"We've done a tremendous amount of work in Florida. We've been successful there, and we have a lot of repeat customers in that market," says Senior Vice President of Construction Keith Ziegler, who oversees Cleveland Construction Inc.'s general contracting operation, including Cleveland, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale and national projects. "We need a local presence and a functional office to support customer service. This new office will give us an additional home base for our Florida project managers and staff."
Ziegler, who has been at Cleveland Construction Inc. since its inception in 1980, will oversee Brad Adams, the newly-hired General Manager of Florida who is responsible for establishing the Fort Lauderdale office. Adams relocated to Fort Lauderdale from Arkansas, where he spent the last 12 years at Walmart, serving as Director of Construction and most recently Senior Design Manager. In his role managing Walmart's construction projects, Adams worked closely with Ziegler and Cleveland Construction Inc. on many projects.
"Cleveland Construction Inc. was always at the front of being selected as a contractor because they have a very high level of customer service and experience that was unmatched," says Adams, who brings 30 years of civil engineering and construction experience to his role at Cleveland Construction Inc. "Their dedication to project success is what was so appealing to me."
Initially, Adams will concentrate on business development in South Florida, securing the firm's local market presence by establishing and maintaining client relationships. To service immediate needs, several Cleveland-based employees will join him, and as the office grows, roles will be filled with local talent. By next spring, Adams predicts that the Florida office will hire 12 employees.
Once the Fort Lauderdale office is established, Adams' focus will shift from business development to operational management, while keeping client service a top priority.
"I want to build a team locally to provide the same level of service in Florida that clients enjoy in Cleveland," Adams says. "We will use our resources from Cleveland to build the same culture and set the same performance expectation for customer service."
The Fort Lauderdale location is the seventh regional office of Cleveland Construction Inc., following the firm's recent expansion into Charlotte. By strengthening its local market presence in Florida, Cleveland Construction Inc. continues to scale its reputation across the country.
About Cleveland Construction Inc.
Cleveland Construction Inc. is a family-owned commercial contractor specializing in general contracting, construction management and design-build services. The company offers preconstruction and construction services within the hospitality, multi-family, retail, mixed-use, health care, higher education, industrial and corporate office markets. Cleveland Construction has seven regional office locations and employs approximately 1,500 construction professionals and tradesmen. More company information can be found at www.clevelandconstruction.com.
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SOURCE Cleveland Construction Inc.