Meet The Team

 

Jerel McCants AIA, LEED Green Assoc.

Principal-In-Charge

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Mr. Jerel McCants established Jerel McCants Architecture, Inc. in 2009. Mr. McCants has experience in many building types including Municipal, Educational, High-rise condominiums, Cultural and Residential.

Mr. McCants mission is to contribute to innovative architectural design and construction methods to residential and commercial markets as a Managing Principal based on his ability to direct staff members and communicate effectively with clients and contractors.

Mr. McCants believes that design is an action that is expressed: an act of many different disciplines uniting in a common cause which he terms “Responsive Architecture”. His mix of small, medium and large (S,M,L) projects has allowed him to maintain a steady firm standing and consistent viability in the global marketplace.

Terry Miller

Project Manager

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Mr. Terry T. Miller brings over 34 years in architecture and construction, that ranged from project designer to project architect within architectural firms in the Tampa Bay area. His work experience includes all phases, from project inception through project completion and close-out. His extensive previous experience in the construction industry has proven to be invaluable in understanding the architectural and construction process in delivering the built environment.

Terry’s main area of responsibility within the firm is in management/oversight which includes: Coordination and directing practice efforts in design, technical specifications and construction administration. He provides his extensive experience and skill set in the solution and problem solving skills of what it takes to deliver the built environment in an efficient, value-added, and pragmatic manner.

Keila Montero

Project Manager

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Keila has 10 years of professional experience working with clients from inception, schematics through completion, she has executed a variety of high-end retail and residential projects in New York, CANADA, and the Caribbean.

Working with brands such as Club-Monaco, Roberto Cavalli, THEORY, SISLEY, and TISSOT. In addition to apartment renovation, NYC Townhouses, and single-family homes.

Keila is a native of the Dominican Republic and has lived in the united states from a very young age. She is strong in conceptual and technical abilities which provides for a high level of artistry and competency to the firm. She loves traveling and it is her main source of inspiration in providing inventive and original design solutions to unique issues presented by clients.

Manuel Alvarino

Job Captain

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Mr. Manuel is a native of Cuba and has lived in the United States for over 10 years. He has worked as an intern while in Cuba before coming to the U.S. to further his education. Currently, he is enrolled in Architectural Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Manuel has an extensive range of experience in commercial renovation and residential. He has a multitude of experience in computer rendering and modeling with an advanced knowledge of multiple graphic software platforms. His abilities has added an extra dimension to our office environment.

Safoura Kazemilari

Intern Architect III

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Safoura has ten years of experience working for the City of Shiraz, Iran as the Urban Beautification Department Head. While at this position she lead multi-disciplinary professionals to produce federally funded projects throughout the City. Once is the United States, she carried her knowledge to various firms providing public/ private design and coordination services. We are excited to have her unquie skill set contribute to our expanding client base.

Marci Vega

Business Executive

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Marci has been experienced in the business administrative field for over 20 years. Her responsibilities included Management and supervisory positions overseeing Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Human Resource, Purchasing, Regional Tracking and Reporting. Supporting role to Operations and Sales Management.

In her role at JMA, Inc. she expands her influence to include business operations, marketing, and sales to the design industry. Her interests in outreach and development will contribute greatly to the goals of client retention and grooming facilitation.

Marci’s experience and education includes various training programs completed and certification within Six-Sigma, Information Security, Leadership Essentials, Code of Ethics and Elements of Management.

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Professional Affiliations and Credentials
  • American Institute of Architects, Tampa Bay Chapter State Director
  • Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Member
  • Friends of Tampa Union Station, Board Member
  • ACE Mentor Program, Mentor Team Leader
Education
  • Certificate in Community Real Estate Development, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Masters of Architecture, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, Tennessee State University, Nashville
Certifications
  • OSD, State of Florida Minority, Women & Service Disabled Veteran Business Certification
  • Aviation Authority, Florida Unified Certification Program, DBE for all USDOT federal aid projects
  • U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) Certified Business
Architect Registrations
  • Florida,  
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Georgia
  • Michigan