Staff

Our greatest strength is the quality of our staff

BCI enjoys an average combined field and management employee retention rate of nine years. Together, the BCI staff works hard to provide a competitively priced product with professional project coordination which is uncommon in the construction industry. The following individuals provide the management for our projects:

Office and Upper Management Staff

J. Christian Buestad – President

Christian joined Buestad Construction after receiving a degree in Economics from Hobart College. He worked his way through the ranks of the company serving in a number of field roles and as an assistant project manager before he was placed in full charge of projects. In addition to his role as a Project Manager he manages the day to day operations of the company. With generations of family construction history stretching behind him he is committed to upholding the company values and quality standards.

John C. Buestad – Senior Project Manager (Special Projects)

John’s role is to ensure that the project is constructed in a professional and timely manner in the best interest of the owner. He monitors all work in progress. John joined BCI in 1974 after graduating from San Francisco State University, with a degree in Business. He became a partner in 1977 and took over the business in 1984 with the passing of his dad. John has operated the business since 1982 on a fulltime basis. John works as a Project Manager on Special Projects. John was on the board of directors of Orinda Baseball. He currently campaigning a Knarr racing sailboat and does a lot of cycling.

Ken Carvalho – Senior Estimator

Ken is a licensed general contractor in California who graduated from the San Jose State University Graduate Program with a degree in Industrial Arts and has a teaching credential in Industrial Education. He has worked at Buestad Construction, Inc. for over thirty years and is the 4th generation of his family to be in the building business. Ken handles all design coordination, estimating, and pre-construction administration. He is also available throughout the project for consultation and/or problem resolution.

Janet Van Klompenburg – Office Manager

Janet coordinates office administration, job tracking, subcontractor insurance, vendor records, and assists with accounting functions. Her experience, training and professionalism ensure that Buestad Construction operates smoothly and efficiently.

Gary Whitehead, CGBP – Project Manager

Gary joined Buestad with over thirty years of construction experience in the Bay Area, and has hundreds of connections in the design and construction industries. In addition to his experience as an Owner and President of a general construction company in Berkeley for twenty years, Gary also has refined his experience by working in sales and development, pre-construction, and project management at a number of local high-end remodeling companies in the East Bay. In all his pursuits, Gary strives for excellence and the highest quality, while keeping to budget and schedule commitments. Gary enjoys meeting and consulting with clients, as well as networking with designers, architects, and other remodeling professionals.

Randy Potter – Business Development / Project Manager

Randy holds a BS in Marketing as well as an MBA from UC Davis and has over 15 years of experience in the Real Estate Design, Construction and Development Industries. In addition to his Project Management duties Randy handles Business Development and Marketing activities at BCI.

John Van Arsdall – Project Manager

John has worked as a Construction Superintendent and Project Manager for over 25 years. He has worked on a wide variety of projects including residential, commercial and public works. John has lived in the Bay Area for 15 years and enjoys cooking and driving California’s twisty roads.

John Carey – Superintendent

John has 35+ years in residential construction. He was trained in Australia, worked in England for 7 years for the national heritage foundation before moving to San Francisco in 1991 where he worked specializing in high end interior finish carpentry.

James Jaffe – Superintendent

James has over 22 years of experience working at BCI, initially hired as a laborer and working his way through the organization into the foreman/ superintendent position. While pursuing a Philosophy degree at UCSC, James landed a job in campus landscaping and maintenance, where he was first introduced to the construction industry as a profession.

John McIntyre – Superintendent

John has 12+ years of construction background, he started as kid holding the other side of the tape for his father on the job site raising walls and aiding in all day to day activities. He then went from working with his Dad to working as carpenter remodeling commercial businesses. Then went to doing custom carpentry in San Francisco mission area for years. He then began his superintendent life at a production building company building spec houses in the Dublin area for 6 years. Closing upwards of 160+ high end semi- custom houses for high end clientele. He understands the schedule and importance of budget.

John Novogradac – Superintendent

John has 30+ years of experience in the construction industry working on high end custom residential and commercial projects with extensive budgets and schedules. He has worked with many of the top Bay Area Architects and Designers and has had projects published in Architectural Digest as well as other publications. In his free time John works with a charity which empowers abused children. He also enjoys boating and riding motorcycles.

Mauricio Perez – Superintendent

Mauricio has been working in high end residential construction for over 20 years in the U.S.. Prior to this he worked for 5 years as a cabinet and fine furniture maker after completing 5 year of training at a technical institute in Nicaragua. Mauricio is our top finish carpenter and has trained his son Ernesto who now also works for BCI.

Jeff Reuvekamp – Superintendent

Jeff is a native of Oakland and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Jeff has over 30 years of construction experience in the Bay Area both as a business Owner and as part of a large, national concrete builder in both residential and commercial projects. As a second generation contractor and business owner, Jeff has extensive experience in both high end residential and commercial construction.

Field Staff

Our experienced field staff consists of laborers, apprentice carpenters, journeyman carpenters, and lead carpenters who are all full time BCI employees.

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