PMA People: John Philbrick

John Philbrick, Director

Orlando, Florida

John PhilbrickWhat current projects are you working on?
I am providing schedule review and, when needed, claim support for Orange County Utilities and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. I provide planning-level schedules for the Florida Department of Transportation District 5 for use in establishing contract time. I am a part of the estimating team in Orlando.

What is your career highlight so far?
I have always enjoyed scheduling. I was able to be a part of the implementation team at PSEG in New Jersey for six years, where we were able to work with Primavera P6 at the portfolio level in planning and monitoring approximately 400 projects a year with annual spending in excess of a $1 billion.

Are you a member of any professional organizations?
I am a member of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International and was recently elected Director of Region 3. As one of eight AACE regions, Region 3 (US – Southeast) includes Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. I am also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Academy of Forensic Engineers, and Florida Engineering Society.

What is something new or innovative happening in your industry?
These are exciting times to be working in Project Controls. It is fascinating to work with the management of project portfolios. It is also interesting to see such great advancement in the new project management software.

What university or college did you graduate from?
I was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1979.

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
My favorite local establishment is the YMCA Pool at Cady Way Park in Winter Park. It is a 50 meters-long pool where I swim on a weekly basis during the summer time with the Master’s swim team.

Provide a Fun Fact?
I play acoustic guitar, mostly for myself and at times perform for others. I was even in the PSEG talent show a couple of years ago and gave a very relaxing performance, according to the performance reviews (I did not notice anyone falling asleep as I was playing!)