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Max Klimas



Michael S. (Max) Klimas

Summary of Qualifications

  • Over 34 years experience in construction management
  • Over 28 years experience supervising construction professionals
  • Certified General Contractor, State of Florida
  • Certified State of Florida SWPPP Inspector
  • OSHA Certification


1973 - 1981
University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

B.S. Building Construction

  • Architecture Program – Four years additional study
  • Interior Design – One year additional study 

Additional Education / Certification

  • Associated General Contractor’s Project
    Management Course (Instructor)
  • Associated General Contractor’s
    Superintendent Course (Instructor)
  • National Construction Law Center – Resolving and Avoiding Construction Claims
  • Federal Publications – Calculating Loss of Efficiency and Extended Overhead Claims
  • Practical Construction Law, Contract Litigation and Arbitration
  • Construction Lien Disputes
  • Alternative Dispute resolution in Florida
  • Storm Water Protection and Pollution Prevention
  • University of Florida – TREEO – Green Building
  • USGBC – Green Building, LEED AP certification

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.


1996 – 2009
Keene Construction Co.

Maitland, Florida

Vice President

  • Served as Vice President of Operations for a commercial general contracting firm with an average annual volume of $100 million.
  • Supervised and directed projects throughout Florida and the Southeast, ranging in individual project value from $3,000,000 to $39,000,000.
  • Was accountable for executive oversight and supervision of project management and support staff.
  • Worked directly with owners, developers, design professionals, and permitting authorities to ensure a high level of performance by the company.
  • Maintained client contact and interacted with business development team.
  • Reviewed and approved owner contracts, schedules, subcontractor agreements, change orders, and insurance requirements.
  • Oversaw project job costs, interfaced with corporate accounting department, and was directly involved in completion of monthly and annual profit projections (including company financials).
  • Interacted with field operations in the areas of schedule management, quality control, safety, and client satisfaction.
  • Updated safety program and implemented OSHA certifications for field superintendents.
  • Oversaw and managed warranty department.
  • Involved in resolution and settlement of contract, subcontract claims and disputes, operating as liaison with corporate attorney.
  • Successfully completed projects including retail centers (big box, grocery), lifestyle entertainment centers (restaurant, hotel, multi-screen theaters, fitness clubs), high-end department stores, malls and mixed-use retail town centers (office, residential, and retail).
  1993 - 2009
MSK Consulting
KMK Consultant Group.

Lake Mary , Florida

Consultant, Project Manager

  • Provided construction management and consulting services.
  • Evaluated projects for bid, estimating, project start-up, job site analysis, and inspections through project close-out.
  • Consulted on various litigation claims and disputes, including onsite analysis, document review, observation reports and testimony.
  • Supported projects including Universal Studios, Disney, Sea World, Epcot, Orange County Convention Center (phase 4), nursing homes, high-rise condominium, condominium townhouses, USDA facility, water management facility, and apartments.
  1995 - 1996
Waltree Construction, Inc.

Longwood, Florida


Director of Operations

  • Oversaw and supervised project managers, field superintendents and the estimating department of a medium-size commercial construction firm.
  • Directed and led projects throughout the Southeast.
  • Retail projects consisted of Wal-Mart super centers, Rooms-to-Go furniture stores, and Auto-Zone stores.
  • Restaurant projects consisted of Chili's, Cracker Barrel, Red Lobster, and Don Pablo's.
  1990 - 1993
R. L. Pender & Assoc.

Ormond Beach, Florida


Consultant, Project Manager

  • Conducted comprehensive management and analysis of construction projects as a representative of surety companies, owners and construction concerns.
  • Completed project site investigation, analysis of contract documentation, estimating, scheduling, negotiation of subcontracts and material purchases, and coordination of supervision and management of the projects to completion.
  • Analyzed and resolved defaulted construction projects for sureties, providing expert testimony and support for litigation.
  • Supported a diversity of projects including major military installations, commercial high-rises, hospitals, schools, shopping centers, hotels and utility systems, ranging in value up to $30 million.

  1985 - 1989
K.B. Max, Inc.

Gainesville, Florida


President, Owner

  • Co-owner responsible for complete operation and management a general construction, management and consulting firm.
  • Maintained a high level of quality control with field operations.
  • Negotiated all projects, oversaw procurement and completion. And consulted with architectural firms and owner’s representatives on construction management and project design.
  • Project work included commercial, industrial, institutional, universities, schools, hospitals, mall stores, hotels, restaurants, high end residential, renovation, and historic restoration.
  1980 - 1985
Burns Brothers, Inc.

Gainesville, Florida


Vice President, Project Management

  • Managed staff to procure projects, prepare quantity take-offs, bids, order materials and administrate projects.
  • Maintained full cost accountability from estimating to project close-out.
  • Coordinated with field management and cost accounting department.
  • Implemented computer cost control programs.
  • Began as an estimator with projects in the $25,000 range, and successfully increased project participation to $68 million.
  • Projects represented federal, state and local governments throughout Florida, including a major addition to Shands Hospital, military projects, university buildings, warehouses, school construction and site development.
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