It’s Just Good Over Here
The CCI culture truly defines who we are, what makes us different and why our team is able to better serve our clients. We hire people who thrive on reverence for others and possess passion for creating amazing structures. Our team values great relationships and works eagerly towards our vision of making every client into a “Raving Fan”. Not to mention, they are some of the most talented builders in the business. That passion is evident in the work we do on your building as commercial general contractors. Every member has an inherent interest in every project, and a stake in the finished product.
Value, Relevancy, Purpose
We have high expectations of each other and work as a team to build projects we are all proud of.
At CCI, we work diligently to foster the extreme success of every person here. Their purpose is primary, and we nurture their goals by requesting employee input and involvement at all levels. We gather together quite often and we communicate constantly as it’s a necessity to serve our clients at this level. We meet in conference rooms, offices and on site, just like you would expect. But we also share a meal and trade ideas, concepts and experiences. Without this synergy we would be just another contracting company.
Our employees are charged with bringing integrity, commitment, and intellectual precision to each project and they are happy to do it.
This culture has allowed CCI to become a leader as commercial general contractors.
“Whether you say you can or you can’t, you’re always right.”
There is no doubt that the success of CCI is dependent upon its winning team. At the heart of our passionate organization is a champion who leads by example and inspires those around him to reach beyond the limits of their own imagination for personal and professional achievement.
Through his vibrant entrepreneurial spirit, progressive style of culture building, forward-facing communication skills, and relentless commitment Carlos creates much more than just structures. Mr. Cruz is the leading force behind this new era in commercial building, bringing his dreams of re-shaping an old industry to reality. He has positioned CCI to become one of the most sought after design-builders in Southern California.
Carlos inspires those around him to possess reverence for others and passion for creating amazing buildings. The team value he instills helps foster great relationships inside and outside the company. This foundation of interpersonal communication skills drives CCI everyday towards the goal of making every client into a “Raving Fan”.
He works diligently to foster the success of every person here. To Carlos, their purpose is primary, and nurturing their success and loyalty is simply second nature to his upbringing. Cruz credits his mom for forming the foundation of his character. “My mom taught me to love people and encouraged me to communicate lavishly.”
Carlos has an innate ability to master new technology, with a focus on the implementation of procedures for commercial design. He provides strong supervision of the design and construction teams, working to meet the demand in today’s market. He develops deep relationships within city agencies to help expedite the plan design approval process.
As a leader he ensures that each person on every build is focused on meeting or surpassing the project objectives. Carlos is only interested in delivering quality buildings that will achieve or exceed the forecasted benefits. Mr. Cruz is accustomed to overseeing multiple projects, providing leadership and direction while keeping a sharp eye on details and budgets. He is flexible and versatile and thrives on deadline-driven environments.
His history of high-profile projects include Target, Cost Plus, LA Fitness, Ikea, Vons, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Sprouts, Gelson’s, Pavillions, Smart & Final, and Old Navy.
Aside from his insatiable passion for building teams and structures, Carlos is fanatical about traveling with his family. “I love to travel because it’s some of the best education out there. I grew up wishing I had been born before Lewis and Clark,” Carlos Shares, “I love calendar multiple travel events as far out as possible, and then reap the rewards of anticipation for the upcoming experience”
Education:. Chaffey College, Business Administration
“What I like most about working at CCI is being fully immersed in all aspects of an exciting, fast paced and fast growing organization. The synergy that resonates throughout the organization is evident when I see how efficiently we complete projects."
David thrives on a good challenge, especially when it comes to the creative process. Developing systems that bring more efficiency to CCI’s operations and ultimately add more value to our clients is what drives him. “Dealing with clients is my favorite part. If we have come up with a new solution to help make their business grow by way of the build, I love showing them. Getting to know them personally is not just a bonus, it’s a reward.” This passion is why David is leading the charge together with CCI to deliver excellence in commercial buildings.
With more than 23 years of experience in key executive positions, David has been responsible for the complete profit and loss accountability in all facets of general construction operations. This includes business development, pre-construction design, estimation, operations and project management. He is responsible for all facets of project management in the growing Northern California region.
His notable project list includes a $28M Walmart Super Center on 48 acres with 211,000 Sf of retail. In addition, David managed a $972M project for Big Lots where he converted existing retail buildings for the new tenancy along with site improvements. TGIF Restaurants also relied on his operational experience for a $6.4M project including 2 design-build properties. Another project at Northrup Grumman totaled $10.8M and required upgrading military-use buildings to a new state-of-the-art design.
Besides keeping a close eye on various CCI projects, David is happily watching over his most important “project” — raising his family. Summers are his favorite time of year, with family trips on the itinerary. His favorite activities include exploring the Sierra Mountains, camping, off-road motorcycle riding, boating, firearms and archery.
Education: Bachelor of Science, Construction Management. California State University Chico, School of Engineering.
“What I like most about CCI is the work environment. It is family-like here at CCI right from the beginning. Everyone is supportive of my everyday tasks and we work together with the common goals in mind. We all have each other’s back. We even spend casual time as a group with dinners being one of my favorite activities. We celebrate our projects like Birthday’s. When the completion date of a project arrives we gather, eat and laugh. Yes, building is fun and I am so glad that we get to enjoy our work in that way.”
As a Project engineer, Michael is an integral part of the team and assists in planning, executing and managing with accountability for scheduling, cost control and safety on multi-million dollar projects. He is responsible for controlling budgets, providing day-to-day communication with the project team to ensuring that jobs remain on schedule and within budget. Michael holds an excellent track record of strong working relationships with owners, architects, and engineers. He works closely with the Project Manager in dealing with technical and contractual issues. Compassionately known as the "Sniper", Michael is known by the team as the guy that can analyze a challenge, target the cause, pinpoint a solution and execute the resolve.
Michael started his career in construction right after college remodeling some of the busiest restaurants in the US. His skills grew quickly and was soon scooped up by specialty construction company that built massive walk in freezers and coolers all over the US, some costing up to $3 Million dollars. He went on to be a Field Superintendent/Project Manager building fitness gyms across California.
His target-like approach to life stems from his background as semi-pro baseball player. His humble personality hides this little known fact, but Michael played catcher and was able to throw down to 2nd base with a pop time of 1.8 seconds at 80+ MPH.
Now when the week is over you might find Michael climbing a mountain in search of the ultimate camping spot. He is a passionate hunter and loves the thrill of tracking and chasing game and in marksmanship. On very special weekends you might even find him in a shooting competition with 100’s of other devoted sharpshooters.
Education: University of Dubuque, Iowa
“I love the leadership here at CCI. Our founder takes more pride in what he does than any president, CEO or boss I have ever had. His attention to detail is highly focused on providing customer satisfaction rather than simply internal production. Our management team goes to all lengths to get the job done on schedule. It’s impressive to me to see everyone work together, even when they may not be on the same project.”
Building upon a successful career of over 40 years in the construction industry, Art offers a wealth of understanding to his role as Senior Superintendent. Art is responsible for overseeing and managing the safety and operations of the jobsite, as well as the timeliness of completion, and the quality of the completed project. He is adept at building and maintaining strong relationships with clients, owners, architects, and trade contractors, resulting in highly collaborative and effective teams.
Jump in the Wayback machine and set the dial for the mid 70’s. Here you’ll find Art as employed as union carpenter, probably standing next to a huge pile of lumber, creating structural walls for a massive corporate office. He’s been known for years by his colleagues as a producer, never settling into the average work pace. Art finds ways to save time without sacrificing quality or safety.
His success has includes one of his favorite all time projects, an 80M dollar apartment complex in the heart of the Huntington Beach commerce district. Start to finish, this massive project took 2 years. Bella Terra Apartments was yet another project in Art’s portfolio that finished on time and budget.
Outside of work you might find Art playing hide and seek with his grandkids or enjoying a culinary masterpiece with his family. “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” Says Art. “My best days still lie ahead”.
Art is OSHA certified and has extensive training in Procore Construction Software and Documentation.
In the early 70’s Art served our country in the Army. When the missiles needed repair, he was the parts specialist for the job. Yes, he is thankful for his current career with CCI.
“What I like most about CCI are the people that I work with. We have each other’s back and work towards a common goal."
Rick’s day quite often starts with the greeting “Hey Big Daddy” from one of the crew. Rick has rightfully earned that title from his peers with over 3 decades of complex project management under his belt. He is a results-driven builder with experience-based knowledge of commercial construction operations. He is adept at conveying complex building concepts in a simple and compelling manner, while leading personnel through daily tasks and ensuring the highest performance for each project.
Rick represents the heart of CCI, but the Senior Superintendent quickly shrugs this off. “I just treat everybody like I would want to be treated,” he says. “I make sure my team members know that I appreciate them greatly. They help me prove to my clients how special they are, so they never have to look elsewhere.”
His career milestones include the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa, a $250M, 22 acre, five-star resort. Rick also oversaw the completion of the Hollywood Back Lot project including buildings, walkways, landscaping and underground utilities as Superintendent for the $1.4B project.
Rick holds a California State “B” Contractor License, is OSHA 10 and LEED Certified. He is also a member of the U.S Green Building Council, Orange County Chapter and a member of the Sustainable Home Committee in Orange County.
On any given weekend Rick makes his second home in the outdoors. You might find him barreling down Kern River in his kayak. Or, On more peaceful days, behind the barrel of his shotgun chasing dinner.
Education: Saddleback College, Santa Barbara College.
"I enjoy the people here at CCI. They are a very talented yet a humble group. I don't have to worry about someone's ego getting in the way of our commitment to the client. CCI is a small company with a fun attitude, which is a very fresh approach to the industry."
Barry Strubel is responsible for coordinating the efforts of superintendents as well as other field personnel on the job site. As a seasoned veteran, he knows how to get the job done. Barry is a valuable resource when it comes to assisting our superintendents with technical support once a project is underway. Barry implements budget control procedures long before the project begins.
During the planning phase of every project, he also takes a proactive approach helping to identify high risk situations based on the scope of work and surrounding area. On a daily basis Barry’s duties include supervising superintendents, communicating with the client, scheduling contractors and coordinating visits from public service departments.
His career started in 1982 as a carpenter and has been growing ever since. With over three decades of experience, he has a proven track record of leading the field operations for a wide variety of projects. The list includes construction projects throughout the country including retail/mixed-use developments, grocery stores, interior alterations, office build-outs and educational facilities
Among his notable accomplishments Barry is one of few at this professional level who has worked on projects in over 40 states, including Alaska. He has enjoyed traveling and gathering the knowledge from so many different climates and building conditions.
Barry’s favorite pastime is watching his son race. He enjoys riding dirt bikes as well, and is getting used to the smile on his son’s face as he passes his dad. When he’s not playing in the dirt at CCI or with his son, Barry is planning her next big trip. “I want to visit every country at least once in my lifetime, even Iceland! There is so much beauty that exists in the world and I want to bring it all into my life through travel.”
Education: Pueblo Community College
“I made a hand shake deal with the owner to come on board and he honored it. The group here is all about helping each other succeed as a team. The magic begins at the top with the founder, Carlos Cruz. Carlos is a motivator and leader that is willing to do what it takes to make the employees and customers feel like an equally important part of the team. CCI has a great foundation built upon high standards of quality. As good as we are, I am always amazed to see that management is constantly looking for ways to improve the process, customer deliverables and internal culture. To me leadership and integrity is what makes CCI stand out from the others, and maybe the most amazing part of all? It’s a fun place to work!”
David believes that great partnerships throughout all levels of the project allow for better use of resources. Internally and externally, he helps build these relationships fostering open communication with a focus on making sure that the information needed to ensure an excellent outcome is freely shared. “Come talk to me”, says David. “The only mistake you can make on my project is failing to communicate. Everything else we can overcome.”
David supervises all the trades for every project. Back in the late 80's you might have found him wrestling some 2 x 4's to the ground or convincing a 1000 lb truss to spend the rest of it's life 18 feet in the air. Today you will find him grueling over site plans, daily reports, writing job schedules, holding safety meetings and strolling methodically about the project site and reminding everyone that the proof of success for every job is in the details. David should have his own entry in Wikipedia, under getting things done RIGHT.
David brings a vast amount of experience in development and implementation of projects on large, multi-phased commercial and hospitality projects. His experience includes work on properties for Wells Fargo, Union Bank Of CA, Togo’s, Yogurtland, Sport Clips and more.
If you ever eat at the Water Grill next to the famous South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa you can thank David for helping to create an environment like no other. Copper lined bar tops, dramatic reclaimed wood beams and a massive glass oyster bar housing thousands of pounds of ice and deep sea treasures are just a few of the fine features created by experts like David.
Hunting and fishing are David’s two passions. Late in the year you would find him waiting on top of a mountain ridge at sunrise, wedged inconspicuously between a rock and some unsuspecting prey with a rifle on his shoulder. David says. “California, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming all know me as Super Dave (The Deer Hunter)”
Education: Rio Hondo College; Mechanical Drawing/Architectural design
“The quality of our crew makes my job easier than I could ever imagine. Their work is A-1 in my book and the daily banter between us makes it even more enjoyable.”
Steve’s strong suit has always been on the technical side, HVAC being his specialty. Going on 3 decades of experience he has mastered the skill of managing trades and scheduling inspectors. “My clients know that when I’m on the job, things go off without a hitch”, Says Rankich.
The sense of camaraderie is Steve’s favorite part of his job. “I like the last few days of every project, when we have the entire crew present and we’re working on a final punch list,” he says. “Everyone involved in the project gets to see the fruits of their labor, and more importantly the client’s joy in the finished product.”
One of his best memories in the business includes the installation of A/C units on the roof of the Union Bank building. Of course he had to have a bit of help moving those 30 ton Air Conditioning units, so he called in a Sikorsky S-58T helicopter to make the lift.
Steve holds a certificate through Certified in Home Performance for energy efficiency. He has also received system-specific training courses in the HVAC industry, including Trane’s Variable Frequency Drives, Mitsubishi’s City Multi-Systems and the EPA refrigerant CFC Certification course.
The self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie is a sucker for anything with four wheels and a turbo. If Steve isn’t at the race track you’ll find the gear head his garage watching the Indycar Series, particularly Ryan Hunter-Reay in the number 28 DHL car. He’d also be hard pressed to pass up a weekend of firing 12 gauge rounds at the local shooting center.
Education: Peninsula College
"What I like about CCI is the fact that it is a little company doing big things"
Don Castellon is a Project Superintendent for CCI's commercial contracting services. He is responsible for the coordination of all field activities on the construction site and worker health and safety. Making sure that our clients projects are delivered as promised is one his top priorities. His daily responsibilities include subcontractor coordination, supervising operations, ensuring quality and monitoring the schedule.
Don has experience supervising the successful construction of various types of construction projects including medical, commercial office, interior alterations, parking structures and educational facilities.
Don has held a California Licensed General contractor “B” & Electrical “C-10” since 2000. He is a US Army Veteran who has served 2 tours of duty with a rank of “E-5 Sergeant”.
After seeing construction rod all week Don likes to wrestle a fishing rod on the weekends. He enjoys sport, saltwater and fresh water fishing. He loves big fish but admits he has always wanted to get closer to the action. He plans on traveling to South Africa one day to fulfill his lifelong dream of swimming with the great white sharks.
Education: Pasadena City College
"CCI brought me in and immediately made me feel like part of the family. The entire team, not just management, offers support and leadership like I have never experienced. I feel like I can my focus on my path to a successful and prosperous career."
Daniel provides on-site supervision under the direction of the Senior Superintendent and Project manager. He helps lead the efforts of both regular employees as well as subcontractors. He communicates with subcontractors and field staff to ensure adherence to schedules, plans, and specifications. His guidance and leadership skills are used to help make sure that tasks are carried out in a safe, compliant and efficient manner. Diligence is one of Daniel's core strengths which he uses to help ensure quality work within certain deadlines and time-constraints. Finally, Daniel tracks and records the completed work and coordinates the inspections needed to proceed into the next phase of construction.
Daniel has served our industry for almost 2 decades in positions including Project Superintendent, Supervisor of Operations and Independent Contractor Services. He is CPR, OSHA, and Forklift Certified and has completed extensive Leadership and Management Studies. Above and beyond all the notable projects he has worked on, he is most proud of raising 3 children on his own through a balanced career.
When Daniel isn't following inspectors around the job site you'll likely see him chasing a little white ball around the golf course. He admits that quite often he finds his ball on the wrong fairway but his passion never wanes. "I do everything with a smile, no matter how tough the game. Life is a long lesson in humility."
“What I enjoy most about working at CCI is the internal alliance of our team, the fast yet orchestrated pace of the project environment, and the ability to deliver real solutions to the challenges that exist in the construction environment today. ”
When it comes to details, Leticia is Jedi-focused on bringing all the elements together in harmony. As Project Engineer, Leticia is responsible for making sure key team members have full command of every finite detail to ensure the successful completion of every structure.
“It’s amazing how many little details must be attended to on every project,” shares Leticia. “There’s a different contractor, company or inspector for every aspect of the build, and I get to watch over all of it!”
Besides keeping a close eye on CCI projects, Leticia cherishes spending time with her family. Activities like bike riding or going for walks have become some of Leticia’s favorite weekend indulgences. Leticia shows us see her creative side through graphic design. One day she hopes to use her talent to teach kids how to express themselves through graphic art.
Education: B.S., Cal State Fullerton
“I enjoy working at CCI because everyone here functions as a team. Simply being part of this culture helps inspire me to serve up my very best work. To further that thought, I think the environment allows all of us to work very efficiently and cohesively with each other. I love the fact that we all work hard but still get to enjoy Team Building exercises, like sharing meals and celebrating company and client milestones.”
Shann has a strong background in the commercial service industry. She has a knack for designing and maintaining cost-effective and highly accurate accounting systems. The beneficiaries are both our clients and the CCI team, as projects get done quicker when finances are handled in a timely fashion. She enjoys finding new ways to take the paperwork out of work, which fits perfectly with our tech-forward outlook on business and highly communicative business values. She practices a collaborative style of process management in her department that ultimately brings maximum value to our team.
Outside the office Shann has a passion for music. On any given weekend, you might find her racing through Chino Hills with the top down on her Miata. “My favorite bands are Phil Collins especially the song “In the Air Tonight” and Tool’s Forty-Six & 2. Their drumming talent is amazing to me.“ But it doesn’t end there, Shann also likes to make music as well with her friends, she actually plays the drums! Nicknamed “Snookie”, Shann has a reputation for bringing her most beloved items with her wherever she goes. Thankfully she brought her talents and character here to CCI for all of us to enjoy.
“I love the work environment at CCI. These are great people; everyone is very focused, positive, and friendly. We all share the same vision and are dedicated to making the company a better place to work and do business. Carlos cares about my professional growth and is always open to sharing his knowledge with me to help me in my career"
Nicole’s passion for learning goes back to a career that she started as a preschool teacher. Giving the blessing of knowledge to kids was not only a treat for her but also a great learning experience. She possesses amazing enthusiasm and character, which explains her nickname “Nicoolest”.. yes, she is a cool chick, and we know that children are sometimes the greatest critics of all!
Her amazing personality helps Nicole thrive in her duties here at CCI. She works with vendors and subcontractors to make sure they get paid correctly and in a timely fashion. She also manages the pay applications which get billed to the owners monthly for work completed. Nicole’s organizational skills are second to none, and in this industry, those skills are a huge asset all those around her.
Sporting a ball cap, her Starbucks cup and armed with enough snacks to feed the team, Nicole spends time away from CCI as a Soccer/Dance mom racing from the field to the studio. It’s kids, kids, kids all weekend long but this multi-tasking genius has a fitting background of experience and finds pleasure in the challenge.
We are lucky to have Nicole helping us here at CCI organize and stay timely.
Education: Laguna Technical College
“CCI’s reputation is what brought me here, that is what I like and respect most about this company. My friends and their family members laud about the amazing culture at CCI and that led me to this greater group of people who share the same values as me.”
Mariana has a rich background of caring for people through her work in the medical industry. Along with her interpersonal skills, she refined her talent for memorization and organization, important skills that enable her to keep up with the intensity of CCI’s fast-paced environment. Transitioning to the role of caring for all the details and people involved in critical projects at CCI was a natural fit. As Project Engineer, Mariana is in charge of looking after everyone’s best interest while managing the details of vital projects.
“I enjoy being part of the CCI team because it gives me the ability to serve others needs and assist in building strong relationships with our clients,” she says. “I love being in an environment that demands excellence and integrity.”
When she is not at her desk molding each project into perfect form, Mariana enjoys salsa dancing with friends. “It’s so addictive that there are times I don’t stop until I can't find a partner. I was so addicted I started taking lessons during my lunch hour at one point. This left me with very little time to eat, and oddly doubled as a creative way to diet.”
Education: US Colleges of Health and Human Services
Carlos Cruz David Vitton Rick Fox Barry Strubel Don Castellon Steven Rakich Jeff Bell Leticia Medina Mariana Gomez