Garry Brav, President and Founder
Garry Brav established Brav & Foreman Construction Company, Inc. in 1973. BFL Construction Company, Inc. was formed in 1977 when Brav & Foreman formed a new company with NICO Construction Company which was listed on the NYSE as LVI Group. During that period he was responsible for the Tucson, Phoenix and Albuquerque operations. In 1984, the BFL stock owned by LVI Group was bought back by Mr. Brav. Under his leadership, BFL expanded the business from constructing tenant improvements to multi-million dollar commercial projects throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona. BFL Construction has been ranked as one of Tucson’s “Top 10” commercial contractors for the past ten years. This year BFL Construction will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Garry takes great pride in the company’s reputation for superior work and the pride and loyalty of his dedicated employees; some who have been with the company more than 25 years. In addition to BFL Construction, his interests have been expanded under the umbrella of BFL Ventures. His partnerships include Alta Vista Communities, a developer of multi-family housing projects, Preferred
Apartment Builders, a residential multifamily construction firm, Fairfield Homes II a single family residential developer, and real-estate development entities for commercial and educational projects. Through these various companies he strives to create his own market by proactively seeking business from companies or individuals that want to engage in a collaborative process.
His community involvements have included: American Cancer Society Chairman of the Board, Co-Chair of their Capital Fund raising campaign for their Tucson headquarters; Garry has been associated with ACS for the past 23 years, and he has served as Chair or Co-Chair of the Development Committee for their annual major fund raising event until this year. He is past Chairman for the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Development Services Committee developing the mid-rise zoning ordinances for the Camelback Corridor in Phoenix.
Currently he focuses his energy on the the interests of Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC), Desert Angels, and El Rio Community Health Centers. The past several years Garry’s primary charity has been the El Rio Health Center because he understands the important role El Rio plays in keeping Tucsonans healthy regardless of their financial status. El Rio provides life-changing medical and dental care for many who are living below the federal poverty level. He has received honors including the American Cancer Society’s Life Achievement Award, the Urban Leagues Man of the Year, and the United Latin American Citizens’ Community Service Award.
Originally from Chicago, Garry graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He thrives on the creativity and variety in his work and interests, and he stresses the highest of standards of integrity, trust, performance and accountability.
Delbert Dittmer, Vice President, Project Manager/Estimator
Delbert Dittmer started in the business working for his father’s construction company in Iowa. He founded his own construction business in 1973 and sold the business in 1986 when he moved to Arizona where he started working with BFL Construction Company as a Field Superintendent.
In 1995 he was promoted to Project Manager/Estimator and was promoted two years later to Vice President, Senior Project Manager and is a stockholder of the company.
His deep experience includes knowledge of health care code requirements, medical facility operations, the critical management of keeping hospital operations in tact during construction, and maintaining the construction budget while keeping the project on schedule.
He has successfully completed over 450 healthcare projects including hospitals, imaging centers, surgical centers and medical office buildings. His certifications include ASHE, OSHA, Healthcare Contractor’s Certificate Renewal Program, green building, managing multiple locations, storm water pollution prevention, scaffolding, LEED, and AIG guidelines.
Bill VandenBerg, Vice President
Bill Vandenberg has over 35 years in construction and real estate development business. His experience includes preconstruction planning, design, site approvals, zoning issues, site specifications / selection, overnmental process, and commercial construction project management.
He joined BFL Construction in 2007 as a Project Manager / Estimator and was directly responsible for the oversight of assigned projects. In 2009, he was promoted to Director of Business Development and in 2012 became a Vice President. Mr. VandenBerg is responsible for business development and marketing, contracts, and related insurance negotiations and administration.
Prior to moving to Tucson, Bill was Director of Development for Workstage, LLC in Michigan where he was responsible for projects throughout the United States including site and building design, site feasibility and due diligence studies, municipal approval and rezoning processes, consultant contract negotiations, contractor qualifications, posit-bid review and development and scheduling of multiple projects.
His resume also includes Pre-Construction Manager for Bouma Corporation, Director of Development for Investment Property Associates and was founder and president of Vanco Construction Inc., in Michigan.
Bill attended Grand Valley State University. He has earned certifications for ASHE and AHA healthcare construction, MSHA and OSHA safety, and US Green Building Council LEED AP accreditation.
Marsha Bishop – Controller – CPA
Marsha has over 20 years of professional accounting experience. She joined BFL Construction Company in 2012 as Controller. She is responsible for the overall operations of the accounting department. Marsha has earned her BA degree at John Carroll University, her MA with Kent State University, and is licensed as a CPA in Arizona.
Ms. Bishop came to BFL Construction with a wide range of experience in several senior accounting positions. Prior to BFL she was Finance Manager for EOS Technologies, Inc., CFO for Westmed, Inc, accounting/tax manager for Norandex/Owens Corning, and worked in public accounting with Robert Half Management Resources and Deloitte Touche.
In addition to her accounting background Marsha has managed the IT departments for multiple manufacturing sites in the USA and Mexico; coordinating information flow, interstate relocation of email information, multi-level upgrade of management systems and the implementing new manufacturing/cost modules as fragmented software was terminated.
Elaine Rosen – Office Administration Manager, Human Relations
Elaine joined BFL in 2007 as Assistant to the President, and in 2012 was promoted to Office Administration Manager and Human Relations Director. She is also a member of the Marketing Team.
Ms. Rosen has over 20 years of diverse experience in management. Prior to moving to Arizona, Elaine was a Director for Vacation Internationale (resort developer), and a Manager for Polygon Northwest Company (residential developer), both located in Bellevue, Washington. She also has administrative and property management experience. Prior to her position with BFL Construction Elaine served as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor of Antioch University based in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Elaine is responsible for the daily administrative operations of BFL Construction, and the needs of our employee’s. Her human resources experience is backed up with our outside consultant FocusHR, and she oversees the company’s policies and health insurance needs.
Elaine has competed studies with the University of Montana, Green River and Shoreline Community Colleges in Washington.