Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Mario Reynoso

Mario Reynoso

With HCDM since?
January 1990

Best HCDM Memory?
2010, Reynoso Holiday BBQ for the Superintendents.

Describe your perfect day.
Rodeo competitions & riding my horses.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Seafood.

Greatest album of all time?
George Straight’s Greatest Hits

What would be written on your epitaph?
To Be Continued!

John Buda

John Buda

With HCDM since?
June 2017

Professional or charitable participation?
UC San Diego Rowing Volunteer
Women’s Health Benefactor
TeamUp! Youth Mentoring

Best HCDM memory?
Racing in the Long Beach Christmas Day Regatta with the Howard CDM boys!

Greatest album of all time?
Alive 2007 – Daft Punk

Read any good books lately?
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“Be patient and trust the process.”

Steven Phillips

Steven Phillips

With HCDM since?
May 1996

Professional or charitable participation?
Member ICSC
Licensed soccer coach
Church volunteer

Best HCDM memory?
The company river rafting trip

Greatest album of all time?
The Beatles – White Album

Read any good books lately?
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“Your parents really do know what they’re talking about—listen.”

Brian Jacobson

Brian Jacobson

With HCDM since?
June 2016

Best HCDM memory?
Christmas parties and football games.

Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would be in my Jeep rock crawling, camping and fishing in the Sierras with friends and family.

What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
A Wagyu Beef Philly Cheesesteak sandwich.

Read any good books lately?
Jeep magazines and more Jeep magazines!

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Focus on education (not the woman) and start a family in your mid 20s… Basically, do the exact opposite of what I did.

Greatest personal achievement?
I have built the most amazing family that anyone could ask for.

Carmen Steinbrenner

Carmen Steinbrenner

With HCDM since?
January 2005

Professional or charitable participation?
Long Beach Little League – snack shack volunteer
Prisk Elementary – school events volunteer

Best HCDM memory?
It’s difficult to choose just one, but I will say my favorite moments are all the jokes and laughs shared in our office bullpen on a daily basis. We’re a diverse, tight knit group and I’m privileged to work with such wonderful personalities.

Describe your perfect day.
Spending the day with my little family enjoying a hike and play time at the park or beach, followed by a relaxing evening snuggled on the couch watching a movie and enjoying a glass (or two) of wine.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
My husband, Brian, can grill a mean steak so I would certainly say his petite filet with a side of grilled asparagus and a salad from our garden. If I’m living dangerously that day, I’d include some of his grilled, cream-cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapenos–delish!

Greatest album of all time?
The Beatles – One

Debbie Peurrung

Debbie Peurrung

With HCDM since?
March 2004

Professional or charitable participation?
Bethany Lutheran Church
AYSO Soccer Region 106
Institute of Real Estate Managers – CPM

Best HCDM memory?
After 14+ years with Howard CDM, my favorite memory is the Girls’ Summer Retreat 2017. The camaraderie, food, laughter, and overall fun time was outstanding.

Describe your perfect day.
Waking up early, driving to the beach, and reading a book

Read any good books lately?
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Go AWAY to college.

Gerry Parker

Gerry Parker

With HCDM since?
April 2017

Professional or charitable participation?
U.S. Green Building Council
SWIM Long Beach Masters Swim Team
Seal Beach Sea Monkeys

Best HCDM memory?
Chicken Taco Wednesdays!

Describe your perfect day.
Waking without an alarm to a beautiful sunrise and spending the day outdoors enjoying nature, then watching the sunset at the ocean.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Hometown Buffet with my St. John Bosco H.S. wrestling team after a very long season of cutting weight.

Greatest album of all time?
The Velvet Underground’s 1967 Album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, produced by Andy Warhol.

Greatest personal achievement?
Purchasing my first home here in Long Beach.

Eoin Crowley

Eoin Crowley

With HCDM since?
October 2015

Best HCDM memory?
My favorite memories are always the fun at the Christmas party! That, and my informal meetings with Doug to discuss the jobs over a pint downstairs at SteelCraft after work.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
My mother’s Bacon and Cabbage

Read any good books lately?
Until Victory Always by Jim McGuinness

Greatest personal achievement?
Traveling around the world!

Evan Martinez

Evan Martinez

With HCDM since?
April 2017

Best HCDM memory?
Getting hired and being able to start working in the construction field.

Describe your perfect day.
Tailgating with family and friends, then going to a USC football game.

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Greatest personal achievement?
Graduating college, because I can see all the years of hard work and time finally paid off.

William Burkett

William Burkett

With HCDM since?
1997

Professional or charitable participation?
Executive Board Member + Treasurer of BKBIA – 2006-2012
Former Executive Board Member of The Guidance Center
Treasurer of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

Best HCDM memory?
Karate Battle Royale between Doug Haley and Gabe Shyu OR Toasting the acquisition of our first piece of commercial real estate (3777 LBB) on the roof of the building in 2002 OR a scrappy and spry Bill Robbins turning over rafts and dunking employees at the Howard CDM American River Rafting Trip.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Two Dodger Dogs, a bag of peanuts, and a beer at Opening Day Dodger Stadium.

Greatest album of all time?
The Wall by Pink Floyd

Read any good books lately?
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Miller

Kent Wells

Kent Wells

With HCDM since?
June 2012

Professional or charitable participation?
In the construction industry for 30+ years

Best HCDM memory?
The day I was hired to be a part of the Howard CDM team.

Describe your perfect day?
At my house in the desert riding my dirt bike.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Charthouse at the break wall in Redondo Beach.

Greatest album of all time?
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

Jennifer Le

Jennifer Le

With HCDM since?
December 2015

Professional or charitable participation?
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
Public Relations Society of America Member
Certified Cheerleading Coach

Best HCDM memory?
Laughing until I cried at the outrageous White Elephant gifts given at our 2015 holiday party.

Describe your perfect day.
Take a heated yoga class first thing in the morning, spend the rest of the day at the dog beach with my pups, and stick a handstand for more than 30 seconds.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Freshly caught sun-dried octopus and whole grilled sea bream overlooking Ammoudi Bay in Oia, Santorini.

Greatest personal achievement?
Spent a summer in Melbourne, Australia teaching and facilitating a yoga teacher training program.

Julia Lemke

Julia Lemke

With HCDM since?
April 2017

Professional or charitable participation?
Writing and graphic design for nonprofits

Best HCDM memory?
It’s a toss-up between catered Open Sesame and Jennifer treating me to a cheeseburger and fries at Working Class Kitchen.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Every burger I’ve ever eaten plus clam chowder and fresh-caught lobster at a seafood shack overlooking the ocean in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Read any good books lately?
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“Don’t grow up too fast.”

Kyle Kennedy

Kyle Kennedy

With HCDM since?
April 2017

Professional or charitable participation?
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

Best HCDM memory?
Being invited to join this amazing team!

Describe your perfect day.
Wake up in Mulegé, Baja California, jump on the boat, spearfish all morning, watch dolphins jump in our wake on the way back to camp, swim with a whale shark, play horseshoes, eat fresh-made ceviche, enjoy the sunset while cooking up the day’s catch, and cap it off with a bonfire and s’mores.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Porcão in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gluttony at its best

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“Keep your eyes and ears open. Although you feel you have it figured out, there is a lot more to learn…”

Martin D. Howard

Martin D. Howard

With HCDM since?
1972

Professional or charitable participation?
Bikeable Communities – Member, Board of Directors
Orange County School of the Arts – Foundation Board
John Bosco High School – Member, Board of Directors
Mary’s Medical Center Foundation – Member, Board of Trustees
ICSC – Member Licensed CA & NV State Contractor

Best HCDM memory?
With so many throughout the years, it is hard to pin one specific memory down. Our projects, our clients, our partnerships and most of all our team make for the best memories every day.

Describe your perfect day.
Ride, work, golf, eat.

Greatest album of all time?
Too many to choose from here: U2 – Boy, The Clash – London Calling, Miles Davis – Kind of Blue, Herbie Hancock – Cantaloupe Island, REM – Reckoning

Read any good books lately?
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Long Walk to Freedom – the Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

 

Parker Cole

Parker Cole

With HCDM since?
December 2013

Best HCDM memory?
Working on Vespertine helping bring such an ambitious vision to life. Winning the Grand Prize for the LA Architectural Awards of Excellence (and eating there) was the cherry on top.

Describe your perfect day.
I would wake up in Mammoth and go skiing until noon, then take a private helicopter over to Pebble Beach to play 18 holes before the sun sets.

Greatest album of all time?
Without question, Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

Read any good books lately?
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. It challenges the way we see obstacles and provides examples on how being an apparent underdog can actually be advantageous.

Patrick Glynn

Patrick Glynn

With HCDM since?
May 2012

Professional or charitable participation?
Church volunteer

Best HCDM memory?
The Rams games or Company Christmas parties!

Describe your perfect day.
Spending quality time with my family.

Read any good books lately?
Lone Survivor
Blackhawk Down

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
42 oz. porterhouse at Chianina.

Shanni Zamora

Shanni Zamora

With HCDM since?
July 2017

Professional or charitable participation?
CSULB Alumni Association
Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

Best HCDM memory?
My favorite HCDM memory has to be the 2017 Christmas white elephant exchange. I like to pride myself in being a pretty good gift giver and this was my first white elephant. Working within our budget, I spent an hour each day cross stitching a cool shark with the phrase “live every week like it’s shark week” – technically it only cost me about $1.50 + some man hours. My gift was chosen early in the game and immediately started getting pushed on people to steal it. Ouch. The game continued and I settled on the reality that my gift “sucked” to the person that chose it. You know who you are. Then, SOMEONE STOLE my gift. Not just anyone. Martin Howard stole my gift! The sense of pride and delight that someone would appreciate it was fantastic! So there you have it, my favorite memory… so far, with countless more memories to come.

Greatest personal achievement?
My greatest personal achievement was graduating from CSULB while holding down two jobs, as an accounting intern and as a server at a restaurant. As I used to say, “Accountant by day, server by night, and full-time student in between.”

Read any good books lately?
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
But all time would be Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Stacked enchiladas New Mexican style!

Samantha Schwartz

Samantha Schwartz

With HCDM since?
May 2016

Professional or charitable participation?
Volunteer at VA Hospital Long Beach
Volunteer at Cornerstone Church
Volunteer at Belmont Heights Church Preschool

Best HCDM memory?
Every day at work, a favorite memory is created! Our laugh sessions are the best! I have the privilege of working with some pretty wonderful people!

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Crawfish in New Orleans!

Greatest album of all time?
Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy

Read any good books lately?
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Raymond Ramos

Raymond Ramos

With HCDM since?
August 2017

Professional or charitable participation?
Children’s Ministry – Calvary Chapel El Monte (Teaching 4th – 6th graders with my wife)
Missionary – Greater Hope Orphanage – Takeo, Cambodia (assisted with the design and layout of a new school)
Missionary/Sponsor – Water of Life Orphanage – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Best HCDM memory?
Meeting the HCDM team.

Describe your perfect day.
Road trip anywhere enjoying the scenic route.

What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Lobster in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico.

Greatest album of all time?
U2 – Joshua Tree
Depeche Mode – Violator
Jose Alfredo Jimenez – “El Rey”

Read any good books lately?
The Bible ☺

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“Invest in Microsoft and Google stock.”

Greatest personal achievement?
Marrying my beautiful wife Mary and having our beautiful baby Russell.

James McFarlane

James McFarlane

With HCDM since?
January 2018

Professional or charitable participation?
USGBC LEED Green Associate
CMAA (Construction Manager’s Association
LAHQ (LA Headquarters Association)
SCDF (So Cal Development Forum)
Phantom Theatre Project

Best HCDM memory?
Burning the midnight oil on a proposal deadline while breaking down and qualifying sub proposals with a motivated team, pizza and a beer…The Christmas party, just watching the entire team enjoying each other…Hanging in the first row at The Rams game was kind of cool too.

Greatest album of all time?
Depending on my mood – Hotel California by The Eagles, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John, Paris by Supertramp, Moving Pictures by Rush, anything by YES or Genesis, but lately…Twenty-One Pilots

Read any good books lately?
Reading for the 3rd time – “Hinds Feet on High Places” by Hannah Hurnard, THE HERO’S JOURNEY by Joseph Campbell, and a biography on Robin Williams.

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Drink more water, slow down and enjoy the moments, see more plays, write more often and make time for yourself and for others when you can.

Nancy Infante

Nancy Infante

With HCDM since?
August 2018

Professional or charitable participation?
Society for Human Resources Management

Best HCDM memory?
Specifically speaking my first day meeting the entire team was pretty great, I got to know a little on everyone’s history with the company their positions and the history of Howard CDM. Everyone in the office is friendly and welcoming. That’s when I knew I was going to enjoy being a part of the Howard CDM team.

Describe your perfect day.
Morning yoga followed by a tasty French toast breakfast. The afternoon would consist of a beach day in Laguna Beach or San Clemente State Beach with lots and lots of snacks. Then having shrimp scampi for dinner and tiramisu for dessert. Food and relaxation is an important part of making days perfect!

Read any good books lately?
Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfections

Greatest personal achievement?
Venturing out on my own to Costa Rica for a yoga retreat; most recently mastering a supported headstand (Salamba Sirsasana).

Brad Abernathy

Brad Abernathy

With HCDM since?
March 2018

Professional or charitable participation?
I volunteer with a men’s recovery program Beacon House, and hope to soon be working with at risk youth in San Pedro.

Best HCDM memory?
Getting hired and I’m sure many more memories to come.

Greatest album of all time?
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Filet minion and lobster.

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Be patient.

Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee

With HCDM since?
May 2018

Professional or charitable participation?
Vice President of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation in Pasadena
Member of Pasadena Educational Foundation
Volunteer at Silverlake Conservatory of Music and 826LA in Echo Park

Best HCDM memory?
So far it’s witnessing the Rams defeat the Vikings in person at a sold-out Coliseum.

Greatest album of all time?
OK Computer – Radiohead

Read any good books lately?
I’m not sure it was actually a good book, but I enjoyed “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders.

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Don’t be afraid to take on a challenge just because it’s outside your comfort zone. The best moments in life have come from the those things that were challenges before I tried them.

Desirae Ramirez

Desirae Ramirez

With HCDM since?
July 2018

Best HCDM memory?
Friday office lunches because taking the time to share a meal is often taken for granted.

What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Christmas Breakfast, fresh homemade tamales and menudo.

Greatest album of all time?
Sublime

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Don’t be in such a hurry. Just stop and enjoy the now.

Felipe Cardenas

Felipe Cardenas

With HCDM since?
November 2018

Best HCDM memory?
Going on a walk-through of the future Exchange building. It really hit home how much this company was growing and that I could be a part of it all.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
My mom’s gluten free chocolate cake. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Greatest album of all time?
Modest Mouse – Good News For People Who Love Bad News

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Don’t worry, you’ll figure it out eventually.

Sabrynah Nguyen

Sabrynah Nguyen

With HCDM since?
November 2018

Professional or charitable participation?
UCSD APIMEDA (Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American)

Best HCDM memory?
Friday catered lunches!

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
My Mama’s BBH (Bun Bo Hue)

Greatest album of all time?
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye & Torches by Foster the People

Greatest personal achievement?
My parents were refugees, so I am proud to say I am the first in my family to graduate college.

Oscar Mejorado

Oscar Mejorado

With HCDM since?
November 2018

Professional or charitable participation?
Volunteer coaching youth sports

Best HCDM memory?
The company Christmas Party

Describe your perfect day.
Camping and fishing in the Sierra Nevada’s

Greatest album of all time?
Led Zeppelin album 1

Read any good books lately?
Hammer of the Gods

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Listen to your parents. Stay in school.

Angela Gualotuna

Angela Gualotuna

With HCDM since?
January 2019

Professional or charitable participation?
Grateful Hearts

Best HCDM memory?
Everyday has been the best thus far! I love walking into the office and being able to connect and build memories with everyone!

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
French Toast from Starling Diner.

Greatest album of all time?
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Describe your perfect day.
Waking up in a beach house in Malibu with my loved ones, followed by brunch with a mimosa in hand, and then finish the day on the beach with music in the background watching the sunset!

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

With HCDM since?
March 2019

Professional or charitable participation?
Donor to Feed America and National Parks Foundation

Best HCDM memory?
So far, it’s grabbing a juice and meeting the new vendor, Rainbow Juices, with William (who treated), Jennifer, and Shanni. It was yummy!

Describe your perfect day.
A perfect day would be to wake up around 9am and have brunch with the family at the Breakfast Bar or Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. After brunch, my BFFs and I enjoy a spa day with the works (massage, facial, and mani/pedi). Following a fabulous spa experience, my hubby and I go have dinner at Roy’s or a jazz supper club (suggestions are welcome).

Greatest album of all time?
It’s a toss-up between Michael Jackson’s – Off the Wall and Thriller

Read any good books lately?
Brene Brown’s Rising Strong

Perrie Phuong

Perrie Phuong

With HCDM since?
February 2019

Professional or charitable participation?
YMCA of Greater Long Beach

Best HCDM memory?
Meeting everyone and being able to look forward to being part of the team and create new memories.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Nothing beats a home cooked meal by my mom. Steak and prahok (Cambodian dipping sauce) would be one of my go to dishes.

Read any good books lately?
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Don’t be in such a rush to grow up.

Nate Lindley

Nate Lindley

With HCDM since?
April 2019

Professional or charitable participation?
Grace Ministries group leader

Best HCDM memory?
So far, joining a team that cares deeply and so passionately towards every aspect of their work and culture.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
The tasting menu of 3 Michelin Star Chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park.

Greatest album of all time?
Black on Both Sides, 1999 by Mos Def

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“You don’t actually know it all, you just think you do.”

Zhanna Zhukova

Zhanna Zhukova

With HCDM since?
April 2019

Best HCDM memory?
Every day with my great team.

Describe your perfect day.
A day at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas with my boyfriend.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Truffle Pommes Frites and Scottish Salmon at The Sky Room, Sautéed Sea Scallops at Mastro’s and Smoked Salmon Benedict and Fruit tart at Bottega Louie.

Greatest album of all time?
Queen – A Night at the Opera

Read any good books lately?
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

Riley Angell

Riley Angell

With HCDM since?
August 2019

Professional or charitable participation?
YMCA of Greater Long Beach

Best HCDM memory?
Meeting the team and Friday catered lunches!

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
It’s a three-way tie between Pho Ga from Pho Hong Phat, homemade Bun Rieu, and anything from Chris Bianco’s restaurants.

Greatest album of all time?
Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One, Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends, Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Beirut – The Flying Cup

Read any good books lately?
Figuring by Maria Popova or Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org)

 

Atalie Howard

Atalie Howard

With HCDM since?
February 2019

Professional or charitable participation?
Participate in the Trap-Neuter-Return program with FixNation

Best HCDM memory?
The Friday luncheons

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
My mom’s cooking

Greatest Album of all time?
Evryting Bob Marley

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“Don’t worry bout a ting… cause evry lil ting gon be alright”

Alexander Jaramillo

Alexander Jaramillo

With HCDM since?
July 2019

Professional or charitable participation?
Path of Life Shelter Volunteer

Best HCDM memory?
Too soon to tell, but I’m sure there will be many great memories made here.

Describe your perfect day.
Simply spending the day with my girlfriend and our Husky, Oliver!

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Don’t take sleep for granted.

Greatest personal achievement?
Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Pasqualino Sollazzo

Pasqualino Sollazzo

With HCDM since?
April 2019

Professional or charitable participation?
California Board of Professional Engineers, US Green Building Council, Project Management Institute, Construction Management Association, and Urban Land Institute

Best HCDM memory?
Memorial day Potluck

Describe your perfect day.
Have breakfast at Via del Pratello, spend the day roaming around the city, go back home and order pizza with friends

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Anything that is made in Molise.

Greatest personal achievement?
Dual Master’s degree from Columbia University and University of Bologna.

Herminia Guandique

Herminia Guandique

With HCDM since?
June 2019

Best HCDM memory?
Meeting everyone & being part of a wonderful team & of course Girl’s Trip 2019. Everyone made me feel extremely welcomed.

Describe your perfect day.
Sleeping in, attending one of my daughters sports games, getting ice cream after, a solo target trip & ending the day at my dad’s house with my family.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
In & Out Cheeseburger no onions with extra pickles & chopped chilies cut in half & well done French Fries.

Read any good books lately?
The entire Harry Potter series

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Be patient, everything will happen when it’s meant to.

Greatest personal achievement?
Raising my daughter.