Horace J. Batiste Address: Peachtree City, Ga.
CEO Heru Associates, Inc. Phone: 4042107853
Cited by many individuals and groups thru out his career for being a nontraditional visionary, Horace Batiste has steadfastly kept to this description for his personality and professional work. A high energy, fiscally conscious, and goal-driven executive, Horace Batiste approaches each new challenge with his intrinsic flair for innovative thinking, creative problem-solving, and measured risk-taking to drive consistent bottom-line improvements and stake holder return and protection.
Horace Batiste began his career on a path that was not typical among other executives. Having earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at historical Black university Southern University he graduated with honors and several awards. He later attended Washington University in St. Louis on a scholarship in Architecture and Urban Design. He set his goal to learn the profession from the ground up. He was never impressed with not really knowing the procedures and steps required to technically complete a project. The early years took its toll but he stood his ground and was able to learn to the point of being sought out to do private projects in trouble. Hired while still in school Horace worked with Hunt Thurman and Associates, Perkins and James Architects and several other local firms in the New Orleans market. He worked on many different types of housing, institutional, industrial, commercial and governmental projects. He continued his quest to learn architecture and planning with the best professionals available. He also started his involvement in community service and politics which will later grow to be his passion.
His career took a leap in 1983 when he was hired by the Orleans Parish School Board when he became the first African American Architect on staff. Major responsibilities include but were not limited to Developing bond budgets, programs, contract documents, lease agreements, construction budgets, for renovation and new construction project. He acted as a liaison of the NOPSB in matters related to hiring and contract obligation of private Architects and their obligations for planning and construction of new and renovated facilities. He coordinated and reviewed various plans and specifications submitted from private Architects and in-house assigned projects to ascertain compliance with architectural program requirements and budgetary limitations. He supervised architectural technical staff of six and 3 construction inspectors and paint and asbestos crew of approximately 30 people. While employed he managed in excess of $154 million dollars of construction projects. His prized accomplishments were setting in place revised contracts for consultants and contractors and providing decent learning environments for kids. When he left the school system the public was protected from many lawsuits from construction projects thus providing uncounted cost savings.
In 1991 he left the OPSB for private practice and other opportunities. After many years of public servant work he decided to provide professional services for private clients. He provided services for many community groups, professional firms and public clients. This period of time allowed growth in politics and the profession as a whole. He managed construction projects, designed many projects and worked on many prestigious projects centered on culture. These projects allowed him to complete the Black Music Hall of Fame, Lake Forest Montessori, and many more project too numerous to mention here. By this time he was a seasoned elected official which spanned 20 plus years of public service. Finally, he was a constant community board member for several boards in Central City and other groups’ thru-out the New Orleans Metro area.
Prior to Katrina hitting New Orleans, he sold his holdings in New Orleans and moved to Atlanta Metro area. There he made adjustments of relocation and decided to focus his career on other areas of concern. He was now able to focus working on International projects of enormous sizes. In 2007 he joined Hill International as a Design Manager to work on the mega project Madinaty, a new city in the out skirts of New Cairo. The city Madinaty is a new city for 600,000 in New Cairo area of Cairo. Project budget total cost at $11 billion. Madinaty adjoins several new developments in an area in eastern Cairo. The project consist of low thru high density housing with commercial developments for malls, water parks, golf areas, club houses, parks, hotels, commercial and governmental facilities. He then traveled to Nigeria and joined Ancient International as the Chief Development Officer and worked on the Terminal Zero Development mix use project is a 400 room hotel with a 2,500 car parking structure. The Terminal Zero development is located at the Murtala Mohamed International Airport Lagos Nigeria. The project budget was approximately $120,000.000.
Since then he has managed projects thru his company Heru associates are consultants for West African and Haiti projects and consortium member with other firms for infrastructure projects. Heru associates task includes preparation of business and feasibility studies and finding equality partners and financing. Projects include but not limited to hotels, housing, gold mines, oil refineries and power plants. In addition, he completed presentations for various projects including plans for demolition work in Haiti which contract was award but awaiting USAID funding for $100,000,000. Project sizes varies from small 50 thousand dollars for the startup mining operation in Liberia to in access of 1 billion for the 5 year plan for 1000 MW electrical plan development in Nigeria. Heru Associates is presently working on consultant contracts, completing engineering and architectural documents for construction on several projects. These documents are for Southern University and the Recovery School District of Louisiana and in association with MEL Engineers of Louisiana.
Today, Horace J. Batiste resides with his wife and kids in Peachtree City, Georgia. He is awaiting other challenging mega projects that will allow him to use his talents as an owner representative or other level of project involvement. He is available for relocation for consultant work or employment for an executive position. Horace can be reached at the provided number and by email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on his qualifications and credentials