As Director of Engineering for PM Realty Group’s (PMRG’s) Western Division,
Richard Hopkins is responsible for ensuring that all assets managed by PMRG and
Engineering Personnel will be capable of maintaining “Best in Class” standards
throughout Southern California.
Mr. Hopkins brings more than 18 years of professional hands on technical experience in building engineering, construction management and maintenance. In 2009, Mr. Hopkins was recognized as Orange County’s Chief Engineer of the Year by Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and received International Building of the Year recognition.
joining PMRG, Mr. Hopkins served as District Manager for the Orange County and
Los Angeles Division of ABM Engineering Services Group where he was directly
responsible for providing management, technical and safety support for a group
of 50 highly skilled union and non-union operating engineers.
Mr. Hopkins provided EPA Energy Star technical leadership and oversight for each of the commercial, retail, medical, and industrial assets under his purview and strived to achieve and demonstrate operational changes to minimize operational costs while maximizing overall efficiency.
Mr. Hopkins graduated from the University of California, Irvine with Certificates in Facility Management and Plant Operations. He holds the prestigious Building Operator Certification as well as certifications in HVAC Technology from Orange Coast College where he also serves as an Advisory Board Member.
As Senior Vice President of Engineering for PM Realty Group’s (PMRG’s) Eastern Division, Greg Walters provides support and supervision for the engineers in the region including commercial, industrial, and medical office buildings.
Mr. Walters works closely with the engineers at these properties to ensure that we are providing cost effective measures that will enhance the value of these assets. In this role, he is also responsible for providing building maintenance, energy management, preventive maintenance, training and quality control for more than 9 million square feet of commercial, industrial, and medical office space.
Mr. Walters brings more than 26 years of engineering experience and 16 years of construction experience. During his tenure at PMRG, Mr. Walters's responsibilities have included oversight and administration of engineering services for One Atlanta Center, a 1.2 million square foot office building for Sumitomo Life Realty. Additionally, he provided oversight and administration of engineering services for the JP Morgan Chase Southeast Region.
Mr. Walters has extensive knowledge of building systems and operations and has attended and completed numerous engineering courses through Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and area technical schools. He is certified in “Universal” CFC from Ferris State University and is a member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).
As Vice President of Construction, John Sterling is responsible for managing both capital and tenant improvements as well as building shell construction for a variety of buildings managed by PM Realty Group (PMRG).
In this capacity, Mr. Sterling focuses on coordinating the tenant's design needs with the particular architects and consulting engineers, and managing the general contractor throughout the construction process, including pricing review and approval. He is also responsible for complete interface between the tenant, leasing director, property manager, and all design and construction team members on each project, including all municipal code compliance and ownership approvals.
Mr. Sterling is also responsible for the management of the Southern California Construction Management Department for PMRG consisting of four construction management professionals.
Mr. Sterling brings more than 40 years of experience in architecture, design and construction management for commercial, medical, industrial and retail projects. He has been involved in a wide variety of project types and scopes, from inception through completion. Having been a principal in both architectural and interior design firms before moving into construction management, he has a unique insight into the design/build process.
Prior to joining PMRG, Mr. Sterling operated his own consulting firm, Sterling & Associates, for 14 years which served many of the large development community clients in Orange County, California.
He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Yale University, and has been a past member of the Building Industry Association, Construction Specifications Institute, and The American Institute of Architects.
As Vice President of Property Management, Dan Jones is responsible for managing diverse portfolios of office, retail, and industrial properties in the Houston area.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Jones was Vice President of Facility Services where he maintained operational oversight of the CenterPoint portfolio as well as Chevron’s Gulf Coast regional portfolio consisting of over 7.2 million square feet of office, data center and research space. In this capacity, Mr. Jones directed a staff of more than 100 employees, providing building maintenance, energy management, preventive maintenance, training and quality control.
Mr. Jones brings more than 20 years of experience in property and facility management, construction management, financial analysis and real estate property expertise, from acquisition through disposition. He has participated in several large central plant retrofits, tenant build outs, cooling tower replacement and new facility developments.
Prior to joining PM Realty Group (PMRG), Mr. Jones served as the Director of Corporate Real Estate for Stewart & Stevenson, a billion dollar corporation involved in the manufacture and sale of equipment used in energy generation, oil field services and material handling. S&S’s real estate portfolio consisted of 51 facilities in North America, as well as 8 additional facilities in South America, with a total footprint of nearly 3 million square feet. He was responsible for directing all operational activities including property management, leasing, capital improvements, acquisitions and dispositions for the company.Prior to his time at S&S, Mr. Jones was a property manager for Hines Interests in the central business district of Houston, TX. He was fully responsible for the property and maintenance functions of various buildings ranging from a 400,000 square foot critical- operation facility to a 1.3 million square foot multi-tenant high rise.
Mr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Science from Texas A&M University, is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), a Certified Property Manager (CPM) candidate and serves on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble Committee.
As Vice President and Group Chief Engineer, Todd Johnson is responsible for coordinating all facets of construction management and provides engineering consultation, support, assistance, and training to the engineering staff. With 24 years of experience in building maintenance and repairs, Mr. Johnson serves as a resource for our engineering department and property managers.
Prior to joining PMRG, Mr. Johnson started his career at Gerald D. Hines Interest in 1990 at Pennzoil Place.
Mr. Johnson holds a Maintenance Electricians License through the State of Texas. He studied Stationary Engineering at Houston Community College and is an accredited LEED Green Associate.
As Vice President of Construction, Jeff Checkoway is responsible for the management of 9 million square feet of industrial and warehouse facilities. Mr. Checkoway specializes in a vast array of construction and predevelopment projects and manages day to day operations throughout the portfolio to successfully complete projects and deliver results for PMRG and its clients.
Mr. Checkoway brings more than 11 years of industry experience in the areas of budgeting, cost control, and scheduling, and has become a well seasoned Project Manager in construction, real estate development and property management.
Prior to joining PMRG, Mr. Checkoway served as Project Manager for W/S Development Associates in Chestnut Hill, MA where he was in charge of the design, construction and tenanting of retail and multi-tenant facilities. He has also held positions in Tenant Coordination and Architectural Design & Engineering.
Mr. Checkoway is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Facilities Management degree and an Associates of Architectural Engineering degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).