Testimonials

Client & Developer Relationships


  • "John and I have worked together on construction and renovation projects ranging in scope from the single millions to the tens of millions. John has the ability to not only handle the construction dimension of project management, but also the critical relationships with tenants, lenders, contractors and partners. His involvement builds confidence and produces on time, on budget results."



    "John and I have worked together on construction and renovation projects ranging in scope from the single millions to the tens of millions. John has the ability to not only handle the construction dimension of project management, but also the critical relationships with tenants, lenders, contractors and partners. His involvement builds confidence and produces on time, on budget results."


    Howard Treatman

    Principal – Harvest Equities

  • "John and I worked on a complex mixed use redevelopment and renovation of a hotel, office, restaurant and parking garage in the Chicago market. John quickly adapted to a new marketplace and its idiosyncrasies. He has a knack for being able to synergize the disciplines of property management and development which is critical for a successful project. He is an effective leader and a pleasure to deal with."



    "John and I worked on a complex mixed use redevelopment and renovation of a hotel, office, restaurant and parking garage in the Chicago market. John quickly adapted to a new marketplace and its idiosyncrasies. He has a knack for being able to synergize the disciplines of property management and development which is critical for a successful project. He is an effective leader and a pleasure to deal with."


    Terri L. Maurer

    General Manager (Chicago, IL)

  • "I have worked with RPS and have nothing but positive praise for John and his capabilities. He is organized, very knowledgeable and well versed in all facets of the construction process. We have used him to help with due diligence work as well as the redevelopment of several office properties. Each time his work was thorough, timely and most helpful. He offers tremendous value to the process."



    "I have worked with RPS and have nothing but positive praise for John and his capabilities. He is organized, very knowledgeable and well versed in all facets of the construction process. We have used him to help with due diligence work as well as the redevelopment of several office properties. Each time his work was thorough, timely and most helpful. He offers tremendous value to the process."


    Rich Gottlieb

    Keystone Property Group

  • "I have known John professionally for over 20 years, and when I became President of our Condominium Board, I recommended that we engage him on a series of capital upgrades. John and his team have been excellent in identifying Code issues and how best to navigate their implementation through the City agencies. He has been exceptional in getting highly competitive and qualified subcontractors, his responsiveness is excellent and he has always been proactive on the Condominium's behalf."



    "I have known John professionally for over 20 years, and when I became President of our Condominium Board, I recommended that we engage him on a series of capital upgrades. John and his team have been excellent in identifying Code issues and how best to navigate their implementation through the City agencies. He has been exceptional in getting highly competitive and qualified subcontractors, his responsiveness is excellent and he has always been proactive on the Condominium's behalf."


    Al Wulff

    President - Wulff Architects, Inc

  • "As president of a 220 unit condominium on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, I called on John for his practical assessment of a proposal for our first major amenity, a fitness center. With his help, we reduced the scale of the project to a manageable level at considerable cost savings and with equally attractive finishes. John’s ability to understand our best interests, immerse himself in the project and produce a better result was extremely valuable."



    "As president of a 220 unit condominium on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, I called on John for his practical assessment of a proposal for our first major amenity, a fitness center. With his help, we reduced the scale of the project to a manageable level at considerable cost savings and with equally attractive finishes. John’s ability to understand our best interests, immerse himself in the project and produce a better result was extremely valuable."


    John Francis Gough

    Esquire

  • "John provided superior property management and capital projects leadership during an important expansion period when the company was establishing a Philadelphia region portfolio. John proved to be diligent and fully capable of determining the important considerations as opposed to wasting his time with the lower priority distractions inherent in most complex real estate transactions. John's unique qualities include his abilities to move seamlessly from an analysis of a multifaceted capital project to the supervision of a building's maintenance staff with a mastery of all of the important functions in the middle, thereby assuring that the owner gets the greatest value for its investment."



    "John provided superior property management and capital projects leadership during an important expansion period when the company was establishing a Philadelphia region portfolio. John proved to be diligent and fully capable of determining the important considerations as opposed to wasting his time with the lower priority distractions inherent in most complex real estate transactions. John's unique qualities include his abilities to move seamlessly from an analysis of a multifaceted capital project to the supervision of a building's maintenance staff with a mastery of all of the important functions in the middle, thereby assuring that the owner gets the greatest value for its investment."


    Will Agate

    Former Director of Asset Management – Buvermo Properties, Inc.

Professional & Contractor


  • "John and I collaborated and successfully completed numerous mechanical upgrades and system replacements for over 25 years. We also worked on numerous due diligence projects evaluating building systems prior to acquisition. John has an inherent interest in understanding and properly executing successful projects."



    "John and I collaborated and successfully completed numerous mechanical upgrades and system replacements for over 25 years. We also worked on numerous due diligence projects evaluating building systems prior to acquisition. John has an inherent interest in understanding and properly executing successful projects."


    Randy Pyle

    Engineer – Elliot-Lewis

  • "I have had the pleasure of working with John for the past 17 years. Our first project together was a $125M difficult expansion / renovation in downtown Boston with significant penalties if the compressed completion date was not met. What impressed me then and continues to this day is how John created teams and a collaborative atmosphere well before it was a buzz word in the industry. John’s approach to the process gains the loyalty and dedication of everyone who he has the opportunity to interact with – from financial partners to the laborer cleaning the site. This has a direct correlation to the success of each project he manages. John is also very street savvy and he smells issues long before they manifest into problems that are difficult to manage. I have enjoyed a strong professional and personnel relationship with John for almost two decades and look forward to the next opportunity for us to work together."



    "I have had the pleasure of working with John for the past 17 years. Our first project together was a $125M difficult expansion / renovation in downtown Boston with significant penalties if the compressed completion date was not met. What impressed me then and continues to this day is how John created teams and a collaborative atmosphere well before it was a buzz word in the industry. John’s approach to the process gains the loyalty and dedication of everyone who he has the opportunity to interact with – from financial partners to the laborer cleaning the site. This has a direct correlation to the success of each project he manages. John is also very street savvy and he smells issues long before they manifest into problems that are difficult to manage. I have enjoyed a strong professional and personnel relationship with John for almost two decades and look forward to the next opportunity for us to work together."


    Scott Menard

    Vice President – Suffolk Construction (Boston, MA)

  • "John and I worked closely together at 1500 Spring Garden completing a major transformation of a former 1,100,000 SF pharmaceutical building to a state of the art office & data center building. The project included a major facade restoration, replacement of all windows, complete replacement of the MEP/FP infrastructure, new shell & core and several tenant fit-outs. We had very little documentation available; therefore, John and I worked hand in hand to establish the necessary scope required to complete this project. We then coordinated with the design team and the subcontractors to develop a very detailed scope, budget and schedule to successfully secure project approval. Once we did, the close coordination and constructability reviews achieved during the preconstruction process lead to a successful project resulting in minimal RFIs and change orders."



    "John and I worked closely together at 1500 Spring Garden completing a major transformation of a former 1,100,000 SF pharmaceutical building to a state of the art office & data center building. The project included a major facade restoration, replacement of all windows, complete replacement of the MEP/FP infrastructure, new shell & core and several tenant fit-outs. We had very little documentation available; therefore, John and I worked hand in hand to establish the necessary scope required to complete this project. We then coordinated with the design team and the subcontractors to develop a very detailed scope, budget and schedule to successfully secure project approval. Once we did, the close coordination and constructability reviews achieved during the preconstruction process lead to a successful project resulting in minimal RFIs and change orders."


    David Rossi

    Chief Estimator – P. Agnes, Inc.

  • "I have worked with John for the past 13 years on project from tenant improvements to 100+ million dollar developments to 600 unit residential developments. John's endless energy and commitment have served my projects exceptionally well. To this day I still say that although I worked for him, he taught me more than anyone I have worked for or with. His attention to detail, whether it be a dirty manhole cover on a property or managing 100 million dollar lenders, is unmatched. On all of our projects together John managed dozens of consultants and contractors, including them all in the development process in a collaborative fashion. I am proud to have a personal and professional relationship with John and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him in the future."



    "I have worked with John for the past 13 years on project from tenant improvements to 100+ million dollar developments to 600 unit residential developments. John's endless energy and commitment have served my projects exceptionally well. To this day I still say that although I worked for him, he taught me more than anyone I have worked for or with. His attention to detail, whether it be a dirty manhole cover on a property or managing 100 million dollar lenders, is unmatched. On all of our projects together John managed dozens of consultants and contractors, including them all in the development process in a collaborative fashion. I am proud to have a personal and professional relationship with John and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him in the future."


    Ryan Conner

    Architect/Principal – Conner Design, Architect (Boston,MA)

  • "John Smyth has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Building Operators’ Labor Relations (BOLR) for over fifteen (15) years. John has been an active member presiding over joint panel grievance hearings serving as arbiters and rendering binding decisions in disputes and contract issues. John is active in the building service industry and is very knowledgeable in the field. He brings this experience to the BOLR Board and helps insure the organization stays on course to accomplish its mission. John gives back to the industry with his contribution at BOLR."



    "John Smyth has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Building Operators’ Labor Relations (BOLR) for over fifteen (15) years. John has been an active member presiding over joint panel grievance hearings serving as arbiters and rendering binding decisions in disputes and contract issues. John is active in the building service industry and is very knowledgeable in the field. He brings this experience to the BOLR Board and helps insure the organization stays on course to accomplish its mission. John gives back to the industry with his contribution at BOLR."


    Bob Martin

    General Manager – Brandywine Realty Trust and President – BOLR

Community


  • "John was very instrumental in bringing community consensus to my office so we were able to quickly react to changes, needs, zoning issues, beautification and general services to the Bella Vista neighbors. As a result of John’s leadership, Bella Vista is a much better place today and one of Philadelphia’s premier neighborhoods."



    "John was very instrumental in bringing community consensus to my office so we were able to quickly react to changes, needs, zoning issues, beautification and general services to the Bella Vista neighbors. As a result of John’s leadership, Bella Vista is a much better place today and one of Philadelphia’s premier neighborhoods."


    Honorable Frank DiCicco

    Former Councilman of Philadelphia

  • "Working with John was a model example of police and community cooperation. We spent a significant amount of time making sure we understood our mutual needs and concerns, and quickly joined forces to produce results. A major community outreach resulted in funding for police bikes, computers and station renovations, and more importantly, improved police coverage and communications."



    "Working with John was a model example of police and community cooperation. We spent a significant amount of time making sure we understood our mutual needs and concerns, and quickly joined forces to produce results. A major community outreach resulted in funding for police bikes, computers and station renovations, and more importantly, improved police coverage and communications."


    Captain Joseph Bologna

    Philadelphia Police Department

  • "I’ve always admired John’s ability to get things done, identifying problems and finding resolutions. He’s proven to be thoughtful and deliberate in his approach. Maybe most importantly, he’s sensitive to many of the underlying issues many of us ignore – others’ perspectives, how things are perceived – the things that impact how decisions are made but aren’t always clearly defined. He has always been a good partner."



    "I’ve always admired John’s ability to get things done, identifying problems and finding resolutions. He’s proven to be thoughtful and deliberate in his approach. Maybe most importantly, he’s sensitive to many of the underlying issues many of us ignore – others’ perspectives, how things are perceived – the things that impact how decisions are made but aren’t always clearly defined. He has always been a good partner."


    Brian Abernathy

    Former Aid to Councilman Frank DiCicco

  • "In early 2006 I had started a condo conversion in the Bella Vista section of Philadelphia. A business associate had referred John Smyth to me as someone that could assist in facilitating the approval process. John reviewed and provided guidance so that my project had the support of all interested parties and the public utilities to expedite the required approvals and permitting. John’s involvement in this project saved both time and money.Since this project, I have become close friends with John working with him on the Friends of the Charles Santore Library as his VP. Together we handled fundraising events, building improvements and created a website.John and RPS are well respected both personally and professionally. Any/all real estate projects involving me or my company get vetted by John and RPS. I highly recommend John and his team to any company considering building or renovating in the City of Philadelphia."



    "In early 2006 I had started a condo conversion in the Bella Vista section of Philadelphia. A business associate had referred John Smyth to me as someone that could assist in facilitating the approval process. John reviewed and provided guidance so that my project had the support of all interested parties and the public utilities to expedite the required approvals and permitting. John’s involvement in this project saved both time and money.Since this project, I have become close friends with John working with him on the Friends of the Charles Santore Library as his VP. Together we handled fundraising events, building improvements and created a website.John and RPS are well respected both personally and professionally. Any/all real estate projects involving me or my company get vetted by John and RPS. I highly recommend John and his team to any company considering building or renovating in the City of Philadelphia."


    Ron Christy

    Former Bella Vista, Phila., PA resident

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