Parrish S. Boren
Parrish Boren, President/CEO, has been with Marx|Okubo for more than 20 years. Directing all financial and operational concerns, he has been a key part of growing the firm to a national platform.
He has over 25 years of experience in management and commercial real estate, including contract negotiations, asset management, redevelopment/development and brokerage, involving over 10 million square feet of commercial space and 30,000 multifamily units.
Previously Parrish served as an executive with a national multifamily firm and for an institutional real estate investor.
He is proficient in the economic analysis of all commercial and multifamily property types and real estate ventures, including sensitivity, redevelopment analysis, loan modifications, operating strategies and distressed work-out situations.
Parrish holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University and an MBA with an emphasis in real estate finance from Southern Methodist University.
He is a licensed real estate broker in Texas and Colorado, as well as a member of the Urban Land Institute and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.
Leo James Marx AIA, NCARB
Jim Marx is Founder and Executive Chairman of Marx|Okubo. He established the company in 1982 and has successfully led Marx|Okubo to its current national status.
With over 40 years of architectural, development and construction-related experience in all property types, Jim is responsible for coordinating and overseeing large, multi-layered projects in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.
His expertise in the project and construction management process, including contract preparation and review, project scheduling, job costing, feasibility studies, on-site construction observation, construction litigation and coordination of related project consultants, has resulted in continued success and millions of dollars worth of savings for Marx|Okubo’s clients over the years.
Jim holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Colorado. He is a licensed architect in Colorado, Georgia, California, Massachusetts and Tennessee, and is certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Jim is also a member of the American Institute of Architects, Construction Specification Institute and Urban Land Institute.
Gary C. Cohn AIA
Orange County, CA
Executive Vice President
Gary Cohn, Executive Vice President, has been with Marx|Okubo for over two decades and has successfully broadened the company's client base in the Southwest, including work in California, Arizona and Nevada.
Working on commercial, retail, industrial, multifamily residential and hospitality projects, he has successfully managed the construction of everything from mid-rise office buildings to multi-unit condominium properties.
With this range of experience, Gary can quickly evaluate property issues and help solve the challenges of the firm's private and institutional clients.
His broad professional background includes four decades of work in architecture; stints at civil engineering and environmental consulting firms; and high-rise office and hotel construction projects for a large general contractor.
Gary holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from California State Polytechnic University - Pomona and completed additional coursework in development finance and construction law at the University of California.
He is a licensed architect in California and is registered with the state as a disaster service worker.
Edward A. Bernard AIA, CSI
Edward Bernard, Vice President, directs operations at the Atlanta office and Marx|Okubo's work in the Southeast region.
With over 25 years of architectural design, development, and forensic evaluation experience, he provides complete analysis of projects and existing buildings, including due diligence, feasibility studies, construction document review, and project performance and cost reviews across multiple project types.
Ed's specialty in forensics and analytical architecture includes cause and origin evaluation, cost analysis, remedial repair for structural damage due to construction defects and improper design, and damage assessments due to storm events. Additional areas of expertise include program management, project management and real estate strategies.
He earned a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University.
Ed is a registered architect in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas, as well as a member of the American Institute of Architects, Construction Specification Institute, Urban Land Institute and Southern Polytechnic State University's College of Architecture Professional Advisory Board.
In addition, he has served as AIA Atlanta President and AIA Georgia President, has received "Service to the Profession" awards fromAIA and is the recipient of the AIA Georgia Bronze Medal.
Sandy S. Blair AIA, CASp
San Francisco, CA
Sandy Blair, Vice President and Regional Manager of the San Francisco office. She is responsible for a broad range of services including design and constructability reviews, property condition assessments, review of construction draws and verifying work-in-place, owner's representation, detailed cost analysis, periodic construction observation services and disabled accessibility reviews.
Sandy has been engaged in the fields of architecture and construction for more than two decades, including design/build work in the San Francisco Bay Area, where her responsibilities included design development, construction document preparation and construction observation involving various residential, retail and commercial facilities.
Additional duties have included managing subcontractors, construction planning, budgeting, scheduling, permitting and inspection of construction quality.
Sandy obtained her bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of California - Berkeley.
She is a licensed architect in California and a member of the American Institute of Architects, as well as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) in California.
Chris Geier PE
Orange County, CA
Chris Geier, Vice President and Regional Manager for Southern California, is responsible for a broad range of services, including design and constructability reviews, property condition assessments, owner's representation, detailed cost analysis, periodic construction observation services and seismic risk assessments.
Chris draws upon engineering experience, as well as extensive diligence evaluation work on commercial, retail and multi-family residential properties , to identify potential building deficiencies to commercial real estate clients, in turn allowing them to make informed decisions about real estate transactions.
His projects with Marx|Okubo have included property condition assessments on a 2.1-million-square-foot shopping center in Torrance, California; a 74-story, 1.4-million-square-foot office building with a six-story off-site parking structure in Los Angeles; and a mixed-use facility in San Francisco, which consisted of a 320-unit high-rise apartment complex, five-story and six-story office buildings and two-level subterranean parking garage.
Chris holds a bachelor's and master's degree in civil engineering from the University of California - Los Angeles and is a licensed civil engineer in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State.
Stephen R. D'Arcy PE
New York, NY
Stephen D'Arcy, Vice President and Regional Manager of Marx|Okubo's Northeast region, oversees regional and national clients while allocating human resources, managing schedules and collaborating with other regions.
Bringing over 20 years of experience in risk management and construction consulting services, he has worked on residential, office, retail, hospitality and industrial asset types on projects ranging from small, multifamily residential complexes to high-rise concrete and steel structures.
Stephen has also been responsible for the in-house engineering and construction services for international banks and real estate investment firms, as well as developing due diligence and risk management procedures and protocols for existing properties and new developments.
In a previous vice president position, Stephen managed all servicing functions on a commercial real estate loan portfolio exceeding $14 billion; provided expertise in real estate construction on some of the largest and most dynamic privately funded projects in the country; and established and instituted the completion and exit strategies on distressed construction loans throughout the U.S.
Stephen holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA in finance from New York University Stern School of Business. He is a professional engineer in Connecticut.
Jana Hanford AIA, LEED AP
Jana Hanford, Vice President in the Seattle office, has been integral part of the senior professional team while also fulfilling a corporate role heading the company-wide training program.
Her understanding of the business, as well as the technical components of a transaction, allow her to quickly quantify areas of risk and importance for clients.
Jana has successfully managed all types of commercial properties and has been engaged in the construction and lending aspects of the commercial real estate industry for nearly three decades.
Prior to joining Marx|Okubo, she was manager of construction loan administration for a privately owned mortgage company in the Northwest, encompassing a loan portfolio covering a nine-state region.
Jana obtained bachelor's degrees in environmental design and building construction and a master's degree in architecture from the University of Washington.
She is a licensed architect in Washington State, a LEED Accredited Professional, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, International Conference of Building Officials, Commercial Real Estate Women, International Code Council, National Roofing Contractors Association and King County Disaster Response Team.
Rand Silverman AIA, NCARB
Senior Vice President
Rand Silverman, Senior Vice President, is responsible for the management and operation of Marx|Okubo's Houston and Dallas offices, which serve Texas and portions of the southeastern U.S.
Combining both fundamental and technical skills tailored to meet the specific needs of each client, he provides quality due diligence and project management services to clients.
Rand has thorough knowledge of building design and construction techniques. With 45 years of experience in the construction and architecture fields, serving as both the design architect and general contractor/builder, he has successfully completed projects ranging from single-family housing to hotels and medical facilities.
Prior to joining Marx|Okubo, Rand worked with several multi-national architectural firms, ultimately forming his own company.
He holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Texas A&M University and is a licensed architect in Texas, Colorado, Florida and Virginia.
Rand is certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Texas Society of Architects.
Joseph Milam PE, CIAQP, LEED AP
Director of Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Vice President
Joseph Milam, Director of Mechanical Engineering and Assistant Vice President, oversees the technical areas of Marx|Okubo's mechanical, electrical and fire protection services.
He has over 25 years of experience in consulting engineering, including surveys, evaluations and design of building systems.
Joe's areas of expertise include property condition assessments; building diagnostics and forensic investigations; energy assessments and consulting; ENERGY STAR benchmarking; LEED consulting; LEED GAP analysis; IAQ proactive monitoring, complaint response and mitigation; commissioning of new and existing buildings; systems training; operations and maintenance reviews; and design peer reviews.
Joe holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a multi-disciplinary certificate in energy engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
He is a registered engineer in Georgia, Colorado and Ohio. Joe is also a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional, LEED Accredited Professional, and member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Association of Energy Engineers, U.S. Green Building Council and National Fire Protection Association.
Corey D. Petersen AIA
Assistant Vice President
Corey Petersen, Assistant Vice President, co-manages of the Seattle office, where he performs property condition assessments, damage evaluations, pre-construction project reviews, owner's representation, and construction loan monitoring on both commercial and multifamily residential projects.
He also spearheads the firm's involvement in exterior envelope design and rehabilitation services in the Northwest.
Corey has over 20 years of experience, including 15 years with a Seattle architectural firm. His roles have included work in programming, planning, document preparation, code review, jurisdictional coordination and construction administration services for commercial, retail, industrial and multifamily projects.
One standout project included the design and management of a $30 million renovation on a high-end, 292-unit apartment complex.
He received his associate's degree in architectural and computer-aided drafting and design from the Phoenix Institute of Technology.
Corey is a licensed architect in Washington State, a Registered Roof Observer and a member of the American Institute of Architects and Seattle Building Envelope Council.
R. Allan Thunder AIA
Vice President, Regional Manager
R. Allan Thunder, Regional Manager of the Seattle office, is responsible for operations in the Northwest Region.
He has served as architect, construction manager and contractor of a wide variety of projects, and since 1979 has specialized in project and construction management, constructability reviews, value engineering and cost estimating.
Allan has worked on commercial offices, medical laboratories, educational facilities, low- and high-rise multifamily residential units, and retail centers.
Representative projects include the construction management of the $110 million King County Regional Justice Center, a 1,400-bed detention facility with regional courthouse and parking garage; design and construction management of three high-rise hotel complexes in New Jersey, Wisconsin and Oregon with construction performed while the facilities were operational; and construction management of elementary, middle and high school facilities for several school districts.
In addition, he has served as expert witness in matters relating to construction management practices and building envelope performance for public and private institutions.
Allan received a bachelor's degree in building construction from the University of Washington and a master's degree in finance from Seattle University.
He is a licensed architect in Washington State, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a lecturer specializing in construction materials and methods at the University of Washington School of Architecture.
Peter S. Chang AIA, PMP, LEED AP
Orange County, CA
Assistant Vice President
Peter S. Chang, Assistant Vice President in the Orange County office, is responsible for a broad range of services, including project management, property condition assessment, lender reviews on new development projects, owner’s representation and periodic construction observation.
He has nearly 15 years of experience in design, construction and project management of institutional, retail, commercial office, multifamily residential and tenant improvement projects.
Peter's focus is adaptive re-use projects in urban environments with complex entitlements issues, and he draws on a diverse background of project types in order to propose creative solutions.
He holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University.
He is also a licensed architect in California, a LEED Accredited Processional, a Certified Project Management Professional and a member of the U.S. Green Building Association.
Charles Killebrew AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Charles Killebrew, Vice President, oversees construction project management, property condition assessments, pre-construction project reviews and owner's representation in the Atlanta office, where he also brings a comprehensive understanding of pre-construction project management, design liability risk management and construction contract administration.
Charles has over 20 years of experience in the architecture profession. He has successfully coordinated design and construction-phase services on complex projects for leading corporate and institutional clients worldwide, including high-rise office and residential projects, regional destination retail, hospitality and international mixed-use developments.
Prior to joining Marx|Okubo, he worked as a project manager for such notable firms as Pickard Chilton, John Portman & Associates, NBBJ, and Perkins & Will.
He holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Texas – Austin, and is a licensed architect in Connecticut, Georgia and Illinois.
Charles is a LEED Accredited Professional, Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP), commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure Knowledge Requirements (CxA+BE) and is certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats.
Kathleen Spurck AIA
As Vice President, Kathleen Spurck is responsible for quality control and training in the Denver office.
She brings to the firm over 20 years of experience in design and construction consulting services, including full-service architectural scope-of-work contracts, from programming through project close-out, with an emphasis on construction administration services and property condition assessments.
Prior to joining Marx|Okubo, Kathy was managing principal and president of her own Denver-based architectural firm whose work on historic restoration and preservation projects won design awards from both the Colorado Historical Society and Colorado Preservation, Inc.
Before starting her own practice, Kathy excelled in contract administration, construction monitoring, quality assurance, space needs analysis, and historic structure assessments for both large- and small-scale commercial and public-sector projects.
She also directed projects with budgets totaling over $90 million during a five-year appointment as chairperson for the Archdiocese of Denver Parish Project and Finance Review Council.
Kathy holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Colorado and is a licensed architect in Colorado.
Christian Stover AIA, NCARB
Christian Stover, Vice President and Co-Regional Manager, performs construction loan monitoring, owner’s representation, construction project management, property condition assessments, building envelope forensics, expert witness investigations, and design and constructability reviews out of Marx|Okubo’s Denver office.
Her experience at the firm includes work in water damage restoration, sustainability reviews, construction quality inspections and budget reviews.
Christian has also been actively involved in exterior envelope forensic investigations and expert witness testimonies, specializing in technical and construction analysis and code review.
Prior to joining Marx|Okubo, she worked with a Philadelphia architecture firm, focusing on design and program of educational facilities.
Christian holds a bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Colorado - Denver.
She is a licensed architect in Colorado and Texas, a Certified Level One Thermographer and Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP), and has completed the Installation Masters and Window Testing course.
Michael Z. Silverman PE, LEED AP
Assistant Vice President
Mechanical engineer Michael Silverman is Assistant Vice President and Co-Regional Manager of the Denver office.
As a member of the firm’s mechanical engineering group, he helps conduct upfront document and cost reviews on new and existing renovation construction projects, construction monitoring services for rehabilitation and new construction projects, and coordination and writing of property condition reports for the purchase, sale and refinancing of commercial real estate.
Prior to joining Marx|Okubo, Michael worked at Denver companies as an associate mechanical engineer and mechanical engineer. In these positions, he collaborated with architects, owners and other engineers to develop construction drawings for new and renovation construction projects; created layout/design and selected the HVAC and plumbing systems for construction projects; and built and modified the specifications for mechanical equipment and systems for specific construction projects.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University and is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado.
He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning.
James M. LaTerza PE, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
New York, NY
Assistant Vice President
James La Terza, Assistant Vice President in Marx|Okubo’s New York office, serves as the office’s structural engineer responsible for preconstruction project reviews, construction administration, construction monitoring and property condition assessments.
Most recently, he served as the Structural Engineering Team Leader and Technical Director of Special Inspections for an 80-person A-E firm that specializes in renovation, restoration and retrofit programs for building structures in New York City.
Prior experience includes design of structural framing for new buildings and remediation of failures in structural systems. James also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prior to entering the private sector.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and a master's degree in structural engineering from the University of Michigan.
James is a licensed engineer in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified ICC Special Inspector.
Carlos M. Torres AIA, RRO, LEED AP BD+C
Assistant Vice President
Carlos Torres, Assistant Vice President in the Dallas office, brings a comprehensive understanding of pre-construction project management, design liability risk management and administration of construction contracts.
He oversees services including owner’s representation, property condition assessments and pre-construction project reviews within the U.S., Puerto Rico and Latin America.
Carlos has over 20 years of domestic and international experience in the architectural design, construction administration and project management of a wide variety of building types.
His areas of concentration include project development and construction contract administration of retail, office, multifamily, hospitality, entertainment and healthcare projects.
He holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, master's degree in architecture from the University of Houston and an MBA from the Instituto Techologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
Carlos is a registered architect in Texas and Mexico, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional with the BD+C specialty.
He also holds a Registered Roof Observer certificate by RCI and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Texas Society of Architects.
Ronald L. Burgess PE
Assistant Vice President
Ronald L. Burgess is an Assistant Vice President in Marx|Okubo's Houston office, which serves all of Texas and portions of the southeastern United States.
Serving many decades in the structural engineering design and construction fields, he has designed and managed a variety of project types, including educational, medical, religious, commercial, entertainment and industrial, with experience in the design and construction of low- and high-rise office buildings, multi-purpose sports arenas and industrial complexes.
Prior to joining Marx|Okubo, Ron was a shareholder in a structural engineering firm. While in private practice, he designed and administered projects including a 1.4-million-square-foot, $35 million phased industrial warehouse project; a $3.4 million office building; and an 80,000-square-foot, $9.2 million elementary school.
Ron holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies and a master’s degree in architecture (structures), both from the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign.
He is a licensed engineer in Texas, as well as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Steel Construction and Construction Specifications Institute.
Jason G. Coray PE, SE, SECB
San Francisco, CA
Director of Structural Engineering
Jason G. Coray, Director of Structural Engineering, directs and performs structural and seismic evaluations involved with property condition assessments, seismic risk assessments and owner’s representation services from Marx|Okubo’s San Francisco office.
He has over 20 years of structural engineering experience, including office, commercial, institutional and industrial facilities, as well as multifamily residences.
Jason has also designed multiple structural repair and seismic rehabilitation projects throughout the West.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo and has a certificate in finance from the University of California – Berkeley.
Jason is a licensed structural engineer in California, Hawaii and Washington State; a registered civil engineer in California, Oregon and Washington State; a member of ASTM E06-25 Committee; and a founding member representative of the U.S. Resiliency Council.