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How to Start a New Consulting Firm
Activity Code: S524
Date: Monday, April 15
What happens when a group of six planning consultants decide to create a new consulting firm during the latest Great Recession? Hear how this group of one-time sole proprietor planning consultants joined forces and succeeded at starting a new consulting firm as the market contracted. What did it take? What lessons did they learn? What tools and strategies worked best? Find out.
Graham S. Billingsley, FAICP
Partner, Orion Planning Group
Phone: (303) 551-2488
Work: A partner in Orion Planning Group a planning, urban design and planning management firm based in Boulder, Colorado with offices around the country. Formerly Graham was the Director of the Boulder County Land Use Department, Boulder County, Colorado. Responsible for managing a department consisting of Planning; Geographic Information System; Building Safety and Inspection Services; and, Solid Waste, Household Hazardous Waste, and Recycling. Previous employment included Chief, Urban Design for the City of Dallas, Texas. I was responsible for urban design, historic preservation, and land use planning for the city including ongoing area land use, mixed use, land use/transit and housing studies. I was also the principal author of the Dallas Development Code and project director for the program to rezone all property within the 367 square miles of the city (National APA Award). Prior to that I was the principal of Billingsley Consultants, St. Louis, Missouri an urban design, planning and landscape architecture firm. Prior employment - Senior Planner, Team Four, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri and Principal, SFDG Consultants, Cincinnati, Ohio. Presently, President, AICP
Education: Master of Landscape Architecture, North Carolina State University Bachelor of Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati
Publications: RLUIPA Reader: Religious Land Uses, Zoning, and the Courts, co-author, an ABA/APA publication Top-to-Bottom Sustainability Analysis, co-authored with Dave Wortman, Planning July 2012
Past Assignments: 1999 APA Conference "Making Transfer of Development Rights Work" 2005 APA Conference "Planning for No Growth" 2006 APA Conference "Defending Alternative Theories of Land-Use Liability" 2006 APA Conference "Challenges in Managing Large-Lot Development" 2008 Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations “National Infrastructure Policy” 2008 EPA Region 6 & 8 Conference Sustainable Water Infrastructure “Framing the Issues” 2009 APA Conference “Becoming a Sole Proprietor Consulting Planner” 2009 APA Conference “Religion, Zoning and the Courts” 2010 APA Conference “Leadership Matters” 2010 APA Conference “Ethical Responsibility to Social Equity” 2010 APA Conference “Approaches to Retaining a Consultant”
Cynthia L. Hoyle, FAICP
Phone: (217) 278-9059
Work: Cynthia Hoyle is a transportation planning consultant located in Urbana, IL. She has over 25 years of experience as a transportation planner, specializing in traffic calming, pedestrian and bicycle planning, mobility oriented development, Safe Routes to School, and visioning and comprehensive plan development. She has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1987; is a Fellow in the Institute of Transportation Engineers, is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professions, and has held various leadership roles within the American Planning Association. She is Co-Chair of Champaign-Urbana Safe Routes to School Project which received two Safe Routes to School Community Education Grants - $25,500 in 2008 and $62,000 in 2009. She is the author of Traffic Calming published the American Planning Association’s Planner’s Advisory Service, a contributing author to Planning and Urban Design Standards, published by John Wiley & Sons. She currently serves on the Illinois Safe Routes to School State Network, American Planning Association Private Practice Division Past-President, Champaign County Bikes Steering Committee, and the Building Healthy Communities Campaign of the Sierra Club.
Education: BA, 1979, University of Oklahoma; Master of Regional and City Planning, 1981, University of Oklahoma
Publications: "Planning and Urban Design Standards", section name: “Traffic Calming”published by John Wiley & Sons in 2005, contributing author. "Traffic Calming for New Residential Streets Enhances Housing Value" in Land Development, National Association of Home Builders, September, 1996, co-authored with Reid Ewing, PhD. "Traffic Calming", Planner's Advisory Service, American Planning Association, July 1995
Other Publications: "Design and Safety of Pedestrian Facilities: A Proposed Recommended Practice of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, ITE Technical Committee 5A-5, Charles V. Zegeer, Chair, December 1994, contributing committee member.
Past Assignments: Going Green with Transit: Macro & Micro: CUMTD Leading the Way to Creating Sustainable and Livable Communities, Railvolution, Boston, October 31, 2009 A Bicycling Culture: Creating Partnerships with Transit; APBP Professional Development Seminar, 10th Annual International Conference for Walking, New York City, October 9th, 2009. Sustainable Transportation – Mobility in the 21st Century; Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, September 17th, 2009. Making the SRTS-Transit Connection - Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District and C-U Safe Routes to School Project; 2nd National Safe Routes to School Conference, Portland, OR; August 21, 2009. Going Green: What Does It Mean? American Public Transit Association Sustainability Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah; August 3. 2009. Mobility in the 21st Century: Creating Mode Shift Through Sustainable Planning and Land Use, 2009 Annual Conference of the American Planning Association, Minneapolis, MN, April 27, 2009. The Planning Consultant’s Home Office, Annual Conference of the American Planning Association, Minneapolis, MN, April 28, 2009. Why a Green CUMTD? Making a Commitment to Sustainability American Public Transit Association Webinar; April 20th, 2009. Mobility and the Environment: Making Transportation Green; Community Environmental Council; Decatur, IL; November 13, 2008. Connecting the Dots: Mobility Choices for Competitive Growth in Champaign-Urbana; Illinois State Conference, American Planning Association; Champaign, IL; October 30, 2008. Walking Proof: Building a Successful Safe Routes to School Program; Illinois State Conference, American Planning Association; Champaign, IL; October 30, 2008. Building Community Partnerships for Mobility: miPLAN; Railvolution, San Francisco, CA; October 29, 2008. Reaching Out to the Environment, Making Your Agency Green; Illinois Public Transportation Association Fall Conference; Kankakee, IL; September 9, 2008. Walking Proof: Succeeding with Walk and Bike to School Day; Illinois Safe Routes to School Conference; Normal, IL; August 14, 2008. Planning for Mobility: miPLAN Creating Mode Shift Through Sustainable Planning and Land-Use; ITE Midwestern District Conference: Make No Little Plans-Transportation in the Heartland; Chicago, IL; July 7, 2008. Sustainable Communities: Creating Mode Shift Through Sustainable Planning and Land Use; Transport Chicago, Chicago, IL; June 6th, 2008. Planning For Mobility: How to Create a Multimodal Transportation System in Your Community; The National Corridors Initiative: The Carmichael Conference on the Future of American Transportation; January 29, 2008 Planning for Mobility: Creating a Multimodal Transportation System, The 2nd Annual Conference on Planning 21st Century Cities and Regions, Norman, OK, November 30th, 2007. Social Marketing: It’s Built Let’s Inspire Them to Come, APBP’s Professional Development Seminar, CBC’s Walk/Bike 2007 Conference, Davis, CA, September 12, 2007
Carol A. Rhea, AICP
Partner, Orion Planning Group
Phone: (256) 763-1542
Work: Carol Rhea has over 25 years of experience in a variety of public and private sector planning positions. Her areas of specialty include planning, group facilitation, ordinances and regulations, board training, permitting, code enforcement, and customer service. Prior to founding Orion Planning Group, Carol created and staffed Rhea Consulting, serving communities in North and South Carolina. Previously she was the Assistant Director of Planning and Development Services for York County, SC responsible for the daily administration of planning, zoning, building inspections and customer service divisions. She has also worked as a regional planner for Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, as a Community Development Planner for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and as the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Monroe, NC.
Education: B.S./Earth Science/University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1983 M.A./Geography/ University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1986
Ralph R. Willmer, FAICP
Senior Planner / Project Manager, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.