PMA Consultants is a hispanic-owned, international construction consulting firm and recognized leader in program, project, and construction management. We specialize in owner representation, project controls, claims management, and project risk management.
PMA was founded in 1971 by Dr. Gui Ponce de Leon, CEO and Managing Principal. Originally from Peru, he came to the United States to study civil engineering, graduating from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with the program’s first PhD in Construction Management. His thesis on schedule network simulation, combined with 17 years of experience teaching critical path scheduling, has helped lay the foundation for PMA’s history of innovation in project management.
In its early years, PMA provided project controls services to projects primarily in power and water/wastewater markets. During this period, PMA also pioneered early scheduling simulation software that was based on Dr. Ponce de Leon’s PhD thesis work. The software was eventually incorporated into SureTrak and subsequently acquired by Primavera.
In the 1980′s and 1990′s PMA began authoring FormSpec™, a series of owner-driven Model Contract Documents; in the 2000′s, PMA developed alternative project delivery methods; and in 2004, Dr. Ponce de Leon developed the first set of rules for the graphical path method (GPM), an original network-based planning and scheduling algorithm that serves as an alternative to the critical path method.
Today, with 15 offices and approximately 200 employees, PMA provides a wide range of program and project management services to numerous market sectors, including healthcare, pharmaceutical, and transportation. Through PMA Technologies, PMA develops NetPoint, a collaborative planning and scheduling application and the first software embodiment of GPM. And through PMA Construction Services, PMA provides a full range of on-site construction management and consulting services.
Since 2000, PMA has been ranked every year among the top 50 Program Management firms and Construction Management-for-Fee firms in the United States by Engineering News-Record.