David Sanguesa's Concrete Path to Construction Site Success

Since David Sanguesa first started building homes back in the early 1990s, a lot has changed in the industry; one thing that has stayed consistent throughout his career though is his unwavering dedication to properly-planned, well-built homes.

When David Sanguesa was still a student at Texas A&M studying Psychology, he found himself in the same position as many of his classmates; struggling to get by, and desperately seeking a source of income he could use to support himself while he worked towards getting his degree, and – presumably – embark on his future career as a Psychologist.

However, while he did find a part-time job to alleviate his financial stress, he did encounter one unforeseen circumstance: he discovered his passion for constructing homes. In fact, while working as a construction worker, he decided that – once he’d managed to achieve his bachelor’s degree – he would focus on working in the industry full-time. He immediately set out to work in the field following his graduation, obtaining a license as an agent from the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Now, he can look back at a career path which took him off the beaten track and allowed him to work on some of the most exciting projects he could ever have imagined; most importantly, for him, is the home he built for President George Bush in Tanglewood.

In fact, the achievement is not only notable for the scale of the estate, or the fact that it was made for a former President of the United States. While the home was being built, the reputation of Sanguesa’s then-employer, Tanglewood Builders, was at stake. On the brink of bankruptcy, they depended on his work on the project to save the company.

Following successful completion of the home, the struggling firm immediately saw their fortunes turn around, and have thanked him for his efforts while he was working there. Other particularly notable achievements include Sanguesa’s two-time winning of the “Prism” award; the first of which he received for his fabulous work on a $2 million home construction project in 2000, and the next in 2001 for an even larger estate, valued at somewhere around $3 million.

Likewise, in 1992, he was awarded the “Finest Finisher of Custom Homes” award by David Weekley Homes. Still very much a new face in the industry, it was winning this award that not only provided him with an extremely strong bargaining chip when bidding for jobs but which also allowed him the confidence to believe that he could make a career from his passion.

He’s managed to add a variety of impressive notches to his belt along the way since then, too. In 1988, he managed to get his foot in the door with a position at Pulte Home Corporation when they advertised for a Construction Manager. The team interviewing him immediately recognized his enthusiasm for his work, and upon hiring him lauded him for his ingenuity on the construction site.

Other roles held by Sanguesa include Construction Manager at both David Weekley Homes and University Towne Properties, before going on to become Vice President at Tanglewood.

In 1997, he made the leap into self-employment, founding David J Sanguesa Custom Homes Inc. Using his experience of the industry, along with his unique skill-set, he put together a workforce which included 150 contractors and 20 industry professionals.

In 2008, he decided to pursue a new challenge as the Construction and Project Manager at Landa Enterprises Corporation. There, he worked on some fairly sizable projects, including a 36-unit mid-rise building just off Miami Beach, as well as a 100 home suburb project in the Granada Estates and several custom-built South Miami high-end homes.

So, what’s the secret of his success? Sanguesa considers himself to be a psychology buff, both in terms of how product delivery affects customer impressions and in how to get the best from his workers on the construction site.

As far as the former goes, he’s been explicit about his belief that understanding the value of a property, as well as the value of a project which has been properly planned and completed competently, can help to create an extremely positive reputation in any business, especially construction.

For the latter, he’s been using the skills he learned while he was still at University to communicate with his workers and help them to put one hundred percent into the projects they’re working on. Sanguesa holds memberships for both the American Institute of Architects (the AIA) and the Rice Design Alliance.

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