Civil Engineering Design *Project Management * Business Planning and Development * Leading Multi-Discipline Team

Registered Civil Engineer, with Masters degree in Transportation (Highway Engineering), John brings two decades of professional experience in civil engineering for commercial, institutional, educational, hospitality, healthcare, and residential developments, as well as public improvements, infrastructure and transportation projects. Top performer in engineering leadership roles, he delivers consulting and operational excellence through experience, technical and technological expertise, and proactive project management and control systems. Energized by “impossible” challenges.

Executive Endorsements: “Your dedication to innovation, to productivity, and to quality is exemplified in many of the ‘extra’ things you achieve or the way in which you achieve them.” — VP Engineering, Brandow & Johnston

Work History

Work History
Nov 2009 - Present

Vice President / Principal Civil Engineer

Rhyton Engineering

Chosen to spearhead expansion of the civil engineering practice of the firm, leveraging contacts, reputation, and new design technologies and capabilities to meet strategic corporate goals of market penetration and revenue.

Develop new corporate image and improved web presence. Expand client base and secure contracts in educational and commercial markets. Establish strategic peer alliance and expand pool of consultants for “scalable” project staffing without additional hiring. Implement new marketing and business development systems.

  • Technology implementation: Select, implement, and apply latest CAD and modeling software packages (AutoCAD, Civil3D, Revit) in implementation of BIM. Organize CAD and BIM training. Implement CAD and general computer file management standards, to improve the production process.
  • Technical guidance: Proponent of responsible engineering, develops unique and efficient technical solutions, saving thousands of dollars for clients, securing smoother approvals and eliminating construction delays and back charges form contractors.
  • Representative projects:

-    Siren Studios: Large expansion of the studio on Sunset Blvd; Complete renovation of the Technicolor building, two new feature stages over automated parking for 300 cars. Over $ 75 M

-    SMC-PAC: Performance Arts Center expansion as part of Santa Monica College campus modernization; 2 story building, plaza, public improvements:  over $ 14 M

-    The Savannahs: The first multifamily residential development in Los Angeles to utilize automated parking system. 5 story building over underground car storage:  over $ 12 M

-    Gibson Amphitheater: VIP expansion of the theater in Universal Studios, Hollywood including internal and external plazas, new elevated event deck, controlled access, ADA:  over $ 4 M

Mar 2005 - Nov 2009

Director fo Civil Engineering

AC Martin Partners

AC Martin Partners was ranked # 21 in the Top 100 US Architectural Firms.

Leader in Architecture and Engineering since 1906.

Expanded the civil engineering practice and improved department performance thru implementation of cutting-edge software, proactive project management and cost control systems and key staff acquisition

Senior Associate promoted to Principal and shareholder. Implement strategic plan for expansion and led civil engineering team and consultants for several prominent projects with millions of dollars in site and public improvements construction.

  • Business Development: As Principal of Brandow & Johnston (the engineering arm of ACMP) expanded the client base to include some of LA’s most prominent architects: Johnson Fain, Gensler, HNTB, Osborn, WWCOT and more. Secured several million dollars in civil design contracts. Active participation in local business and trade organizations.
  • Established the civil engineering identity of B&J - firm known for decades as structural only. Exceeded revenue goals.
  • Staff development: Administratively responsible for hiring, development, and professional growth of engineering and support staff. Organizes lunchtime classes, in-house seminars, vendor presentations, and various training sessions.
  • Representative projects:

  -  Westside Medical Park: 14-acre mixed-use development in West LA, consisting of 2 - 8 story Medical Office Buildings; 2000-car parking structure; 450 condos; retail; over $ 350 M

  -  UCS – Ron Tutor Campus Center: University’s “town hall”; 2 – 5 story buildings, Trojans shrine, commons, plaza, major infrastructure;    over $135 M

  -  WLAC Infrastructure upgrades: Upgrades and replacement of campus backbone infrastructure; roads;  over $ 24 M

  -  APU – Segerstorm Science Center: 6-acre Azusa Pacific University expansion: 3 story science building; parking, stormwater retention basin, public improvements;    over $ 48 M

  -  CSUSM – Social Behavioral Sciences: 15-acre Cal State University, San Marcos expansion: major hillside grading; main road relocation; large utility tunnel, infrastructure: over $ 200 M

1995 - 2005

Senior Project Manager


PSOMAS was ranked in the Top 100 US Green Design Firms

Established and led satellite civil engineering office in Woodland Hills for 4 years. Improved performance through proactive marketing, project management, application of new technologies, cost control systems, and staffing.

Hired as staff engineer and promoted to Senior PM and shareholder. Self-starter relentlessly seeking new responsibilities. Participate in company strategic plan for business expansion and staff growth. Work as technical decision-maker and senior project manager for several prominent projects with millions of dollars in site and public improvements construction.

  • Business Development: Work closely with senior management of the firm, clients and public officials to negotiate large design contracts. Generate scope and fee proposals. Participate in local business and profession organizations.
  • Manage multidiscipline teams, sharing work between different offices. Negotiate with and manage sub-consultants.
  • Technology implementation: Participate at “ad hog” committees and brainstorming sessions to select, implement, and apply several CAD and engineering software packages (i.e. Softdesk, Inroads, LDD, LD3, HEC-RAS, Haestad) and  in development and implementation of CAD and file management standards, to improve production process.
  • Staff development: Administratively responsible the hiring, development, and professional growth of engineering and support staff. Organizes lunchtime classes, in-house seminars, vendor presentations, and various training sessions.
  • Representative projects:

The Plant: 110-acre commercial development: major public streets, major infrastructure, big-box buildings, drainage.

Oak Creek: 70-acre mixed-use: 16 apartment buildings, hotel, restaurants, retail, two bridges, new major road, walls.

Playa Vista: Phase 1: grading, drainage, public streets. Lincoln Blvd. realignment. New marsh. Major infrastructure.

Industry East: 460-acre industrial: several 40-acre buildings; major roads; railroad spurs; underpass, infrastructure.

Ahmanson Ranch: 2200-acre subdivision: residential, commercial, golf courses, major roads, grading, infrastructure.

-  LNR Warner Center: 40-acre office campus: nine 5-story buildings, 4 parking structures, roads, public improvements.

Griffith Observatory: Renovation and expansion of the famous observatory; heavy public improvements; over $ 40 M

Canyon Crossings Mall: 140-acre new mall: major 5-lane road; freeway flyover; parking, infrastructure; over $ 280 M

Burbank Airport expansion: 80-acre airport expansion master plan; new terminal; circulation; parking; transportation

Marvin Broude Constituent Service Center: Civic Center for City of LA in Van Nuys: 5 story building, parking; plaza.


1992 - 1992

Graduate Engineering Classes

California State University Northridge



Dissemination of information and technology

Staff development, motivation, and retention

Business development, marketing and contracts

Planning, processing and code implementation

Grading, drainage, alignments, infrastructure design

Lead preparation of the engineering documents

Teaming, control and coordination of consultants

Project Management and technical guidance