Mr. Nagel is co-founder and principal of Fairlead LLC, providing construction management services for owners, developers, lenders general contractors and attorneys.
During the past two decades, he has worked on projects ranging in value from tens of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars. A valued senior manager with a pragmatic, results-oriented approach, he facilitates solutions among all parties – from owners and developers to architects, engineers and general contractors. His services have included preliminary conceptual budgeting, pro-forma review, detailed budget analysis and cost to complete projections, contract administration, cost control oversight and pay app/change order analyses and evaluations.
Throughout his career, Mr. Nagel has worked with architects and engineers on plan and specification reviews to develop cost-effective constructible solutions. And, calling upon his experience as an on-site field manager and estimator, he has provided oversight services directly to lenders, owners, general contractors, other sub-contractors and various sub-consultants during the pre-construction and construction phases of numerous projects.
As an adjunct to his construction management expertise, he has established his credentials as an expert witness. He has been frequently called upon to participate in dispute resolution and litigation cases, working directly with attorneys and triers of fact, providing valued testimony in mediation, arbitration and court trials. His firsthand real-world construction knowledge, skills have provided the credibility needed in this role.
The foundation of his construction expertise is a decade of training: attending union trade school in Northern California, joining the carpenters’ union, becoming a journeyman carpenter and emerging as a highly skilled tradesman and onsite supervisor. During this seminal period, he continued to advance his skills under the tutelage of several distinguished custom homebuilders and commercial construction developers.
After relocating to San Diego, he became a licensed general contractor, owning and operating his own business for 13 years. In addition to general contracting numerous residential and commercial remodels, he and his company gained a well-deserved reputation in the custom home market for exceptional fine finish carpentry. He later capitalized on his management and business expertise by transitioning into senior level positions with some large construction and consulting companies.