Why Burke?

Burke’s reputation as a relationship-based general contractor is based on our ongoing engagement in every project phase, providing accessibility and support to clients beyond completion.

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Top 400 General Contractor (ENR)
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Years of Experience (Since 1984)
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OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

With over 200 years of collective expertise, Burke’s leadership epitomizes excellence. While our roots lie in construction, we believe in the paramount power of our people. Our steadfast commitment revolves around nurturing and developing our team, setting an unparalleled standard in leadership that paves the way for future generations.

  • Burke CGI | Executive Team | Kevin Burke
    Kevin Burke
    Chief Executive Officer

    Kevin is a true visionary in the realm of comprehensive construction management, crafting building solutions that make a lasting impact across the nation. ​With an unwavering focus on execution, Kevin exemplifies persistence and resolute commitment to bringing client visions to life. He not only builds structures but also trusting relationships, consistently delivering on his promises by deftly managing his company’s strategy and operations to ensure triumph in every project. Kevin believes he would not be the man he is today without the risk-taking and hard work of his parents, as well as the invaluable education he received at Kansas State University, which instilled critical thinking and problem-solving skills. His involvement in leadership and industry organizations has not only shaped his professional network but also fortified the foundation of his enduring company. Clients hail Kevin as a paragon of professionalism, known for his meticulous attention to detail and building a team with unwavering dedication to understanding stakeholder needs and delivering exceptional service. Amidst his busy schedule, Kevin finds solace in the tranquil embrace of an early morning cycling ride, allowing the breathtaking scenery to rekindle his insights and grant him renewed clarity.

  • Burke CGI | Executive Team | Thad Lawrence
    Thad Lawrence, AP BD+C
    Chief Operating Officer / Principal

    Thad’s 20-plus years of expertise in project management and preconstruction fuels his ability to implement strategic plans, policies and procedures that guarantee meticulous adherence to budgets and timelines. From project initiation, he cultivates relationships with clients, prioritizing their needs and crafting tailored solutions that align with their unique vision. As a certified LEED and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management professional, Thad stands as an invaluable pillar of support for our company, committed to delivering results with excellence. Within Burke, Thad finds a harmonious convergence of like-minded individuals driven by an unwavering passion to build incredible projects while nurturing personal growth in others. He thrives in the exhilarating rhythm of completing high-paced projects as a cohesive team, cherishing the profound experiences garnered along the way. Beyond his prowess at Burke, Thad’s mastery extends to the culinary realm, where he can whip up an impressive storm in the kitchen.

  • Burke CGI | Executive Team | Dimitri Mihaloliakos
    Dimitri Mihaloliakos
    Vice President - Estimating / Principal

    Dimitri, a distinguished professional with two decades of expertise in estimating, masterfully combines the art and science of his craft to bring breathtaking projects to life. His unwavering commitment to precision allows him to work closely with clients, transforming their visions into reality. Recognized as a “40 under 40” honoree by In Business Magazine, Dimitri actively engages in the commercial development community, further establishing his reputation as a trusted industry leader. For Dimitri, working at Burke is not simply a job or a career, but a profound calling to help others surpass their potential every day and contributing to a collective mission greater than oneself. It is a journey of selfless dedication, simultaneously fostering an exceptional life for his cherished family and building awe-inspiring projects. Dimitri’s unwavering knowledge and integrity are beyond reproach, but don’t trust him as your handyman, he’ll break more than he fixes.

  • Burke CGI | Executive Team | Jim Colegrove
    Jim Colegrove
    Burke Special Projects - Managing Partner

    In 2009, Jim embarked on his journey with Burke as an independent contractor, and it was there that he recognized the untapped potential for a tenant improvement division.​ Today, that division proudly bears the name Burke Special Projects (BSP). Jim, at the helm of these projects, manages every aspect of construction and development, ensuring that each client receives an extraordinary and personalized experience, as well as real-time market information. With over 30 years of construction industry experience, Jim operates with unwavering speed and precision, faithfully delivering on the promise of transforming client visions into tangible reality. While Jim now carries an air of professionalism and refinement, he fearlessly expressed himself through music in his earlier days, captivating audiences with his long hair and undeniable talent as a rock band member.

  • Burke CGI | Executive Team | Bob Gittings
    Bob Gittings, CPA
    Chief Financial Officer

    Bob, a renowned authority in the world of accounting, commands over 30 years of unrivaled experience. His profound financial acumen, coupled with an education in economics from Cleveland State University, positions him as the driving force behind all financial operations within Burke Construction Group. As CFO, Bob fosters an environment of openness and honesty, empowering colleagues to fearlessly share their ideas. While he champions new perspectives and approaches, he remains the unwavering voice of reason, steering the organization on the path of success. During his tenure at Burke, he has forged strong bonds with his team, creating a sense of camaraderie akin to a tightly knit band of brothers and sisters who look out for one another. While upholding his professional commitments, Bob finds solace in venturing outdoors and exploring the wonders of the world alongside his beloved wife. Together, they have conquered over ten national parks, with their hearts set on countless more in the years to come.

  • Burke CGI | Executive Team | Debbie Schmitt
    Debbie Schmitt
    Vice President - Finance / Accounting

    Debbie Schmitt, an accomplished accounting professional with an impressive 20-year career and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UNLV, exemplifies mastery in financial management, particularly within the construction industry. ​Debbie’s passion lies in the people she works alongside, recognizing the paramount importance of team appreciation and diligently fostering an environment where every employee feels valued and uplifted. Her unwavering commitment to excellence and vast expertise position her as a revered teacher and mentor to her team, instilling a mindset that propels individuals to surpass goals and deliver exceptional outcomes. Her infectious charisma brings a sense of levity and warmth to every team and project she encounters. When she is not crunching numbers, Debbie loves to participate in outdoor sports. However, outdoor sports do not love her. She has broken her elbow mountain biking and dislocated her hip four wheeling. Now, she just plays pickle ball.

  • Burke CGI | Executive Team | Mike Sims
    Mike Sims, DBIA, LEED AP
    Vice President of Operations

    Mike possesses an impressive 26-plus year career characterized by profound construction management and development expertise. An invaluable pillar of Burke’s exponential growth, Mike’s executive leadership prowess and track record of success propel the company to new heights. Graduating from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and a Minor in Business Administration, Mike began his construction management career in Las Vegas in 1996. Mike is a natural problem solver, exemplifying fair leadership that holds subcontractors, owners, construction teams and himself accountable. His unwavering commitment to excellence is rooted in management techniques that prioritize executed agreements and industry standards, rather than succumbing to emotional decision-making driven by the “heat of the moment”. Mike’s holistic approach to life reflects his unwavering dedication to both professional excellence and cherished personal connections. Mike values quality time spent with his loving family, including his wife Michelle, their five children, in-laws, grandchildren, identical twin brother and two beloved dogs!

  • Burke CGI | Executive Team | John Travassos
    John Travassos, LEED AP BD+C
    Corporate Vice President - Project Executive

    With an illustrious career spanning over four decades, John has amassed unparalleled experience and occupied numerous leadership roles within Burke. His LEED accreditation and vast expertise make him an extraordinary leader, adept at guiding teams towards success and transforming client visions into realities. A highly seasoned professional, John goes above and beyond by imparting his invaluable wisdom to project managers and project engineers, nurturing a culture of continuous learning and growth. Beyond his commitment to project success, John places paramount importance on the personal safety and well-being of our team members. In his role as the director of our safety program, he instills a proactive mindset towards safety processes and procedures, ensuring a culture of diligence and care. John’s infectious personality adds an extra dimension to his leadership. With a laughter that brightens any room, he brings a sense of joy and fellowship to our collective journey. Keep in mind where you meet John for lunch, as he dislikes food that looks like it did when it was alive.

  • Burke CGI | Executive Team | Carol Cleveland Thompson
    Carol Cleveland-Thompson
    Vice President - Corporate Services

    With an educational background in human services from Northeastern University, Carol brings a wealth of expertise in risk management, human resources, recruiting, employee retention, and employee benefits. Carol’s unwavering dedication to the well-being of every member of the Burke team sets her apart as a people-centric leader and a problem-solving professional. With a profound understanding that our people are the cornerstone of our company, her genuine passion for building relationships and connecting with every team member in the company creates a sense of unity and shared purpose. Carol’s instrumental role in instilling a culture of continuous learning has made it a guiding principle that permeates every aspect of life at Burke Construction Group. A proud Vegas resident, it is not an exaggeration to say Carol is the biggest Golden Knights fan in town, converting the Burke team into the greatest Golden Knights supporters. With Carol at the helm, our team thrives in an uplifting and energizing environment, where her infectious positivity fuels our collective success. Her unwavering dedication and upbeat persona make her an invaluable asset, not only to the Burke team but also to the Vegas community as a whole.

VALUES

BUSINESS BUILT ON RELATIONSHIPS

For over 40 years, Burke has cultivated enduring relationships with owners, designers, commercial real estate professionals, developers and subcontractors. Our commitment to internal and external stakeholders underscores the foundational role these connections play in our success. Burke’s accomplishments serve as a testament to the impact of the bonds we have meticulously forged.

DO WHAT’S RIGHT, NOT WHAT’S EASY

In a world driven by instant gratification, it is easy to adopt a “just get it done” mentality. Burke approaches projects with a commitment to excellence, prioritizing optimal solutions through a mindset centered on clarity, urgency and expertise.

PERFORM AS ONE TEAM

Burke redefines the contractor experience through a nontraditional approach. Focused on client satisfaction and a unified team approach, we collaborate with architects, owners, and subcontractors to exceed expectations. Our commitment to excellence guarantees unparalleled results, creating a memorable journey for clients.

REINVEST IN INDIVIDUALS

We cultivate a culture of ongoing education, guided by the philosophy that continuous learning is mutually beneficial (CLIMB). Burke empowers project teams with technologies, learning tools and resources, recognizing that a proficient team is instrumental in our company’s success and the satisfaction of our clients.

BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY WITH INTEGRITY

Community involvement is an integral part of our identity. We understand that our success is intertwined with the well-being of the communities we serve. Burke is committed to giving back and making a positive impact, demonstrating our values and dedication to producing meaningful change.

MAKE GREAT IDEAS HAPPEN

Burke champions action and results, thriving on transforming great ideas into tangible accomplishments. Complacency and adherence to outdated norms have no place in our culture. Burke embraces innovation, relentlessly enhancing best practices and processes to maximize efficiency. Our team is empowered to surpass comfort zones, recognizing that constant innovation is the key to effective execution.

AWARDS
Engineering News-Record (ENR)

Top 400 General Contractor in the United States (Rank #378)

Nevada Contractors Association

Member of the Year, Gitana Cafasso

The Sundry

2023 Commercial Roof First Place, Metal Construction Association Design Awards - Metal Construction Association (MCA)
2023 Bronze Award, Excellence in Design - American Buildings – A Nucor Company
2023 Gold Award, Retail Project - American Buildings – A Nucor Company

Urth Caffe – UnCommons

2023 Spotlight Honor Award, Retail Tenant Improvement - National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)

Sotheby’s International Realty

2023 Spotlight Merit Award, Office Tenant Improvement - National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)

CBRE

2023 Spotlight Honor Award, Office Tenant Improvement - National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)

WHERE WE BUILD YOUR VISION

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