Sean Smith’s 20+ years of hands-on development and construction experience means he brings a genuine understanding of what each new project means for CFC’s clients — as well as what it will take to make their ideas a reality. Direct, detail-oriented, quality-focused, and transparent at all times, Sean is resolute in his commitment to building and maintaining the strong client relationships that underpin any successful construction project.
Professional and Educational Background
During college, Sean learned the ins and outs of building while helping to restore an 1814 inn. But he never planned to stay in construction. After graduating from Cornell University with a BS in Applied Economics and Management and moving to Colorado, Sean tried — and failed — to feel at home in a desk job. He lasted six months before returning to construction, and soon had the opportunity to leverage his connections and experience to start his own business. For 15 years, Sean ran a successful development and general contracting business with several employees and an impressive track record of building townhomes and custom homes. As CEO, CFO, Development Manager, Estimator, PM, and everything in between, he learned everything from entitlements and project finance to material sourcing, sub management, and how to construct a well-thought-out kitchen.
Eventually, Sean was ready for a new challenge. The right conversations with the right people at the right time yielded the January 2018 opportunity to lead CFC’s business development group. He’s never looked back. He was promoted to vice president in 2020, and now oversees business development as well as the Preconstruction Department, Special Projects Group, and Mountain Division.
What Sean Values Most About Working at CFC
Most of all, Sean values CFC’s collaborative environment and feeling of camaraderie. CFC’s leaders empower and support each other, holding each other accountable without micromanaging.
Sean grew up in a small town in upstate New York. An avid skier, he moved to Colorado in 2002. Though he favors independent, old-school ski areas like Monarch, Sean and his wife also enjoy Winter Park, where their kids are part of the Competition Center.