Major Pasadena Construction Company Appoints New Vice President

Published : Friday, January 24, 2020 | 5:55 AM

Jennifer Vasquez

Pasadena-based general contracting firm C.W. Driver Companies has appointed Jennifer Vasquez to be its new vice president of business development and corporate communications.

Vasquez has been with the 100-year-old firm for 15 years, and was Director of Marketing/Corporate Communications before she was appointed VP. She will work with Karl Kreutziger, president of C.W. Driver, to develop annual business and marketing plans and oversee corporate strategies. She will also serve as the primary strategic advisor to the firm’s executive leaders.

Before joining C.W. Driver, Vasquez was marketing manager at Pepper Construction Company in Irvine, and prior to that was marketing coordinator with Construction Management and Development, Inc. in Honolulu, Hawaii and Los Angeles.

She obtained her BS in Business Administration from the University of San Diego in 2001.

Valerie Thornburg has also been promoted to be the director of marketing at C.W., a company statement said. Thornburg, who has been with the company for over nine years, will be responsible for strategic and tactical communications.

C.W. Driver Companies, founded in the 1920s, is a multi-faceted builder providing general contracting, construction management and design/build services to the western United States. Its license number, 102, is one of the oldest in the state.

C.W. Driver Company was fairly active with building in downtown Los Angeles until the Great Depression. C.W. Driver built the historic Wilshire Methodist Church in 1926, the Warner Bros.Theater in 1929, the Olympic Swimming Stadium near the University of Southern California campus in 1932, St. Robert’s Hall’s at Loyola Marymount in 1935, and The Los Angeles Theater in 1939.

In the post-World War II economy, the company surged to prominence as a building contractor.

The company executed the remodeling of the stately Jonathan Beach Club in 1957, built the Costa Mesa Civic Center in 1966, remodeled the Biltmore Hotel in 1967, constructed a Ralph’s grocery store in Gardena, Bank of America branches, the Newport Beach Civic Center, a seismic retrofit of the Intergenerational Community Center at Exposition Park (2002), and so on.

C.W. Driver has a long list of landmark structures that make up the urban landscape of the region, built with private and public money alike.

The company, which has six offices throughout California, has a diverse portfolio of projects within the academic, entertainment and sports, retail, civic and cultural, commercial, office, hospitality and gaming, healthcare, residential, and senior living industries.

In 2019, C.W. Driver’s annual revenue was $586 million.

For more information about C.W. Driver Companies, visit www.cwdriver.com.

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