STEVE D’ARAGON TAKES ON CFC OPERATIONS LEADERSHIP ROLE
Most organizations talk about rewarding hard work and initiative. At CFC, it really happens. Some of our project leaders started with us as day laborers, learning the trades and climbing our ranks as they grew as individuals and in their careers. Successful internships most often translate into job offers, and we focus on promoting from within whenever possible. We also place a massive focus on developing our people, providing coaching, mentorship, training, rotation opportunities, and more. So if you’re committed to teamwork, quality, accountability, and ongoing learning, you may have what it takes to help lead CFC forward.
Steve D’Aragon is exactly one such success story. So, in honor of Steve’s recent promotions — first to Director of Operations and now to VP of Operations — we want to share Steve’s story. Says Steve, “I live by the fact that you’re judged by your results. I’m the case study: Good things can happen when you can run successful projects.”
Steve is one of CFC’s longest-tenured employees, having started as an intern way back in 2002. After earning his BS in Construction Management from Colorado State University, CFC was his first post-college construction job. He joined full-time as a Project Engineer in 2003 and was quickly promoted to Assistant Project Manager.
Steve briefly left CFC during the economic downturn, but he came back a short time later as a Project Manager. The top-quality work continued. He was then promoted to Senior Project Manager, helming several of the company’s most high-profile and successful projects over the next few years, including the 424-unit mixed-use transit-oriented development (TOD) Iliff Station and Phase 1 of the 359-unit Chroma Apartments in Highlands Ranch’s Central Park. So it was almost a no-brainer to promote Steve to Construction Manager, where he continued to shine as a project and team leader while running multiple projects simultaneously. Notable projects included the 240-unit TOD Sky Ridge Station Apartments and the 319-unit mixed-use TOD Lincoln Station Apartments.
Steve was promoted to Director of Operations in April 2022, succeeding Pat Smith when he was named President of CFC Construction. Steve’s more recent title change to VP of Operations reflects a recognition and formalization of his oversight responsibilities across all CFC operations, including our concrete work and our logistics/equipment yard. Steve’s experience overseeing Chroma East, the Cameron, Sky Ridge Station, Denargo Market IV, Modera, Lincoln Station, and other concrete-forward projects make him ideally suited for the role, as CFC has several high-profile concrete projects on the horizon.
Steve is a proven leader who consistently builds strong relationships with clients, subs, and other collaborators. As Pat explains, “Steve has been a fixture at CFC for a long time and has grown into the strong leader that he is today. Steve’s ability to listen to those around him before providing his input is what sets Steve apart. He maintains a firm grasp on the issues at hand and devises creative solutions that benefit his project teams both inside and outside of CFC. He has risen through the ranks at CFC, and has earned the trust of everybody he works with. I am glad — and fortunate — to have Steve on our team.”
Steve’s long-term connection with CFC has absolutely supported his success. But it’s his hands-on experience and strong connection with CFC’s people and clients that have helped him to develop into a leader. Explains Steve, “Having a long tenure with CFC has helped tremendously, but I understand that it’s the people that drive success. Maintaining a strong connection with employees and clients is one of my top priorities. I understand what the project teams deal with day to day, and I’ll never lose sight of that. I also understand what it takes to manage successful projects, including being sensitive to clients’ needs, having tough conversations when necessary, and resolving issues while keeping an eye on the big picture. I’m now running things on a different level — it’s the entire business, versus individual projects — but that connection to the field and our clients is still my MO for my new role.”
CFC Founder and Chairman EJ Olbright couldn’t agree more. Says EJ, “Steve knows CFC inside and out. His experience and thoughtful approach will serve our Operations Team well.”
Interested in building your career with CFC Construction? Learn more on our Careers page, view our current openings, and apply online today. As our founder EJ often says, “When we’re all in the same boat rowing in the same direction, there’s no limit to what we can achieve.”