A Principled Commercial Construction Team

We didn’t develop into a commercial general contractor overnight. In fact, it wasn’t even part of the plan.

Established in 1996, framing, casework, and interior trim were what Jim Santee, our President & CEO, knew best. He started off young learning finish carpentry, and then transitioned into a much larger framing outfit, taking the lead framing role on many residential projects that also involved some high-end homes. In addition, Jim held several commercial contracts that included medical offices, apartments, retail spaces, a nursing home, and a local hotel – sometimes completing both framing and finish carpentry installation scopes.

With a knack for adapting well and a potent mix of hard work, perseverance, and dedication, Jim pressed forward during the residential market crash several years ago. Among these painful years of self-employed rough patches, a different (but steady) opportunity was presented in restaurant remodeling in 2010. Due to extensive traveling, he wasn’t very optimistic…at first. But, the transition into commercial construction and project management suited the circumstances and complimented Jim’s individual leadership strengths. So, without any further hesitation, he seized the opportunity.

Steadily moving forward one foot in front of the other; surrounding himself with good professional people, learning many key lessons along the way, the business transformed and gained momentum with every new construction and renovation project. For a few years, recurring word of mouth referrals was the only marketing plan in play. Inevitably, the journey resulted with a different target market and positional statement in 2012– A Principled Commercial Construction Team. A new corporation was formed.

Over the last five years, revenue has grown at an average rate of 47% annually. In summer of 2015, Jim received a nomination for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and was one of the top 5 finalists in Cleveland’s regional competition. Today, the business continues to receive honorable accolades and has refined a controlled growth, long-term business strategy with restaurants and retail being our primary focus.