Earl E. Gales Jr., is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Inc., one of the nation's largest minority-owned architecture, engineering and construction management firms. Mr. Gales has more than thirty-five years of experience in Urban Design, Planning and Construction Management. For the past twenty-five years he has been responsible for the overall operation of the firm which offers vast resources to manage all aspects of design and construction of public and private facilities throughout the western United States and abroad.
Mr. Gales founded the firm in 1981 as a result of an acquisition of the Jenkins Corporation. Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Inc. currently employs more than 70 employees in two states with two offices in California. His primary areas of focus have been in the areas of transportation design, project management and construction management.
The firm boasts as its major projects the Los Angeles Metro Rail/General Engineering Consultant; Eastside Transit Project; High Speed Rail System in California; LA Community College District; City Hall Seismic Rehabilitation; Martin Luther King Hospital; Compton Community College, and the Alameda Corridor.
Mr. Gales has co-authored three books, and authored a book on African art and architecture, infrastructure development for various African countries (West and South Africa), and has written numerous articles on topics including multi-family housing development, transportation policy and design, correctional facilities, and the delivery of educational planning and design. Additional topics have included air transportation infrastructure in West Africa; the design of small correctional facilities; the effects of integration on real estate values; and the impact of transportation systems in the minority community.
Mr. Gales is a Board Member of the Cedars-Sinai Hospital Board/Sports Spectacular, UCLA/Graduate School of Arts and Architecture, UCLA Board of Counselors, Loyola Marymount University Engineering School, African American Unity Center, Vermont Village Community Development Corporation. He is also past Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Bel Air Chapter.
Mr. Gales has been an advisor to two U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidents on infrastructure planning policy and was most recently advisor to former Vice President Al Gore on domestic transportation and infrastructure development, and African affairs. He has recently completed a report on The Effects on Government Policies in Domestic Business.
Mr. Gales holds a B.S. degree in Urban Planning/Civil Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona University, an M.A. in Architecture and Urban Design from UCLA.
Mark Colopy has more than 30 years of experience in the field of Architecture and Construction/ Project Management on major municipal and commercial facilities throughout the United States. As a principal architect, Mr. Colopy is responsible for project management, construction administration from schematic design through construction completion. Mark is adept at managing complex projects requiring the leadership necessary for achieving a well-orchestrated balance of monitoring, accountability, and communication.
He is well versed in current project and data control procedures, applying them to multi-phased, multi-task projects to achieve schedule and budgetary goals. His responsibilities include developing and maintaining client/owner and designer relationships; supervising and directing contractors and subcontractors; establishing and executing change orders and claims resolution means; providing contract procurement, administration and monthly progress reporting; as well as cost control and budget/schedule updates. Other responsibilities include developed design and production budgets; led RFP's for consultant services tracking billings and contract performance; chaired design presentations to clients; analysis of RFI's from several projects to assess areas for improvement in project design and documentation; and maintained team meeting concept focusing and empowering each team member to perform autonomously and within the scope of design and production parameters.
Earl “EG” Gales III is Systems Administrator with over 18 years of experience in project management and leadership spanning the education, transportation and consulting industries. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Earl attended UCLA in Westwood, California. After earning his bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics, Earl started his career in the construction industry with JGM, where he led projects for the design of computer networks for various construction projects for the Alameda Corridor. After earning his Microsoft Systems Engineering certifications, Earl joined the AECOM/JGM team to work with the Los Angeles Community District renovating and building new schools. Earl is a certified Cisco Associate and working toward becoming a Professional Project Manager (PMP). He enjoys spending time with his partner, Genn, and their two kids, Sung-hee and Min-Jee. His favorite past-times include golf, soccer, traveling and fishing. Earl is also a frequent visitor to local sporting events to support his favorite basketball, baseball and soccer teams.
Efrain Sanchez is a California Licensed Architect with over 33 years’ experience as a job captain and project architect. He is recognized as a team player and innovative thinker in resolving design and construction issues. He is detail orientated, self motivated and able to anticipate possible obstacles and plan for them in concert with clients, governing officials and the project team. Born into a bi-lingual household in Los Angeles, Mr. Sanchez is extremely fluent in both Spanish and English.
Ryan Gales has almost 15 years of providing outreach, training and development services. He has chaired job fairs, outreaching to DBE firms for the Crenshaw/LAX Metro Line in Los Angeles, and to individuals for the Indianapolis International Airport, where he also trained a staff of over 20. His experience as a project manager for former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn provided him the experience in hosting outreach and community meetings in areas of Watts and South Los Angeles in developing plans of action to address “Quality of Life” issues. His extensive experience in the field has garnished him the ability to work closely with various city, county and local organizations.
EARL E. GALES JR. - CHAIRMAN
MARK R. COLOPY - PRESIDENT
EARL "EG" GALES III - VICE PRESIDENT
EFRAIN SANCHEZ - PROJECT ARCHITECT
RYAN GALES - CEO
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