Swinerton is pleased to announce two major personnel changes in its Orange County and Los Angeles (OCLA) commercial offices. Pete Ruiz and Besim Fejzagic have been promoted to Operations Managers overseeing $1 billion work annually in the area.
Besim is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Construction Management. He first joined Swinerton in 2001 as a Project Engineer and has since risen through the ranks managing a diverse range of projects. Some of his most notable projects include Irvine Great Park Ice and FivePoint Arena, Culver Studios, John Wayne Airport Terminal Renovations, and County of Orange Building 16.
Besim’s focus will be to continue bolstering Swinerton’s local aviation, higher education, office, and civic markets.
“In his 18-year tenure, Besim has demonstrated leadership and excellence through his work with all of his clients and guiding project teams to successful project outcomes,” said Dave Callis, President. “Besim’s tenacious and innovative approach to solving project challenges has truly set himself apart in our industry.”
Pete started with Swinerton in June 2000 as an Assistant Superintendent. His dedication to the craft navigated him through the ranks in his career, most recently as General Superintendent and Field Operations Manager. Some of his most notable projects include Ten Thousand, Carlyle Wilshire Residence, and Anita May Rosenstein Campus.
Pete’s diverse background and leadership skills lend to strengthening OCLA operations in high-rise residential/hospitality projects and work in Downtown Los Angeles.
“Pete’s progression through the field is a direct result of his high level of passion, commitment, and pursuit of best-in-class expectations,” said Ray Haj, Division Manager for Swinerton OCLA. “His hands-on approach and problem-solving skills make him an extremely valuable resource for our employees and an example of inspiration and true leadership.”
Swinerton provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market it serves—proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence.