At the time, Pat Dean couldn’t have imagined that spending summers framing houses would lead to a career that’s allowed him to reside in nearly every state in the Southeast and encompassed projects with Fortune 100 companies. But the then Kansas State University student was sure of one thing—he had a passion for building.
During his formative years in the construction business, that passion guided Pat as he grew into a trusted and astute field leader known as much for his problem-solving abilities as his business acumen. From office start-ups to establishing footholds in new marketplaces, at a young age, Pat demonstrated a proven ability to deliver.
It was with this impressive foundation that Pat joined the company in 2006 as a vice president and business unit leader for our Carolinas business. Since that time, Pat’s strong operational and strategic leadership has resulted in significant growth in both the private and public sectors. He was instrumental in developing relationships with legacy clients such as Bank of America, which have contributed to the execution of work across multiple national and international geographies. The $500M Superblock project in Uptown Charlotte—which included construction of the 1 Bank of America Center, Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and the Founders Hall renovation—is representative of the prestigious and award-winning projects completed under Pat’s guidance.
This success led to Pat’s promotion to president of that business in 2012. Under his leadership, Balfour Beatty grew to become the largest general contractor in North Carolina and the third largest contractor in South Carolina. Signature projects like 300 South Tryon in Uptown Charlotte and Hotel Bennett in Charleston have cemented Balfour Beatty’s reputation under Pat’s stewardship as the construction partner of choice in the Carolinas.
In 2020, Pat was named senior vice president, national operations. In his new role, Pat has oversight of all operations for Balfour Beatty US Buildings business and works with teams to deliver industry-leading projects.
With an entrepreneurial spirit, Pat is a leader guided towards achieving sustainable business growth while fostering talent of next-generation leaders. It is this focus on investing in others that led Pat—the son of two lifelong educators—to serve on the Charlotte board of Teach for America, an organization Balfour Beatty supports through hands-on training and mentorship opportunities. Pat has also dedicated his time and talents as a board member for the American Heart Association, Discovery Place and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in construction management.