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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.

    • Ed Prendergast, LEED BD+C

      Business Unit Leader, Austin Office
      Relentless Ally since 2002

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      Ed provides direction and oversight for our Austin office working in partnership with his team to expand growth across central Texas. Seen as an innovative thought leader in the A/E/C industry, his broad construction experience and deep market knowledge enable him to provide high value and sound business solutions for our clients. Ed personifies the spirit of a servant leader and is committed to developing empowered teams that deliver operational excellence to the communities where we serve and build.

    • 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.

    • Brent Blake, LEED AP

      Operations Director, Central Texas Education
      Relentless Ally since 1997

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      With over 21 years of construction industry experience, Brent oversees Balfour Beatty’s K-12 Education portfolio in Central Texas. He is involved in the preconstruction, construction, and post construction phases of our projects and is a trusted advocate for his clients. Brent has managed several impressive projects across Texas, including his current project, Austin ISD’s Govalle Elementary School—Balfour Beatty’s first K-12 design-build facility in Texas.

    • 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. 

    • Sam Smith

      Business Development Manager
      Relentless Ally since 2018

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      Sam brings more than two decades of experience in the Austin area construction industry. As Business Development Manager, he oversees opportunity development for our interiors, education and commercial clients. Sam, a true man of his word, provides trust and credibility in understanding owners’ challenges as well as those of the AEC community. His expertise spans the private and public market sectors and he holds a B.S. in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.