Pat Smith’s 30+ years of construction experience covers a wide range of projects, including multifamily, senior living, hotel, mountain resort, office, health care, and tenant finish. He is known as a results-oriented leader, effective team builder, and excellent listener who truly cares about the people he works with. From his first project in Colorado — helping to construct Denver International Airport in 1991 — to his current operations leadership role at CFC, Pat has established strong relationships with clients, designers, and subcontractors throughout Colorado.
Approachable, open, and unshakably honest, Pat’s leadership style is defined by listening, coaching, constructive feedback, and providing the right support to help his people come up with the right answers. Though he’s serious about his work, he never loses his sense of humor.
Professional and Educational Background
Pat brings robust experience across a range of product types, including steel, prefab, tilt-up, cast-in-place concrete, and wood frame. Prior to joining CFC, he worked as a Senior Project Manager for two different nationally ranked commercial contractors; Project Manager for a national family-owned commercial developer-builder; and Project Engineer for a Texas-based commercial contractor and a leading general contractor in New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Pat earned his BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas. He is a LEED Accredited Professional certified by the US Green Building Council. He is a past participant in the Downtown Denver Leadership Program, and continues taking courses focused on strengthening his leadership skills.
What Pat Values Most About Working at CFC
With his big-firm background, Pat knows what it’s like to be mired in red tape and bureaucracy — which is why he treasures CFC’s lack of it. “With all the other contractors I’ve worked for, all the decisions took place in another city or state. At CFC, we make all the decisions right here. If someone has a great idea, we can act on it immediately.”
First and foremost, however, Pat values CFC’s family-oriented workplace culture. He explains, “With the larger contractors, you get lost in the shuffle. CFC has much more of a family atmosphere, with a good sense of work-life balance. We genuinely care about each others’ lives outside work.”
Born in Kansas and raised in New Mexico, Pat relocated to Colorado in 1991. He and his wife, Amy, love the Southwestern climate and lifestyle, spending as much time as possible hiking and skiing in the Rockies. Though Pat and Amy consider Colorado their forever home, avid scuba diver Pat leaves the landlocked state occasionally to continue his quest for the best dive sites in the world. As a University of Kansas alum, he’s also a die-hard Jayhawks fan. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!