the strategic direction of the company.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 13 years

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • B.S., Business Administration, Finance, and Entrepreneurship | Chapman University 2006
  • MBA, Emphasis in Finance | Chapman University 2015
  • BIA Next Generation Board Member | 2011 – 2012
  • Chapman University Alumni Board of Directors | 2009 – 2011

Infrastructure Improvement Experience:

  • Fine Grading | Mass Grading
  • Wet | Dry Utilities Improvements
  • Street Improvements
  • Land Development Proformas

Noteworthy Projects:

  • The Great Park, Five Point Communities | Irvine, CA
  • Audie Murphy, Brookfield Residential | Menifee, CA
  • Heritage Lakes, Cal Atlantic Homes/Lennar | Menifee, CA
  • Perris Logistics Distribution Center, Ridge Property Trust | Perris, CA

Tim Markel

President & COO

Tim Markel - President & COO

Contact

949.988.7158
tmarkel@murowdc.com

Biography

Mr. Markel brings just over 17 years of experience in the general engineering construction industry. In 1998, Mr. Markel joined Clayton Engineering, Inc., where he first teamed up with Steve Murow. There he managed the Accounts Payable department, which included the tasks of: payment of project billings, run monthly project cost reports for the project managers, preparing monthly billings with the Accounts Receivable Department. In 2000, Mr. Markel joined ARB, Inc. where he worked in the Accounting Department with the CFO and Controller on special projects. During his time there, he managed the Asset Accounts of the company as well as the Union Benefits Account – a $2MM a month account. He also implemented procedures in the Accounts Payable and Payroll Departments that saved time and money. In 2001, Mr. Markel joined The Moote Group and was reunited with Mr. Murow again. There he worked in the Accounting Department, working on billings, receivables, monthly and annual tax forms, insurance documents, and various payroll reports. In 2005, Moote created the CFD Reimbursement Division, where Mr. Markel managed a team of (3) members. There he helped owners (developers / builders) of projects receive reimbursement of public funds through programs such as Community Facility Districts (“CFD”) and Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (“TUMF”). He worked closely with various municipalities and jurisdictions to help create tools to assist parties expedite the approval of reimbursable costs. In 2013, Mr. Markel joined Murow Development Consultants to assist in the company’s construction management and project management services. In 2014, Mr. Markel was promoted to Chief Operating Officer to oversee operations and functions of Murow Development Consultants.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 2 Decades

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • Bachelor Degree of Business Administration | University of Nevada-Las Vegas (1997)

Infrastructure Improvement Experience (Reimbursement of Public Funds):

  • Grading
  • Street Improvements
  • Landscape | Park Improvements
  • Wet & Dry Utility Improvements

Noteworthy Projects:

  • Larry D. Smith Correction Facility Slope Armor Protection |City of Banning, CA ($1,350,000)
  • The Ranch – CFD Reimbursement | County of Orange, CA ($50,000,000)
  • I-5 and Valle Road at La Novia Interchange Improvements | City of San Juan Capistrano, CA ($3,500,000)

Other:

  • Commissioner of Transportation, City of San Juan Capistrano (2010 – 2013)

Management Team

Bob Garrison

Director of Consulting Services

Bob Garrison - Director of Consulting Services

Contact

949.398.8349
bgarrison@murowdc.com

Biography

With a career spanning over 40 years, Mr. Garrison has extensive managerial and practical experience in all phases of real estate development, including land acquisition, entitlement, horizontal and vertical development, asset management and asset disposition. He is recognized as an industry leader who has directed some of the most prestigious development companies in the industry. He is also credited for having successfully acquired and accomplished the entitlement and development of some of Southern California’s most prominent landmark communities including Central Park West, Irvine, CA – 1,366 homes, 90K sf office, 20K sf retail in a 43 acre urban master planned community.

In his role as Director of Consulting Services for Murow Development Consultants, Mr. Garrison leads the team that provides Forward Planning/Due Diligence & Entitlement services, Land Residual Analysis, Cost & Fee Estimating, Value Engineering, and Asset Management services to the real estate industry. His extensive experience provides him with the knowledge to understand the complexities of the real estate development process, and apply that knowledge to the benefit of his clients.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 4 Decades

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • University of California at Santa Barbara | Bachelor of Arts – Social Science
  • University of Northern Colorado | Secondary Teaching Credential
  • University of California at Irvine | Commercial and Industrial Development Management Certificate
  • University of California at San Diego | CEQA Practice Certificate – 1.5 Year Program (Completion December
    2018)
  • California General Contractors License “B”

Noteworthy Projects:

  • La Vita, San Diego | 24 Story Residential Tower – Oversight responsibility of the Planning/Development
  • Jurassic Park – The Ride – Universal Studios Hollywood, Construction Manager – Responsible for all aspects of the attraction including Cost/Budget/Schedule Control
  • Echo, South El Monte, CA | Entitlement including General Plan Amendment, Zone Change, CUP, TTM, Mitigated Negative Declaration for 72 Condominium Homes – 2nd Quarter 2020
  • Cypress Preserve, Oakley, CA | Due Diligence for Foreign Investor – 2680 Residential Units/TBD SF Commercial – 2 Master Developer Phases/16 Planning Areas
  • 25 Due Diligence projects completed in 2019

Other:

  • Building Industry Association | Associate Member (2001-Present)
  • Urban Land Institute | Active Member

Real Estate Development Experience (Partial List):

  • Central Park West, Irvine, CA | 1366 Homes/90,000 SF Office/20,000 SF Retail | Acreage – 43: Orange County’s first Urban Master Planned Community. Property Acquisition, Oversight of Design, Secured Entitlements including General Plan Amendment, Zone Change, Master Plan, CEQA Certification (EIR), TTM
  • RLL, Imperial Valley, CA | 3830 Residential Units |1.3 Million SF – Office | 150K SF – Retail. Total Acreage – 1075: Feasibility Analysis, Cost Estimate, Revenue Analysis/Timing, Land Residual Analysis, Cash Flow, Gaming – Highest & Best Use Analyses
  • Lompoc, CA Property (Confidential) | 150 ea. 1⁄2 Acre Lots, 36 ea. 5 – 10 Acre Ranchettes, 16 ea. 20 – 80 acre Vineyard Properties | Acreage – 3,400: Feasibility Analysis, Cost Estimate, Revenue Analysis/Timing, Land Residual Analysis, Cash Flow, Gaming – Highest & Best Use Analyses, Entitlement Strategies including General Plan Amendment, Zone Change, TTM, CEQA/EIR, Regulatory Agency Approvals, Design Review Board, Final Map

Erica Langham

Director of Bid Adminstration

Erica Langham - Director of Bid Adminstration

Contact

949.988.3274
elangham@murowdc.com

Biography

Ms. Langham brings over 14 years of experience in the general engineering construction industry.  In 2006, Ms. Langham first teamed up with Steve Murow while working in the Bid Administration Division at his previous company.  There she managed the process of both public and private Off-site and On-site purchasing for various infrastructure improvements for developers and home builders. Over the years, she has gained extensive knowledge of the public bid administration process and requirements of most Southern California agencies. She has built excellent relationships with public agencies, jurisdictions and municipalities being able to expedite the bid process.  Ms. Langham has worked closely with the industry’s contractors by submitting bid specifications and plans for various projects and responding to bid questions and concerns through the Addendum and Clarification process.    In 2012, Ms. Langham joined DIRTONU, Inc., supporting Steve Murow on various projects.  Her primary role with Murow Development Consultants is overseeing all purchasing/bidding services and working closely with the Project Management and Construction Management teams on those respective projects.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 15 Years

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration | University of San Diego (2005)

Infrastructure Improvement Experience (Bid Administration):

  • Rough Grading | Fine Grading
  • Sewer, Water and Storm Drain Improvements
  • Sewer Lift Stations
  • Booster Pump Stations
  • Water Tanks
  • Well Drilling and Construction
  • Dry Utilities
  • Bridge Improvements
  • Street Improvements
  • Traffic Signalization
  • Landscape Improvements

Noteworthy Projects:

  • NBC Universal – Universal Hollywood Drive Improvements | Los Angeles, CA ($17,000,000)
  • Cow Camp Road – Bridge and Street Improvements Multiple Phases| Rancho Mission Viejo, CA ($52,500,000)
  • Lewis Management Corp. – Harvest at Limoneira | Santa Paula, CA ($18,000,000)
  • Real Estate Development Associates – ORLC | City of Ontario, CA ($40,000,000)
  • Terramor – Grading, Sewer, Water, Street, Bridge, and Landscape Improvements | Temescal Valley ($44,000,000)
  • Edison Avenue Improvements | City of Chino ($8,000,000)
  • Dove Canyon Drainage and Street Improvements | RSM, CA ($1,000,000)

Other:

  • Building Industry Association, Orange County Chapter NextGen Executive Committee Member (2013-2020)
  • ASPE Secretary and Treasurer (2013-2015) | ASPE Co-Chair of Golf Committee (2012-2014)
  • Member of ULI – Young Leaders Group
  • USD Alumni Association – Orange County Chapter

Scott Porterfield

Executive Vice President

Scott Porterfield - Executive Vice President

Contact

949.988.7159
sporterfield@murowdc.com

Biography

Mr. Porterfield brings over 30 years of experience in the general engineering construction industry. Mr. Porterfield began his career in 1987, where he worked as an estimator for Clayton Engineering, Inc. It was there he first met Steve Murow and was responsible for bidding private and public works projects for the company. Mr. Porterfield also administered the project’s purchase orders, contract with subcontractors, change orders, project schedules, the preparation of monthly invoicing and coordination efforts with the superintendent. In September 2000, Mr. Porterfield became Vice President for Contracting Engineers, Inc. where his duties ranged from authoring contracts and change orders to supporting the financial, accounting and bonding processes for the company. In August 2005, Mr. Porterfield reunited with Mr. Murow by becoming the Director of Construction Management (“CM”) at The Moote Group, a full service land management company. While there, he maintained and coordinated the company’s CM Standards of Practice Program and the company’s construction managers. He also supported the Bid Admin Division with constructability and bid package review, created pro formas associated to mass grading and infrastructure development and construction scheduling and project management service oversight. In 2013, Mr. Porterfield joined Murow Development Consultants as an Executive Vice President to oversee the pro forma / budgeting services for land development projects and work with Steve Murow on various forensic case work for DIRTONU.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 28 years

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) | Since 2011
  • Certified Erosion Sediment and Strom Water Inspector (CESSWI) | Since 2011
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) | Green Associate Since 2010

Infrastructure Improvement Experience (Bid Administration):

  • Mass Grading | Rock Management | Landslide Repair | Bridge
  • Sewer | Water | Storm Drain Improvements | Reservoir/Tanks
  • Street Improvements | Traffic Signalization | Parks
  • Industrial “Big Box” Construction | Entertainment

Noteworthy Projects:

  • Foremost Communities – “Terramor” | County of Riverside, CA ($65,000,000)
  • Hudson Pacific Properties – Sunset Gower Studios | City of Los Angeles, CA ($10,000,000)
  • Real Estate Development Associates – ORLC | City of Ontario, CA ($40,000,000)
  • City of Laguna Beach – Slope Repair | City of Laguna Beach, CA ($8,000,000)

Other:

  • Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) | Member
  • American Society of Professional Estimators – Chapter 3 | 1st VP
  • Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineers (ACCE) | Member
  • YMCA Triathlon Club | Member

Dennis A. Lorton, Jr.

Director of Construction Management / Vice President

Dennis A. Lorton, Jr., CCM - Director of Construction Management / Vice President

Contact

714.493.5831
dlorton@murowdc.com

Biography

Mr. Lorton brings over 30 years of construction management experience to the land development industry, having started his work in the dirt since he was 14 years old, beginning in 1978 dumping bottom dump loads as a summer job. In 1987, Mr. Lorton began his career as an apprentice for the Union of Operating Engineers, working as an apprentice. There he developed many skills: check grade, operate various pieces of equipment for many construction companies, including Sukut Construction and Gillespie Construction. In 1994, Mr. Lorton became a foreman and later General Superintendent for Terracoast Contracting. During his time there, Mr. Lorton supervised several projects from the “ground up”, which included grading, slope protection, over-excavation and finish grade. In 1997, Mr. Lorton joined Clayton Engineering as a Bid Coordinator. He performed takeoffs for the company’s targeted projects. He also maintained project reports as well as assisted project managers in coordinating their subcontractors, daily project reports and costs. Mr. Lorton was promoted to Project Manager at Clayton Engineering, where he was responsible for managing various multi-million dollar general construction projects. In 2000, Mr. Lorton became President of Dennis Lorton & Associates, Inc., where his key responsibilities included, creating and implementing company policies, hiring of personnel, bidding of projects, maintaining and creating business relationships, supervising accounting reports and project management of ongoing projects.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 3 Decades

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • Certified Construction Manager (September 2020)
  • Member of Local 12 – International Operating Engineers (1987 – 1992)

Infrastructure Improvement Experience:

  • Rough Grading | Fine Grading
  • Wet Utility Improvements
  • Street Improvements
  • Traffic Signals
  • Park | Landscape Improvements
  • Treatment Facilities
  • Concrete Retaining Walls & Structures

Noteworthy Projects:

  • Eastside Water Treatment Facility | City of Chino, CA ($13,500,000)
  • The Preserve Sewer Lift Station | City of Chino, CA (13,360,000)
  • Edison Avenue Street Improvements | City of Chino, CA ($8,000,000)
  • Mountainview Well Drilling | City of Chino, CA ($1,700,000,000)
  • WC Fields Street Improvements | Universal City, CA ($4,000,000)
  • San Diego Creek – Spectrum V | City of Irvine, CA ($8,000,000)
  • Universal Hollywood Drive | City of Universal City ($23,500,000)
  • Avenida Pico Street Widening | City of San Clemente, CA ($2,000,000)
  • Spectrum V Phase II Grading | City of Irvine, CA ($1,500,000)

Other:

  • Served as a Corporal for the United States Army, First Cavalry Division | CA National Guard (1992 – 2006)

James Nelson

Director of Bond Exoneration

James Nelson - Director of Bond Exoneration

Contact

509.679.8337
jnelson@murowdc.com

Biography

James Nelson has been with the Murow Development Consultants team since the Spring of 2014. He started working as a Field Engineer, eager to learn the construction management industry from our highly experienced team of mentors. Mr. Nelson gained much experience in the field throughout his role as a Field Engineer on numerous projects. A few of these projects include the Eastside Water Treatment Facility for Lennar Homes, and the WC Fields and Universal Hollywood Drive Improvement projects for NBC Universal,

In September of 2015 Mr. Nelson was elevated to the position of Assistant Construction Manager and continued to be a member of the team working on the NBC Universal projects. In the winter of 2016 Mr. Nelson completed his first project as a Construction Manager on the El Paseo de Cahuenga Park renovation project near Universal Studios Hollywood. This project was paid for by NBC Universal as a gift to the City of Los Angeles. His next project as a Construction Manager, as well as Assistant Project Manager, was nearby in Studio City for the Zev Yaroslavsky LA River Greenway Trail for Community Conservation Solutions. After project completion it was turned over to the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority, which is an arm of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Soon after, Mr. Nelson worked for Lewis Management on the Preserve Sewer Lift Station & Sewer Improvements projects, and served as a Construction Manager for KB Home on their bond exoneration efforts.

In early 2018 Mr. Nelson transitioned from his role in the Construction Management division to focus his efforts on Bond Exoneration, and was elevated to the Director of the Bond Exoneration division. As a Director, James utilizes his Construction Management background, as well as organizational and communication skills to close out projects, gain agency acceptance, and ultimately exonerate bonds on behalf of his clients. Mr. Nelson oversees projects throughout Southern California – including projects in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County. He has worked with over 30 municipalities / agencies and counting during his role, and has built solid relationships in each one that he is able to leverage in order to successfully see projects through to their completion and have all bonds released.

Certifications & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 6 Years

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Business Administration – Double Major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship | University of Washington (2011)
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District Certified
  • National Utility Contractor’s Association Confined Space Certified
  • Member of Building Industry Association of Orange County

Noteworthy Projects:

  • Acton – Los Angeles County Department of Public Works | Acton, CA. ($5,000,000+ in Bonds)
  • Quintessa – County of San Diego, Vista Irrigation District, City of Vista | Vista, CA. ($5,000,000+ in Bonds)
  • The Oaks – City of San Juan Capistrano | San Juan Capistrano, CA ($5,000,000+ in Bonds)
  • Marisol – City of Oceanside | Oceanside, CA. ($3,500,000+ in Bonds)
  • Tesoro – City of Riverside | Riverside, CA. ($3,000,000+ in Bonds)
  • Sweetwater – County of Riverside | Winchester, CA. ($3,000,000+ in Bonds)
  • Los Cielos – City of Austin| Austin, TX. ($300,000+ in Bonds)
  • Shadow Glen – Travis County | Austin, TX. ($125,000+ in Bonds)

Infrastructure Improvement Experience:

  • Storm water Management Systems
  • Fine Grading | Mass Grading
  • Wet | Dry Utilities Improvements
  • Street Improvements

Chris Rad

Director of Dry Utilities

Chris Rad - Director of Dry Utilities

Contact

949.988.3277
crad@murowdc.com

Biography

Mr. Rad joined the Murow Development Consultants team in 2014. His main responsibilities include: coordinating with owners, utility companies, and consultants to achieve project goals, creating proposals and change orders, reviewing contract documents to determine overall scope of work, reviewing engineering plans, requesting and reviewing will serve letters and facility maps, and permit expediting services. Mr. Rad is well versed in creating existing utility and proposed utility exhibits for dry utility companies and development teams, applicant design, and dry utility cost estimates. Mr. Rad also has onsite experience, where he oversees dry utility contractors and superintendents to confirm utility company plans are adhered to. In 2017, Mr. Rad was elevated to Project Manager where he accepted the challenge of streamlining the dry utility process to better service his clients. In 2020, he became the Division Director and manages a department of six Assistant Project Managers and Project Managers. Mr. Rad has accepted the challenge of perfecting his craft and making Murow Development Consultants the industry leader for any Dry Utility related matter.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 7 years

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management | California State University Long Beach
  • Southern California Edison | CTAC Certification

Infrastructure Improvement Experience (Dry Utilities):

  • Cost Analysis and Estimating
  • Temporary & Permanent Power Coordination
  • Gas & Telecom Service
  • Removal of Existing Facilities
  • Feasibility and Conflict Reports
  • Right of Entry and Service Agreements
  • Street Light Coordination
  • Street/Sidewalk Improvements
  • Relocation and/or Undergrounding of Facilities

Noteworthy Projects:

  • Wilshire Towers – Jamison Properties, LP | City of Los Angeles, CA
  • 520 Mateo – Carmel Partners | City of Los Angeles, CA
  • Metro Expo Town Center – Hines | City of Santa Monica, CA
  • Crenshaw Villas – American Community Homes | City of Los Angeles, CA
  • Adams & Mansfield – CIM Group | City of Los Angeles, CA
  • Uptown Newport – Shopoff Group | City of Newport Beach, CA
  • Millennium Hawthorne – TDC Properties | City of Hawthorne, CA

Kip Armstrong

Manager of Dry Utilities

Kip Armstrong - Manager of Dry Utilities

Contact

949.398.6738
karmstrong@murowdc.com

Biography

Mr. Armstrong joined Murow Development Consultants in 2016 as a member of the Dry Utilities Division, bringing a background of over 4 years of project management and customer service experience.

During his 4+ years in dry utilities consulting, Mr. Armstrong has honed his skills with all the major dry utility providers in Southern California.  He has been involved in hundreds of projects for diverse clients, covering a wide variety of scopes and overcoming unique challenges, and has developed enduring relationships with utility personnel.

As Manager of the Dry Utilities Division, Mr. Armstrong has played a crucial role in improving the team’s processes and procedures to more effectively provide quality service to the industry.  The Dry Utilities team currently has over 130 projects, managed by 7 other team members that Mr. Armstrong oversees.

Mr. Armstrong’s focus is to grow the Division and continue to develop trusting relationships with key utility personnel in a wider geographic area in order to provide responsive customer service to his clients.  Mr. Armstrong believes that client and inter-team communication is key to the success of the project.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 7 Years

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration | California State University Fullerton

Infrastructure Improvement Experience:

  • Cost Analysis and Estimating
  • Temporary & Permanent Power Coordination
  • Gas & Telecom Service
  • Removal of Existing Facilities
  • Feasibility and Conflict Reports
  • Right of Entry and Service Agreements
  • Street Light Coordination
  • Street/Sidewalk Improvements
  • Relocation and/or Undergrounding of Facilities
  • Substation Upgrades

Noteworthy Projects:

  • “Deerlake Phases 2 & 3” – Foremost Communities | City of Chatsworth, CA
  • “302 Colorado” – Seritage |City of Santa Monica, CA
  • “Gold Flora Farms” – Blackstar Financial | City of Desert Hot Springs, CA
  • “HNR-1” – Lancaster Housing Authority | City of Lancaster, CA
  • “Southwest Ontario Ranch” – Real Estate Development Associates & Prologis | City of Ontario, CA
  • “Oso at Antonio Street Widening” – Rancho Mission Viejo | City of Las Flores, CA
  • “Las Cortes Phase 2” – Urban Housing Communities | City of Oxnard, CA
  • “Legacy Square” – National Core | City of Santa Ana, CA
  • “Townsend” – The Dinerstein Company | City of San Diego, CA
  • “Summit View” – Many Mansions | City of Los Angeles, CA

Noel Smith

Manager of Budgets and Cost Estimates

Noel Smith - Manager of Budgets and Cost Estimates

Contact

nsmith@murowdc.com

949.336.4837

Biography

Noel Smith has been with the Murow team since 2016. He began working as a grading analysis coordinator learning the movement of dirt and remedial application while creating Cut/Fill maps using CAD software. He excelled through the grading world as he was taught personally by Steve Murow in every aspect of grading, dirt brokering, movement of dirt, crewing up contractors, and unit costs.

In spring 2017, he began to seek interest in Project Management and learned everything he could about the pre-development stages and Cost Estimating. After working on more than 250 Cost to Complete projects as a Project Manager, he began to take on a role in buyer/seller negotiations between the biggest builders and developers around the nation. He has completed, on behalf of our clients, over 30 land deals in the Southern California area in the past 3 years and continues to strive to make sure his clients are supported.

In 2018, Mr. Smith was again elevated to Manager of Budgets and Cost estimating overseeing all project managers and projects for Murow. His reach now expands through the United States working on projects in California, Texas, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and many more.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 7 Years

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • Associates Degree in Business Administration | University of California Santa Barbara
  • OSHA Certified
  • ASPE and BIA Member

Noteworthy Projects: 

  • TIC Management – Summer Lake North | Oakley, CA ($148,000,000)
  • GS Engineering – Cypress Preserve | Oakley, CA ($512,000,000)
  • Irvine Ranch Water District – Serrano Summit | Lake Forest, CA ($177,000,000)
  • Regent Properties – Belle Terre & Crossroads | Winchester, CA ($150,000,000)
  • Argent Management – Westwood | Dripping Springs, TX ($33,000,000)
  • Overland 368 | Windsor, CO ($73,000,000)
  • Hearthstone – Long Gate Overlook | Howard County, MD ($5,900,000)

 

Kelsey Irvin

Director of Human Resources

Kelsey Irvin - Director of Human Resources

Contact

949.398-6735
kelseyi@dirtexpert.com

Biography

Ms. Irvin joined Murow Development Consultants in February of 2013 after graduating California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Business Administration.  She began her professional career with an internship with the Los Angeles Clippers where she was able to develop and implement a successful marketing plan. In 2013, Ms. Irvin joined DIRTONU, Inc., supporting Steve Murow and the Forensic Expert Witness Association (“FEWA”) with new membership acquisition and other marketing projects to better assist in the growth of new business.  In addition to FEWA she has been involved with the marketing and advertising of the Goals for Life Foundation and the American Society of Professional Estimators.

Her role at Murow Development Consultants has been much more than assisting with professional associations. She serves as the contract administrator, coordinates marketing campaigns, and answers all requests for proposals. In addition to marketing and business development, Ms. Irvin provides all the Human Resource functions such as 401-k program development and implementation, employee onboarding, employee benefits, coordination with sub-contractors, as well as provide audit support to the various construction management projects dealing with the use of prevailing wages.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: 6 years

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Marketing | California State University Fullerton (2012)
  • Human Resource Certificate | California State University Long Beach (2014)

Related Experience:

  • Document Control
  • Research: Fees | Credits
  • Labor Compliance
  • Contract Administration
  • Market Research

Noteworthy Projects:

  • “Menifee Town Center” City of Menifee

Other:

  • BIAOC Member
  • Marketing Honors Networking Program | CSUF Faculty Invitation (2010 – 2012)

Wendy Bucknum

Director of HOA | Community Association Consulting

Wendy Bucknum - Director of HOA | Community Association Consulting

Contact

949.783.5326
wbucknum@murowdc.com

Biography

Ms. Bucknum has extensive and diversified experience with community association/homeowners associations, including financial & budgetary experience, phasing developer communities & public sector experience.

Ms. Bucknum most recently served as Vice-President of Business Development & Developer Relations for the Southern California Region for a large property management company.  She successfully oversaw & executed a

comprehensive business development strategy & provided consultation on project entitlements, staffing & amenity needs as well as best management practices for existing & newly developing HOA communities.  Prior to this role she served as Governmental & Public Affairs Manager onsite at Laguna Woods Village (formerly Leisure World), & was responsible for all governmental, public & media communications, including the complete rebranding of the community.  Ms. Bucknum also brings experience in contracts administration and extensive community association financial experience in budgeting, long range capital and operational planning, including amenity, facility and staffing analysis.

Ms. Bucknum has extensive experience in the Public Service arena having served as Mayor of the City of Mission Viejo & currently on the city council since November 2014. In addition, she is a commissioner on the Local Area Formation Commission, Orange County (LAFCO), serves on the Southern California Association of Governments Council as well as the CEHD Committee & the Regional Housing Needs Assessment Subcommittee (RHNA), Vice Chair of the OC Council of Governments (OCCOG), serves on the Association of California Cities Orange County Board.  Prior to this she served as a Mission Viejo City Commissioner for Community Services Commission for four years. 

Ms. Bucknum serves as a board member on the Building Industry Association’s Orange County Chapter, is Past-President of the Orange County Regional Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI), serves on the Chapter’s Legislative Support Committee, is a Delegate Emeritus on the CAI California Legislative Action Committee & serves on the CAI Federal Legislative Action Committee.

Certificates & Experiences

Years of Industry Experience: Over 2 Decades

Credentials | Certifications | Licenses:

  • Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) – Advanced Designation | 2013
  • Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) | 2007
  • Association Management Specialist (AMS) | 2008

Infrastructure Improvement Experience:

  • Oversight Committee Refurbishment of Marguerite Aquatic Facility | Mission Viejo, CA
  • Oversight Committee Mission Viejo Advance Water Purification Facility | Mission Viejo, CA
  • Coordination Committee El Toro Water District Recycled Water Expansion Project | Laguna Woods, CA

Noteworthy Projects:

 

  • Rebranding of Leisure World to Laguna Woods Village | Laguna Woods, CA
  • Brookfield Ontario Ranch | Ontario, CA
  • Five Knolls | Santa Clarita, CA
  • Spencers Crossing | Murietta, CA
  • Menifee Town Center” City of Menifee

Other:

  • BIAOC Board Member
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