Daniel Gerdes — President
Dan founded Gerdes Construction in 2010, but has been involved as a construction company owner for nearly 20 years. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Florida’s prestigious M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management and has worked on a vast array of projects, including large industrial facilities, big box retail stores, large private residences and many dental and medical offices. He is passionate in his belief that buildings should reflect their environments and fit together seamlessly in every detail both inside and out.
Kimberley Summers — Chief Financial Officer
As chief financial officer for Gerdes Construction, Kimberley heads up our business operations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting with systems from Stetson University and a master’s degree in accounting with systems from the University of Florida. Prior to joining our company, she served as an IT systems manager specializing in billing and planning with Tropicana Products, Inc. and as a systems project manager with Price Waterhouse. She is also a past board chair and administrator with Waldorf Sarasota.
Cynthia Frank — Office Management
As a 4th generation Floridian, Cynthia has followed the growth of Florida’s Gulf Coast throughout her life and her business career. With parents in the lumber business, her interest in construction came early. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in housing and business from Florida State University, she worked as a real estate appraiser for more than 16 years. Along with holding real estate sales and broker’s licenses, Cynthia has worked in related areas, including title insurance and commercial lending. She has also owned and managed several businesses.
Marty McKay — Superintendent
Marty is a trained union carpenter from Wisconsin, who moved to Florida in 1988 and founded McKay Custom Builders, a trim and door installation company. Since then, he has worked for some of Southwest Florida’s largest commercial contractors and has completed the interior trim out on a number of large custom homes from Tampa to Naples. As a superintendent for Gerdes Construction, Marty has experience with all facets of commercial and multi-family construction, from difficult structural repairs to new construction and dental/medial office interiors and remodels.
Todd Hardgrove — Superintendent
Having started as a roofer for his father’s company, Todd has spent his life around the construction industry. As an experienced carpenter the former general superintendent for an area home builder for many years, he has worked on many large commercial and residential projects. He also has in-depth knowledge and experience in construction for dental and medical offices, as well as for retail shopping center new construction and renovations.
Rick Liska — Superintendent
Rick has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry, mostly in high-end residential remodeling and historic preservation in Michigan. Among the high profile projects he has supervised are the restoration of the historic Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, MI, and restoration of Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater, which dates back to the vaudeville era. As a superintendent for Gerdes, Liska will be responsible for project site management, scheduling, worker and trade supervision, budgeting and code compliance.
Walter Marano — Project Manager
Coming from a family of tradesmen, Walter has developed as a designer and Construction Project Manager. Initially trained as a carpenter in Manhattan he has risen through the trades to become an established woodworker. His career would take him through many avenues of the Construction Industry, finally landing in South Florida in 2004. With his creative design & management influences, he has experience with a multitude of residential as well as commercial accomplishments ranging from high end retail establishments, executive offices to complete interior remodels. Walter’s capability for strategic planning and client communications ensure professional management for optimum project completion.
Jonas Steury — Superintendent
Jonas has more than 30 years experience in the construction industry. At an early age he started working with his family in northern Indiana as a framing subcontractor building custom homes and remodels. His years of experience in sales and management for a high volume contractor there emphasized the value of customer relations. During his 20 year tenure here on the Gulf Coast he has worked as a Field Supervisor and as a Superintendent assisting other local builders of custom homes, condos and commercial projects. Jonas prides himself in doing what’s best for each client and giving them a great finished project on time and on budget.
David Clough — Project Manager
After owning and operating a high-end construction company in Massachusetts for more than 3 decades David relocated his family to Florida’s gulf coast where he has owned properties and enjoyed time for many years. In his work as a project manager at Gerdes Construction, Inc. David upholds the same high standards, respectfulness, client and team member relationships as he has done for his entire career as a professional builder. He has a passion for all aspects of the job, scheduling and making sure that every project runs smoothly and exceeds the clients’ expectations.
Tony Redcay — Superintendent
Tony came from his native Pennsylvania to the Sarasota and Gulf Coast area over 16 years ago to continue his career as a contractor and project superintendent which has spanned more than 25 years including many church projects, commercial, multi-dwelling units, and hotel construction. Working for his father’s small construction company from an early age impressed upon him the importance of family, honesty and professionalism in the industry as well as ingraining a lifetime love of building. Florida public school certified, Tony’s priorities include implementing workplace safety, organization and effective communication with business and residential clients.
Lloyd Smith — Project Manager
An established resident of the Sarasota area, Lloyd is a passionate and detail oriented construction Project Manager with over 25 years of leading projects from ideation to timely and successful completion with an emphasis on client communication and exceptional customer service. OSHA certifications attest to Lloyd’s commitment to jobsite safety. Experience and training from a carpenter to a construction business owner ensure his ability to provide value engineering insights in design build projects to develop, maintain and exceed budget, quality and schedule expectations.
Edward Wattling — Superintendent
A Florida native, Ed is a second generation builder who grew up on job sites and has worked as a Construction Professional in South West Florida for more than 40 years. His background in the industry includes a wide array of successfully completed Residential and Commercial projects as well as holding State Certifications as a Builder and Roofer. Maintaining Quality and Performance as a Superintendent are honed skills which ensure that he is an asset to any project. A married father of two and proud grandfather of four grandsons, Ed is a devout Florida Gator fan and enjoys golf with good friends on weekends.
Blake Plymel — Superintendent
Bio will be posted Soon.
Reid Piper — Superintendent
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