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Daniel J. Buhs

Construction Manager

Port of the Islands

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Port of the Islands

Background Information

Employment History

President and Chief Executive Officer

Vanderbilt Bay Construction , Inc.


Affiliations

Estuary Conservation Association Inc

Board Member


FIRST AMERICAN BOARD

Board Member


Pelican Bay Rotary Club

Board Member


VBC

Founder


Web References(8 Total References)


www.suitelifemagazine.com

Cover Photo: The staff of Vanderbilt Bay Construction in the hangar of the Collier County Sheriff's Special Operations facility (L to R): Michael Brunoli, LEED AP, business development director/project manager; Matt Morey, LEED AP, project manager/estimator; Troy Buhs, vice president of operations; Brad Smith, vice president of finance; and Daniel Buhs, president/CEO.
Cover Photo: The staff of Vanderbilt Bay Construction in the hangar of the Collier County Sheriff's Special Operations facility (L to R): Michael Brunoli, LEED AP, business development director/project manager; Matt Morey, LEED AP, project manager/estimator; Troy Buhs, vice president of operations; Brad Smith, vice president of finance; and Daniel Buhs, president/CEO. It's not the awards that keep company founder and President Dan Buhs at the helm of VBC, but his passion for overcoming obstacles with expertise and imagination. He began his career in the Midwest, focusing on architecture and expanding into construction management, design/build and development before turning his attention to general contracting. "I love to create and build," he says. "That's why I got into the business." In 1983, he moved to Naples with business partners from Illinois to build an assisted care facility on the East Trail, followed by the construction of what were then some of the area's largest apartment complexes. Six years later, when he established VBC, one of his first projects was as a construction manager for Port of the Islands, a resort community with a marina, hotel and convention center, just southeast of Marco. Originally hired as a planning and design consultant, Buhs subsequently worked on improving, expanding and building the development's various multi-family and commercial components. Although he built some single-family residential, Buhs mainly focused on renovating the resort's existing facilities, upgrading and expanding its infrastructure and creating new multi-family communities. Since then, VBC has built a varied array of commercial structures, including government facilities, parks, retail centers, funeral homes, schools, fire stations and medical facilities. The company also has worked on beach erosion projects in Collier County and a historical renovation of the Bonita Springs Elementary School built in 1921. Small Staff, Broad Knowledge "Our work is interesting and I've always thought it was fun," says Buhs. "We have a lot of people here who feel the same way." Buhs credits his employees for the company's success. "I am very fortunate to have (such an) intelligent and loyal team," says Dan Buhs. "Our industry seems to be leaning toward the design-build concept and it's something we plan to focus on in the future," says Dan Buhs. Also on the company radar: green building. Although the market downturn has kept VBC from "flexing its LEED muscles" in Southwest Florida thus far, Buhs says it's only a matter of time. "It's all about constructing sustainable buildings and protecting the environment. We're urging our employees to continue their education and get (their credentials) now in energy conservation and building green. That way, they'll have a competitive edge when the economy recovers." Networking is also playing a prominent role at VBC and is something that Dan Buhs has always encouraged by example. He serves as treasurer for the Estuary Conservation Association and serves on the board for First American Bank and the Pelican Bay Rotary Club, among others. Dan Buhs says that above all, networking presents the opportunity to "rekindle past relationships," which may also help form the foundation for VBC's future.


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Treasurer: Dan Buhs
dbuhs@vbcnaples.com


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Vanderbilt Bay Construction, Inc., Daniel Buhs
2224 Trade Center Way, Naples, FL 34109 dbuhs@vbcnaples.com


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BUHS JOINS FIRST AMERICAN BOARD
>>First American Bank (www.bankfirstamerican.com) has appointed Daniel J. Buhs, president and CEO of Naples-based Vanderbilt Bay Construction, to its board of advisors.


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Daniel Buhs, owner of Vanderbilt Bay Construction Inc., is off the hook after a five-month investigation. "It's not going to be Buhs just because we didn't have enough evidence to proceed against him," Stone said."But charges could be served against others." Buhs and Saco could not be reached for comment. Buhs sought to reduce his $22,000 fine at a July 9 meeting of the Marco Island Code Enforcement Board. But in a presentation that lasted just two minutes - long enough for city environmental specialist Nancy Richie to present evidence against Buhs - the board voted unanimously to keep the fine in place. Buhs didn't attend the meeting to defend himself or his employees' actions when they began developing a lot at 839 Newell Terrace, located in Marco's elite Estates area. The excavation resulted in 14 city code citations - 10 for disturbing or removing protected species or habitat and others for failing to follow procedures for a property with protected species on site, removing an active burrow without proper state permits, failing to post state permits on site during construction and failing to ob tain a building permit. An excavation supervised by city officials and state wildlife officers days after the incident showed 15 burrows were on the lot, 12 of which were active, but no tortoises were found. Gopher tortoises are protected by state guidelines that list the reptiles as a species of special concern.Property owners must obtain state permits to relocate or remove burrows before developing land. That information included a June 20 letter from Buhs that offered eight reasons the fines should be reduced: He received a permit to excavate the lot. A building permit was approved but hadn't been picked up from City Hall. A state permit to remove the gopher tortoise burrows was issued but hadn't been received. A day after that meeting, Richie - who remained silent as Buhs asked for the reduced fine - countered his arguments in a memo distributed to code enforcement board members. Buhs received less than maximum fines from the board at his February hearing.Under city code, he faced a maximum fine of $71,000 for the 14 violations, equal to $5,000 per violation plus a $1,000 administrative fee.The fine was reduced to $1,500 per violation, plus the $1,000 administrative fee. E-mail this story.E-mail this story to a friend.Print this story.Format this story for printing.


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