Tom Marko provides consulting and expediting services on development projects from a seasoned public perspective utilizing his knowledge and experience gained from almost three decades of executive-level public management. He has now taken his experience into the private sector. For the recent ten years, Tom held the position of Development Coordinator with Miami-Dade County, Florida’s County Manager Executive Office (serving a 2.7 million community with a $7 billion annual budget), coordinating the expediting of hundreds of development and construction projects throughout greater Miami-Dade County (35 cities and unincorporated area) saving time and millions on the projects. His expedited projects work includes: small to large businesses; hotels; airport and seaport facilities (including new 2-mile seaport tunnel connecting port and Interstate Highway); hospitals; major sports facilities (including the Major League Baseball Miami Marlins Ballpark); large mixed-use housing; large-scale (city blocks-sized) urban renewal projects in booming Miami – to include tower hotels; and government facilities – with his direct private/public projects work split estimated at 70% private and 30% public.
Tom has full life cycle expertise in large-scale governmental development projects – from concept, to RFI or RFP or Sole Source procurements, to resulting negotiations and contracts, through subsequent contract compliance. As well, he has extensive hands-on knowledge of and project expediting experience along the development project continuum from land use approvals, zoning, platting, infrastructure development, building permitting and construction, and subsequent business startup via certificates of occupancy and use. His direct relevant experience of 20 years also includes:
Manager for Miami-Dade County, Florida Water and Sewer Department’s New Development Business, wherein he oversaw 104 staff and the Developer-donated water and sewer mains acquisition process that expands, replaces and increases the countywide system’s capacity serving 2.7 million.
Director of Operations for First American Railways, Inc. wherein Tom ensured the scenic train holding company and operator (Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Florida Fun-Train) had locomotives, guest cars, railroads, stations, operation of facilities, personnel, financial oversight, service contracts, insurance, and IT systems.
Assistant City Manager and Public Works Director for the City of Opa-locka, Florida wherein Tom oversaw Building and Licensing; Public Works, Facilities, Water & Sewer, and the Capital Improvements Program.
Board Member for State of Florida’s Sunshine 811 twenty-one-member statewide Board wherein Tom helped direct underground utility infrastructure safety throughout Florida.
Assistant to the County Manager for Miami-Dade County, Florida, wherein Tom assisted in the executive management of an array of local government functions; interfaced with executive management and staff on critical decisions; coordinated with elected officials. Ensured the Mayor’s, Board of County Commissioners’ and Manager’s policies and directives were timely met. Among other functions, assisted in oversight of the County’s growth management, land use, planning and zoning, public works, water and sewer, solid waste, environment, infrastructure, building, and associated budget issues.
Manager in Miami-Dade County, Florida’s Public Works Department, wherein Tom managed procurement, RFPs, and contracts negotiation.
Tom was selected for and completed the Leadership Miami program (1992) and Harvard Executive Leadership Training (2006). He has spent more than 20 years leading and providing public briefings before counties, cities, private groups, and companies.
Tom holds a B.S. (1980) and an M.P.A. (1983) both from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.