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Saunders Construction, Inc., Announces Operations and Project Development Promotions

Centennial, Colo., October 28, 2015 – Saunders Construction, Inc., recently announced the promotions of Tom Alford and Ryan Balakas to vice president(s) of operations, and Jason Kleinhelter to director of project development. Alford, Balakas and Kleinhelter have been with the company for seven, nine and 11 years, respectively. 

Alford and Balakas’ responsibilities include the oversight and management of the organization’s project operations, providing strategic direction and continuous improvement within the planning and execution of their work program. Within project operations, Balakas focuses on renovation, tenant improvement and in-hospital projects, while Alford leads all other commercial building services. Both succeed Taryn Edwards, who was tasked earlier this year with leading Saunders’ entrance into the private-public partnership (P3) sector as senior vice president. 

Kleinhelter serves as Saunders’ director of project development. He is responsible for leading the company’s procurement and marketing functions, where he works with the executive leadership team, project teams, trade partners and clients to create new business and market segment opportunities. Prior to Kleinhelter’s promotion, he held the position of business development manager. 

“Saunders’ work program has grown over the past year, presenting an opportunity for us to continually improve our core functions while also advancing several of our strategic initiatives,” said Greg Schmidt, president & CEO of Saunders Construction. 

The company’s corporate framework remains largely unchanged, however, the new internal reporting structure does enhance the connection between senior management and project teams, promoting integration and communication regarding such things as initiatives, new business strategies, and client and employee feedback.  

About Saunders Construction, Inc.

Saunders Construction, Inc. serves the commercial building industry providing comprehensive construction and development services with a focus on guiding clients through the process of turning an idea into reality.

A leader in the industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit