Our commitment is in our name.
The ancient Gordon clan originated in the Scottish Highlands, and the Gordon family crest bears the image of a stag with the motto “Bydand,” which means “Steadfast.” Greg Gordon is a third-generation builder whose goal is to build, among other things, a legacy business. It is important that the business name, Gordon Highlander, reflects a reputation built on professional, dependable results as well as our steadfast family values of honesty, fairness and trust.
Gordon Highlander was founded in January of 2007 with these values in mind. At Gordon Highlander, our goal is not only to build lasting business relationships but to earn the trust of our clients. We are pleased to say that our repeat clients generate over 80% of our business.
At Gordon Highlander, we build trust by building value.
There are a few theories about the meaning and origin of the Gordon Highlanders' motto, "Bydand."
The first is that Bydand is a corruption of a Gaelic term that can be translated as "to stand prepared," but also comes across as steadfast, enduring, faithful, and abiding. In this sense, it corresponds closely to the U.S. Marine Corps motto of "Semper Fidelis."
The second theory is that Bydand is a shortened version of the Scots phrase "Bide and fecht," meaning "to stand and fight."
Whatever the original meaning may have been, the historical Gordon Highlanders served their crown and country for centuries with unwavering faithfulness and steadfastness, and our company takes these values to heart.
"It was a heavy finish-out, the tenant was extremely well prepared, the developer, Trammell Crow Co., was eager to accommodate, and the contractor, Gordon Highlander, delivered."
E. Smith Realty Group
as quoted in the Dallas Business Journal's "2009 Heavy Hitters" issue
GREG GORDON - President
Greg Gordon has over 20 years of construction experience, including 3 years with a shell general contractor and 8 years with a commercial interior contractor, prior to starting Gordon Highlander in January of 2007. Gordon Highlander has completed over 2,060 projects totaling over $200 million in project value. Our projects are primarily office, warehouse, manufacturing, retail and medical.
Greg is a proven leader with a talent for excellent communication with clients, associates, vendors, and subcontractors. His commitment to steadfast values of honesty, fairness and trust has guided the success of Gordon Highlander as a recognized and respected market leader.
ERIC RICHTER - Executive Vice President - Industrial
Since 2003, Eric has been involved in the Dallas commercial interiors market—invaluable experience he brings to Gordon Highlander. His diverse experience that includes high-end retail interiors, medical offices, industrial, and Class A high-rises ensures successful future projects.
A few of his projects have included the Simmons Bedding warehouse remodel (later featured on the Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” show), Maxxis Tires, the Artemide Dallas Showroom, the Whirlpool Distribution Center (Fort Worth), the Coca-Cola Machine Service Center, Dr. Cole at Huguley, Dr. Truelson at Huguley, and Dr. Ekadi at Huguley.
CARMAN ALLEN - Executive Vice President - Office
Carman brings over 30 years of construction experience to Gordon Highlander, having previously served as Vice President at Phoenix Commercial, Dennehy & Associates, Ridgemont Commercial & CD Construction over the course of his career. His expertise allows him to walk customers through the entire construction process. He also specializes in evaluating drawings and plans, as well as solving budget and constructability problems. His years of experience in the industry and knowledge of vendor relations and customer service allow him to finish the most difficult construction projects efficiently.
ADAM DUGAN - Executive Vice President - Finance
Adam Dugan came to Gordon Highlander in 2013 as our senior accountant. As an experienced senior project accountant, he has managed finance and accounting for multiple multi-million dollar projects simultaneously, all while over-seeing and training field accountants. Here Adam specializes in project accounting for all our commercial construction projects, management of accounts payable and accounts receivable, business finance and accounting management, and of course building and maintaining budgets. His attention to detail and dedication to transparency are valuable assets to Gordon Highlander for all our projects.
BRAD WORTH - Executive Vice President - Operations
Brad joined Gordon Highlander in October 2009. As a graduate of Texas A&M, Brad brings with him over 19 years of experience in the industry. His portfolio of work encompasses higher education, medical facilities, medical offices, retail, industrial, and corporate interiors. His deep understanding of building systems and processes allows him to help guide our teams through any project. He has spent the better part of his career developing teams and leading them to consistently deliver on the concept of operational excellence and customer satisfaction.
PAMELA DONALDSON - Vice President - Sales
Since 1997, Pam has gained experience in all phases of the construction process. Her extensive and eclectic experience stretches from building a $2 million dollar Mesquite fire station project from the ground up, to prototypical industrial kitchens for Corner Bakery corporate headquarters, to high-end technology demonstration labs, to luxury penthouse office spaces. Pam focuses on effectively managing client and subcontractor relationships to deliver successful projects on time and under budget, while garnering repeat business. As part of her commitment to building strong and lasting relationships throughout the construction community, she is also a founding board member of the Association of Professional Women in Construction (APWC).
AMANDA PEARCY - Vice President - Operations
Amanda Pearcy’s experience in the tenant finish construction industry goes back to 2001, and she has been with Gordon Highlander since 2007. She plays a key role in bid development and excels in coordinating the efforts of construction managers and project subcontractors to generate the most productive results possible. She has a proven ability to understand potential risks and bring these issues to the forefront, ensuring that quality projects are delivered on time and under budget, with an eye toward integrity throughout the process.
CHARLES COLEMAN - Senior Project Manager
Starting in the construction industry in 1989, Charles has experience in the DFW construction market that goes back to 1996. His successful track record of projects encompasses the office and medical sectors, as well as industrial interior and shell building projects. His projects range in size from a few thousand dollars to several million. Charles contributes to the success of his projects by providing senior level leadership, tight project controls, and excellent people skills. He excels in managing complex projects with demanding schedules.
CHANCE ALLISON - Project Manager
Chance brings a wealth of experience to Gordon Highlander, having owned and operated his own construction company, CABA Construction. In his addition to his work with us, specializing in office and residential remodeling and finishing, he serves as a board member for his city. His understanding of how cities work helps him work with cities on construction projects, and his extensive experience building his own business have taught him how to work with customers, vendors, and employees in the friendliest and most efficient ways possible.
GARY ARMBRISTER - Project Manager
Gary joined Gordon Highlander from a background as a senior project manager for a fine custom home builder firm here in Dallas. His Solid State Illumination training and certification is particularly helpful when it comes to Gordon Highlander’s custom builds. He is a proven leader with a record of developing and executing construction strategies for on-time and at-budget performance. One such accomplishment involved a 15,000 square foot project brought in on schedule and with zero budget overage; its success relied heavily on Gary’s key vendor management and scheduling. Gary also makes it his priority to cultivate positive and productive professional relationships that lead to future collaborations.
DEKE CASH - Project Manager
Deke has been a member of the Gordon Highlander team since 2011. As a second generation builder, beginning his career as a residential framer, Deke has first-hand experience at working in the field as well as now managing high-profile projects. He is accomplished in high-rise, medical office, and industrial finish-outs, including an 18,000 sq ft, 5th floor finish-out in under 7 weeks and a recently completed 640,000 sq ft warehouse for Niagara Bottling while the shell building was under construction. From fully engineered, class A medical office finish-outs to design-build commercial showrooms, Deke excels at managing a wide variety of projects in our industry.
MIKE GEORGE - Project Manager
With over a decade of experience as a superintendent, Mike is a productive leader and manager of even the most elaborate projects. From the staggering complexity of a 600,000 square foot commercial construction project with over 90 individual tenants, to the meticulous details that accompanied historical projects for Preservation Dallas, Mike is adept at finish-outs of any size or scale. At every point in the construction process, his expertise, follow-up, adaptability, and reliability are assets that generate measurable value. Mike’s most valuable contribution might be his uncommon talents for creative problem solving and negotiation, which have generated consistent success for Gordon Highlander projects.
CHRIS KELLEY - Project Manager
Chris, who has been a project manager with us since March of 2017, has been involved with construction his entire life. His father owned a construction company, so Chris has been learning about the industry since he was a young child. On top of that background, he brings over fourteen years of hands-on experience in the industry, having worked as both a project manager and general contractor in the past. He specializes in interior finish-outs, but most of all enjoys the challenge of working on a variety of projects, from remodels to designs and ground-up new construction.
LANCE LILES - Project Manager
Lance is a project manager here at Gordon Highlander. He specializes in complex and challenging interior construction, including medical and airport facilities as well as traditional office, restaurant, and retain work. His long history of great work in the industry is an asset to Gordon Highlander, as he has experience working on everything from small carpet-installation projects to complete remodels for Love Field Airport and companies such as Target, Home Depot, and FedEx.
JAMES McCOWN - Project Manager
The son of a land surveyor who taught him many of the mathematical and human-relations skills needed to manage construction projects, James came to work with Gordon Highlander earlier this year. Although he’s new to us, he has been working in the construction industry for years, working his way up to owning his own company at one point. In addition to being a great leader, he is highly diligent and customer-service oriented. When a company that used to employ him shut down suddenly, he continued showing up to work on their last project, and ended up getting hired by and moving the client to another company—completing the project without losing time or going over budget.
FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ - Project Manager
Gordon Highlander added Fernando to the team in July of 2014. Most recently, he was a project engineer overseeing the US-75 Collin County highway expansion, and his experience with government contracts and large-scale projects will add a new level of expertise to our organization. Before the Collin County Highway project, his role was in quality control for other multi-million dollar government projects—notably Trinity infrastructure construction in the LBJ Express corridor and the Sam Rayburn Tollway. Fernando excels in organizing, managing, and completing complex, fast-paced projects in the industrial and high-rise sector of our business. He also facilitated clients through many design-build projects.
BRIAN THOMPSON - Project Manager
Brian Thompson has been a project manager with Gordon Highlander since October 2016. In addition to the wealth of experience he has brought to the Gordon Highlander team, he also works with charities like Hearts and Hammers and Habitat for Humanity in his spare time. One of his biggest achievements during his construction career was working on the DART project at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, during which he was able to bring his client huge savings with his experience and contacts with vendors. He specializes in interior work and new construction.
KAYLON BALTHAZOR - Superintendent
Joining Gordon Highlander in 2014, Kaylon spent the previous 10 years with a high-end interior finish-out contractor here in Dallas. Kaylon comes to the superintendent trade by heritage. He is a second-generation builder and a finish carpenter by trade, even teaching high school building trades classes for three years. Having started in the construction industry in 1970, he has spent over two decades of that time as a project superintendent.
DAN BANDA - Superintendent
Dan Banda has worked for Gordon Highlander as a superintendent since April 2016. He specializes in interior work of all types, from office and restaurant remodels and finish-outs to work on clean rooms in hospitals and laboratories and data and computer rooms. In addition to the experience he gained as the owner of his own interior finish-out company, he has grown up around this sort of work—his father was an HVAC technician and his grandfather an experienced carpenter and mason.
MIKE BEARD - Superintendent
Mike has over 40 years of experience in the Dallas/Fort Worth construction market. He is a veteran superintendent who is highly skilled in delivering results. Mike has worked on every aspect of a job from ground-up construction to commercial interiors. He is well versed in managing complex projects and has a full resume of delivering high-end projects.
OSCAR CABRA III - Superintendent
Oscar comes to Gordon Highlander after many years owning and operating a contracting company that handled everything from residential remodels to multi-family and commercial construction. Whether the project is traditional or contemporary, Oscar uses his proven resources that span a vast variety of trades and vendors to bring the client’s ideas to fruition. Whether the task at hand involves dealing with municipal permitting, budgeting, property acquisition, scheduling, or material selection, no detail escapes his attention. His other life as a volunteer coach keeps him primed for his work at Gordon Highlander, as he spends even his free time fostering teamwork.
ERIC DONALDSON - Superintendent
Before joining the Gordon Highlander team, Eric was a very different type of project manager than we’re accustomed to—he worked with the Department of Homeland Security’s IT Immigration Department. Since then, he’s applied his project management skills to facility remodels and warehouse finish-outs, including an office space expansion project at DFW Air Cargo 1 and 2 that finished ahead of schedule and on budget. Clients are continually impressed with his dedication to protecting their investment, and they frequently request his participation in their future projects. As you might expect, Eric brings that same level of commitment to the community at large, and he has founded a non-profit called Crossroads to assist people who have recently experienced a spinal cord injury.
CESAR DUARTE - Superintendent
Cesar has been a member of our team since April 2016. A superintendent at Gordon Highlander, he specializes in interior remodels and finishing, especially in office buildings over 25,000 square feet. He brings many years of experience in the construction field to our company, having worked as a superintendent for general contractors and a foreman for various drywall companies in the past. He enjoys the challenge of finishing jobs under budget when possible while sticking to even the most ambitious schedules.
TAYLER HENRY - Superintendent
Tayler joined Gordon Highlander as a Project Superintendent back in 2014. His degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, his hands-on experience in concrete construction, and his stint as an analyst in the oil and gas industry all served to prepare him for the role of superintendent. Performing due diligence and conducting data analysis of oil targets translates readily into the meticulous prep work that goes into creating a successful construction project, while the study of social behavior lends itself to setting up teams that communicate without a hitch. Taylor enjoys both the neatness and detail of office remodel project and the high energy of quick-turn projects. For one recent office remodel, he was able to shave a week off the move-in schedule and enabled the client to save them $100k in potential rent. You can also find Tayler volunteering at Crossroads, where he uses his construction and teamwork skills to make homes more accessible for survivors of spinal cord injuries.
KYLE HURST - Superintendent
After three years acting as Gordon Highlander’s financial and group health insurance advisor, Kyle could no longer resist joining the team officially in 2015. Bringing a communication-driven customer focus to all the construction projects he oversees, he has successfully completed projects ranging from 1,000 to 30,000 square feet, from doctors’ offices to high-end industrial showrooms. Kyle’s background in risk assessment and financial forecasting help him see potential obstacles before they become a problem, and allows him to keep projects on time and budget. In the community, he is a member of Crossroads (founded by another Gordon Highlander team member, Eric Donaldson), where he volunteers construction work to make homes accessible after a spinal cord injury.
PATRICK LANCASTER - Superintendent
Patrick Lancaster was involved with all sides of the construction industry before becoming a superintendent at Gordon Highlander in March 2017. In addition to a great deal of experience managing and working on various construction projects on-site, he has worked in the construction insurance field. A warehouse construction and finish-out specialist, he enjoys spending time with his sons and doing work for charities like North Texas Food Bank and the Dallas Life homeless shelter.
DAN MORGAN - Superintendent
Dan, one of the newest additions to the Gordon Highlander team, comes to us with a great amount of experience in the construction industry. Having worked as a commercial project superintendent at multiple construction companies and owned his own drywall company, he is an expert specialist. In addition to his current work with us, he has worked on such important projects as the complete restoration of a 20,000+ square foot non-profit school facility for adults with cognitive disabilities. He specializes in new office construction and remodeling in high-rise and mid-rise buildings.
LEWIS POSIVAL - Superintendent
In the construction industry since 1995, Lewis brings a wealth of commercial contracting experience as a superintendent to the Gordon Highlander team, including a unique talent for value engineering details that might have been lost during pre-bid planning for projects. His projects typically range from 3,000-15,000 square feet, and include office construction of all types, from high-rise to medical offices. Maintaining a safe and orderly job site during both new and occupied remodels is one of Lewis’s strongest skills, and allows our clients to continue their day-to-day activities throughout the construction process. Whether the task at hand is coordination with city planners and inspectors, or executing the exacting specifications for a clean room or other specialty environment, Lewis offers a proactive and detail-oriented approach that results in the best possible completed product.
LAMONT RICHTER - Superintendent
With 25 years as a cabinet maker and remodeler behind him, Lamont Richter came to Gordon Highlander in 2011 as a superintendent. His experience has lent itself particularly well to our office remodel projects, including luxury build-outs. If you have seen Charter.com’s satellite office or the Huguley Memorial Center remodel, you can attest to his attention to detail and dedication to achieving quality results. Combining leadership and accountability, he is able to complete projects worthy of the Gordon Highlander name, even within a tight timeline.
BEAL SIMMONS II - Superintendent
Beal Simmons II has been a superintendent for Gordon Highlander since 2011, with decades of experience as a field superintendent throughout the DFW area. He specializes in ground-up construction and finish-outs of office remodeling projects, and is particularly experienced in quick turnarounds. You may recognize Beal’s work at the Federal Air Marshal’s remodel, or the local Coca-Cola warehouse and offices. Beal’s objective is to finish projects under budget and ahead of schedule, all while being able to put his own name—and the Gordon Highlander name—on his completed projects, with pride.
CHAD TILLISON - Superintendent
Chad, whose family has been in the construction business for three generations, joined our team in September of 2016. He specializes in interior work with a special focus on restaurants, office spaces, and high-end residential projects. A winner of three Excellence in Construction Awards from Associated Builders and Contractors, he also volunteers with his church during his free time, building and repairing homes for widows and the needy. He has been working in construction since he was eleven, when he started working summers for his father’s company.
JOE VOYLES - Superintendent
Joe, an employee since September 2016, has over twenty years of experience as a project superintendent. He specializes in large construction projects, including building a new structure from the ground up and extensive remodeling projects for retail and banking establishments. His extensive construction management experience and his apprenticeship experience with the Carpenters Local 977 have taught him to be an efficient and patient project manager, completing extensive commercial projects while also taking care of the customer and facilitating communication with vendors.
MELANIE BARRIER - Project Assistant
Melanie has been a member of the Gordon Highlander team since 2010, supporting every aspect of the design/build process. As Project Assistant, Melanie is responsible for bid coordination, client and sub contracts, submittals, and support for project management. It is no surprise that her role as an advocate at Gordon Highlander extends to the greater Dallas community, as Melanie is also active in the American Cancer Society and Dallas Children’s Charities. Melanie brings value to the entire Gordon Highlander enterprise, contributing to the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of all projects from planning to implementation.
JOANN POSIVAL - Project Assistant
JoAnn is an experienced financial and business administrator with years of experience. Before joining us at Gordon Highlander, she spent seventeen years as an administrative assistant at Silverleaf Resorts. Although she has not worked in the construction industry before, she has been around construction for most of her life—her husband started as a painter and welder and has now worked as a superintendent for twenty-five years. Her organizational, financial, and customer service skills are all valuable assets at Gordon Highlander.
JENNIFER NIX - Office Manager
With a background in accounting and administrative work in the energy sector, Jennifer is Gordon Highlander’s office manager. Operating from our headquarters, she sets up liasons with any new vendors needed to support the company’s growth, oversees all day-to-day details, organizes all our meetings and events, orders equipment, and assists superintendents by managing delivery and removal of equipment needed on site, creating binders for projects, and printing plans. With a dedication to efficiency, accuracy, and a positive work environment, Jennifer’s unflagging support ensures that all the projects that come through Gordon Highlander’s doors are executed with the greatest attention to detail.
JIM CAPPELLO - Accounts Payable Specialist
Jim Cappello, our accounts payable specialist, has been with Gordon Highlander since December of 2016. After returning to college for a degree in accounting in his mid-fifties and graduating with honors, he has worked some of the most rewarding and challenging jobs in the accounting industry. He is also an experienced manager and administrator, meaning that he can address both the numbers and the human side of finance with focus, organization, and efficiency.
ANNA TUCKER - Project Accounting
In our Accounts Receivable department, Anna focuses primarily on project accounting, where she creates financial reports that track the progress of all Gordon Highlander projects from beginning to end. These reports are an essential tool for our Project Managers, who use her project reconciliations to help maintain Gordon Highlander’s reputation for coming in at or under budget. By monitoring the progress of our projects, noting variances, and entering change orders, Anna ensures that project billings are issued to customers with the greatest of accuracy. With accountability for processing 5,000+ invoices per month, our clients rely on Anna to meet deadlines without ever compromising quality and to solve any problems that crop up quickly and efficiently.