ABOUT

hi project consultants has over 15 years of experience in the consulting and project management industry. The firm merges two consulting disciplines into one, which is extremely useful in the management of federal funds. hi project consultants, previously known as HRM Consultants PSC and Ingrid Velazquez Design, focuses on the management of diverse projects, from financial to construction projects. 


Our services are divided primarily into three cores:

Project Management work, Economic and Financial advisory, and Federal Funds consulting.


The project management division is focused on Interior Design, Construction project inspections as well as light construction of projects. 
The Economic and Financial division is focused on developing studies and business advisory.
Both divisions intertwine to work with multiple tasks required in the management and execution of projects using federal funds. 

Mission & Vision

Hi project consultants has one goal, and that is to exceeds our clients' expectations.  We provide ample experience in all our solutions and we always solve complex problem in the most agile way. We listen to our client’s needs and achieve the client's vision in the most cost-effective way. You can always count on hi project consultants to give a correct assessment for your project; financial, design or construction.
We dedicate to the success of our clients and their businesses, and we are confident that our experienced consultants will provide the best management or product for your projects.

 

Our Team

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Hector Rivera, MBA, SA

Founder - Economic & Financial Services/Products lead

With over 18 years of financial expertise and business advisory, Hector is hi's lead in financial and economic advisory/services/products that the Company generates including federal funds assessments and federal project management.


His experience is composed of 12 years in business advisory, economics and federal funds in Puerto Rico and other 7 years in the financial sector in New York City. While in New York City he worked for “Fortune 100” companies that included: The Guardian Life Insurance Company, Citigroup, and M&T Bank. In Puerto Rico he performed consulting work for the public and private sector and has authored/co-authored over 200 technical studies made for the government and top private companies in Puerto Rico. Studies included Business plans, Feasibility studies, Market studies, Economic Impacts, Benefit/Cost (B/C) Analysis, Profitability Studies and Financial Expert Witness reports. He worked for the top local consulting firms in Puerto Rico including: Vision to Action (V2A), Ponterra Business Advisors and Estudios Tecnicos, Inc. (ETI). His latest positions was with the government of Puerto Rico where he held the position of Reporting, Data Management and Technology Director for the Central Recovery and Reconstruction Office of Puerto Rico (COR3). As director in COR3 he became an expert in FEMA Recovery funds (PA, IA, PPDR, HMGP) as well as CDBG-DR funds (documentation, application, regulations and reporting).

His education consists of a double mayor in Finance (B.S.c) and Economics (B.A.) from Florida State University, Professional MBA courses from Pace University in New York City, MBA degree from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, appraisal courses from the University of Puerto Rico and Certified SAFe 4 Agilist (Scaled Agile Framework). 

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Ingrid Velazquez, MBA, DI

Founder - Project Management & Interior Design Lead

Ingrid Velázquez is a successful interior designer and project manager with more than 19 years of experience in Puerto Rico's construction industry. Ms. Velázquez is the lead Designer and Proyect Manager for hi project consultants. Her education consists of a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, a Degree in Interior Design from the San Juan School of Interior Design, a Master's degree in Project Management from the University of Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid and an Interior Decorators state license of P.R. (CODDI) Lic. 1686. She served as the past president of CODDI P.R for the years 2017-2019 and as part of her career her designs have been presented among many interior design expos and exhibitions. In addition, Ms. Velázquez has published many articles on interior design on newspapers and magazines such as  El Nuevo Día, El Vocero, Modo de Vida, Ambiente & Color and In Puerto Rico Magazine.

As for her experience, she has worked and collaborated on more than 80 design and construction projects from private offices, shops, restaurants, residences and institutions. Also, from 2018 to 2020 she has worked as the project manager for the rehabilitation of existing centers and development of three new Head Start centers for the municipality of Guaynabo. These developments were under federal recovery funds which she helped apply for and complete requirements for fund disbursements.
Her experience and specialty is project management including the design and construction of interiors, management, inspection, completions and planning. Some of the projects where she has collaborated and manged are: the Wildlife Museum, the Offices of World Boxing Organization (WBO), Office Design of STK P.R. and Caribbean, Altamar Restaurant in Condado, Medical Office of Dr. Santiago Ulloa, among many other offices, comercial spaces and residences.

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Rosario Lecároz, PhD, DI

Interior Designer, Green Specialist, EHP and Federal Funds SME

Rosario is a well rounded professional and interior designer with over 35 years of experience. She has ample experience in interior design, green design, historic building preservation, federal funds regulations among other specialized experience. She was Dean of the Interior design department at the University of Puerto Rico and also worked as an Interior design professor in the University for over 20 years. At the same time she performed many design projects under her own Interior design and landscaping company. Her specialty is in exterior and landscape design, as well as historic preservation and traditional residential commercial and industrial design. She has been featured in many newspapers and magazines as well as written many papers and articles in regards interior design, environmental designs, historic preservations, landscaping and green designs. Most recently she was working with FEMA for over two years as their Historic Preservation (EHP) specialist for Puerto Rico's hurricane Maria Recovery Funds estimates and disbursements. She conducted briefings and presentations for different audiences to create and maintained healthy communities, socially and environmentally.

Her education is composed of a BS and an MS from University of Wisconsin in Interior Environments and Landscape Architecture, PhD in Historical Preservation from Albizu University, CODDI license#1215, ASID member#373703, and many FEMA certifications and continuing education. Rosario is Hi's Subject Expert Matter and participates in selected Project Management projects as well as advices on federal fund issues and applications.

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Miguel de la Paz

Client Relations & Specialist

With over 25 years in client relations in retail, interior design, and other industries, Miguel is hi's client relations manager. Currently he is an advisor in a specialist and advisor in carpets and is used in special project management projects of the firm. His expertise is working with manually knotted and machined carpets of all styles. His education consists of a Bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico and Interior Design courses from the San Juan School of Interior Design.

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Steve Cotto

Inspector & Drawings Specialist

Steve is hi's main drawing specialist with expertise in AutoCAD, SketchUp and Revit. In addition to drafting for the firm, he works as an inspector in special construction projects. He is working towards his Interior Design license and has knowledge of Head Start federal fund PM work and requirements. His education consists of a Bachelor's degree in Sustainable Interior Design from the University of Puerto Rico.

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