Coordination of all the moving parts, from oversight of the permitting process to final installations
Invaluable experience from scope definition and vendor qualification to lease negotiations and value engineering
Experience Design Management
Thoughtful planning and execution of user-centric design approaches for richer, more meaningful physical and emotional experiences
Prototyping, production and quality assurance in the factory, and logistics throughout the deployment
Founder & CEORobert has over 20 years of experience developing challenging construction projects around the world in retail roll-out, hospitality, and entertainment. He has worked for creative and quality driven companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Apple Inc., Microsoft Retail Stores, and Tiffany. His primary focus is to share the experience and knowledge learned collaborating with incredible talent from around the world on new exciting projects. Internationally, Mr. Laughrea has delivered high profile flagships in England, Scotland, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and China.
Executive Vice PresidentDave has over 25 years of experience involved in construction, fabrication and installation in retail, museums, and entertainment. His talents are the integration of fabricated elements into finished construction projects, as well as identifying and implementing economies of scale. He has international project experience in France, Japan, China, and Germany working with The Walt Disney Company, Sony Development, Apple Inc., and smaller companies on museum and visitor center projects.
Vice President of International DevelopmentMichael spent 26 years working for prominent worldwide Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Samsung, Guess, and The Ritz-Carlton while living in Washington, D.C.; London, England; and Lugano, Switzerland. Michael studied at the University of Maryland, where he received a bachelor's degree in architectural and design engineering. Having designed and constructed hundreds of the most well-known retail locations throughout four continents, Michael's previous responsibility was to grow the Samsung brand in North America through intentional, iconic design.
Director of OperationsGina is an accomplished Director of Operations with a strong background managing day-to-day business operations. Her skills include managing and improving the operational systems, processes and policies in support of organization mission specifically, support better management reporting, information flow and management, business process and organizational planning. Gina manages and increases the effectiveness and efficiency of Support Services (HR, IT and Finance), through improvements to each function as well as coordination and communication between support and business functions. She plays a significant role in long-term planning, including an initiative geared toward operational excellence. Her overall financial management, planning, systems and controls keep LOC Associates running smoothly.
Development ManagerMeghan has extensive experience working on both the design and construction side of retail. Her experience includes design coordination between multiple teams and working closely with tenants, contractors, vendors, and clients for new store and remodel design rollouts. She has managed multiple store-in-store concept projects and fleet wide remodel implementation programs for multiple clients. Well versed in the overall management of project teams, clients and vendors with a focus on maintaining and coordinating schedules and budgets. With an architectural accreditation she is well versed in ensuring project success through design and construction integration. Responsible as a Senior Store Planning specialist and Design Coordinator for the JC Penny Company and the North American Apple Retail Remodel Program. As Project Manager for the Microsoft Retail Initiative, Meghan was responsible for all aspects of the completion and close out of the program prior to joining LOC Associates.
Director of Engineering Services and CommissioningTim draws from over 37 years of mechanical engineering experience to provide clients with expert guidance in commissioning/quality assurance. Before joining LOC Associates, as President of Professional Commissioning Services, he served as CxA for various LEED projects and the retro-commissioning programs of American Electric Power and the Ohio Hospital Association. Additionally, as Director of MEP Systems for Apple Real Estate and Development, he developed mechanical, electrical, and store standards as well as a Building Management System for remote monitoring—including energy metering—for Apple stores World Wide. Tim also was involved in the U.S., China Japan, Turkey, Canada and Brazil commissioning and retro-commissioning stores before the new standards could be established. For Sephora, Tim provided quality control for design drawings, served on the LEED program committee, and commissioned a new store roll out in the U.S. and Canada. Other clients include Gucci, University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, Auburn University and Prologics. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University, with certifications in ASHRAE CPMP and Thermographer Level 1.
Development ManagerKen Tuite is a Development Manager with tenacity to work and succeed within the Client, Construction, Design and Development industry. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Ken is currently working with multiple clients including Blue Bottle Coffee, Stella McCartney and Tesla. During his previous years in the construction industry he has gained significant experience working with multiple contractors and vendors in New York, facing the challenges of working in a major city. Ken has also worked in the estimating, scheduling, procurement and contracts fields within the industry giving him the well-rounded knowledge of all aspects of a project from conception to completion.
Senior Development ManagerDavid is an entrepreneurial manager/executive with detailed experience in a range of responsibilities and industries. He has a keen ability to articulate objectives with experience in coordinating strategies and directing teams to meet them. In a variety of project delivery roles, David has managed prestigious projects in New York City and internationally from design, preconstruction services, RFQ/RFP process, and construction management. Acted as point of contact with client, consultant teams, regulatory agencies, subcontractor management and landlord coordination. Oversaw internal and external project schedules; managed general budgets and intermediate forecasts; and formulated detailed scope of work descriptions for design and construction roles.
Financial AnalystRoberto Mojica is a financial management professional with a strong combination of leadership, analytical, creative and interpersonal skills. Possesses the ability to manage detail while taking a big-picture approach to management and operations. Able to operate effectively in a variety of business areas. He has extensive experience in financial oversight, project finance, accounting and fiduciary controls. Roberto is responsible for the financial management and reporting of the design and construction of projects.
Development ManagerRyan has a vast amount of experience managing multiple high-end projects in all stages of progress as a Development Manager. He focuses on coordination amongst all client-based internal departments: Real Estate, Design, Marketing, Tech, Brand, Facilities and New Store Openings while being involved with all external vendors during the duration of the project. Ryan excels in being able to effectively understand the client process and work with both the client and vendors to implement processes that can yield long-term success. He proactively strives to improve systems pertaining to contractor/vendor bid documents, contracts, budgets, schedules and overall project organization. With his expansive experience working in all aspects of project management, he has been able to cultivate strategic client relationships leading to the development of new and repeat business.
Project CoordinatorStephen draws from his strong architectural background and expert communication skills to provide top notch project management. He holds a Masters in Architecture and has worked for BMGA in Athlone, Ireland, where he was responsible for 2-D computer drawings, site analysis, model making for presentations to clients and local authorities, and producing 3-D renders and drawings on revit for planning applications and local media. With Kennedy O’Callaghan Architects in London, he worked on the planning applications and on-site meetings for several museums. He was also responsible for all 3-D images and models submitted in the process. As a student in Switzerland, he was part of several award-winning international studio collaborations. He was part of the teams that won the ARUP DIT Design Build Competition in 2016 for a student housing design and the Studio Bamboo Program for a bamboo house design in 2015.