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September 07 Businessexcellence 77 garage is sandwiched between the County Police shooting range at the lower level and a helipad on the roof. “Urbitran parking garages are never just parking spaces, but rather an effective, multipurpose utilization of space, with opportunities to increase revenue or to add value to the surrounding community.” Urbitran has evolved to become what Horodniceanu describes as “a group of boutiques in a mall”. It’s organized into four groups, covering an array of services including traffi c & transportation planning and engineering; travel demand forecasting, bus rapid transit planning, urban and master planning, architectural design and infrastructure design and construction management/inspection services. There is much consolidation going on in the consulting industry today and companies like Urbitran could be squeezed out if they do not expand. “Fifteen to 20 years ago, I would have been delighted with revenues of $35 million per year,” Horodniceanu explained. “Now, we have to accept that size is an issue. If we’re presented with a multi-billion dollar project, we can’t compete with the global companies. We are now actively pursuing a policy of expansion, by acquisition and/ or merger. We’re evolving from our initial, entrepreneurial phase to a more organized, corporate structure. We hired a new COO three years ago, who implemented fi nancial controls, upgraded our business software, created new managerial tools for our project managers and so on. He’s helped us to understand the perils of not doing well and the opportunities that come with doing business properly. With the right fi nancial tools, we’re well-placed to take Urbitran to the next level.” Urbitran Group

Businessexcellence September 07 78 Century Mining is driven by experience and grounded with solid assets, as chairman, president & CEO Margaret “Peggy” Kent tells Gary Toushek Golden opportunities