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Gary L. Keene



Gary L. Keene

Summary of Qualifications

  • Over 43 years of experience in all phases of the construction industry.
  • Over 20 years of hands-on management at Keene Construction Company of Central Florida Inc.


1969 - 1973
University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

B.S. Building Construction

  • Graduated with honors
  • Bull Gator alumnus 

Additional Education / Certification

  • Understanding Construction Claims
  • Construction Lien Disputes
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Practical Construction Law, Contract Litigation and Arbitration
  • OSHA Safety Certification
  • Site Safety Risk and Liability
  • Introduction to Green Building Components and Materials
  • Workman’s Compensation Laws in Florida

Professional Experience

2009 – Present
Keene Klimas
Consultant Group

Orlando, Florida

Founding Principal

  • Analyzing and interpreting complex construction issues for clear, concise understanding by outside parties.
  • Providing expert consultation in concert with the legal process, from initial claims analysis through litigation.
  • Supplying research and strategic assistance to clients and their counsel, regarding construction disputes.
  • Contributing to documentation review and other information gathering/analysis needs, to ensure that supporting data passes all necessary scrutiny.
  • Performing documentation review, cost analyses, damage calculations, scheduling variances and other real-world measures.
  • Assessing projects against legal or insurance claims to help mitigate disputes and facilitate opportunities for mediation.
  • Providing consultative expertise to clients in all phases of construction, from pre-construction to finished product.
  • Reviewing contractual obligations and building specifications to determine compliance and quality standards.
  1982 - 2005
Keene Construction Co.

Maitland, Florida

Chief Executive Officer

  • Served as Co-owner of commercial general contracting firm with $100 million in annual volume.
  • Directed projects throughout Florida and the Southeast, ranging in value from $1 million to $40 million.
  • Completed total volume of construction exceeding $1 billion, during ownership period.
  • Supervised and managed the entirety of construction-related operations, including all senior project managers, project managers, support staff and field personnel.
  • Worked directly with developers, property owners and tenants to ensure a highest level of performance by the Company.
  • Worked with partner to ensure our clients received quality workmanship, competitive pricing and timely completion.
  • Assisted clients, vendors and subcontractors with the resolution and settlement of potential disputes and claims.
  • Perfected the process of compromise negotiation to avoid the costly process of litigation.
  • Successfully completed projects including retail centers (grocery, big box, retail shops), high-end department stores (new construction and renovation), mixed-use retail town centers (retail, office and residential) lifestyle entertainment centers (restaurant, multi-screen theater, specialty retail and common-area construction), churches, fitness clubs, and warehouse and distribution facilities. 
  • Consistently ranked in the top 20 nationally, in retail construction, by Shopping Center World.
  • Sold his interest in Keene Construction Company in 2005.
  1979 - 1984
Keene Construction Co.

Atlanta, Georgia



  • Was sole owner of commercial general contracting firm specializing in retail construction and existing mall renovation.
  • Experienced $10,000,000 in annual volume.
  • Directed projects in Georgia, ranging in value from $500,000 to $5,000,000.
  • Successfully completed projects including mall expansions and renovations, retail centers, restaurant, high-end mall tenant build outs, day care facilities, and custom residential.

  1976 - 1979
South Laurel Builders

Atlanta, Georgia


Vice President

  • Managed $40 million in construction volume.
  • Was accountable for initial sales contact with potential clients, supervision of budget estimate preparation, and contract negotiations with the client and construction management team of the project management group responsible for project completion.
  • Assisted in establishing company procedures to maximize interoffice communication, hire and assign employees, and review performance of personnel.
  • Managed retail projects throughout the Southeast, consisting of large discount stores, grocery stores and retail shops.


Sr. Project Manager

  • Managed a small team of project managers, each handling two to three projects with an aggregate volume of $10-$15 million.
  • Supervised each project manager with regard to adhering to the project schedule, overseeing cost control, and ensuring proper client and tenant relationships.
  • Ensured that project managers followed the procedures established by the company and that proper interoffice communication took place.
  • Managed retail projects throughout the Southeast, consisting of large discount stores, grocery stores and retail shops.

  1973 - 1976
Ira H. Hardin Company

Atlanta, Georgia


Project Engineer

  • Served as an integral part of the management team that prepared budget and detailed contract estimates.
  • Coordinated subcontract bids and letting, buy-out of materials and material delivery schedules.
  • Worked with project manager on cost control, preparation of subcontracts and owner change orders, approval of shop drawings, and coordination of tenant construction in major malls.


Certified General Contractor Class “A”, State of Florida License No. CGC033026 and CGC1518933

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