Commercial Work

Commercial

We know your space is of utmost importance. It’s a client’s first impression. It’s where teams work and customers gather. Our approach to commercial projects is simple. We listen and work in close collaboration with the right partners to create the desired outcome. Whether it’s a new build or remodel of corporate offices, retail space, fitness facilities, restaurants, and more, our commercial team has the proven skills and portfolio to oversee your project.

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Asset Development

We invest in the communities in which we live and work. We work with partners to assess unique and viable opportunities that include the renovation of existing buildings, the purchase of vacant land, or the establishment of new and innovative projects.

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Luxury Residential

Our approach to custom homes is inspired by the families that thrive in them. By bringing commercial standards to residential homes, we provide each family additional value and a lasting home.

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We are dedicated to elevating the client experience.

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Team Members

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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, Trino provides oversight and support to project managers and superintendents on everything from design decisions to project schedules to budgets during construction. 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 in the last 18 months.

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.

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Cielo Galvez

Assistant Project Manager

With over 6 years of increasing responsibility within the construction industry, including drafting technician, project engineer, project manager, and estimator along with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from WSU, Cielo joins Elite as Sr. Project Engineer. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, and bilingual in English and Spanish, she spent her formidable years in California before moving to Washington State.

In her role at Elite, Cielo is responsible for the engineering and technical disciplines needed to complete our increasing roster of on-going projects. She will also ensure the proper implementation of all elements including subcontractor coverage, bid schedules, permit procurement, scope coverage, start-up paperwork, budget maintenance, punch list completion, and close-out package submissions, just to name a few.

When not working, Cielo loves watching the Star Wars franchise, hiking, exploring new restaurants and trying new food. She also enjoys spending time with her dogs and family.

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Nathan Garza

Project Engineer I

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.

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Bobby Guzman

Project Engineer I

As Project Engineer for the Pre-Construction team, Bobby’s primary focus is evaluating and assessing necessary information to qualify commercial, public and luxury residential projects. At Elite since 2020, Bobby joined as an intern and quickly proved to be an invaluable part of our family, hence his immediate employment after his internship concluded. He spent 5+ 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 certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Bobby is motto is “family-first”. He loves having BBQs at his home where he can bring everyone together to enjoy great food and time together. He enjoys travel with his wife and is prepping for fatherhood in the months to come. An entrepreneur at heart, with a commitment to continued education, Bobby recently started a new business and keeps plugging away at his long-term education goal of becoming a doctor. He’s also committed to giving back and wants to use sports, specifically wrestling, as a way to develop future leaders.

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Chris Killinger

Superintendent

At Elite since 2016, Chris brings 18+ years of construction experience to his role as Superintendent, Private Sector. He started with the company as a carpenter and quickly advanced to this role given his “jack of all trades” know-how and ability to provide solutions at a moment’s notice. His hands-on experience of most job-site positions and his collaborative nature are both invaluable traits as he leads, directs and coordinates the work of subcontractors and Elite team members on-site commercial and luxury residential projects.

Chris is a Sci-Fi fanatic, preferring this science and futuristic speculative fiction to almost any other genre. It’s not in his nature to answer the question “which superhero do you most relate to?”, but we dubbed him “Ant Man” regardless. Beyond his stature, Chris’ humble nature masks his superhuman ability to just get the job done. From supervising teams to carpentry work to clean-up, there’s no job “too small” to make sure the project is done to quality standards. He also sees encountering new challenges as a way to develop new skills and would prefer this to monotony any day.

A mechanic in his first career, Chris still loves working on cars and envisions opening a custom car shop in the future. Chris, recently married, has three kids and two grandkids and enjoys time at home and in the garage.

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Luis Miramontes

Portfolio Manager + Estimator

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 Portfolio Manager and Estimator he is responsible for all estimating functions required during the preconstruction phase.  This includes value engineering, budget controls, alternative and comparative studies, constructability reviews and target value design to ensure estimates, bids, and GMP’s are complete, accurate, and well supported.

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, 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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Jose Montalvo

Superintendent

As Superintendent, Jose is responsible for leading, directing, and coordinating the work of subcontractors and Elite team-members on-site at our exteriors and roofing projects. At Elite since 2016, he started in Logistics and worked his way up by taking every challenge as an opportunity to learn. Jose came to Elite with industry knowledge and a diverse but related background installing fire suppression systems, building products, and carpentry. He’s a perfect example of why Elite builds and invests in talent transition as his communicative and “lead by example” attitude is as inherent as his willingness to learn and grow.

Jose authentically enjoys helping others and seeing them succeed which is evident by his time spent as a youth counselor for troubled teens. A self-described family man and dad to three kids, he enjoys carpentry, fishing, hiking, and relaxing with his family.

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Yana Robinson

Project Coordinator

Yana Robinson joins Elite as Project Coordinator in our Private Division. In her role she will assist the Project Manager (PM) in obtaining, evaluating, and coordinating all information needed to construct private division projects in accordance with contract, safety standards, and schedule requirements to ensure a high-quality build.

A native of Tri-Cities, Yana is finalizing her BA in Business Administration and Healthcare Management. Recent construction-industry work experience has her intrigued with all aspects of the build process, but it’s also her work experience in other sectors, including document control and finance, that highlight her attention to detail, problem solving skills, and ability to work in diverse environments that make her well-suited for her new role.

Outside of work, Yana enjoys time with family and friends. She has an obsession with houseplants and will likely beat most people at plant trivia, as she knows a ton of random facts. Yana also enjoys movies, television, and books and utilizes photography and graphic design as her creative outlets.

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Justin Stoker

Superintendent

Justin Stoker joined Elite as superintendent in 2021. Previously with Elite from 2016 to 2020, in a variety of ever-increasing responsibility roles including quality assurance engineer and project superintendent, Justin briefly left to garner additional experience and pursue a passion project.

To say we are happy to have him back is an understatement. With almost 15 years of experience in related positions, his job-site background, technical expertise, and natural leadership skills make him an invaluable member of our team. In his role, he will lead, direct, and coordinate the work of subcontractors and Elite team members on commercial and luxury residential projects.

When not working, Justin enjoys riding motorcycles and, as a former paratrooper, he has an appetite for jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. He’s also a snow fanatic. From snowboarding to riding snowmobiles or, any other machine that maneuvers in freezing temps and white powder, you’ll find Justin at his best. But, don’t be fooled by his brawny exterior and love for adrenaline-rush activities, his favorite movie is “The Notebook”. “Not really”, he jokes, it’s actually “Forrest Gump.” I guess we can add “sense of humor” to his resume too.

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Jared Wendlandt

Project Manager

Jared joined Elite in 2021 as Project Manager for our Commercial Division. Prior to joining the team, Jared’s relevant experience included positions at companies like Bechtel and Boeing. His 10+ years of industry knowledge is incredibly additive as he oversees all aspects of the building process, working closely with clients to develop plans, establish timetables, and determine labor and material costs. Additionally, he is responsible for execution of all assigned project work in accordance with contractual obligations and regulatory guidelines along with ensuring the project is completed on budget and within scope.

Originally from Spokane, he attended Hanford high school, before heading to Eastern Washington University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Technology with a concentration in construction management and a minor in business administration. He eventually made his way back to the Tri-Cities to be closer to family.

Jared has a love of dirt bikes and his grandmother’s 1949 Chevrolet pick-up, which he inherited and thoughtfully restored. He likes to showcase this vintage gem at Cool Desert Nights and similar events. An Action/Sci-Fi fan, he enjoys popular franchises like Star Wars and Game of Thrones along with documentaries that feature anything and everything about WWII, space and the universe, with works by Carl Sagan as a favorite.

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Priscilla Wright

Project Engineer II

Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas in Houston, TX, and previous project engineering experience from a national commercial construction firm, Priscilla joined Elite Construction and Development in 2020.

Engineering is Priscilla’s passion which is evident in the caliber of her work as a Project Engineer for our Commercial and Luxury Residential division. It takes a highly qualified team to run a successful project and Priscilla’s genuine desire to understand how things work and make improvements based on research, analytics and experience keeps our team efficient, effective, and continuously learning.

But, don’t be fooled, engineering is just one of her passion points with golf, cooking, baking, travel, swimming, and painting making her Top 10 List. She also has most of us beat with the number of countries she’s visited. Given Priscilla’s can-do attitude and thirst for learning new things, it’s no wonder that Priscilla’s favorite quote is from Epictetus, “the only way to happiness is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. The only person responsible for your happiness is you.”

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