Bob’s experience in management of construction companies for over fifty years gives him a broad background in his field. Bob is an expert in scheduling and has deep roots in computerized costing and finance. His experience in construction management from industrial to large retail is extensive. He holds General Contractor Qualifier Credentials in four states. Bob brings to the table a unique ability to see the core values of a construction company and its ability to manage their construction.

He served at the helm of several large companies and successfully formed and managed his own company and later sold it to Knoxville’s second largest contractor. He then formed a consulting company and merged its operations with PC2 in 1993.

He has always stayed active in engineering and construction associations where he has served as Director, President and State President.

Bob is a native of North Dakota where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota. Bob and his wife live in Knoxville, Tennessee, and have three grown sons.

Robert M. “Bob” Hillman’s CV

Summary of Background

  • Experience resolving issues for Sureties, Architects and Owners.
  • Developed proven job cost control systems merging Operations, Accounting and Estimating data for meaningful controls.
  • Served as AAA Neutral.
  • Twice worked on team to transition general contractors from Union Shop to Open Shop.
  • Experienced on numerous construction scheduling and software packages.
  • Designed bid strategy and change order tracking software systems.
  • Developed unit price sales software for commercial construction / tenant build-out.
  • Formed and built local construction company from inception.
  • Managed Project Managers / Construction Projects for National General Contractor
  • Developed operational and safety controls for four general contractors.
  • Experienced as survey party chief for legal and construction surveys.
  • Worked as audio engineer and TV cameraman for ABC Affiliate while in college.
  • Registered Professional Photographer in North Dakota while in college.

Areas of Experience

  • Consultant
  • Company President/Owner
  • Corporate Vice President, Operations
  • General Manager/Majority Partner
  • Corporate Manager of Construction Operations
  • Project Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Staff Engineer
  • Staff Estimator
  • Site & Property Surveyor
  • Arbitrator
  • Guest Lecturer at University of Tennessee

Education

  • 1966 Received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of North Dakota.

Professional

  • Holds unlimited General Contractor exam credentials in North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • Holds Commercial and Industrial General Contractor credentials In Tennessee.

Employment History

2013-Present President, Professional Construction Consulting, Inc.
1993-2013 Merged Hillman Construction Consultants with Professional Construction Consulting, Inc. Professional Construction Consulting, Inc. is a larger firm with specialties in surety support, disputes resolution, construction management and cost estimating consulting.
1987 – 1993 Founder and Owner of Hillman Construction Consultants, Lenoir City, Tennessee. Management and construction specialist. Expertise in applying personal knowledge in general contracting, construction management and computer systems to the needs of contractors, Prime subcontractors, sureties and other consultants. Representative consulting assignments:

  • Civil, structural and architectural manager and Construction Manager for A.E. Staley at Loudon, Tennessee. In charge of constructing an addition to its plant. The total project was $80 M.
  • Guided a mechanical and electrical engineering firm in forming its own construction division.
  • Consulted with lender to rescue a motel project and a shopping center close-out construction.
  • Expert witness and support to law firm on behalf of surety for a school construction default.
  • Developed a number of preliminary estimates and schedules for architects and engineering firms.
  • Consulted with general contractors to integrate computers for estimating and sales. Designed and implemented a mall tenant build-out unit pricing software package for a general contractor.
  • Contract construction manager for two buildings for The Tennessee Air National Guard at McGhee Tyson Air Base.
  • Subcontractor for Martin Marietta, K-25, Facility and Property Management Department. Primary contact for initiating Facility Management services. Developed scheduling and tracking systems for configuration and control of Facility Management for the U.S. Department of Energy facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
1985–1987 Vice President of Operations for Johnson & Galyon, Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee. Modernized an old company’s operations to current industry standards. Brought in Hillman Corporation Project Managers to improve job costing systems and implement project management procedures and systems. Bargained to impasse with the unions and switched to an open shop. In taking Johnson & Galyon from a local market to a State-wide market they profitably completed two projects in Nashville, Tennessee.
1984 – 1985 President/Owner of Hillman Construction Corporation specializing in commercial construction.

  • Designed and constructed 10 food mart, gas stations for one client, 20 in all for various clients. Specialty was pre-fabricating the marketer structure so facility could be completed in 4 – 6 weeks.
  • General Contractor for Downtown West Plaza, 62 msf strip center, $1.5 M, 16 tenants.

General Contractor and Construction Manager for construction of the Brunswick Mall, Brunswick, GA. 165 msf mini mall, $5 M, 38 tenants.

1980 – 1984 Founder, General Manager & Majority Partner, Hillman-Elder Construction, Knoxville, Tennessee. General Contractor specializing in commercial construction:

  • GC for 48 efficiency apartments for World’s Fair rental housing.
  • 1982 World’s Fair construction, $1.5 M total volume.

Pre-fabricated Kodak and Coca Cola Kiosks for World’s Fair

1979 – 1980 Manager of Construction Operations, Rufus H. Smith and Company, Knoxville, Tennessee, a “turn-key” contractor.   Managed the construction of three (3) turn-key projects apartment projects, 495 total units, $15 Million, ten month construction schedule “on-time”.
1969 – 1979 Manager of Construction Operations, Rentenbach Engineering Company, Knoxville, Tennessee. Directly supervised six Project Managers, administrative staff, warehousing and equipment managers. Reported directly to V.P. Operations. Manager of Commercial Construction Operations, Rentenbach Engineering Company, Knoxville, Tennessee. Supervised four (4) Project Managers and all national commercial construction accounts.Project Manager, Senior Engineer, Rentenbach Engineering Company, Knoxville, Tennessee. Representative projects:

  • West Town Mall, Knoxville, one million s.f.. $16 M, seven stages, four anchors, included interior finishes and 76 mall shop contracts.
  • Northshore Center, Knoxville, 180 msf, $4.5 M, twin mid-rise, eight floor office buildings.
  • Museum of Atomic Energy, Oak Ridge, TN – 80 msf, $5 M.
  • Neyland Stadium, University of Tennessee, south upper deck, 12,000 + seats, seven month schedule, $5 M.
1968 – 1969 Staff Engineer, Harkness Corporation, Knoxville, Tennessee. Estimating, purchasing and scheduling for General Contractor.
1966 – 1968 Project Engineer, Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., Central Engineering Department, Akron, Ohio.

  • Warehouse construction, De Moines, Iowa, 660 msf, $6.5 M.
  • Plant addition, Bloomington, Illinois, 120 msf, $3 M.

New plant construction, Newport, Tennessee, 160 msf, $3 M.

1961 – 1966 Survey party chief, construction inspector and draftsman part-time while in college for City of Grand Forks Engineering Department, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Accomplishments

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Past member of American Arbitration Association panel of Neutrals (AAA).
  • Past Director of Associated General Contractors – Knoxville Chapter (AGC).
  • Past President of the Tennessee Construction Coalition.
  • Past Director of the Tennessee Construction Coalition (TCC).
  • Founding Member of the Tennessee Construction Coalition (TCC).
  • Past State President Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
  • Past President Associated Builders and Contractors of East Tennessee (ABC).
  • Past Director of Associated Builders and Contractors of East Tennessee (ABC).
  • Past Member of Knoxville Technical Society
  • Past Member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI).
  • Past Member of American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Past Member, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.

Service and Civic Involvement:

  • Board Member of Westland Court HOA.
  • Past President of the Knoxville Amateur Youth Hockey Association.
  • Past Coach & Board Member of Knoxville Amateur Youth Hockey Association.
  • Past President of the Rocky Hill Little League Baseball Assn., Knoxville, TN.
  • Past member of Lions Club International.

References

Available upon request