I live at Grove Court Condominiums in Cleveland’s Duck Island neighborhood, nestled between Tremont and Ohio City near West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue – also the site of the offices of my firm, The Project Group.  My wife is Dr. Marie A. Simon, a dentist whose practice is in Avon Lake

I have a deep love for Cleveland, having served as Cleveland City Councilman (1981 thru 1985) under then-Mayor George V. Voinovich.  And I remain intimately involved with the community – especially its arts and cultural activities, either serving or having served as follows:

  • Detroit Shoreway Communiuty Development Organization – member of the board of trustees and executive committee
  • Cleveland Public Art – member of the board of trustees and executive committee
  • Intermuseum Conservation Association – member of the board of trustees
  • Cleveland Museum of Art – leadership committee
  • Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation – member of the board of trustees and executive committee
  • Angle Magazine – member of the board of trustees
  • Cleveland Arts Prize – selection committee
  • Cuyahoga County Grand Jury – foreman

For the past 20 years, as the Managing Partner of The Project Group, I have had the opportunity to work with a large array of public and private sector clients, including:

  • Developer partner of the $25.0 million, 50-acre Aerospace Technology Park in Brook Park, Ohio — with tenants predominantly associated with NASA-Glenn Research Center’s ongoing space programs (1989 thru 1993);
  • Developer partner of a $15.0 million, 13-building network of auto-emission-testing facilities in Greater Cincinnati (1994 thru 1996); a $7.0 million, 6-building network in Broward County, Florida (1991 thru 1993); and, a $15.0 million, 13-building network in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona (1990 thru 1993);
  • Project monitor for Cleveland City Council’s oversight responsibility in the development of the $350.0 million Cleveland Browns Stadium (1996 thru 1999), the $1.4 billion expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (1999 thru 2006), the $750.0 million Plant Enhancement Program of Cleveland’s four water treatment plants (2004 thru 2008) and the $65.0 million service expansion of Cleveland Public Power (current);
  • Project manager for Ursuline College’s $6.9 million Bishop Pilla Student Learning Center (1998 thru 2000) and $5.0 million residence hall (2004 thru 2006);
  • Project manager for Summa Hospital’s $23.5 million Centers of Excellence (2000 thru 2003), and $5.0 million electrical substation (2002 thru 2003) in Akron;
  • Project manager for the American Cancer Society’s $3.5 million (2000 thru 2001) regional headquarters at University Circle;
  • Project manager for the Cleveland FoodBank’s $8.5 million (2002 thru 2004) in Collinwood;
  • Project manager for the Ashtabula County’s $15.0 million Geneva Inn and Conference Center Cleveland (2002 thru 2005);
  • Project manager for Hiram College’s $12.5 million fieldhouse improvements (2003 thru 2005); and
  • Project manager for the City of Willoughby’s $7.9 million Municipal Courthouse (2003 thru 2005).

My career and experiences have afforded me the opportunity to establish relationships with many people that have made an impact on this community.  My background embraces three normally disparate interests – Arts & Culture; Local Government; and, Planning, Design & Construction.  By intersecting these three passions here in Z-Notes, my desire is to share my passion, connect people and develop alignments that bring focus to projects that will enhance the community I love.