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    • Pleas Mitchell

      President, Texas
      Relentless Ally since 1997

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      Pleas has a strong operational background, and proven relationships with the company’s clients and partners across the state. He has a passion for developing custom solutions that best address the needs of our clients, while also creating the high-performance teams and strategic plans needed to execute the work most effectively. His focus on performance excellence led Pleas to play a leading role in the creation of SmartStart®, a Balfour Beatty-trademarked philosophy and process that sets the foundation for an integrated and proactive project mentality enabling teams to consistently deliver unparalleled projects and experiences to our clients.

    • Justin Garrett

      Vice President, Central Texas Market Leader
      Relentless Ally since 2021

      Justin Garrett serves as vice president, Central Texas market leader, providing direction and oversight for all local operations in Central Texas. He has over 22 years of experience in Austin working in Balfour Beatty’s key markets, including commercial office, education, healthcare and multi-family. Justin’s local knowledge and proven relationships help clients achieve their business goals by leveraging operational excellence and lean construction practices. His main focus is ensuring we deliver servant leadership to our clients and our employees. 

    • Keith McCoy

      Senior Vice President, Operational Excellence
      Relentless Ally since 1993

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      Leveraging his 27-year tenure with Balfour Beatty and his experience in nearly every facet of the company, Keith serves as Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence for the Texas Division. In this unique role, he leads the backbone of our organization, our Project Controls Group. Keith’s extensive experience and innate ability to build collaborative, high-performance teams further strengthen the group’s support efforts, enabling our on-site teams to deliver the best possible construction experience to our clients. Keith and his team support the entire Texas team, including our Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and Phoenix offices.

    • Lou Saksen

      Project Executive, Capitol Complex Master Plan
      Relentless Ally since 2016

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      Lou oversees the Construction Manager Agent contract for the Texas Facilities Commission Capitol Complex Master Plan. During his 40-year career, Lou has executed over $4 billion in facility program projects exceeding 15 million square feet. Prior to the Capitol Complex Master Plan, Lou worked for Parkland Hospital and led the construction program for the $1.3 billion New Parkland Hospital replacement campus in Dallas. This project was completed on time and $25 million under budget.

    • Craig Land, LEED AP

      Operations Director, Central Texas Large Projects
      Relentless Ally since 2001

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      Craig is a shining example of not only setting superior standards, but also providing the leadership to meet them. Craig thrives on building high-performance teams to deliver large, complex projects with a relentless focus on meeting and exceeding project needs. His local knowledge, relationships and success in the Austin market are true assets.

    • Travis McGarraugh

      Operations Director, Central Texas Interior & Special Projects
      Relentless Ally since 2004

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      Travis is an industry veteran that leads a team of construction professionals adept at delivering distinctive spaces ranging from commercial office interiors to unique community facilities. Travis is a team builder and his goal for the Special Projects Group is to achieve high quality work in a team-based, collaborative environment.