Eric Foster and Dave Callis

Swinerton Names Eric Foster CEO

Swinerton is proud to announce a key leadership transition, naming Eric Foster as Chief Executive Officer and Dave Callis as President. Jeff Hoopes, Swinerton’s Chief Executive Officer since 2013, retired at the end of 2019 after 35 years with the company. This marks only the 11th CEO leadership change in the company’s 132-year history.

“As we look forward, I believe the time is right for transition, and the time is right for the strengths of our deep leadership team to shine,” Hoopes said. “Eric’s deep belief in our values, his calm demeanor, his business savvy, his exceptional understanding of our operations, and his leadership skills make him the right leader for this job.”

Since joining Swinerton in 1982 as a Project Engineer for the San Francisco Structural division after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Civil Engineering, Foster has progressed through several roles from Project Manager to Division Manager, and most recently as the company’s President and Chief Operations Officer. He serves on the Board of Swinerton Incorporated and The Swinerton Foundation.

“It’s an honor to be the twelfth CEO in Swinerton’s history,” said Foster. “After working alongside Jeff for over 30 years, I look forward to carrying forth with our initiatives focusing on the talent of our employee-owners, thoughtful expansion of our geographic footprint, and exploration into new lines of business and services.”

Joining Eric at the helm of Swinerton’s executive leadership team is President Dave Callis, who will continue to drive sustainable growth across the entire Swinerton family, through his innovating perspective to the management of business processes, the execution of work, and the development of strong and adaptable teams. Callis joined the Swinerton organization in 2001 as a Senior Project Manager for the Orange County division, where he steadily progressed in rank, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Region Manager for the divisions located in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.

Executive Vice Presidents Frank Foellmer, John Capener, and Don Adair complete Swinerton’s seasoned executive team. Swinerton has been and will remain, a 100% employee-owned company. This personal investment drives their commitment to provide peace of mind in everything they do and to those they serve. This entrepreneurial spirit and the trust they have in each other will continue to bring Swinerton to the forefront of whatever comes next.

About Swinerton
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. For more information please visit:

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