PMA People: Angel Arvelo

Angel Arvelo, Senior Director

Boston, Massachusetts

Angel Arvelo

What current project(s) are you working on?
For the last three years, I have been working with a top-tier medical technology company in the development and execution of a plan to expand their global manufacturing capacity. This fascinating program includes the expansion of existing manufacturing sites and construction of new facilities both local and overseas, as well as the transfer of specific operations and technologies.

What is your career highlight so far? (at PMA?)
My career at PMA has been a very fun ride. I have been lucky enough to work with a wide range of people, from senior level to those in the trenches, serving clients in multiple industries both in the US and beyond. The projects/programs I have been involved with range from large international arbitrations, multi-billion-dollar capital programs, and complex strategic developments in new markets to state-of-the-art life science facilities, alternative energy initiatives, and non-construction related projects.

What would you consider your biggest career success (at PMA?)
I’m very proud to be part of the recruitment and development of new talent in the Braintree office. It is very rewarding to identify candidates who have the right background, attitude, and soft skills to make our team better, and then work with them in developing their potential and see them succeed in their assignments.

What is something new or innovative happening in your industry (CM or PM related)?
I find it fascinating how the technology evolves every day to make our lives easier (most of the time), from communication/collaborative tools that allow us to execute projects with team members across the world to applications that allow non-expert stakeholders to be part of process. For example, my last project was running 24 hours, with people working on both sides of the world; the fact that we were able to do that almost seamlessly is pretty cool, something that would have been much more difficult not too long ago.

What was a transformative project or challenge that you’ve had at PMA?
I was part of the development of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, a brand-new state regulatory agency established in 2011 to develop the regulatory framework, issue gaming licenses, and oversee the construction and operation of three new casinos/slot parlors. We first met with the Commission only months after its creation when they were only a handful of staff in a small office space, and worked with them coordinating the development of the regulatory process and the award of the gaming licenses, as well as their internal hiring and growth. Now the agency is fully operational and oversees a multi-billion-dollar industry (e.g. the Boston Casino, which was a $2.6 billion project).

Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it?
I need to learn something new every day!!! Thankfully that is something that comes pretty easily at PMA given the great people, clients, and challenging projects with which we are involved.

What university or college did you graduate from?
I have a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the UCAB in Caracas, Venezuela, and a Master’s in Construction Engineering and Project Management from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
I love trying new restaurants, so I’m always looking for recommendations for good places.

Provide a fun fact about yourself?
I played two (semi) professional soccer games when I was younger and scored in both of them (1 each game). So, my goal average compares well with the greatest strikers in history!!!