How Burgeoning Communities was conceived. 2008 and the Great Recession brought incredible financial loss for me and my family. Forty years as a design/builder and construction manager seemed of little benefit in my new search for meaningful work. I soon realized how widespread and devastating this absence of work is, in my community, in our country, and throughout the world. And it became apparent what this dispiriting feeling means for millions of people. Everyone knows someone who has been affected, someone who wants and needs to contribute to society again. The “economic recovery” does not measure "the demoralization of the growing armies of the unemployed".
Feeling baffled with the lack of ingenuity of "employment agencies" to utilize my skills, I decided to start my own employment/temp agency. I then formed job-seeker networking groups with individuals who were also devastated, isolated, and dispirited. Through a process of sharing our skills and knowledge, and consulting on the needs of the community, we began to help one another rediscover our confidence and passion as we fashioned methods to find/create work and serve. This process of action, consulting, working together, communal reflection, learning and making mistakes is a key element in how this project functions at every level. (see below for a better understanding)
Living and working in the US, Africa, Israel, and other parts of the world, I have learned the importance of work and sacrifice, from many different people and cultures. Meaningful work and service affects the spirit of an individual, and therefore the family, and the community.
From June 2013 to March 2016 My wife and I were live-in co-managers of an Independent Living Community (120 rooms) for Retired Seniors (not to be confused with the Youngish Seniors). This is not only a service business, but an institution of love and compassion. It creates an environment where retired seniors, some of whom have experienced overwhelming losses of their own, have been able to recover, and in many cases have an “age reversal” experience. This environment has engendered, through socialization and good food, a feeling of home for these Elders, and it encourages families to gather in this loving space. The benefits of this business structure and the methods it employs to transform people are also essential elements of the project. This portion of the business model is the "Anchor Institution".
From March 2016 to May 2017, I worked at the Baha'i National Center near Chicago Illinois. I serve in a newly created Office of Support Services. This new "place" seems to be in a direction creating greater possibilities of a Burgeoning Community being built.
Projects that support the movement:
Baha'i Community and Cluster Development, devotionals, creating spaces for prevalent discourses in society.
Pray Chicago -
Volunteer Services Data Base (looks like a temp-agency)
I am living in a co-op housing community, joining a credit union, member of a farmers market,
Paul R. Platner
155 Conaway Ave. Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone 530-277-7251 email@example.com
Summary of Qualifications
Business Development - Owner/Developer/Project & Construction Manager – Purchase, develop, and sell properties – experienced and successful in multi-project management, supervision and training – including computerized take-offs, estimating & bidding, project scheduling, quality control, construction accounting, payroll, and billing; proficient with Microsoft Office Products, Microsoft Project, Quick-Books Pro, Kronos, Ariba and CAD. Contract negotiations – excellent interpersonal and communication skills; experienced in forming contracts with private and governmental agencies, partnerships, subcontractors and labor; thorough knowledge of California and International building codes and contract law; relied upon for mediation services; interface effectively with owners, lenders, government officials, architects, engineers, contractors, vendors and labor.
Human Resources – ability to find and develop peoples creativity and excellence.
Proprietor - General Contractor, License No. 360430
Platner Construction & Development, USA, Africa, and Israel 1978 - Present
· Own and operate this design/build construction management company, as a licensed contractor since 1978. Purchase property, rezoned and subdivided projects for development. Design-Build-Manage-Sell.
· Provide Project Management Services in Africa and Israel
· Open second office in San Francisco Bay Area – Simultaneously manage 10 -15 design/build projects (new homes and additions) start to finish per year. $3-5 million total construction costs annually.
· Remediate toxic property. Hazardous Waste Operations certified. Successfully work with DTSC to receive “No Further Action Required” approval. Accomplished in one year.
· Provide tenant improvements, facilities design and project management services throughout Northern CA.
· Train contractors in bidding, purchasing, scheduling, and project management.
· Produced monthly magazine targeting 30,000 homes, promoting local contractors and suppliers.
· Taught computer aided home design and community planning at a Charter High School.
Property Management Services May 2017 - Present
32 Unit Apartment Community, Mountain View, CA
Operations, Support Services, and Logistics Mar 2016 – May 2017
Baha’is of the United States, Evanston, IL
Co Managed 120 Room Senior Living Community Apr 2013 – Feb 2016
Holiday Retirement – Roseville, CA
Co-Manager of a Senior Independent Living Community. Summary – Demonstrate the sales acumen, leadership and managerial skills necessary to: 1) create a positive atmosphere and lifestyle for the retirement community’s residents; 2) generate leads and convert leads to move-ins; 3) ensure a productive, safe, and professional work environment for all staff members; and 4) inspire and foster a collaborative Management Team whose members understand and promote its shared authority, responsibilities, and duties; 5) have exceptional organizational skills.
Owner and Founder of a Temporary Staffing Company Jan 2011 – Jun 2013
The Job Factory (Work Is Worship) Nevada County, CA
Founded the business and action plan, secured funding, and created website, organized training for employees and employers, implemented marketing plan, and operated all office functions until staff was hired. Developed a unique job-seeker/finder/creator networking group, that improved all aspects of the labor pool. Created a crowd-funding campaign to assist in funding, marketing, and evolving the business model toward the formation of a workers cooperative.
Project Management Services 2009 - 2010
Express Employment Professionals – Roseville Office
Provided project management services for Chase Bank after they purchased WAMU Bank. Renovations in some of the branches in Northern CA. Supervised subcontractors during overnight construction
Construction Manager - High-end Factory Built Homes 2008 - 2009
Michelle Kaufmann Homes, Oakland, CA
Reviewed design/budget, participated in new factory startup, supervised factory home construction, contracted sitework and foundation, oversaw transport, craning, and setting operations. Supervised all aspects of the finishing of the home. Completed four homes, from design, factory construction, setting and finishing in six months, while managing other company activities, such as overseeing 18 other projects in various stages.
Project Manager and Maintenance Manager 2004 - 2005
Baha’i World Center, Haifa, Israel
Coordinated electrical upgrades with the IEC (Israel Electric Company) Supervised the Health Center Expansion. Assisted in coordinating facilities management of 450 residences throughout Haifa
General Contractor and Construction Manager 2000 - 2001
Encompass, Inc. Nevada City, CA
Managed construction of 30,000 SF private school, conference center and 12 cabins. Budget $4 million.
Facilitated completion of construction drawings and budget with designer, architect, engineer, county building department, and owners. Introducing new and very old building techniques.
Coordinated subcontractors, labor, and volunteers on four different projects on 160-acre school site.
Located specialized tradesmen and equipment for the larges rammed earth project in the area, developed and constructed other alternative building techniques. Assisted in training local labor to work with skilled craftsmen.
General Contractor and Project Manager 1999 - 2000
Yuba River Charter School, Grass Valley, CA
Converted 20-year-old 15,000 SF commercial building into a school, on budget and schedule. School opened three months after construction began. Improved roads and infrastructure. Designed & built playground facilities
Founder - Online Construction Services and Material Supply Organization 1997 - 2001
Materion, Inc. Fremont, CA
Developed concept for an e-commerce company to provide online material purchases, deliveries, and other management services for contractors. Tested services of an internet site with five construction companies.
General Manager and Project Manager 1982 - 1985
Geotest (Pty) Ltd., Botswana, Africa
Achieved five-fold growth of this geotechnical and drilling company. Oversaw contracts in four African countries valued up to $4 million. Contracted with Zimbabwe Government, supervised drilling and equipping of 400 wells
Construction Manager 1979 - 1980
International Construction Co., Sierra Leone, Africa
Supervised construction of a hospital, a seven story office building and a five story presidential mansion.
Education and Training
California Apartment Association Property Management Certificate Oct. 2017
University of California, Davis Project Management Certificate (in process)
Network Environmental Systems, Inc. Hazardous Waste Operations Certificate 2005
Master Builder by Omware Associate Certificate Program (accounting & estimating) 1996
San Francisco State University AutoCAD, Level II 1990
California State License Board General Contractors License #360430 1978
Community Activities & Interests
PMI - Project Management Institute Member
Past President of the Nevada County Contractors Association
Board Member of Waldorf Primary School & volunteer CAD teacher at the Charter High School
Past Chairman and Treasurer of the Bahá’ís of Nevada Co.
Started one of the 1st Recycling Centers in Northern CA, then converting it from an all volunteer operation to a fully funded Government “Income-generating Project”. (1976)
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