Our Team

David Garabed, President

David came to Deneuve in 2004, having previously worked for another leading Colorado General Contractor. He has a BS in Architectural Engineering and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He has been involved in a wide range of construction projects including library, office, live/work, retail, medical, mixed-use, multifamily, affordable housing, museum, education, light industrial, restaurant, recreation, theatre, and historic renovation. At Deneuve, he has advanced through the ranks from Preconstruction Manager, to Vice President, to his current role of President and Owner. As President, David is accountable for all Deneuve operations and strives to make sure that Deneuve delivers the exceptional performance that underpins our reputation. When he isn’t working, he skis, bikes, fishes, plays hockey, and works on home improvement projects, which always come in over budget and behind schedule.

Philip Shull, Founder Emeritus

Deneuve’s inquisitive founder has been interested in the way buildings are designed and subsequently assembled since his formative years. After a degree in Psychology at CU, he began building restaurants for the ‘founders’ of the Boulder scene back in the 70’s and quickly, Deneuve Construction was born. With his keen eye for building details, he has developed a reputation of quality construction and design in Boulder and within the 14 states that Deneuve has worked. Phil’s esteemed reputation is not only as a general contractor, but also as a Civic Leader with his endless hours of pro bono participation over the years through the City Planning board, Central Area Improvement District, Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Management Commission, the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority, and the Chautauqua Board, just to name a few. Deneuve thrived under his direction and vision, and in his new role as Executive Advisor he continues to support the company through the ever evolving maze that is the construction industry.

Steve Davis, Controller

Hailing from the Hudson Valley in New York, Steve received his BS in Finance and Accounting from Fairfield University in Connecticut. After moving around the country, he landed in Denver where he continued his accounting career in a CPA firm specializing in construction. He has served the construction industry in Colorado for over three decades as Controller, HR Director, and Chief Financial Officer. When not working, Steve and his wife enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and exploring Colorado for all it has to offer.

Matt Disney, Operations Manager

Matt was a fortunate Deneuve win, joining the growing force of Project Management, and contributing to the expansion of our talents and territories. Another, still rare, Colorado native, Matt graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, in Construction Management. He has focused on the Colorado commercial construction industry since early 2002 and presents a diverse and accomplished portfolio including: Medical Office Complexes, Fire Stations, Charter Schools, Breweries and unique Office Facilities, all up and down the Front Range. He excels in integrated delivery methods, and is familiar with aligning team priorities resulting in the creation of exceptional, successful, projects. Striving to keep life in a healthy balance, Matt is a member of a local lacrosse team that has competed internationally in Belgium, Amsterdam, London and Hawaii. He has also recently taken up learning the banjo! A dedicated family man, Matt and his wife live in an established mountain community above North Boulder. Typical for true Coloradans, they spend as much time as possible in the outdoors, raising (chasing) their 3 year old and elderly dog!

Chris Kervan, Estimator

Originally from Virginia, Chris graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Structural Engineering and has since worked with both construction and design companies. He now uses his diverse work experiences to be an effective estimator. The draw of the Rockies brought him to Boulder, and he is excited to see buildings go up around town as a result of his efforts. Outside of work, Chris will most likely be found enjoying an outdoor adventure in the mountains with his wife and friends, or in the garage tinkering on a new woodworking project.

Marty Johnson, Estimator

A Pennsylvania native, Marty’s fascination with construction came at an early age, and most recently has been very diverse. After graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2012, he spent a couple of years working with heavy civil and residential contractors, along with performing small remodels and handyman projects on the side. After spending a summer working maintenance on a ranch in Durango, Colorado, he was lucky to find a home with Deneuve as an Estimator. With an engineering background and construction experience, he is focused on Deneuve’s promise to excellence and client satisfaction. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys snowboarding, hiking, biking and camping. He is most talented at spending money on tools and procrastinating on personal repair projects.

Dina Hotovec, Project Coordinator & Accounts Payable

The consummate ‘Girl Friday’ that has done it all, Dina takes care of business.  A stay at home mom to her two daughters for years, when forced to return to work, she chose the temp agency route for flexibility and autonomy, and luckily for Deneuve, she landed in our office and is here to stay.  Over the years as a temp, she has acquired a vastly varied set of skills and experience and has proven to be an asset to our company.  She is the most reliable, competent, and trustworthy person around.  If you need anything researched, found, or calculated, she is more than willing to help in any way possible.

Deborah Fahr, Accounting/Administrative Assistant

Deborah has lived in Colorado for a lifetime, although her roots were birthed on the East coast. After graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder, she was still so smitten with the uniqueness of this college mountain town, that it was officially claimed as home. For a few decades to follow, she became entrenched in the Printing/Marketing Industry, quite by happenstance. Heartily welcomed to Deneuve as accounting/administrative support staff, Deborah is enjoying the opportunity to help keep internal office projects flowing smoothly. In real life, Deborah appreciates the big three – family, friends and church. She does yearn on occasion for times happily spent on a sunny beach (pretty much anywhere) and “Jeeping”. 

Pablo Saucedo Jr., Office Engineer

Pablo has been busy working since he was 17 years old. He worked for 9 years doing drafting for a glass company, and whenever he could, worked for Deneuve as a laborer. His experience with floor plans and CNC programming along with his natural abilities and intellect gave him the background for his current job as an Office Engineer. He is married with a daughter and enjoys his immediate family, but also his very close extended family who are all located here in Colorado.

Project Manager, Gerald Harris

Gerald describes himself as a seasoned professional.  While most of his 35 years experience in the building industry has been with General Contractors, he has also contributed to the success of subcontractors as a Project Manager and with suppliers as Sales Manager.  His diverse experience has developed his keen understanding of design practices, supply chains, and the various methods of project delivery, as well as the successful interplay among those.  He is capable with ground-up projects, tenant build-outs, and historical renovations for commercial, healthcare, multi-occupancy residential, and educational facilities and is completely committed to client satisfaction.  He studied business administration and communication at the University of Colorado and is certified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Quality Control Manager and lives in Denver with two playful Jack Russells.

Project Manager, Erik Brandon

Erik came to Deneuve with 23 years of commercial construction experience and has significant skills supported by US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy Efficient Design Accredited Professional designation; ABC Excellence Award (Associated Builders and Contractors); and a nomination for Superintendent of the year from the American Subcontractors Association.  He has been building projects in the Denver metro area for the last 19 years and lives in the mountains with his three daughters.  In his spare moments, he spends time outdoors teaching his girls, fishing or hunting, or at home cooking up great meals.

Project Manager, Eric Reiner

Eric joined Deneuve bringing with him 24 years of commercial construction experience. A graduate from Colorado State University with a BS degree in Construction Management, he has an extremely diverse portfolio of project types. To list a few accomplished categories: Hotel/Resorts, Casinos, Healthcare Facilities, Cleanrooms, Schools, Airports, Civil/Infrastructure, Multi-Family, Senior Care and the Department of Defense. When not managing contracts, budgets and schedules; Eric enjoys the “ocean views” indulging in offshore fishing, cycling, scuba diving and tropical travel.

Project Manager, Ray Righi

Ray was born and raised in Pennsylvania, relocating to Colorado in early 2000. He owned and operated a residential construction company for fourteen years prior to attending the University of Colorado – College of Engineering. He joined Deneuve as a Site Superintendent in 2015 while still taking classes at CU, and helped lead multiple projects to completion. While attending CU, Ray won several design and construction competitions including the prestigious Design Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) National Competition. He returned to Deneuve as a Project Manager after completing his BS in Architectural Engineering. He is also trained in DBIA best practices and LEED standards, and is excited to be a part of the growing team at Deneuve. When not on the job, Ray can be found spending time with his wife and son, enjoying hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding and catching music all along the Front Range.

Project Manager, Jonathan Hay

Originally from Lakewood Colorado, Jonathan graduated from Ft. Lewis College in Durango with a BA in Business Administration. His relocation efforts took the mountain route, including the high peaks of Telluride, circling back around to settle in Lakewood once again. True to his roots. Throughout his nearly 30 years in the construction industry he has overseen a diverse range of ground up projects which have included: residential, high end custom luxury homes, mixed-use, multi-family housing, hotels, restaurants, retail and unique remodeling work. Noting just a few of Jonathan’s hobbies: hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle throughout the Front Range rank high on his list. Taking full advantage of stepping out his front door, into the vast beauty of our Western state, brings the familiar relaxation appreciated in a balanced life.

Site Superintendent, Pablo Saucedo

Pablo came to Deneuve in 1994 with some college education in Engineering, and an associate degree in Internal Combustion Engines. He started as a laborer, and worked hard and showed such an interest and enthusiasm about construction, the Superintendents trained him to be a Carpenter, after which, he quickly learned about all the trades and was soon running small jobs and a Superintendent himself. Currently, he is one of Deneuve’s most reliable and competent superintendents. He has been involved in residential and commercial projects including grocery stores, luxury town homes, apartment buildings, banks, restaurants, recreation, retail, historic renovation and automotive shops. When he isn’t supervising for Deneuve, he works on home projects, helps friends with their endless small home projects (that his wife so generously volunteers him for) and attends his two son’s soccer games.

Site Superintendent, Jay Pezoldt

Jay is one of those rare breeds lucky enough to claim being a Colorado Native, specifically from the mountainous Front Range. He attended Colorado State University and graduated with a degree in Natural Resource Management in 1997. He worked as a Wilderness Ranger for the Forest Service, building trails and bridges in the summertime and Ski Patrolling at Copper Mountain in the winters. He then turned his sights toward year round construction. He has worked as a trim carpenter, framer, and as a Field Superintendent where he developed his knowledge of the industry through construction management. Jay has been a Superintendent since 2006 and has managed projects for 14 story hotels, student housing, historical renovations, and many multifamily structures, from North Carolina and West Virginia, to Colorado. He resides in Boulder County with his wife and son.

Site Superintendent, Jim Deitchler

Jim is excited to join Deneuve’s growing team. With over 35 years experience as a job site superintendent, Jim has built projects in 7 states on sites as diverse as a 5 story building for Marquette University to a stream bridge, leading to the entrance of John Denver’s Ranch in Colorado. Jim enjoys bringing owner’s dreams to successful completion. His educational roots began at Oklahoma State University and CSU where he primarily studied Geology and project management. In his energetic youth, as an outdoors enthusiast, Jim was a backpacking instructor in Rocky Mountain National Park. He is an avid hiker of Colorado’s 14-ers, and enjoys snow skiing, river rafting, bicycling, camping and hanging out in fire lookouts. Music and movies are also his more relaxing pastimes.

Site Superintendent, Jim Shope

Originally from Arizona, Jim left to serve in the Navy for three years following high school. After his service, he landed in Texas where he began building high rises and earned his Master Carpenter’s Certification. With his wife and daughter, he relocated to sunny Colorado and has expanded his varied skills working in an Supervisory capacity for 27 years, with such projects as Arrabelle Resort in Vail Colorado and the Hyatt Convention Center Hotel in downtown Denver under his belt, as well as building bridges, waste treatment plants and many commercial office and loft spaces.  He loves the diverse challenges of each and every project which always keeps him wanting more. Jim knows how to balance his work load with real life finding relaxation in Mini Cooper card club rides with his wife, fishing, playing tournament style Texas Holdem Poker, and taking Cruise adventures as often as his schedule allows. In between project demands, of course.  

Site Superintendent, Ken Lindow

The youngest of 6 siblings, Ken was born and raised in the Mid-West. An avid outdoorsman, his accomplished athletic talents brought him to the University of Colorado where he ran Track, while pursuing his Engineering degree. Upon graduation Ken became immersed in the construction industry working in North Carolina, Kansas, California, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii and Guam. A few of his more locally familiar projects include: Ameristar Casino Hotel in Blackhawk, R.E.I. Downtown Denver, Elitch Gardens, Ocean Journey and the Denver Convention Center.  As a Site Supervisor, Ken is highly motivated by collaborating with his Team in an honest effort to keep their project deadlines tight, and budgets on track. When off site Ken is participating in seasonal sports ranging from softball to skiing. Traveling with his partner, Marie, is also an important time of relaxation. His greatest pride, however, are his two daughters. And he just became a grandfather!  

Site Superintendent, Mocha Vaughan

Mocha brings 20+ years of building experience to Deneuve. He apprenticed as a carpenter in 1996 working on high end homes in his native Seattle. He has been in Colorado since 2003 when he started timber framing and has completed projects all over the Front Range with his work on display at the Denver Botanical Gardens, The Shambhala Mountain Center, University of Colorado, Colorado State University and Jim Belushi’s house as seen on the TV show Building Belushi on the DIY Network, among others. Mocha has also worked in Boulder and Denver as a Superintendent, trim carpenter and framer for new construction and remodels. His most recent project before joining Deneuve was the design and build of a Japanese style Teahouse with a curved timber frame hip roof on 40 acres in the mountains outside Boulder. Mocha balances work by living the Colorado lifestyle to the fullest as an avid trail runner, mountain biker, whitewater kayaker and nature lover. His life’s biggest work though has been raising his 2 children ages 15 and 20.

Site Superintendent, Barry Paddock

Barry has lived in the Boulder Valley since 1964 – which definitely qualifies him as Native status. With an accumulation of over 45 years hands-on experience in the construction industry, 30 of those leading projects as a Commercial Construction Superintendent, he has completed projects throughout the entire Front Range region. Tackling assignments in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Arizona and Washington State, to name a local few, some of his prestigious and varied clientele were: AT&T, Lockheed Martin, University of Colorado Hospital-Denver, KBI Biopharma, PopSockets LLC, Boulder Country Club and Rocky Flats. Barry has been married now for 46 years, with a legacy of 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. In his leisure hours, he enjoys attending live sporting events, fishing and traveling – no borders.

Assistant Site Superintendent, Ben Hermsen

Ben is the definition of “hometown grown”. Born and raised in Boulder, Ben knew that the best place to pursue a degree in Engineering was the University of Colorado. After completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering, Ben started his own business, Benjamin Frederick; a licensed contractor that focused on custom carpentry and home renovation projects. His time as a Site Superintendent with a local commercial renovation contractor gave him the experience to step into his role with Deneuve as a valuable team member. When not working, Ben can be found on the disc golf course or adventuring with his lady, Jacquie, and their dog ,Bruce.

Assistant Site Superintendent, Kory Knoles

Kory was born and raised in the heart of Nebraska. He bravely served in the United States Army during the Desert Storm era – which ultimately positioned him with easy access to our European neighbors. He spent several years living in Germany and extensively traveling the continent before returning state side. He had a fortunate landing in Colorado in 1996 and has been working in the Construction Industry ever since. It was an easy, obvious fit for applying his talents and practical experiences. Several of the locally familiar projects that he had a hand in were: The Pepsi Center, Mile High at Invesco Field Stadium and the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center. Kory is built for outdoor living. As often as weekend weather will allow, he particularly enjoys camping and motorcycle riding in the hills. On the indoor athletics vein he also competes as a skilled member of an Ice Hockey Team.

Chris Morgan, Project Engineer

Originally from Virginia, Chris moved to Colorado after graduating from East Carolina University. He received a BS in Design with a double concentration in Architectural & Mechanical Technology, as well as a Business minor from the College of Engineering and Technology. He has been involved in a number of projects in the manufacturing sector and would like to turn his focus to the construction industry. Chris enjoys working out, sporting events, concerts, and most outdoor activities.

Jonathan Ernster, Project Engineer

Jon is an actual Colorado native. Sticking close to his roots, he graduated from CU Boulder earning a BS degree in Civil Engineering, with heavy concentration on Construction Management. His work experience has focused on remediation, heavy civil, design projects and philanthropy work. As a well organized, enthusiastic Project Engineer with Deneuve, he has set his sights on eventually transitioning into a Project Manager position. Currently a Denver city dweller, Jon fills his free time reading, enjoying outdoor sports, and traveling abroad. When he’s not working, or adventuring, he’s practicing yoga, taking dance lessons ( much to his girlfriend’s joy ) and learning Spanish. Not much down time, really. He’s always striving to learn something new!

Gabriele Erspamer, Project Engineer

Gabri was born, and raised through the age of 6, in Rovereto, Italy, at which point his family relocated to Steamboat Springs. Culture shock. His later, college years led him to Fort Collins where he studied at Colorado State University, graduating with a BS degree in Construction Management. Summer seasonal work was spent mostly hands-on as a site laborer focusing on framing and concrete work. This served as a realistic and practical application from his classroom education to the impact of the field. In his down time he enjoys skiing, playing soccer, basketball, volleyball and tennis. (If you ever want to talk basketball, he’s your guy!) He can’t resist a good road trip accompanied of course by plenty of camping and hiking. Not to mention traveling abroad, bringing him back, or at least closer to, his place of origin. We welcome Gabri to our growing Team at Deneuve.

Wesley Strickland, Project Engineer

Wesley and his wife, Logan, moved to Colorado from their home in Alabama shortly after their marriage in May of 2018. Wesley attended the University of Alabama where he graduated with his BS in Construction Engineering. After working in Civil Design for a short time, he was quickly drawn to the pursuit of a career in the more active, hands-on, construction industry. He is eager to contribute to Deneuve’s growth and success in his role as Project Engineer. He is looking forward to working with a diverse group of people, contractors, and projects in the beautiful State of Colorado! Off the job, Wesley and Logan enjoy attending the Rockies games (as avid baseball fans!), fly-fishing, skiing and taking advantage of all the outdoor recreation that the Front Range has to offer.