PMA People: Noel Alvarez

Noel Alvarez, Managing Director

Orlando, Florida

What current project(s) are you working on?
I am currently working on front-end planning for two manufacturing expansion projects for Bausch Health (Tampa, Florida) and cost controls for a confidential project for a pharmaceutical client in North Carolina.

What is your career highlight so far? (at PMA?)
The invitation to present on interactive planning sessions with NetPoint in Copenhagen, Denmark has been my highlight to date.

What is something new or innovative happening in your industry (CM or PM related)?
The resurgence of performance indices and the validation of these by external benchmarking companies such as IPA are notable innovations.

What was a transformative project or challenge that you did at PMA?
As one of the earliest adopters of interactive planning sessions with NetPoint, I jointly facilitated planning workshops for 3-4 days on a major capital improvement program for a pharmaceutical client with whom we have enjoyed a longstanding relationship. I like to believe that these efforts were instrumental in launching interactive planning sessions on NetPoint as we know them today.

Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it?
The freedom to reach out to anyone in this company with questions or requests for guidance or support in order to accomplish the most pressing matters at that time is one of the features I love.

What university or college did you graduate from?
I received my Bachelors of Architecture from Cornell University in 1996.

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
We go to Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen when the wife and daughter want a fancy/uppity dining experience.
We like Chik-fil-A, when the son really needs to get his fix for waffle fries.
We all love hanging out in downtown Winter Park, Florida (if ever in the area, give it a try).

Provide a fun fact about yourself?
1. I was raised in one of the top 5 surfing spots in the Caribbean (Rincon, Puerto Rico) and I have not a clue how to surf – as a matter of fact, I have a hard time swimming!
2. I attended a boarding school for all four years of high school (it was co-ed).
3. I played in the Pennsylvania state high school baseball championship game (I think it was 1990 or 1991).