American's focus on being the most innovative, cost-effective and knowledgeable, with the highest quality results, drives our continuous evolution. Daily we question and re-question, push, examine and re-examine the boundaries that define our business environment. This effort is at the center of our endless pursuit to bring our clients the greatest value.
As a fully-integrated firm with contractors, construction managers, architects, and developers, at American we strive to maintain long term employment with the brightest, most professional and results-oriented leaders and future leaders at every level in our industry.
Greg Parker holds a Bachelors of Architecture Degree from USC and has been a licensed architect since 1982, Greg is certified by NCARB and holds licenses in California, Ohio and Texas. Greg also has a Masters of Science Degree from MIT in Civil Engineering. Prior to founding AMF, Greg was President of Benchmark, Morley Group's multifamily unit. Before his time at Benchmark, Greg spent 13 years on active duty in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Greg was commander of the 1st Naval Reserve Construction Regiment with responsibility for 2,000 reserve Seabees, and is a retired Navy Captain.
Jeff Chen, the Company's Chief Operating Officer, joined the Company in 1995. Jeff holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master's Degree of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT. Jeff also holds LEED Certification as LEED AP. Prior to joining American, Jeff worked for Kiewit Corporation, on the Big Dig in Boston and on a tunneling project in New York. Under Jeff's stewardship, the company has developed a proprietary cost estimating program which has allowed American to consistently develop the most accurate pricing in the industry, starting at the conceptual stage.
Jeff Chen has also been instrumental in spearheading the Company's importing program of materials and assemblies. The Company has been buying directly from China for over 10 years. This effort has resulted in tremendous savings for American customers.
Dai-Ly Ko joined the Company in 2003 as a product estimator and has progressed to her current position as a vice president in charge of Project Management and Purchasing. Dai-Ly has a degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside, with ten years experience in business prior to joining the Company.