GEORGE VILA - Corporate Executive Officer
George has been with the Company for over 66 years. The son of Joe Vila, the Company founder, George grew up in the family’s construction business. After serving with honor in World War II, he joined the Company full time and was part of the management team that expanded the business into general contracting that emphasized residential, multi-unit living and commercial construction. As Vila incorporated and focused on commercial and institutional construction, George diversified the Company by expanding into project development. Concentrating on business and office complex centers and buildings, Vila Construction became a violable developer partner in Sonoma and Napa Counties. In the North Bay area over twenty-five office buildings and industrial and commercial complexes have been completed by Vila Construction in the last twelve years. George has interacted with companies such as Cisco and Alcatel in attracting progressive businesses to his developments. He has guided the Company through its several periods of growth and expansion and at each step he made sure that the family tradition of hand-on quality construction is the focus of everyday business at Vila. To guarantee that the Company continues as family owned and operated, he has trained and mentored his son and nephews in the management of the Company. Today George is active in the daily operation of the Company and the planning for its future.
George attended Santa Clara University and studied Civil Engineering before entering military service during World War II.
Richard H. Vila - President
Rich was appointed president of Vila Construction Company in 2001. He grew up in the family business often working in the summer as a general laborer. He formally joined the Company in 1975 as a carpenter and worked for four years in the field including foreman and supervisor. In 1979 he was promoted to estimator and project manager that included construction projects and project management in the private and public sectors. In 1985, Rich was promoted to Vice-President in charge of personnel and financial matters, as well as continuing with estimating and project managing of large projects. He is largely responsible for guiding the Company into institutional construction such as schools, cities, and county facilities and offices and expanding the Vila’s client services to include project management. Recent clients included Safeway Stores, Mechanics Bank, Walgreen Drugstores, Moyland Brewery, Contra Costa County, West Contra Costa, Alameda, Tamalpais (Marin County), and Piedmont Unified School Districts, City of Berkeley, City of Petaluma, University of California, Berkeley, and Sonoma County.
Rich is a graduate of University of San Francisco earning a degree in Business Management.
Robert (Bert) Brendlinger - Project Superintendent
Bert has been with Vila Construction for over 33 years, based at the Petaluma office in North Bay Area. He began his career with Vila Construction in 1977 as a journeyman carpenter. In 1985, Bert was promoted to Superintendent and soon was supervising projects in excess of $5M. He became one of the first in the area to supervise concrete tilt-up construction. Bert has spent the last 13 years as a Project Superintendent responsible for managing multiple projects with a staff of superintendents and foremen. His current responsiblilities include negotiations with owners and sub-contractors, managing and approving contractual obligations and changes, developing master project schedules and coordinating workforce allocations.
Recent projects Bert has sucessfully completed include the Oak Valley Business Park in Santa Rosa, the Redwood Business park in Petaluma, the historical restoration of the City of Petaluma’s Railroad Depot, the Woodside Office Center in Novato and the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home (PhaseII) for Sonoma County. Bert is considered an expert in concret tilt-up construction.
Sean Manion - Project Manager
Sean joined Vila Construction with over 15 years of experience managing multi-million dollar projects in the hospital, biopharmaceutical and commercial markets. He has served as project manger for Herrrero Construction and Lem Construction. His past experience includes renovation and new construction projects for such clients as the University of California at San Francisco, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Sequoia Hospital, Gilead Sciences, and Wells Fargo Bank. Among the projects Sean has manged for Vila Construction are the $5.23M Early Childhood Education Center and the $3.77M Dining Commons #3 renovation and the $1.8M renovation of Sather Gate and Sather Tower, all on the University of California, Berkeley campus.
Sean is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He holds a Construction Management Certificate from San Francisco State University.