Jake is a seasoned Estimator who also has experience in Project Management, Emergency HazMat Response, and Environmental Consulting. He has more than 17 years of estimating and project management experience in the environmental, heavy civil, and utility construction fields.
Jake began in the environmental remediation field in 2005 and worked as an Estimator, Scientist, Project Manager, and Regional Manager before moving into heavy civil and utility construction. His experience includes estimating projects up to $60 million for clients such as the U.S. Air Force, Georgia DOT, Tennessee DOT, Department of Energy, US Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous private corporations. He has experience with large scale earthmoving projects, blasting, demolition, landfill expansions, sanitary sewer pump stations, and underground utility piping. He also served as a project manager for hundreds of environmental emergency responses, remedial sites exceeding $1million, and civil or utility projects ranging from $150K - $3million. He most recently oversaw the Estimating department at SCE Environmental Group.
This unique experience allows him to provide precise, detailed estimates. Methods he has used for estimates over the years include estimating by hand, using spreadsheets (often creating his own), and using numerous estimating softwares. His wide-ranging experience has also given him the opportunity to hone his ability to identify and solve efficiency problems in the estimating pipeline, saving the companies for whom he’s worked time, and therefore money, by trimming the time it takes to complete estimates. He has done this through solutions ranging from creating formulas to handle the math all the way to choosing the best estimating software for the company’s workflow and then customizing it to work as efficiently for that company’s process as possible.
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Heather holds a Bachelors of Science in Public Relations with a minor in Writing. She has a wide range of experience, knowledge, and insight gained through both her career and an absence from the working world to care for an aging parent. Some of her notable positions have included Programming Intern at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Community Relations Assistant for a large law national firm, Associate Director of a historic museum, and Interim Executive Director of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Utility Contractors Association. Heather’s time with NUCA was during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. While leading the chapter she determined how to best communicate with and offer value to both members and prospective members during the first several months of the pandemic and increased chapter membership by 30% in four months. She also has experience in the environmental field as an Office Administrator.
Heather is dedicated to finding ways to help alleviate the unnecessary stress and burnout inherent in the estimating profession, having seen firsthand their effects on mental and physical health. Helping others has always been the driving force in her life and when she realized that she and Jake had an opportunity to help those in the estimating field and, as a result, their families she knew that they had to create Archer Estimation & Consulting, LLC.
Heather excels at administrative tasks, communication, editing, information gathering, organization, relationship building, spreadsheets, and writing.
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