Daniel J. Buhs

Construction Manager at Port of the Islands

Company:
Port of the Islands

General Information

Employment History

President and Chief Executive Officer  - Vanderbilt Bay Construction , Inc.

Affiliations

Board Member  - Estuary Conservation Association Inc

Board Member  - FIRST AMERICAN BOARD

Board Member  - Pelican Bay Rotary Club

Founder  - VBC

Web References  

http://www.suitelifemagazine.com/vanderbilt-bay-construction-celebrates-20-years-of-meeting-challenges

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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Estuary Conservation Association, Inc.

Treasurer: Dan Buhs
dbuhs@vbcnaples.com

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Charlotte Desoto Building Industry Association - Member Directory

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

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