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Balfour Beatty Construction loses Orlando-based leader in corporate shakeup

UPDATED: MAY 12, 2017 9:41 AM — Balfour Beatty Construction is shaking up its Southeast executive team and in the process lost an Orlando-based president that was one of the company's most senior leaders, according to an internal memo from May 4 shared with GrowthSpotter.

Sean DeMartino has left the company after more than 24 years as president of Balfour Beatty's Florida division and Centex Construction, which it acquired in 2007.

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A South Florida native, DeMartino has lived in Greater Orlando since 1992. He plans to stay in the construction industry here and continue volunteer and leadership work with local non-profits.

"Balfour has been a phenomenal place for me to be, I loved working there and consider them to be some of the best builders in the entire industry," he told GrowthSpotter on Thursday. "The folks there are true experts in building complex projects. This was just an opportunity for me to think about starting a new chapter."

DeMartino will continue as a co-chair of the Orlando Economic Partnership, serve as a board member with the Heart of Florida United Way with a particular focus on its "Mission United," and contribute to Junior Achievement of Central Florida and its local charter school The JA Academy.

Al Petrangeli, current chief operating officer based in Atlanta, will also be retiring from Balfour Beatty on June 30 after more than 33 years with the company.

Scott Skidelsky, senior vice president with Balfour Beatty since 2012, has been promoted to COO of Florida, and will assume operations and business acquisition responsibilities immediately.

Insight on updates to the project's plans, and where the developer sees demand coming from for its first urban-style apartment offering in Lake Nona.

Current or future construction projects in Greater Orlando on which Balfour Beatty is the GC include the Orlango Magic Entertainment Complex, a hotel project by Orange Lake Resorts near Cape Canaveral and new apartments planned in Sanford.

Within the past few weeks, it also won a competitive bid process for Tavistock's 157-unit "The Distillery" apartment building project in Lake Nona. Balfour Beatty is now beginning its subcontractor hiring for that.

Notable GC jobs Balfour Beatty has held in Greater Orlando during DeMartino's run as president include building The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, The Hyatt Regency Orlando expansion (of the former Peabody), Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, Cabana Bay Resort at Universal, Walt Disney World's Avatar attraction at Animal Kingdom, and more than 24,000 hotel rooms and vacation club units at Disney.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at bmoser@growthspotter.com, (407) 420-5685 or @bobmoser333. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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