Frank M. Kea is a landscape architect with 30 years of experience in Land Planning, Landscape Architecture, Real Estate Development, and Home Building. Almost six years ago, he founded Solutions, Integrated Planning, Engineering & Management (IPEM,) LLC and serves as their CEO and Managing Member. His key responsibilities involve overseeing HR, billing, collections, insurance, and running the business. Frank is a Licensed Landscape Architect in both Delaware and Virginia, and he also excels in land planning and acquisition, development consultation, and operations. In addition, he is a successful developer of high-quality residential communities. His approach centers on providing strong leadership and utilizing keen insight and superior interpersonal skills to both solve multiple complex issues and achieve results for his clients.
During his career, he has been involved with the American Society of Landscape Architects, ULI (Urban Land Institute) and was a board member of Urban Salisbury Inc., whose main purpose was to revitalize Downtown Salisibury, Maryland. Frank received a BA in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University in 1980. Originally, he knew he wanted to be an architect when he was a kid growing up in Louisiana. In college, he was exposed to landscape architecture and realized that this was a more holistic approach to how and where people live, and provided a more varied application. He was inspired from that point on to go into that field. He attributes his success in this profession to having diverse industry experience, always looking for the next opportunity, and making sure things are well-run and successful.
Frank has managed all phases of projects and assets, served in key operations roles for residential communities both small and large, worked on commercial developments ranging from 35,000 to 320,000 sq. ft., and oversaw construction of 18 to 36-hole championship golf courses with big-name designers. His has served as Director of Acquisitions and Development for a regional private builder as well as a national public builder, and he successfully identified and acquired community development projects through the complex process of regional market analysis, business planning, regional political involvement, contract negotiation, and management of due diligence/closing. Furthermore, Frank has established and maintained extensive political relations at both the state and local level including both county and town governments. He has written and promoted state legislation, and served on government advisory committees representing the interests of the private development industry. Going forward, Frank is keen to network and further grow his business, as well as capitalize on his desire to have a more varied set of projects and achieve more diversification.