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MIKE PHILLIPS: Senior Advisor

The Orange County Transportation Authority - Mr. Phillips has been in the infrastructure and engineering field in Southern California for over 25 years. He began his professional career at the Orange County Transportation Authority as a Planner and Project Manager where he wrote Requests for Proposals and managed consultant contracts. After spending eight years in the public sector, Mr. Phillips moved onto the private sector where he worked as a freelance consultant for three years before joining HDR Engineering as a Project Manager working with their Transportation Business Group.


HDR Engineering - While at HDR. Mr. Phillips worked on a wide variety of projects across business groups. In transportation he had the opportunity to work on projects located in the states of California, Utah, Idaho, and Alaska. He also had the opportunity to spend time working with the environmental business group to respond to EIRs/EISs and as a manager assisting with the design and construction of fiber optic projects in Southern California. HDR allowed Mr. Phillips the opportunity to work on numerous Civil Engineering projects. Mr. Phillips spent approximately five years with HDR.


CH2M HILL - Mr. Phillips was asked to join CH2M Hill as a Transportation Planner and Project Manager. While at CH2M Hill, Mr. Phillips has been fortunate enough to have managed and worked on a wide variety of projects across business groups and in locations outside of Southern California. Mr. Phillips continued to work on and manage civil engineering and other related projects. Specific roles of interest within CH2M Hill included: Governmental Affairs Liaison, Project Manager various Caltrans projects, Quality Assurance Manager SR-57 Freeway Widening Project, Utility Coordinator on Foothill Transportation Corridor South, Transportation Planner helping to prepare various environmental documents for NASA, Project Manager for Traffic Light Signal Prioritization Projects in San Diego County and Adaptive Traffic Control System projects in Los Angeles County. Mr. Phillips spent a total of five years at CH2M HILL before leaving to start his own company in the latter part of 2010.


GCM Consulting Inc. - Mr. Phillips presently owns a company that he started with his wife Carol in July of 2007. GCM Consulting Inc. is a California State Certified Small Business Enterprise specializing in providing Project Management, Business Development and design services to the architectural and heavy civil engineering industry.  Mr. Phillips acted as the Quality Assurance Manager for the I-405 Freeway Design Build project that was lead by HNTB/Kiewit for LA Metro, the Crenshaw/LAX LRT project lead by Hatch Mott MacDonald for LA Metro, and the North County Transit District Positive Train Control project lead by HNTB.  Mr. Phillips is providing Utility Coordination services for the I-710 North project lead by HDR Engineering, and is providing Business Development and technical design services for other various clients in Southern California.


Professional Involvement
•    Orange County Business Council - Infrastructure Committee Member
•    Southern California Rail Club – Board Member
•    American Council of Engineering Companies, California – (Board of Directors) Orange County Chapter 2008-2009


Distinguishing Qualifications
•    Public Relations/Political and Special Interest Group Representative.
•    Project Manager on various different types of project across disciplines and business groups.
•    Comprehensive understanding of special concerns relevant to projects with multiple stakeholders.
•    Implementation of proper Quality Assurance / Quality Control practices with the goal of lowering cost overruns and improved productivity.

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