National builder strengthens Los Angeles operations with key leadership hire focused on implementing innovation, growing talent, fostering relationships and delivering project predictability
LOS ANGELES—Suffolk, one of the largest and most innovative real estate and construction enterprises in the country, has announced the strategic addition of industry veteran Abel Gonzalez, LEED AP, to its Los Angeles leadership team as Executive Vice President of Operations. In this key role, Mr. Gonzalez will serve as a trusted leader within Suffolk’s Los Angeles office, providing valuable direction in all phases of construction while fostering key relationships, driving growth in strategic sectors, and streamlining operations to deliver project excellence across the company’s Southern California operation.
“Suffolk is thrilled to add Abel to our West Region leadership team in this pivotal role that will strengthen our position as a builder of choice in Los Angeles,” said John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk. “I am confident Abel’s three decades of experience in the construction industry, together with his longstanding relationships, innovative mindset, operational acumen and strong leadership, will position Suffolk for success in the region.”
Mr. Gonzalez joins Suffolk from CRB Group, where he served as the Senior Director of Construction Operations of the Western Region. In his 28 years of industry experience, including with DPR, Rudolph and Sletten, Mr. Gonzalez has managed projects across a diverse range of sectors including life sciences, healthcare, higher education and commercial. Notable projects throughout his career include a range of renovations, expansions, and new construction projects for world-renowned pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients such as Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, Inc., and Edwards Lifesciences, leading healthcare providers such as Kaiser Permanente and Cedars-Sinai, and prominent higher education institutions such as The California Institute of Technology and The University of Southern California. This robust portfolio provides Mr. Gonzalez with a strong operational foundation on which to build future success on complex and sophisticated projects across the region.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the Suffolk team and play an important role in its strategic growth in the West Coast region,” said Mr. Gonzalez. “Suffolk is a leader in leveraging innovative technologies and proven systems to streamline the construction process and deliver exceptional results for clients. Suffolk is well positioned to challenge the industry status quo, expand our footprint, deliver the most sophisticated projects, and become the preferred contractor in diverse sectors throughout the West Coast region.”
Mr. Gonzalez is a member of the Design Build Institute of America, as well as the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, the American Society of Healthcare Engineering and the Lean Construction Institute. Passionate about providing mentorship and education opportunities to strengthen the pipeline of future construction workers, Mr. Gonzalez is heavily involved with the ACE Mentor Program of America. He graduated from California State University, Chico where he earned a B.S. in Construction Management.
Suffolk is an innovative industry disruptor well established in its core competency of construction management while providing vertical service lines such as real estate development funding, self-perform, technology R&D and investment, and design-assist services. The national company is ranked #8 on Engineering News-Record’s list of “Top CM-at-Risk Contractors” and #9 on the publication’s list of “Top Green Contractors.” Within Los Angeles, Suffolk’s impressive project portfolio includes the recently completed modular affordable housing project 6th Street Place, 3552 Whittier Boulevard, a 63-unit affordable housing project in East Los Angeles, and the AC + Moxy Hotels adjacent to the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Suffolk is a national enterprise that builds, innovates and invests. Suffolk is an end-to-end business that provides value throughout the entire project lifecycle by leveraging its core construction management services with vertical service lines that include real estate capital investment, design, self-perform construction services, technology start-up investment (Suffolk Technologies) and innovation research/development.
Suffolk – America’s Contractor – is a national company with more than $5.0 billion in annual revenue, 2,600 employees, and main offices in Boston (headquarters), New York City, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Estero, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Suffolk manages some of the most complex, sophisticated projects in the country, serving clients in every major industry sector, including healthcare, life sciences, education, gaming, transportation/aviation, government, mission critical and commercial. Suffolk is privately held and is led by founder, chairman and CEO John Fish. Suffolk is ranked #8 on ENR’s list of “Top CM-at-Risk Contractors.”