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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
― Barack Obama

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Meet The Team

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Suzanne F. Stantley

Founder & CEO

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Deavay Tyler

Deavay has over 20 years experience supporting, assisting and managing small and diverse businesses.  During his tenure in Corporate America, Deavay served as vice president, commercial loan underwriter, middle market loan officer, insurance risk management officer, and small business banking relationship manager. 

Deavay has a very clear understanding of the two baseline obstacles that diverse businesses face, 1) access to capital and 2) access to opportunities.

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Blake Bretz

During his career, Blake has been responsible for multiple concurrent large and technically detailed projects.  He has exceptional organization and time management skills. 

He has worked as a Construction Manager, Project Manager and Project Engineer.

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Kazina Henderson

Kazina is an experienced Project Engineer with more than 20 years in the construction industry.  She has a keen understanding of many processes that enable a firm to succeed in the commercial arena.

She also provides certified payroll, back-office support and certifications.

 

Suzanne began her career in marketing immediately after receiving an MBA.  She climbed ladders.  She shattered glass ceilings.  Hers is a remarkable career which started with a tenure at Leo Burnett USA, the largest advertising agency in the world at the time, working with  Fortune 500 companies Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Kraft Foods and US Navy. 

Her mission is to assist as many diverse firms as possible, regardless of where they reside, gain greater knowledge of the processes and procedures needed to win and manage million-dollar commercial construction contracts.

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Rick Mills

Rick is an experienced commercial construction consultant and dedicated, proven leader. With 20 years working in the construction industry, and 10 years in commercial construction management; Rick has worked on projects ranging from structural upgrades, historical renovations, athletic facilities, and laboratories; to hospital renovations, and restaurants ranging from $10 to $100 million dollars. 

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Kyle Corneau

Kyle's expertise includes being a seasoned Project Manager Professional (PMP) with an extensive background in scheduling. His background includes a focus on structural steel, heavy highway, and curtainwall fabrication. He also has experience as a scheduler in support of program management services for the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (CTDOT) $2.0 billion reconstruction and widening of I-95.

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Dana Harder

With more than twenty years in the construction industry, Dana has diverse experience working for and with subcontractors, general contractors and professional service firms, both small and large.  She can view issues from the perspective of owners, general contractors and subcontractors allowing her to offer informed recommendations. 

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Zachary Petit

Zach Petit has more than 17 years of experience in construction, project, program, contract, and operations management on a wide variety of large California civil and utility infrastructure projects, including gas transmission and distribution pipeline system construction, wastewater inspection, quality control and asset management, and roadway and aviation runway construction. Zach specializes in managing complex multi-discipline field projects and programs – coordinating the efforts of diverse expert resources to deliver high quality results in an environment with many different requirements and many moving parts. He has supported business strategy and process improvement efforts in a variety of environments, including subcontractor and workforce development initiatives.

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Michael Ferro

Mike has over 12 years of electrical, commercial, residential construction experience where he started as an estimator and worked his way to where he is today. This includes every aspect of the project lifecycle from estimator, field engineer, project manager, program manager, and eventually heading PMO offices and Divisions for large companies. In addition to his operational experience, as a Director of PMO he has defined the PMO strategy, lead the design and implementation of a common project management methodology, standards, and tools to drive and facilitate the successful delivery of projects. He is a certified PMP and has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management. Some of his areas of expertise are RFPs, joint venture, project management methodology, operational management, costing, scheduling, estimating, change management, implementation, subcontractor management, and leadership.

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Kevin Dooling

Kevin Dooling has been in the commercial/industrial construction industry for over 12 years, primarily as an estimator.  He has also assisted in project management, project sales and equipment sales. He has gone through every phase of the pre-bid process. This includes discussing projects on a conceptual level, budgeting through the various design phases, evaluating value engineering options and descoping potential bidders as an owner’s representative.
 

Contractor Advisors is here to prepare diverse firms to understand the processes involved in the commercial industry.