Tyler Ganyo succeeds Brad DesJardin as DesCor Builders CEO
It’s only been about a month since Tyler Ganyo moved into a new role as president and CEO at Roseville-based DesCor Builders. But it’s been years since he began preparing for it.
“With my two other office partners, we went through a lot of coaching and training to determine where we all fit together comfortably,” said Ganyo, who’d previously headed DesCor’s estimating and preconstruction work. Those roles fit with what a CEO does, he said.
Ganyo succeeded Brad DesJardin, who stepped down Feb. 17 and now has an advisory role with the company. The succession process actually began eight years ago, but Ganyo said there are still some differences between his current and previous company roles.
“The biggest difference is you have to step away from the day-to-day grind, like estimating a project,” he said. “You have to look at the big picture, how you’re functioning and doing on your deliverables.”
His new role comes while construction in general is experiencing what he called interesting times, with plenty of work demand on one side but buffeting forces like material cost spikes and higher bank interest rates on the other.
That makes it harder than ever, Ganyo said, to make a project pencil out, but it doesn’t mean developers aren’t still trying to make it happen. For every job the company turns down, he said, three more seem to pop up.
DesCor is still seeing new multifamily developments, and growth in more specific project types like medical office buildings, car dealerships and senior care facilities. Tenant improvements are also starting to pick up, as companies make decisions about their post-pandemic space needs, he said.
DesCor’s Bay Area office is also seeing demand for wine storage, he added.
Construction still faces labor shortages, an issue that won’t be solved easily or quickly, Ganyo said.
“We haven’t made it appealing to kids coming out of school,” he said, adding one of his company’s initiatives is to work with subcontractors and education programs to change that.
As CEO, Ganyo said, his focus is on maintaining the company’s reputation, including being diligent about the company’s processes as DesCor grows.
“Try to do right by customers and make it the same for every individual,” he said. “Stay ahead of every constraint out there, and staying in front of how things evolve.”
Before joining DesCor in 2004, Ganyo began his career with construction engineering company Rudolph and Sletten Inc. He received his degree from California State University Chico.
Last year, DesCor ranked ninth on the Sacramento Business Journal’s list of local general contractors, with 98 employees and $178.08 million in local office revenue.
Article By: By Ben van der Meer – Senior Reporter, Sacramento Business Journal