Brian Allen, Golden Sands’ Regional Director for the Central U.S. and West, is a seasoned construction professional with extensive and diverse experience in commercial and retail construction and spanning the multiple disciplines of project management and business development. His recent promotion to Regional Director has expanded his regional responsibilities to include all territories west of the Mississippi. Under his direction, the regional growth in the past four years has surpassed 650%.
He is highly skilled in managing all phases of construction projects and in providing value engineering and effective budget management. In the past two years alone, Brian has led regional project teams to the successful on time and on budget completion of eight Bank of America New Store ground up projects, 17 BB&T New Store IFOs, and hundreds of ATMs, ATAs and ADA projects.
Prior to joining Golden Sands, Brian was General Manager at STS Engineering & Construction, LLC, and was a Senior Project Manager with U.S. BUILDERS, L.P., both in Houston. Brian, who studied construction management and business finance at West Texas A&M University, was also an Operation Manager for AT&T, where he managed design build and facility construction upgrades for over 130 building locations throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metro Plex.
Maria Cruz joined Golden Sands in 2007 as its Administrative Director. She is responsible for all general office administration, supervision of administrative staff and project coordination including budget management, Risk Management and General Insurance Audits.
Maria manages all insurance and licensing issues for Golden Sands, is the point person with state regulatory agencies and oversees the work of the company's CPA firm.
Prior to joining Golden Sands, Maria was the Risk Manager/Insurance Administrator for Aon Risk Services, Inc. for 8 years. Her work was integral to Miami-Dade County Aviation's $4.5 billion, North Terminal expansion project.
Maria Cruz also held executive positions with The Allen Morris Company, and Politechnical Institute of Florida.
Maria, who holds degrees in Business Administration from Miami-Dade College, and Elementary Education from St. Thomas University and also has a State of Florida G/L Property and Casualty (220) License, is OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 certified and is a Notary Public. Her volunteer work, in addition to that of Golden Sands, has been for the Broward County Public Schools and the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation.
Daniel Jenkins heads up Golden Sands’ construction for the Eastern Region of the US, having been promoted to the position after 5 years of successfully directing and expanding the company’s Facilities Services Department as well as the Disaster Recovery, Generator and Deployment Programs. Daniel oversaw the operation of these business lines, serving Fortune 50, 100 and 500 clients throughout Golden Sands’ national geographical footprint.
Prior to joining Golden Sands, Daniel worked his way through the ranks in the industry having held positions as foreman, superintendent and project manager for Colonial Bank, BB&T, Scherer Construction and Engineering and Custom Creations of Tampa Bay. His work spans a broad spectrum of projects types including ATMs, ADAs, IFOs and minor renovations to ground up construction and major renovations.
Daniel, who holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, has extensive experience in multi-state building codes, regulations, and permitting. He has been trained and is fluent in numerous project management database programs such as PLANON ProCenter, Sage 100, MyFacility, ARIBA, and One View. Daniel is also OSHA 10 and CPR/AED certified and a member of ICSC.
Michael Kolbert joined Golden Sands in 2016 with eight years of leadership experience as a CFO and 20 years as a corporate controller and assistant corporate controller. His background in industries including real estate development, general contracting and aviation operations positioned him well to direct Golden Sands’ growing finance and accounting department as well as the company’s real estate portfolio. Mike has extensive experience in managing financial audits and annual reporting, designing financial tools and models and developing key metrics used to increase profits and evaluate acquisitions. He also has extensive experience in lender relations and treasury management.
Prior to joining Golde Sands, Mike was the CFO for The Windsor Group and Holland Sheltair Aviation Group, both based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With Sheltair for over 28 years, he actively managed and developed a professional staff of 15, outside auditors, lenders, brokers and appraisers, and oversaw an annual operating budget of $125MM. Earlier in his career, Mike was with Hoch Frey, and Zugman CPAs, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Goldstein and Company CPAs, Huntington, New York.
A graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Mike also completed the CFO Strategic Partner Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Rachel Mendoza joined Golden Sands in 2011 and is now our Director of Organizational Development. Rachel ensures that proper training is in place for all departments and roles. She also streamlines processes, makes recommendations for gaps in positions, and plans all of our internal conferences. Prior to Rachel’s current role, she was the Executive Director for the Office of the CEO. In this position, she played an integral role in successfully implementing the company’s strategic plans, resulting in significant growth of Golden Sands’ client base, geographic footprint and staff.
Rachel’s recent and versatile accomplishments include creating a leadership development program for senior management, including an ongoing educational series and annual off-site conference. She also worked with Human Resources to streamline all policies and procedures for the growing company, and is actively involved in the company’s charitable giving program.
Prior to joining Golden Sands, Rachel held positions including Senior Executive Assistant to the Chairman at Terranova Corporation, and Administrative Assistant to the Principal at World Real Estate Exchange, both in South Florida.
Rachel earned her MBA from the University of Miami and her BA from Florida International University.
Claudio Pastore is Golden Sands' Vice President of Operations, responsible for the overall quality, continuity and consistency of programs and standards. He works with the company's senior project managers in all regions in the implementation and management of policies and procedures including quality control throughout all phases of project management and construction.
Claudio, who joined the company in 2003, began as a Project Manager and rose through the ranks to his current position. He has been instrumental in Golden Sands expansion throughout the years, securing new clients and overseeing speed to market and cost effective procedures.
Prior to joining Golden Sands, Claudio was with Facilicorp, Inc. in Clearwater, Florida where held the position of account manager for the Bank of America account. He was also with Lincoln Property Co in Tampa in the same capacity. Before that he was with both Facilicorp as a project manager for the Nations Bank account and Dellwood Dairy Corp. in Yonkers, New York as a Facility Manager.
Claudio Pastore is a graduate of Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
Robert Pedraza has been an integral part of the IT Department since 2012, with successes that led to his promotion to IT Director. He directs a team that supports both Golden Sands' and ABC Domes' corporate structure in addition to an expanding staff in regional offices throughout the country. He is responsible for the maintenance of all virtual infrastructures as well as the network.
Robert also spearheads the research and development of systems as well as vendor and client portals. He directs the development of IT innovations as well as the management of multiple voice and data vendors.
Prior to Golden Sands, Robert launched and managed several IT related companies, holding the positions of infrastructure and network architect and engineer.
Lisa Schunack serves as Director of Marketing for both Golden Sands General Contractors and joint venture company, American Business Continuity Domes, Inc.
A 30-year marketing veteran, she is responsible for implementing the overall business strategy and works directly with ownership in the development of new products and emerging market analysis. Lisa manages all marketing and communications initiatives.
Prior to joining the companies, Lisa was the principal of boutique advertising agency, Biegen Schunack, Inc., which she launched in 1997. The company served hospitality, commercial real estate, and financial industry clients including Flagler, Taylor and Mathis, Cushman and Wakefield, Royal West Indies Resort, First Industrial Realty Trust, and Trane.
Her primary internal positions were as Vice President of Marketing for Terremark, and Director of Marketing at Codina Group, both in Miami.
Lisa, who holds a BA from Rutgers College, is involved in the Golden Sands Charitable Foundation.
Brooks Sorensen is charge of Business Development for Golden Sands. He is responsible for identifying new business opportunities, developing strategic marketing initiatives and maintaining client relationships.
Brooks previously was the Regional Director - Eastern U.S., where he oversaw five regional offices providing comprehensive commercial construction services to a broad client base. He joined Golden Sands in 2012 as an Account Manager and was responsible for the overall management and growth of the banking and financial services construction department, which expanded significantly under his direction.
Brooks, who is a LEED Accredited Professional and a State Certified Florida Building Contractor, had previously been with BB&T for over a decade, most recently holding the position of Corporate Facility Services Manger and VP for BB&T’s Florida banking operations. In this capacity, he provided commercial construction project management to multiple BB&T project teams that handled site selection, developmental planning, cost estimation, facility design, and construction supervision. With his team, he delivered 20 to 25 new branches on an annual basis.
Brooks holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management for East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
James Taylor is the Director of Facilities Services for Golden Sands, having been promoted to the position after successfully serving as our Facilities Services Manager. He is currently responsible for overseeing a team of 40 and implementing programs to expand the department throughout Golden Sands’ national footprint.
James has over 27 years of experience in facility maintenance, both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Golden Sands, James was the Regional Manager for Carlson Building Maintenance, where he was responsible for more than $26 million in sales annually. James spent seven years as a Facilities Property Manager for Continental Service Solutions SAS, managing a portfolio of over 50 properties consisting of 1,000,000 SF.
James, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Management from National-Louis University in Chicago, IL.