Team

Our Team Of Experts

Principals

Sean-RyanSean Ryan

(no relation to Steve below!)

Background and Experience:

Sean Ryan, FRICS, a Principal of Venue, is an accomplished Cost Consultant credited with many highly successful performing, visual, educational, entertainment arts and museum projects under his “cost control” belt, spanning a 40 year career. 20 years have been on performing and visual arts projects internationally and in the US spread over 37 states and 80 cities.
Projects vary in scope from a $10 million renovation project to a $1.2 billion masterplan study, and everything in between.

Professional Qualifications:

Sean originally hails from Ireland and qualified as a Quantity Surveyor in Construction Management and Economics in 1976 from The Dublin Institute of Technology.

In 1990, Sean was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), a worldwide cost consultant professional organization based in London.
AACE International, a US based organization promoting cost planning, welcomed Sean as a member in 1994.
Sean is involved with professional organizations through cost management related presentations, including the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Inc. (USITT) Annual Conference and at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture Exchange East Conference.

Current Status:

Sean formed Venue in March 2007 together with Venue’s other co-founding Principal Steve Ryan. The two Ryans form a formidable team and Sean’s forté is client/design team liaison and project cost control, together with business development responsibility for Venue.

Steve-RyanSteve Ryan

(no relation to Sean above!)

Background and Experience:

Steve Ryan, BS, QS, LEED AP, a Principal of Venue, is an accomplished Cost Consultant credited with many highly successful performing, visual, educational, entertainment arts and museum projects under his “cost control” belt, spanning a 35 year career. Nearly 20 years have been on performing and visual arts projects internationally and in the US spread over 37 states and 80 cities.

Projects vary in scope from music, theatre, opera and multi-use facilities with construction costs ranging from $10 million to $375 million, and everything in between.

Professional Qualifications:

Steve originally hails from South Africa and qualified as a Quantity Surveyor in Construction Management and Economics in 1985 from the University of Cape Town.
In 1986 Steve moved to London to further his quantity surveying career and subsequently moved to the US in 1996.
Steve became an accredited member of the U.S. Green Building Council in June 2009 with the designation LEED AP.
Steve stays involved with professional organizations by attending cost management related conferences.

Current Status:

Steve formed Venue in March 2007 together with Venue’s other co-founding Principal Sean Ryan. The two Ryans form a formidable team and Steve’s forté is facility estimating and cost control, together with technical cost management supervision of all Venue projects.

Team Members

Cathy Byrd

Background:

Cathy Byrd is an accomplished Cost Consultant credited with highly successful performing arts projects under her cost control belt, spanning a 35 year career.

Experience:

Cathy has worked in the construction industry since 1980, primarily in the commercial segments, with a heavy emphasis in complex renovations and historic restorations. She entered the construction industry as an estimator in the subcontracting trades while attending the University of Colorado majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

Cathy is a Senior Cost Consultant at Venue, responsible for guiding design teams to design projects to budget. Her duties include establishing project budgets at all design stages, cost control, value engineering, local market cost research, and contractor/construction manager bid and GMP validation.

Education & Organizations:

Studied for Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado

Certified General Contractor State of Florida, current

  • LEED AP through the U.S. Green Building Council
  • Registered Certifying Agent for the Florida Green Building Coalition
  • Qualified Green Building Verifier for the National Association of Home Builders
  • Nominated as one of the 10 Most Influential Women for a Sustainable Planet by the Mayor of the City of Tampa

Nakoto Rentz

Background:

Nakoto Rentz, Associate Principal of Venue, is an accomplished Cost Consultant credited with highly successful performing arts projects under his cost control belt, spanning a 17 year career.

Experience:

Nakoto has collaborated with design and construction teams for projects in the US and has assisted, in varying capacity, design and construction teams on over 50 complex projects to budget; ranging in single project size of $5 million to over $100 million.

Nakoto is a Cost Consultant at Venue, responsible for guiding design teams to design projects to budget. His duties include establishing project budgets at all design stages, cost control, value engineering, local market cost research, and contractor/construction manager bid and GMP validation.

Education & Organizations:

Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology (BS), Florida A&M University 1998
Certified General Contractor State of Florida

Charlie Jelke

Background:

Charlie Jelke is an accomplished Cost Consultant credited with almost 15 years of experience in estimating and 3 years of cost consulting in the commercial construction industry.

Experience:

In 2006, while Charlie was still in high school, he began his construction career in cost estimating for his family’s steel fabrication business. From there, he moved to steel subcontractors in the Philadelphia area where he gained hands-on experience in both cost estimating and project managing for awarded projects from start to finish.

Charlie transitioned to cost consulting in 2018, budgeting projects for aviation, offices, labs, and hospitals ranging from a few million to upwards of $7 billion.

Charlie is a Cost Consultant at Venue, responsible for guiding design teams to design projects to budget. His duties include establishing project budgets at all design stages, cost control, value engineering, local market cost research, and contractor/construction manager bid and GMP validation.

Education & Organizations:

Bachelor of Science in Energy, Business & Finance (BS), Penn State University 2013