Hole Montes has promoted Paula McMichael, AICP, to the position of vice president of planning for the Southwest Florida firm.

McMichael is certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners and has 18 years of experience in the public and private sectors as a planner in Florida. She joined Hole Montes in 2013 as director of planning and became a shareholder in 2020.

“Paula has successfully led a multitude of public and private planning projects over the past eight years, and each time, our team as well as our clients are impressed by her research abilities, professionalism, expertise and enthusiasm,” said Bob Mulhere, president of Hole Montes. “We are excited to see Paula continuing to grow with our company and look forward to her celebrating her success in this new role.”

Some of McMichael’s signature projects include a workforce housing study for the City of Bonita Springs, master plan revision for the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency, redesign of Marine Max’s deep lagoon marina commercial planned development and rezoning for the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track’s redevelopment. McMichael has prepared special planning studies on a range of topics, such as workforce housing, redevelopment and sustainability, while also updating comprehensive plans and land development codes for projects of regional significance.

McMichael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Smith College and Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Florida Atlantic University, where she graduated with honors and was named an environmental growth management fellow.

McMichael is a member of the American Planning Association, Florida Planning & Zoning Association and Lee County Land Development Code Advisory Committee.