How one Seattle firm is positioning itself for another 30 years of success
SPONSORED — For a company that’s grown steadily over thirty years, a new leadership team might signal a change in direction or a shift in business strategy.
That wasn’t so for Schuchart, the Seattle-based construction firm behind many of the region’s most interesting buildings. The company founded 30 years ago and still run by the Schuchart family is at the top of its game. The newly named Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer have been with the company for years, and the newly appointed President is a former Vice President of Strategy, a 5th generation contractor, and a Schuchart.
Last spring, the company announced that founder George Schuchart was handing the day-to-day reins over to his son, Casey, naming him President in the process. George would be shifting to a new CEO role to focus on the company’s vision and culture and to lead the soon-to-be-announced corporate social responsibility program.
“Bringing other voices into the conversation isn’t new,” said George. “What’s new is that they’ll be making the decisions that will guide the business for the next thirty years.”
Over three decades, Schuchart has built offices for Microsoft, Facebook, Tableau, AOL, the University of Washington, and dozens of other employers. They’ve worked for decades with Microsoft and Boeing, helping those companies grow along with the region. They even built the Bullitt Center in Seattle, dubbed ‘the greenest office building in the world’ and Chihuly Garden and Glass, the breathtaking indoor-outdoor experience by renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.
“It’s rare that a family-controlled construction company can retain its culture and its trajectory for so long, but we’ve done it,” said President Casey Schuchart. “The reason is simple: we’ve hired the best people.”
Building for the Future
In August, CEO George Schuchart announced the formation of the Executive Leadership Team to help guide growth. It includes Chief Operating Officer Jeff Tobin and Chief Financial Officer Christian Geismann and Casey.
“This new leadership structure creates more opportunities for candid feedback and open dialogue, which is the best way to guarantee good results,” said George.
Tobin, who oversees day-to-day operations, also led recent expansions by the company in Everett and Tacoma.
“We’re growing in the north and the south ends where there is so much demand,” added COO Jeff Tobin. “It’s a really exciting time to be in Everett and Tacoma. These are thriving communities and we’re fortunate to have new offices in both cities.”
Before his elevation to COO, Tobin was Vice President of Operations for three years. In addition to his promotion, Tobin was named a Partner in 2015.
With nearly three decades in the commercial construction industry, his experience working in the trades and for subcontractors, owners, and general contractors, gives Jeff a holistic view of the planning and construction activities as well as maintenance and operations functions across a project’s life cycle. He applies this knowledge towards continuous process improvement on every Schuchart effort. Tobin sits on the Board of Trustees for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Education Foundation as well as participating in other AGC steering groups.
“I joined Schuchart in 2012 because I saw when working alongside them on a project that they believed in the same things I did – hard work, trust, and a focus on relationships,” said Tobin. “Since then, we’ve been able to scale our approach across the region, and the new Schuchart offices will further cement that reputation.”
Chief Financial Officer Christian Geismann, also joining the new Executive Leadership Team, is a CPA and a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional with more than fifteen years of accounting experience under his belt. He leads the finance and accounting, HR, and IT teams and helps guide strategy development and implementation for the organization. Currently, he’s directing Schuchart’s journey into intelligent automation, including data analytics.
“Schuchart has earned a reputation as a trusted building partner in the Puget Sound region,” he said. “Slowly and surely, we’ve grown our business and partnered with best-in-class companies along the way. I’m excited to be a part of the team that will continue steering our growth in commercial construction.”
Schuchart is a commercial general contractor, headquartered in Seattle, that consistently punches above its weight due in large part to its relationship-based approach. With revenues exceeding $100 million and a growing team of more than 150, this Seattle-based commercial builder has a family-like culture built on trust and credibility.
It started 30 years ago before major companies like Boeing and Microsoft were a part of their client roster. In the beginning, founder George Schuchart cold-called for work and chased down leads from a card table at a $250-per-month storefront in Everett.
The new Everett and Tacoma locations will be Schuchart’s fourth and fifth offices, respectively.
“Our relentless focus on trust and relationships has helped us keep our clients for years,” said Casey. “When we measure ourselves and our performance, we look at our client roster and who’s been with us for years. That’s more important to us than anything.”
For more information about Schuchart’s team and its projects, visit schuchart.com.