Who We Are
Based in the Pacific Northwest, Elite Construction + Development is a full-service general contractor with over 14 years of experience working with clients to envision and deliver on their building and infrastructure goals. We offer comprehensive construction support and services that enable our communities to flourish and our team members to innovate and thrive.
J. Trinidad Garibay (Trini) and David A Magaña incorporate Elite Renovations. The two-man team, who derive from humble beginnings, start to build their company from a small home office with a focus on home remodels and tenant improvements.
As business improves, Elite Renovations reaches 20+ employees. The firm continues to build their business portfolio specializing in ground-up construction, from foundations to roofing, and everything in between. Elite adds the first out-of-state project to their portfolio.
Elite Renovations changes its name to Elite Construction and Development and has grown to 40+ employees. It is now considered a regional player with a recently completed project in Idaho. The same year, Elite Construction and Development is named the Southeast Washington Minority Small Business of the Year by the University of Washington.
The company reaches 70+ employees the year prior and begins to add significant self-performing divisions. Elite is featured on HGTV’s Tiny House Competition alongside Alexandria Nicole Winery. They begin construction on their new headquarters.
Elite celebrates their 10 year anniversary in their new headquarters in Pasco, WA. The Road 90 Business Park Development that houses Elite and other tenants was designed and built by Elite and will serve as a model for future projects. The same year, Elite partners with WRPS as part of their Mentor-Protégé program and begins environmental remediation work at the Hanford Site.
During the COVID-19 global pandemic, the construction industry is considered essential, so Elite continues with important work alongside WRPS for the Department of Energy’s hazardous waste clean-up efforts.
As it prepares for significant growth, Elite Construction + Development unveils a new look. The company grows to over 100 employees with a diversified portfolio of projects in both public and private sectors. Elite begins to explore projects outside of the Pacific Northwest for 2022 unveiling. More to come.
Client satisfaction drives every aspect of our business and defines our reputation. We take pride in our accomplishments while building trust and exceeding expectations through honesty, integrity, and quality workmanship.
We are a well-known and respected construction and development company, where team members recognize their individual role in achieving the organization’s purpose. We accomplish this by providing unparalleled dedication to the client experience and unwavering commitment to high-quality project delivery.
PILLARS OF SUCCESS
First and foremost, we promote and engage a genuine safety culture. Beyond compliance, we know that a commitment to protecting the lives of our team members is in the best interest of all and ensures future success and profitability.
By building a foundation of safety through performance, knowledge of safe practices, job-site inspections, ongoing training, and risk management, we reduce risk to workers in all phases of the construction process. We provide timely and accurate safety data to inform management decision-making and create a win-win culture for all.
Our priority is to deliver quality work, on time and on budget. We employ highly skilled individuals with a passion for getting it done right. The implementation of quality control and assurance measures also ensures our ability to deliver quality to our clients on a consistent and constantly improving basis.
At Elite, our goal is to provide clear and concise messaging, processes, and an overall understanding and commitment to client satisfaction.
We understand the importance of tracking a project’s success by measuring the work performed against the project work plan. We recognize both the schedule and monetary impact of identifying and problem-solving project elements which do not comply with specified requirements.
Elite’s government division requires activities governed by regulations, licenses, contract documents, or other quality assurance commitments to be conducted in accordance with the Elite Quality Assurance (QA) Program. This QA Program complies with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) NQA-1-2008.
At Elite, we utilize technology to enhance the client experience and to create a collaborative work environment for our team members and sub-contractors. By utilizing cloud-based systems, we are able to collaborate in real-time with both clients and sub-contractors making a project run as seamless and efficiently as possible.
J. Trinidad (Trini) Garibay
CEO + Co-Founder
Being a successful CEO requires a mindset to look at obstacles differently, to see them as opportunities to learn new skills, leverage situations, and reflect on what can be done better rather than as objects that stand in the way. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” is a quote that has become a mantra for Trini and shapes his role as CEO and Co-Founder of Elite Construction and Development.
Trini co-founded Elite Renovations (original name of Elite Construction and Development) a dozen years ago and always envisioned their future as a larger international company. Not an easy task for a young entrepreneur with no formal experience in construction but, he started the company “with the end in mind” and made a conscious effort to put in motion an insightful direction to make that happen. “We stay true to our vision, work hard and hire good people. We also remain curious to learn, evolve and advance.”
Elite, now on the verge of regional growth, has grown to a team of more than 80 full-time team members, with divisions that span both public and private sectors, yet their mission and values remain unchanged. They are growing at a slow and steady pace to make sure the company continues to reflect a commitment to client, craft, team, and community.
If you ask Trini, his professional resume not only speaks to his role as executive and entrepreneur but also his time on the basketball court. “There are so many lessons to learn from organized sports that I apply to my job as both CEO and dad”. “Coaching my son and advising him on discipline, teamwork, vision, hard work, and having fun is the epitome of how we run our business.”
Competitive by nature, Trini credits his middle-school sweetheart, now wife, and kids, which include a son and daughter, for keeping him grounded. “They are my whys”, he says. As a car and book aficionado, he also loves fast cars and great reads.
COO + Co-Founder
As COO and co-founder of Elite Construction & Development, David exemplifies how humble leadership and active listening can be powerful. He lacks what is sometimes a stereotypical trait in some leaders – an exaggerated ego. Having started in the field of his 2-person company, Elite Renovations (original name of Elite Construction and Development) over a dozen years ago, he leads by example and truly understands what it means to work hard and stay humble. David also works on creating a culture, especially as Elite demonstrates unprecedented growth, where ideas are welcomed, expert opinions are shared, and where everyone has a chance to contribute, share in the process, and have ownership in the result.
The son of farmworkers, David learned at an early age what it means to be an entrepreneur, as his dad moved from an agriculture laborer to owner of Magaña Farms, a farm and produce company that sells to schools, produce stands, and farmers markets. David recalls his summers as a teen spent working at Pike Place Market in Seattle, selling fresh fruits and vegetables to tourists, with his little brother, from his father’s produce stand. “Not only did I learn about pride in ownership but also in the importance of making sure our clients were happy with both our product and service. We wanted them to come back and refer their friends.” David’s work and life experiences continue to be the driving force behind Elite’s focus to continuously “elevate the client experience”.
His relationship with God and family are of utmost importance. David’s brood includes two sons and a daughter, in them, he hopes to instill the belief that “challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”.View #DayInTheLife Feature
Human Resources Manager
“Be Happy”, is Chris’ advice to most, which is a saying we appreciate from the head of our Human Resources department. But don’t be fooled by this simple quote as Chris knows it takes dedication, determination and character to achieve this state. He spent 23 years in the US Air Force, retiring as Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) before joining the civilian ranks. In 2003, while on active duty, he earned a Bachelor of Science in both Management and Human Resources followed by a Master of Arts in Education in 2014. In addition to human resource management, he is also skilled in operations management and operational planning.
Chris joined Elite in 2020. As a company, we pride ourselves in hiring the best people while embodying teamwork, embracing new ideas, and maintaining an informal and welcoming culture. Chris leads by example and is the perfect person to spearhead this effort.
A devotee of fine cigars and the NFL, Chris also enjoys woodworking and spending time with his wife.View #DayInTheLife Feature
Curtis “CJ” Black joined Elite earlier this year and excelled in his previous role as Director, Project Controls, responsible for comprehensive oversite of Elite’s projects on scope, schedule, and cost. In his new role as Project Executive, CJ provides leadership, oversight, and direction of our project management team and all commercial developments within our portfolio while focusing on three key areas – exceeding client expectations, managing projects to meet business objectives, and leading and developing project teams.
CJ brings 14+ years of Project Management and Strategic Business Integration including construction management, strategic planning, risk management, project controls, scheduling, and estimating. Throughout his career he has worked in a variety of industries including DOE (Government), Commercial, Civil, Nuclear, Chemical, and IT projects which line up nicely with Elite’s current slate of clients and projects.
Originally from Pasco, CJ attended the University of Washington in Seattle on an academic scholarship. He is a UW Huskies fanatic and even has two Siberian huskies as pets. When not working, he enjoys listening to local live music, preferably outdoors on a nice patio somewhere, with family and friends. He also makes a conscious effort to continually improve his mental and physical health through regular workouts and continuous learning. A self-proclaimed numbers, data, and trends “geek”, we would say that CJ is an EXCEL(lent) addition to our team.
Receptionist + Administrative Assistant
Rachel joins Team Elite as Receptionist and Administrative Assistant in the finance department. As a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Carson College of Business with a BA in Human Resources and work experience that includes reception and administrative duties, along with an all-around great personality, Rachel was the front-runner for this newly vacated position.
Her duties as “first impression” of Elite’s headquarters include answering incoming calls, assisting guests and clients, inventory and supply management, and other office administration duties that keep our workplace and staff running smoothly. She will also assist the finance department with billing, tracking, and data entry.
An artist at heart, Rachel uses art as a form of self-expression although she has entered a competition (or two) for good measure. From being the go-to gal for anything involving crafts, to a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie with a love of zip-lines and rollercoasters, Rachel’s hobbies are vast. She touts garnering life lessons from all her interests including conquering fear, trying new things before passing judgment, working together, and motivating others. Rachel also maintained presidential honor roll status throughout college. Welcome Rachel, we’re impressed!
Kiley is best known for her outgoing, can-do personality and problem-solving nature. Since Kiley joined the Elite Team as procurement specialist, she has been influential in structuring, organizing and expediting processes to help the divisions become more efficient. Kiley’s work experience entails supporting procurement process implementation for a well-known government contractor and managing, writing, and revamping contracts and contractual processes for a fuel distribution company. She also mentored and guided students in achieving their college dreams with the University of Washington Dream Project.
Outside of work, Kiley enjoys writing, reading, biking and spending time with family and pets. Her favorite quote, “misguided urgency is often the enemy of progress”, is exemplified in her work as she tackles problems head-on, with a helmet of course, because she strongly believes safety always comes first!View #DayInTheLife Feature
“Konstruktion Manager” is the translation of Aryn’s title in his second language. Fluent in German, Aryn is part of a core team charged with creating and developing the company’s Government Division At Elite since 2020, he leads, directs, and coordinates the overall management of federal government construction projects including, but not limited to demolition of existing infrastructure, installation of new infrastructure, new facilities, facility improvements, and other projects.
From founding his own collegiate painting company upon graduation from the University of Puget Sound, to owning his own general contracting firm, to amassing 10+ years in waste site remediation management for large government contract firms, Aryn’s construction management and engineering know-how is impressive. His focus on using his experience in environmental restoration and immobilization efforts at Hanford is also purposeful. According to Aryn, all things science and technology are of interest, especially as they pertain to the health and well-being of our planet.
When not working, you’ll find this recovering adrenaline junkie mountain biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking and back country skiing. We note “recovering” as skydiving and other highly dangerous sports were finally banned by Aryn’s wife, Rosanna.
Director, Business Development
In her new position as Director of Business Development, Grace leads the company’s business development and client engagement efforts along with marketing and community relations. Grace joined Elite in 2020 as Director of Marketing + Client Experience overseeing Elite’s efforts in marketing, client experience, and community outreach. Previously, she spent 17+ years as a sales and marketing executive with organizations like Discovery Networks, Viacom, and NBCUniversal.
According to COO, David Magaña, “Grace was already instrumental in creating and identifying new strategic processes, expanding our brand presence, and working in a cross-functional capacity, now, she will have authority to lead new business initiatives as well.”
In her spare time, Grace enjoys time with family, indoor cycling, traveling, and art. Most recently, she founded a fine art and creative solutions studio committed to social impact. She is also a graduate of Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, in Seattle, WA.
Originally from Grandview Washington, Grace spent most of her professional career in Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Barcelona, Spain before moving to the Tri-Cities in 2019. Starting in 2022, she will split her time between the corporate office in Tri-Cities, WA and her new home in southern California with her husband, Ryan, and two teen daughters.
IT Systems Administrator
Luis’ title is not indicative of the indispensable role he plays at Elite. Considered part of the “elite eight”, the most tenured team members at Elite Construction and Development, Luis is knowledgeable in all facets of the company. He parlayed his interests, certifications and on-the-job work experience into ever-increasing responsibility at the company. From accounting and payroll to safety and graphic design, Luis has assisted every department in getting the job done, regardless of title or job description, all the while focusing on Elite’s eventual high-tech footprint.
As Elite enters into a time of technological advancement with cutting-edge construction platforms that allow all project teams to collaborate and for clients to easily view and understand progress of their projects, Luis is part of the driving force and at the helm of all things “technical”. He brings hard work, enthusiasm and company knowledge to this position. A graphic design degree and photography skill set compliment his web know-how, which are all additive to the direction of Elite’s on-line and social media presence.
Married with three kids, Luis enjoys time with his family including watching movies and biking. He continues to love photography along with perpetually learning new things.View #DayInTheLife Feature
Logistics + Tool Manager
Jonathan has his hands full, literally. He’s responsible for planning, coordinating, purchasing, warehousing, distributing and forecasting Elite’s hardware and equipment inventory and servicing our field teams. At Elite since 2018, Jonathan started as a laborer, became OSHA 10 certified as a member of our safety team and was recently promoted into the new position of Logistics and Tool Manager. At Elite, we strive to foster and promote talent from within and Jonathan is a shining example.
When not at work, you can find Jonathan staying fit by weight training and backpacking in the mountains or gaming. Ask Jonathan about his true passion and he’ll state it’s “ to open a sanctuary for abandoned and abused animals in the future”. We think he has the right tools to make that dream come true.
As Payroll Specialist, Vanessa is responsible for processing weekly payroll for all employees. Her primary focus is importing and validating time sheet information into the payroll system, regularly completing State and Federal reporting and determining payroll liabilities by calculating State and Federal taxes. Additionally, she works with the HR department to reconcile compensation and benefits.
Vanessa began her career as Elite HQ’s administrative assistant. Given her ability, she quickly received extended responsibilities assisting the accounting and procurement departments which made her promotion inevitable. Her “team first” attitude, exceptional attention to detail, and above reproach commitment to protecting highly confidential information continue to make her an indispensable part of our team.
Vanessa also has her cosmetology license and was a popular hair stylist before realizing she preferred spending her weekends and evenings with her family When not working, Vanessa enjoys creating memories with her husband and two daughters.
As Accounting Specialist, Erica brings almost 15 years of accounting experience to Elite. Her meticulous handling of accounting procedures, accounts payable and receivable along with organizational management, make her a vital part of our team. Beyond longevity in her chosen profession, Erica holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting along with additional accounting system certifications. She LOVES accounting as much as she loves iced coffee, which says a lot about her easy-going personality and enthusiastic nature.
Her true love however is her family. She considers her sons, delivered on Christmas Day, her greatest achievement. When not busy with twin boys, Erica enjoys DIY projects and perusing the aisles of Target and Home Goods with iced coffee in hand, of course.
Digital Media + Marketing Specialist
Maria Rodriguez joined Elite’s Marketing Team in 2020. As Digital Media and Marketing Specialist, Maria creatively establishes and implements our various digital and traditional media outlets such as the website, social media, advertising, apparel, videos, and community events, to effectively promote Elite’s products and services. She works with all divisions to coordinate and develop effective internal and external communication processes.
Maria graduated Magna Cum Laude from WSU Tri-Cities in 2018 with a BA in Business Management. Before joining Elite, she worked as a Marketing Specialist at Gesa Credit Union and completed graduate-level courses on mass communications and web design at the University of Florida.
Originally from Venezuela, Maria lived in larger U.S. Cities before moving to Richland where she attended high school followed by college. She loves traveling and while she can’t wait to knock Australia off her bucket list, she loves calling the Tri-Cities home. Maria balances her other rigorous hobbies of kayaking and hiking with going to the movies and wine-tasting.View #DayInTheLife Feature
Given Jennie’s previous career as a ropes course facilitator, where she enabled participants to explore leadership and communication concepts, problem-solving, and coaching, it’s easy to see why she’s a great asset to Elite’s senior management team and the best “ice breaker” at company meetings. Make no mistake, her strength and experience are also in the numbers, and, as Elite’s controller since 2019, she’s focused on helping a young company navigate rapid growth.
A graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with additional accounting course work done through WGU, Jennie has spent 15+ years in financial positions ranging from federal tax preparation, banking, outsourced financial accounting, and now controller. Her approach to guiding the financial decisions of the company are simple – be knowledgeable, be thorough, be consistent.
Jennie and her husband, Matt have raised 4 children and really enjoy being grandparents. Her outdoor interests run the gamut as she’s a fan of both beaches and mountains. She also enjoys movies, music and playing trivia and other games with friends and family. A self-proclaimed foodie, Jennie loves trying new restaurants and cuisine.
“From small humble beginnings come great things.”, a quote Jesus took to heart when he was given the opportunity to build the company’s health & safety program. Jesus started with Elite in 2017 as superintendent of the painting division but his work ethic, self-starter attitude, aptitude to learn quickly and ability to manage both roles at once led him to acquiring the singularly focused position of Safety Director a year later.
From an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer, obtained through the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, to numerous Craft Professional Mentor (CPM) credentials in safety, he does what it takes to keep our team members safe. He is also an authorized CPR, AED, First Aid Instructor through (HSI) Health & Safety Institute and, an Idaho State Health & Safety Instructor. For three years running he has been recognized as a top performer for safety and claims management by the Associated General Contractors of America Inland Northwest Chapter along with the Associated Builders and Contractors of America Inland Pacific Chapter. At Elite, safety is a top priority and having someone like Jesus at the helm is a valuable asset.
When Jesus isn’t saving Elite team members from potential injury or educating us on the importance of safety, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He’s known as a “master chef” on the grill and enjoys the Pacific Northwest outdoors. He also makes time to volunteer in his community.
Quality Assurance Manager
As Quality Assurance (QA) Manager, Phil ensures the highest level of procedural compliance from procurement through each phase of construction. Phil started his career in Virginia, graduating in the top 5% of his class from Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Design Training program. Upon graduation, he started in the Nuclear Fuels Department where he developed design and fabrication drawings for the for re-fueling and de-fueling efforts of Nuclear Navy Aircraft Carriers and Submarines. The rest, we say, is history, as Phil gradually moved to the Pacific Northwest in increasing responsibility positions for nuclear-related companies. A golf enthusiast, he decided to relocate to the Tri-Cities (from Idaho) after witnessing golfers on the course on Christmas Day!
He brings almost 40 years of experience working under ASME NQA-1 requirements as well as experience developing and implementing NQA-1 programs to the highest level of Safety Significant. “The depth of Phil’s experience and knowledge of nuclear quality assurance are a great resource for us as we take on more government contracts”, says CEO Trini Garibay. Likewise, Phil sees the opportunity to help develop Elite’s government division as well as it’s NQA-1 Quality Assurance as the pinnacle of his career.
Phil loves music and attending live music concerts and sporting events. As a true outdoorsman he enjoys camping, fishing and riding 4-wheelers along with spending summers grilling and swimming in his backyard. He also enjoys visiting his children in Idaho.
As Environmental Safety & Health Specialist, Government Division since 2019, Kyler is responsible for developing and tailoring Elite’s safety program for federal government projects which is no easy task given the complexity of nuclear waste clean-up. He ensures our safety procedures and plans are followed correctly through regular field surveillances and investigations. He also tracks and coordinates all training for Elite construction workers on the Hanford site. Concurrently, Kyler is finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety from Eastern Kentucky University. But, let’s not stop there…Kyler served as supervisor in the US Marine Corp. prior to garnering 13+ years of safety and health experience at government contract heavyweights and several OSHA certifications to make him an expert in his field.
While spare time is not something Kyler has much of, he does make coaching 11U tournament baseball, spending time with his kids, camping in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter top priorities.View #DayInTheLife Feature
Alissa Frosland joins Elite in the role of Document Controller. She supports, maintains, and manages the Government Division document control processes. With over five years of experience in document management in the Federal Government sector for a related company, Alissa’s familiarity with current Elite projects serves as a huge asset and ensures a smooth transition.
As Alissa likes to say, she has been supporting Elite since day ONE of the company’s Mentor Protégé agreement with Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) while “sitting on the other side of the desk” with her previous company. She recalls being motivated by a young company on the verge of significant growth and notes that, even then, she wanted to be part of Team Elite. Alissa is a solution-orientated professional who thrives in a fast paced, results driven environment and enjoys being part of a company where team members are considered family.
Alissa served eight years in the U.S. Navy and was part of the first group of 500 women to be allowed on Naval Ships. She sailed for four years before serving her last four at Pearl Harbor. When not working, Alissa loves spending time with her husband Nate. Their combined broad includes four kids, from teens to young adults, and they enjoy spending time with all of them. Alissa also likes golf and touts Golf Land in Pasco as her favorite place because of its forgiving nature.
Scott joined Team Elite in 2020 as Project Manager for our Federal Services department. His 15+ years of industry knowledge is incredibly additive in his role of overseeing construction projects for our fast-growing government division including working closely with clients to develop plans, establish timetables, and determine labor and material costs per contractual obligations, industry standards, and all regulatory guidelines. Before joining the team, Scott’s relevant experience included positions at top government contractors in the area.
While Tri-Cities is home, if Elite opens an office in Hawaii, Scott would likely be the first to relocate. He and his family love to travel but consider Maui a paradise and, with familial ties in the area, they hang like locals rather than tourists while there.
When not working, Scott enjoys spending time with family and friends. He and his wife, married for 18 years, have two athletic daughters and a chocolate lab. If not traveling for soccer or basketball tournaments, they enjoy spending time outdoors including hunting, fishing, and camping. However, they don’t have to venture far to enjoy being outside as backyard movie nights and steaks on the grill also count for recharging in nature.
Kelby B. Martin
Quality Assurance Specialist
As Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist, Kelby ensures the highest level of procedural compliance from procurement through each phase of construction. Growing up in Alaska, Kelby spent several years in quality control on Alaska’s North Slope (Alaska oil fields) at a geotechnical engineering firm and material testing agency specializing in gathering and analyzing soils, rock, and engineered construction materials for the geotechnical engineering, construction, and mining industries.
From a diamontologist certification to being fluent in Japanese, Kelby’s work and life experiences are vast, fascinating, and tied together by his attention to detail, as well as, the patience and wisdom to decipher complex information. He also has practical construction job-site experience that allows his knowledge to be relatable in the field. All of these traits are vital and necessary to help build’s Elite’s first-rate NQA-1 program.
When not working, Kelby enjoys biking, keeping up with his Japanese studies, and both domestic and international travel.
Director, Government Operations
While we jokingly quip that Dennis Nixie is “the guy who knows the guy”, the truth is, Dennis is a connector and a mastermind at getting things done. He is well-respected in the federal government construction industry and we are ecstatic to bring this veteran leader to Team Elite as head of our government division.
Dennis has 38 years of construction management, supervision, and engineering experience in the federal and commercial markets. This includes 18 years of USDOE work involving construction projects at the Hanford Tank Farms in Washington and at the Idaho National Lab. His previous role was that of Construction Manager executing significant upgrades and modifications to infrastructure systems to support the Tank Farm mission to supply waste to the USDOE Waste Treatment Facility. Mr. Nixie has significant experience performing construction management, engineering, and startup roles for fixed price contracts in the DOE, DOD, and commercial markets. He is well traveled with extensive experience in the Chemical Demilitarization arena as well as Commercial Nuclear projects.
Dennis or “Papa”, as he’s referred to by his two grandsons, is a microbrew aficionado and fan of camping and fishing. He and his wife of 39 years are prone to spontaneous camping trips in and around the Pacific Northwest. Dennis hails from the northeast but has made the Tri-Cities his home for almost 20 years.View #DayInTheLife Feature
At Elite since 2019, Levi is responsible for the creation, development, and growth of the government division. He brings over 30 years of hands-on and managerial construction experience working at the highest level of safety in significant projects – NQA-1. His day-to-day responsibilities run the gamut and include everything from strategic planning to business development to overseeing procedural compliance, which Levi takes in stride with the confidence and high self-sufficiency of a rodeo athlete before and after a ride.
The rodeo reference is deliberate. A retired bull rider, Levi still embraces the lifestyle, attending rodeos every weekend as 3 of his 9 children continue to participate. “I don’t watch television, I don’t have cable or an antenna. I work, I rodeo.” Levi says in jest as he recalls joining the carpenter’s union after high school and performing civil and mechanical work on nearly every dam and bridge on the Columbia (River). He proceeded to take increasing-responsibility roles in several states before returning home to focus on the remediation efforts occurring near his hometown. His experience includes supervising the exhauster installation at the AP Tank Farm, which won a Project Excellence Award, and working on the Tank Farm automation upgrades.
He sees his move to create Elite’s Federal Government Division as the opportunity to continue to innovate the waste clean-up and management process and to collaborate with the other specialties at Elite in order to fuel growth as one significant company.
Trinidad (Trino) Diaz
Superintendent + Craft Manager
In the beginning, Elite needed enthusiastic and hard-working team members comfortable wearing many hats who could evolve with company growth. At Elite since 2010, Trino’s evolution and growth within the company are a shining example of that philosophy. In his role as Superintendent and Craft Manager, Trino supervises the field construction of Private Division projects including organization, planning, and scheduling to complete the work on time, within budget, and to the quality specified while adhering to safety standards. He also leads, directs, and coordinates the work of subcontractors and Elite’s trade labor. According to him, “Every day is different which makes the job exciting and interesting.” Having won both “Project Manager” and “Employee of the Year” in years past, Trino’s goal is to keep learning and advancing, especially with the amount of unprecedented growth Elite has seen over the last few years.
Born in southeastern Washington, Trino takes satisfaction in watching others enjoy his culinary and grilling skills. As a youth, he learned from his dad how to raise cattle and grow vegetables, so he’s excited to teach his children the same. He’s also a car aficionado preferring classics of the 80’s and early 90’s and a fan of conjunto de arpa grande, a type of Mexican folk music from his parent’s hometown of Coalcomán, Michoacán in Mexico.
Assistant Project Manager
Cielo joined Elite in 2021 as Project Engineer and quickly transitioned into the role of Assistant Project Manager. In her current role, she is responsible for the operational leadership of maintaining cost and contract controls along with participating in the pre-construction process by reviewing estimates and providing feedback on bid packages. Client interface is a major duty in her day-to-day and ensuring the proper implementation of all elements including subcontractor coverage, budget maintenance, and punch list completion, just to name a few. Her favorite part of the job is focusing on communication throughout the project and ensuring that her team has all the resources to deliver “Elite” results.
Being brought up in an environment where construction and high-end custom homes were the main niche has provided Cielo a meticulous eye for detail and unwavering interpersonal skills with clients and stakeholders as they undergo the building process. Before relocating to Tri-Cities, WA, she worked for a commercial Portland contractor where her forte became microunits, public works, and hospitality.
Now with over five years of increasing responsibility within the construction industry, including drafting tech, project engineer, residential project manager, commercial construction and estimating along with a Bachelor’s in Engineering from WSU, Cielo has thrown her name in the hat to relocate in the case that Elite opens a satellite office on the Islands of Hawaii.
When not working, Cielo loves watching the Star Wars franchise and spending time with her family traveling, hiking, camping, working out, and exploring new restaurants. She also enjoys time well-spent with her dogs.View #DayInTheLife Feature
A recent graduate from Eastern Washington University, with a BS in Construction Management and minor in Business Administration, Nathan joined Elite in 2020 as Project Engineer. As PE, Nathan’s primary responsibilities are to manage, evaluate and assess information necessary to construct our projects on time, within budget and to the highest quality.
Being part of the construction industry, in any capacity, was the motivating factor for Nathan’s chosen degree. His enthusiasm, strong work ethic and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done makes him a stellar addition to our commercial and luxury residential division. In fact, Nathan started as a job-site laborer so he could gain a better understanding of the work he would eventually manage.
Nathan is a huge sports fanatic and baseball, both playing and watching, makes the top of his list. His beloved teams include hometown favorites, the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks. When not engaged in this past time, you can find him golfing and fishing.
As an Estimator in our Private Construction Division, Bobby’s primary focus is to provide and coordinate full estimating services on assigned projects as well as construction and pre-construction contracts. At Elite since 2020, Bobby joined as an intern and quickly proved to be a valuable part of our team, hence his immediate employment after his internship concluded. Previously, he spent 6+ years with the U.S. Airforce in positions that included quality assurance, planning, and scheduling. His education slate is also impressive with a BS in Project Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters in Business Administration from Western Governors University.
Bobby’s motto is “family-first.” He loves having BBQs at his home, where he can bring everyone together to enjoy each other’s company over a great meal. He enjoys traveling with his wife and young son. An entrepreneur at heart, with a commitment to continued education, Bobby recently started a new business and keeps plugging away at his educational goal of completing a Doctorate in Business. He’s also devoted to giving back and wants to use sports, specifically wrestling, as a way to develop future leaders.
Luis is the poster child for the company’s motto of “Work Hard. Stay Humble.” Considered part of the “elite eight”, the most tenured employees at Elite Construction and Development, the symbiotic relationship between Luis’ growth and the company’s success is evident. As Estimating Manager, his primary responsibilities are to plan, develop, organize, and supervise estimating and pre-construction efforts for the portfolio of private sector projects pursued by the company. Achieving this involves coordinating efforts of internal and external stakeholders as well as overall management of the preconstruction team and activities.
Having grown up in the construction business, Luis can count as much experience and dedication to craft as a seasoned veteran, making his longevity in this profession impressive. With over 20 years of experience, he’s respected among his peers as someone who is collaborative, communicative, and respectful. He has a great work ethic, commitment to teamwork, and an understated sense of humor. In fact, it’s not uncommon for him to be the butt of his own jokes which usually includes comments about his hair or lack thereof.
Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it, which is what Luis does almost seven days a week. If not at his formal profession, he’s working on maintaining his farm and rental properties and even “working on cars”, his favorite pastime, has the word “work” in it. That said, he will occasionally take his wife’s advice to relax in more traditional ways.
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