Leadership Team

JAMES R. MILLER, SE
CEO, Structural Engineer
Brea, California

Jim is the founder and CEO of JRMA and an industry-leading authority on the design of solid waste processing facilities. He has been the technical lead for more than 100 solid waste facility projects, including transfer stations, materials recovery facilities (MRF’s) and food and green waste processing plants. In addition to his technical expertise, Jim provides strategic advisory services to a wide range of facility developers and operators. Jim is a Distinguished Member Award of the California Society of Professional Engineers, a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers, a recipient of the Civil Engineering Career Achievement Award from the University of Kentucky, a member of the Structural Engineers Association of California, a member of the Solid Waste Association of North America, a guest lecturer on solid waste management topics at UCLA, and a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

 

DAN BIANCO, AIA
President
LEED AP BD+C
Brea, California

As a Principal Architect and President of JRMA Dan provides leadership, focus and direction for the firm.  Dan also directs the aviation market sector with a specialty in all aspects of general aviation and is an advocate for the industry through professional organizations including NATA, NBAA, and AAAE.  With over 30 years of experience with JRMA, Dan has provided innovative, sustainable, value-based and operationally efficient designs for all aspects of JRMA’s core work including aviation facilities, solid waste and recycling operations, manufacturing, food processing, technology production facilities, rail assembly and operations, energy, and general commercial.  As a LEED AP with a specialty in building design and construction, Dan ensures that the firm’s work adheres to its ongoing efforts in sustainable design and is at the forefront of the industry. 

 

Martha Szekley
Accounting Manager
Brea, California

Martha has always had a love for accounting. As the Director of Finance with over 30 years’ experience in the accounting profession, Martha continues her efforts supporting the financial health and workplace environment leadership to JRMA. Martha provides key performance indicators monthly to the leadership team to help with the planning and execution of future growth goals for the company.

Martha has had experience in the HR profession with prior employers and is now a key player for the HR functions with JRMA.

 

RICHARD JIMENEZ, AIA
Senior Project Architect, Associate
LEED AP BD+C
Brea, California

As a Senior Project Architect and Director of Operations at JRMA, Richard provides a depth of knowledge of the firm’s culture and operations at all levels. Joining the firm in 2001, Richard has spent the majority of his career with JRMA, progressing from project manager to associate during his tenure.  As a member of the aviation market sector team, he has specialized knowledge in design of all aspects of general aviation facilities. Throughout his career, Richard has also been involved in the design of solid waste facilities, food production facilities, metal buildings and concrete tilt-ups.  He manages the development of construction document packages for constructability and architectural quality, preparation of project schedules and budgets, and as a LEED AP he provides coordination of sustainable design projects including LEED and Cal Green. As the Director of Operations, Richard develops the culture and processes that assist in the efficiency of the key indicators necessary for the success of JRMA projects.  

 

BRYAN VANDERZEE, SE
Principal Structural Engineer
Brea, California

Bryan Vanderzee is a Principal Structural Engineer with over 18 years at JRMA.  He holds a master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California San Diego and a Structural Engineering license in California.

Bryan has successfully delivered, from concept to completion, a wide range of projects for the Industrial, Food Processing, Manufacturing, Aerospace and Solid Waste industries.  These projects include new and existing construction using all types of building materials.

Bryan brings creative, cost-effective solutions to the design of all projects, integrating a realistic understanding of structural performance with process needs and project objectives. His experience includes seismic analysis and design of building structures, heavy equipment supports and foundations, metal building systems, and a wide variety of concrete structures.

 

Kevin P. McCarthy
Principal Solid Waste
San Carlos, California

As a Principal / Solid Waste at JRMA, Kevin is responsible for recycling and solid waste facility programming and master planning, conceptual design, and financial feasibility studies. He also leads solid waste planning efforts including assisting cities and counties with contracting options and negotiations. Kevin directs the company’s solid waste market sector providing overall direction of business development and marketing efforts.

Kevin has been in the solid waste and recycling industry for 30 years based in the San Francisco Bay area and working locally, regionally, and nationally. He was the first Executive Director of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (aka Rethink Waste), a 12-member solid waste authority in San Carlos, California. He served for nine years in a transformative role leading efforts bidding out franchise collection services, and facility operations and spearheading $46 million in capital improvements to the Shoreway Environmental Center.

Prior to SBWMA, Kevin held various positions over a 13-year period working for Waste Management including Vice President of Government Affairs for Recycling, Director of Electronics Recycling Services, and Regional Recycling Manager overseeing 17 facilities in Northern and Central California.

 

KRYSTAL LI, PE
Regional Manager Pacific Northwest
Portland, Oregon

Ms. Li has more than 30 years of experience as a design manager and project manager, in solid waste market sector, industrial market Sector, and facility condition assessment and retrofit projects. Ms. Li has a strong foundation in solid waste and Industrial projects, including feasibility studies, site selections, site layout, retrofits, planning, designing and construction. Ms. Li has worked on over 50 solid waste facilities and conducted over 40 condition assessments.  She is a member of the SWANA Evergreen Chapter and the Beaver Chapter.  For the past 4 plus years, Krystal serves as the Regional Manager for JRMA’s Pacific Northwest Regional office.  In this role, she expanded the office from a one-person to a seven-person self-sustaining office.  She provides leadership and directions to the local office, as well as provides status updates to the Headquarter.  As a project manager, she spends time with her clients to determine effective solutions to design, workflow, and cost savings, resulting in the development of long-term client relationships. The success of her projects provides proof of her strong technical and business skills.

 

CLARK W. DAVIS, AIA
Principal Architect
Director of Architecture, LEED AP
Brea, California

As team leader for JRMA’s architectural department, Clark takes a companywide proactive role with innovative value-driven design as well as JRMA’s commitment project quality. Dedicated to the success of our clients, his responsibilities include direct involvement with architectural programming, design, sustainability, as well as effectively coordinating staff resources as department executive for maintaining project schedules. His career as a licensed professional for over 37 years encompasses virtually all project types but highlights manufacturing, solid waste, food & beverage processing as well as institutional and general commercial facilities. Clark is actively involved with many projects as Principal-In-Charge and is licensed in many states including an NCARB registration.

 

WIL HANNA, SE
Principal Structural Engineer
Brea, California

As Principal Structural Engineer at JRMA, Wil leads the firm's structural engineering department and is responsible for overseeing firm-wide structural projects.  As the structural lead, his main objective is to collaborate with both architect and owner to broaden design possibilities and provide cost effective solutions for the transition from project concept to execution.  With over 44 years of experience including 15 years at JRMA, Wil's broad range of projects include solid waste, recycling and waste-to-energy facilities, aviation facilities, high-rise commercial office buildings, historic building preservation, performing arts centers, and Triple-A and college baseball stadiums.  Wil is an active member of SEAOSC, AISC, and ACI.

 

JAMES P. YOST, AIA
Senior Project Architect, Associate
LEED AP
Tomball, Texas

As a Senior Project Architect and Associate at JRMA James provides project management, leadership, and technical support for staff on many projects.  James also contributes to business development efforts in the Houston office with a focus on Commercial, Industrial and Manufacturing.  With over 19 years of experience with JRMA, James has provided Client management, design guidance  and mentoring for the JRMA design staff for all aspects of JRMA’s core work including solid waste and recycling operations, anaerobic digestion, manufacturing, and general commercial.  As a LEED AP and a member of the American Institute of Architects, James endeavors to provide ongoing efforts to deliver a project that is successful for all stakeholders.  

 

H. Matthew Mauz
Gulf Coast Project Representation, Associate
Structural Production Manager
Houston, Texas

Starting in the industry as a Pre-Engineered Metal Building detailer and then moving into structural steel detailing, Matthew started with JRMA as a structural drafter and has worked up to an associate production manager. With 25 years in the industry his background in steel and metal buildings translates directly to our market sectors of solid waste, commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facilities.

Serving as the office manager and local representative in the Houston area, he has been instrumental in JRMA's growth and increase in market share.  Being with JRMA for 20 years, he is known for providing our clients with high quality architectural and structural drawings that reflect local codes and trends.  Furthermore, Matthew reviews and coordinates the Structural and Architectural drawings prior to issuing for Client review at all milestone submittals as well as prior to Agency and plan check submittals.

 

HOWARD HONG, AIA
Senior Project Architect, Associate
LEED AP
Brea, California

Howard’s passion started in second half of the eighties with an architectural education and he has since contributed over thirty years of architectural design experience.  As Senior Project Architect, he is responsible for the design and management of select complex projects. He has worked on a wide range of project types including substations, vehicle maintenance/testing/design centers, hangars, fixed base operators (FBO's), customs facilities, museums, food processing, chemical production plants, natural gas fueling stations, photovoltaic installations, educational facilities, as well as administrative and office buildings. As a LEED AP, he has successfully managed the first LEED Platinum Certified private hangar at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California.  Additionally, he has served as design and project manager lead at a multi-building development at the San Bernardino International Airport as part of the airfield's conversion of the existing Air Force Base to a commercial and general aviation campus.

 

ARIC VANDERZEE, SE
Project Structural Engineer, Associate
Brea, California

As an Associate Structural Engineer at JRMA Aric brings over 12 years of experience as a structural engineer and project manager.  From hospitals to solid waste, anaerobic digestion, and aviation facilities, Aric has vast experience and expertise in the design of steel, reinforced concrete, masonry, and timber structures.  Aric is responsible for the preparation of design concepts, analysis of structural systems, and preparation of construction documents, as well as project management for various commercial, industrial, and solid waste projects.  Over the course of his 9 years at JRMA, Aric has built strong relationships with clients by providing technical guidance and solutions to complex designs. Aric holds affiliations with ACI and AIS, keeping him up-to-date on the latest methods of structural design as he continues to push JRMA as an industry leader.

 

Meet the Staff

MIKE LOCK, SE
Principal Structural Engineer
Brea, California
JOANNE HAYE
Sustainable Design Leader
LEED AP BD+C
Lexington, Kentucky
DOUG DRENNEN, PE
Senior Project Manager
Solid Waste Practice Leader
Portland, Oregon
KYLE RAUSCH
Senior Project Manager
Brea, California
James D. Pyeatt, PE
Senior Project Engineer
Houston, Texas
JOHN DOAN, RA
Project Architect
LEED AP
Brea, California
Nick Caniglia, PE, QSD/QISP
Project Manager
Brea, California
J.R. MEDINA
Project Manager
Brea, California
Brett Wolfe, PE
Senior Facility Advisor
Brea, California
Daniel Rivera, PE
Project Engineer
Brea, California
Earl Dillon
IT Director
Brea, California
Rick Hallenbeck, AIA
Senior Project Architect
Brea, California
Dan Hoffman, RA
Senior Project Architect
Brea, California
Miguel Ibarra
Project Manager
Portland, Oregon
Jaime Paredes
BIM Manager
Brea, California
Lauren Rither
Structural Design Engineer
Brea, California
Cameron Nichols
CAD Manager
Graphic Modeler
Houston, Texas
ROBERT CARN, PE
Senior Advisor
Portland, Oregon
David Nopper
Business Development Manager
Pacific Northwest – Hawaii – South Pacific
Portland, Oregon
Masamichi Ikeda, SE
Project Engineer
Portland, Oregon
Sarah Smith, RA
Project Architect
Brea, California
Junior Gonzalez
Project Manager
Technical Leader
Brea, California
Heather Farias
Administrative Assistant
Brea, California
Hector Rocha, AIA
Project Architect
Houston, Texas
Juan Guerrero
Structural Designer
Brea, California
Pedro Rojas
Senior Designer
Houston, Texas
Joe De La Masa
Structural Designer
Brea, California
Joanna Vasquez
Engineering Research
Marketing Assistant
Brea, California
Rick Gilliam
Job Captain
Brea, California
Bernard Mercado
CAD Technican
Brea, California
Junior Carbajal
CAD/BIM Specialist
Portland, Oregon
Henry Medina, PE
Project Engineer
Brea, California
Anita Sandoval
Administrative Assistant
Brea, California
Grant Miller
Technical Assistant
Brea, California
Samuel Ford, PE
Project Engineer
Portland, Oregon
Megan Drennen
Administrative Assistant
Portland, Oregon
Trenton Vail
Graphic Modeler
CAD Technician
Brea, California
Lauren Beale
Marketing Coordinator, Solid Waste
Portland, Oregon
Antonio Fernandez
Structural Designer
Houston, Texas
Vanashree Kamani
CAD Technician
Portland, Oregon
Orlando Carrizalez
Structural Designer
Houston, Texas
MEANA AGAIBY
CAD/ BIM Specialist
Brea, California
STEVE MARTINEZ
CAD/ BIM Specialist
Houston, Texas

FROM THE FOUNDER

I founded J.R. Miller Associates over four decades ago. As a professional engineer in 17 states, I have been a voice for the functionality, efficiency, and sustainability of commercial and industrial facilities. I am proud of the growth and achievements of JRMA and the community of talented architects, engineers, and project managers who are part of our team. I am also thrilled by the company’s agility and perseverance in its response to the recent corona virus pandemic that has affected us all.

Due to the various Covid-19-related mandates, the JRMA team has been working primarily from home since the spring of 2020. Fortunately, even prior to the pandemic, our Leadership Team had the foresight to invest in technology that has enabled us to weather these uncertain times. As a result, we have been able to perform our work safely, efficiently, and collaboratively so that we can continue to deliver the same high-value services to our clients.

In California, as in many other states and other countries around the world, the diversion of organics from landfill disposal has become a high priority. This has led to a significant global industry devoted to organics management, including source reduction, food distribution programs, and processing of disposed organic materials.

JRMA has become a leader in the field of organics processing, having provided planning and design services for facilities that collectively process more than a million tons of organics per year and therefore achieved an enormous reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. I am proud to be a part of the teams that have delivered these significant projects.

I am also proud to be associated with a diverse group of professionals who possess an incredibly broad set of skills. Functionality, efficiency, and safety are at the forefront of every facility we design, in projects ranging from high-end architectural interiors and exteriors to highly complex industrial processing facilities. This wide range of projects contributes to a body of work that is both engaging and rewarding, a testament to the talent and abilities of our staff.

James “Jim” Miller

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