Executive Leadership Team
Brian EverettPresident & CEO
As a former public agency executive, Mr. Everett brings over 30 years of full-service real estate consulting expertise to OPC. He has maintained OPC’s service quality and profitability through merger and explosive growth. Brian guided our operational reorganization to enable our strategic success initiatives. He believes in fostering unwavering project quality, work/life balance, personal growth for staff, and success for the company.
Taurean GordonChief Operating Officer
As OPC’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Gordon is charged with setting the strategic direction for the firm’s growth, new market expansion, and ensuring OPC’s outstanding and timely project delivery. Taurean’s background includes management consulting with firms including PWC and Accenture where he led pivotal transitions of large companies across real estate, private equity, and pharmaceuticals sectors. As vice president of a global asset management firm, Taurean led M&A initiatives and helped double the firm’s size to over 1,000 employees.
Gene Blaho, MBAChief Financial Officer
Mr. Blaho brings a wealth of past experience to OPC. Gene started his career with KPMG in Orange County, CA. After leaving public accounting, he gained a variety of experience and assumed roles of increasing responsibility in publicly traded companies with revenues of $700 million-$15 billion. In his many roles, Gene has helped business owners and executive teams improve liquidity, raise capital, and improve overall financial performance. His experience includes corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, SEC reporting, and consolidations.
Michele Folk, SR/WASenior Vice President
Dr. Folk is OPC’s cornerstone Affordable Housing practitioner, consistently demonstrating her skills in management, acquisition, and relocation functions. Along with the SR/WA designation, Michele has earned the R/W-RAC, R/W-URAC, and R/W-NAC certifications. She is considered one of the nation’s leading experts in HUD-funded housing projects. Michele is also a Certified Course Facilitator with the IRWA.
Mark LaBonte, SR/WASenior Vice President
For over 30 years, Mr. La Bonte has worked with public agencies to implement publicly-funded projects. Mark has a thorough understanding of federal and state laws which govern the acquisition process and associated issues. He speaks regularly at industry conferences on matters relating to the public acquisition process. Mark has earned his SR/WA designation from the IRWA.
Ray Armstrong, SR/WASenior Vice President
Mr. Armstrong’s career includes over 30 years of progressively responsible right of way planning, project delivery, operations, leadership, and governance authority. He ensures that our projects are delivered on time, with consistent quality, to meet objectives, scope, and audit requirements. As a Principal of the firm, Ray assists OPC’s growth through service line expansions and geographic reach.