Key Leadership Hires at Suffolk Construction

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Charley Leatherbee

BOSTON–Suffolk announced it hired new leadership to bolster its visionary strategy to “Invest/Innovate/Build” and position itself for future success. Suffolk is committed to expanding its services beyond its core construction management capabilities into vertical business units that will allow the company to provide value for clients throughout the building lifecycle.

Suffolk hired Charley Leatherbee as the new President of Suffolk Ventures, the real estate investment arm of Suffolk. Suffolk Ventures is an investor-oriented entity that invests side-by-side with developers and draws upon Suffolk’s preconstruction design and estimating expertise to improve project feasibility and drive synergistic value for clients. Prior to his new position at Suffolk Ventures, Mr. Leatherbee held leadership positions at Trammell Crow Company where he opened an office in Boston and was responsible for development and investment activity in the New England region. Previously, he led the Commercial Development practice in Boston for Skanska USA, where his team was responsible for sourcing and developing large-scale mixed-use, multifamily, office and life sciences projects in Greater Boston.

Suffolk also welcomed Mike Trovini as the new head of FUSE, Suffolk’s self-perform function; and Construction Solutions which consists of Suffolk Illuminate, the company’s design-assist team, and Suffolk Edge, the organization’s planning and scheduling solution. Mr. Trovini joined Suffolk from The Related Companies, where he served as senior advisor providing strategic guidance to project teams on the successful executions of the Hudson Yards Eastern Rail Yards, Lantern House, 15 Central Park West and other signature projects in New York City.

And Suffolk hired Kevin Sharkey as Executive Vice President of National Business Development. Mr. Sharkey will be responsible for leading and executing business development strategies to help expand Suffolk’s reach and build our relationships throughout the country. He previously worked for Turner, where he began his career and spent the past 35 years in various operational and leadership positions across all construction disciplines, including engineering, cost control, scheduling, purchasing, operations, project management, business development and public-private partnerships.

“The real estate and construction industry continues to change rapidly. Rather than simply react to these changes, Suffolk has undergone an exciting expansion and re-invention that will position us for future success and growth,” said John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk. “One of the most critical ingredients of sustainable success is strong leadership. Suffolk’s hiring of Charley, Mike and Kevin reflect a strong commitment to our ‘Invest/Innovate/Build’ strategy. We are confident our organization is on the right path toward transforming our industry and redefining what it means to be a builder.”

Suffolk’s in-depth knowledge of every phase of a building construction project and proven expertise in constructability allows the organization to deliver faster, more efficient services and better outcomes for clients across the entire lifecycle of a building. Suffolk leverages its core construction services and established vertical business units to provide self-perform services, real estate development funding, design-assist services, technology research, and startup and technology investment.

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