The Opus Group (Opus) announced today the promotions of five team members within Opus Design Build, L.L.C., as the company continues to grow across major markets and sectors. Luke Albers and Chris Cromos were promoted to senior project manager, and Tom Becker, Leith Dumas and Jeff Smith were promoted to vice president. Combined, the group has 97 years of collective experience with Opus.
“I’m pleased to see these five individuals take on greater leadership roles as they have been crucial to the success of Opus and many of our prominent projects delivering outstanding value to our clients through our design-build model,” said Dave Bangasser, president and CEO, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. “Opus is fortunate to have such dedicated and highly capable leaders to bring experience and expertise to our team as we look to provide our clients with high quality work for years to come.”
Luke Albers – Senior Project Manager
Albers joined Opus as in intern in 2004, and was a team member on projects including the Carlyle and The Nic on Fifth®. In his current role, Albers leads a team of project managers, architects and engineers to deliver integrated design-build services across multiple sectors. Albers currently holds a key role working on the 365 Nicollet high-rise apartment project that recently broke ground in downtown Minneapolis.
Chris Cromos – Senior Project Manager
Cromos joined the Opus team as an intern in 2006 and has since excelled in various project management roles including Varsity Quarters student housing and the Freightquote corporate headquarters projects. Cromos currently oversees all aspects of construction projects leading teams of architects, engineers and subcontractors, and is helping lead the development of the Uptown La Grange apartment project in La Grange, Illinois.
Tom Becker – Vice President
Becker joined Opus in 1994 and served in a wide variety of project management roles since. He has led efforts for Opus’ wood frame, market-rate apartment and student housing projects over the last 10 years and continues to provide oversight in his current role. Becker recently served as the interim vice president of construction in the Indianapolis office. He is also helping Opus Design Build explore opportunities in new sectors.
Leith Dumas – Vice President
Dumas has served as project executive in multiple sectors since joining the Opus team in 1984, including office, industrial, retail and high-rise residential. He oversees a team of project managers and associate project managers working on Opus buildings. Dumas also manages large, complex projects from project pursuit through design, construction and close-out across multiple sectors and is currently leading the Opus Design-Build project team on the 365 Nicollet project.
Jeff Smith – Vice President
Smith joined Opus in 1995 in Minneapolis and relocated to open the Des Moines office in 2005. Smith served as the project executive on a number of highly successful projects including the US Bank West Side Flats Operations Center, the Iowa National Guard, Gavilon world headquarter and the Iowa State Buchanan Hall residence hall project. He is currently responsible for all construction-related activities in Iowa and continues to help grow business and the team in Iowa.
About The Opus Group
The Opus Group® is a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country. Opus operates as an integrated, multidisciplinary team with expertise in development, capital markets and finance; project management and construction; architecture, engineering and interior design. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and its operating subsidiaries: Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. Specializing in industrial, office, residential, retail, healthcare and institutional projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget. For more information, visit www.opus-group.com and follow @TheOpusGroup on Twitter.