Movers and Shakers Week Ending 2.7.20
Saunders Construction Announces Two Executive Promotions
Saunders Construction, Inc. announced the promotion of Justin Cooper to the role of president of Saunders Construction, LLC, while Greg Schmidt continues to serve as the CEO of Saunders Construction, Inc. An additional executive promotion names Tom Alford as senior vice president of Saunders Construction, LLC. This change follows a proven leadership succession structure approach – previously completed two other times in the company’s 48-year history.
Schmidt’s continued role as CEO allows him greater flexibility and focus on key areas of all Saunders business entities, as well as responsibility for enterprise-wide strategy and stability, developing long-term goals and driving results that are aligned with Saunders’ overall mission.
“The separation of president and CEO presents an opportunity for a fresh perspective and a renewed vigor for the organization — and Justin Cooper provides just that,” said Greg Schmidt, CEO of Saunders Construction, Inc. “Justin really embodies the core values of Saunders. That, paired with his extensive leadership experience, engagement within the community, drive for innovation, ability to cultivate successful teams ensures he has the skills and experience to be successful in this role. I am delighted to work alongside him as we continue to align all areas of the business in support of delivering an exceptional client experience.”
As president, Cooper is ultimately responsible for the Denver area-based construction organization, including executive management, strategic planning, financial results, leadership development and culture. He will continue to provide strategic oversight and support of the organizations marketing, business development and preconstruction groups.
“We are in the team business, and I’m honored to lead the Saunders team that embodies our values of care, collaboration, commitment and community each day. These values are the foundation of how we operate as a company, how we work with community and project partners, and how we will continue to build an inclusive and rewarding workplace.” said Cooper. “I am excited about our future and inspired to deliver on our vision, and ultimately, continuing to build what matters.”
Senior Vice President Alford is responsible for the full continuum of our projects including acquisition, planning and construction operations of Saunders’ large construction projects. Additionally, he provides strategic oversight for the company’s extensive self-perform commercial concrete services and Saunders Equipment, LLC. Schmidt, Cooper and Alford worked together directly for the past four years and will continue to collaborate on select growth opportunities, community engagement and strategic partnerships going forward.
“These leadership promotions allow Saunders to focus on key areas of the organization including organizational excellence, process improvement, culture building and personnel development,” said Alford. “I am excited to work alongside this exceptional leadership team and look forward to the future of Saunders.”
In addition to construction operations, Cooper and Alford will retain oversight of their respective corporate support services.
DPC Companies Announces Promotions and New Hires
DPC Companies, a Denver-based real estate firm with a portfolio including just under 4 million square feet of commercial office, retail and industrial property, has announced that Marc Bradac has been hired as chief operations officer. Carter Sealing has also been hired as a senior real estate manager and Justin Lutgen has been promoted to chief investment officer.
Marc Bradac oversees the operational and financial side of the business. He leads the asset management services team, provides oversight to the accounting and finance groups, and lends support to the transaction side of the business. His focus is to create operational efficiencies via day to day operations. Marc has over 25 years of public accounting experience, including positions at KPMG and Arthur Andersen. Marc’s passion and industry focus have always been real estate. He has advised clients on a wide variety of complex industry issues. His deep experience in real estate transactions, operations, and efficient tax strategies are all valuable attributes to DPC. Marc is vested in the community serving in various leadership roles. He is currently the board chair of the Colorado Prevention Center, and the Finance Chair at his parish and children’s school. He has held past board positions with Invest in Kids and the Denver Active 20/30 Children’s Foundation.
Carter Sealing joined DPC Companies in 2019 with over 14 years’ experience in property and asset management across multiple asset classes, including office, office/warehouse, retail, parking and vacant ground. Prior to joining DPC, Carter began his career as an assistant real estate manager with Global Pacific Properties, a Denver based commercial real estate owner/operator, where he grew to the level of assistant vice president of Acquisitions and Asset Management. More recently Carter was a senior asset manager at Woodspear Properties, a local Denver real estate owner/operator, where he oversaw property and asset management for the commercial portfolio consisting of over 1 million square feet of industrial, office/warehouse and retail assets. Carter’s primary focus at DPC is to perform thoughtful, sound property management for DPC and third-party owned commercial real estate assets, driving value for the ownerships he serves.
Justin Lutgen is engaged in the revenue side of the company. He leads the acquisition and disposition of office, industrial and retail real estate. His focus is to identify and pursue new opportunities and oversee the turn-around process. Prior to joining DPC, Justin was a commercial retail broker representing both tenant and landlord driven transactions with St. Louis based Pace Properties, one of the most active retail developers in St. Louis. After relocating to join Pace’s Denver office in a similar capacity, Justin was offered the Acquisitions Director position and joined the DPC Development team. In 2020, Justin Lutgen was named DPC’s chief investment officer. Justin’s passion for real estate started at the University of Missouri where he earned a business degree in 2002, with a dual major in finance and real estate.