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24 05, 2019

OPC Welcomes New Vice President, Steve Parent, Veteran Real Estate Services Executive

2019-06-05T14:56:05-07:00May 24th, 2019|News|

Steve Parent, PMP, SR/WA, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS has recently joined OPC as Vice President.  A highly-respected industry executive, Steve’s background includes strategic planning, engineering, business development, program and project management, appraisal, commercial brokerage, and real estate investment.  Steve has led strategic growth initiatives through geographic diversification and significant top-line growth. He has also managed or appraised more than 1,500 properties affected by public projects across multiple sectors including: transportation; heavy, light and high-speed rail; gas and electric transmission; water, and levies. Steve previously served as President of the Appraisal Institute’s Sacramento chapter, and is the current Valuation Chair for both the Los Angeles and Sacramento chapters of International Right of Way Association (IRWA).

As Vice President at OPC, Mr. Parent will drive top-line growth, provide program management expertise, expand OPC’s appraisal department, and leverage his leadership skills to benefit the company. Prior to joining OPC, Steve served as Director at Bender Rosenthal Inc., (BRI). After joining that firm in 2009, Mr. Parent managed right of way contracts and/or appraisal services for clients including California High Speed Rail, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, Riverside County Transportation Commission, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Southern California Gas, Southern California Edison, City of Santa Ana, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  Steve also led BRI’s business development efforts in Southern California, achieving substantial top-line growth.  His experience as a senior operations executive includes leading a 250-person facility with $50 million in annual revenues.

“Steve’s diverse background, which includes an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA, will help him contribute in numerous ways on a multitude of projects,” said Brian Everett, OPC’s Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to benefitting from his leadership, noteworthy business development background, and extensive appraisal experience, and welcome Steve to Team OPC.”

Steve earned both his BS in Mechanical Engineering and his MBA in Operations Management and Finance at the University of Cincinnati and relocated to California 20 years ago.  He and his wife and three children currently reside in Sacramento, CA.

21 05, 2019

OPC’s Relocation Workshop Provides Eye-Opening Info to SoCal Affordable Housing Developers

2019-05-24T13:47:55-07:00May 21st, 2019|News|

Fifty affordable housing developers from Southern California participated in OPC’s “Relocation Workshop: Cost Estimating and Site Evaluation,” presented by Senior Vice President, Michele Folk, SR/WA, R/W-RAC, R/W-URAC, R/W-NAC on Tuesday, May 21st at The Meadows in Irvine, CA.  The complimentary workshop was sponsored by OPC, and Jamboree Housing provided the meeting space.  Folk, who is also a certified IRWA instructor, developed the workshop to answer common relocation questions and concerns she consistently encounters in her consulting role on affordable housing projects. She also reviewed funding types; required notices and relocation obligations; and cost-estimating, which included an exercise using sample household facts and funding source scenarios. A second Relocation Workshop is planned for affordable housing developers in Northern California later this summer. For more information contact mfolk@opcservices.com.

14 05, 2019

Salvatore New IRWA International Director & Chapter 44 President

2019-06-05T16:11:32-07:00May 14th, 2019|News|

Todd Salvatore, a Project Manager in OPC’s Las Vegas office, was sworn in today as the International Director and President for the International Right of Way Association’s Chapter 44. Chapter 44 represents the Las Vegas area of IRWA’s Region 1.  Chapter 44 is 66 members strong, a number that increased 20% over last year.  Mr. Salvatore’s goals for the Chapter include hosting more IRWA classes – he’d like to see them host at least 12 in the coming year.  Visit Chapter 44’s site here for more information on the Chapter.