Michael Haas, Senior Associate
Long Beach, California
What current project(s) are you working on?
I have been working on the San Francisco International Airport Superbay Hangar PMSS, and helping out in Chicago assisting the Project Management & Control Department of Peoples Gas.
What is your career highlight so far? (at PMA?)
Overall, I enjoy just getting to work with different clients and industries and gaining different perspectives on project controls and scheduling. I have worked on projects for Peoples Gas, SFO Airport, Southern California Edison, the Port of Los Angeles, ComEd, Silicone Valley Clean Water Authority, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
What is something new or innovative happening in your industry (CM or PM related)?
The transition of scheduling software from server-based to cloud-based is new. This is something clients were wary of at first, but now it is becoming more of the norm as the technology has advanced and it has become easier to use. Cyber security has also advanced, which has helped those who were open to the technology but concerned about security to be more comfortable with a cloud-based solution.
What was a transformative project or challenge that you’ve had at PMA?
They have all been challenging and transformative in their own ways. I enjoy the diversity of clients and projects which allows me to continue to grow and learn.
What university or college did you graduate from?
I have a bachelor of science degree in accounting from California State Polytechnic University and a master’s degree in finance & organization leadership from the University of La Verne.
What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
I really enjoy going to baseball games at Dodger Stadium in downtown LA.
Provide a fun fact about yourself?
I am an Eagle Scout, and I am an assistant Scoutmaster for both of my sons’ troops. Part of the fun has been participating in the annual 55-mile backpacking trip we do each year in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s a great time getting to enjoy nature and the trails with my sons.