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Sundt Promotes Burnett To CFO

The Sundt Companies promoted Kevin Burnett to senior vice president and chief financial officer. He will oversee the accounting, finance, treasury and risk management areas while serving as chairman of the finance committee for the employee-owned general contractor.

A Sundt employee since 1998, Burnett has served as vice president, controller and then as senior vice president of acquisitions and investments. In his new position, he is working alongside longtime colleague and CFO Ray Bargull until Bargull retires this September.

“While we are saddened to see Ray go after many wonderful years, we are thrilled to have Kevin stepping in,” said Dave Crawford, president and CEO of Sundt. “Kevin was hand-selected to fulfill the CFO position as he not only has extensive financial experience but has also been a key member of our team for a long time now. He really is an asset to Sundt and he will undoubtedly excel in his new leadership role.”

Burnett’s nearly three decades in the financial services industry includes previous roles as the vice president corporate controller for Evans Withycombe Residential, Inc. and a senior audit manager with Ernst & Young LLP.

Burnett holds a Master of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Arizona as well as a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Rochester. He is a certified public accountant in the state of Arizona as well as a certified construction industry finance professional and construction risk and insurance specialist.

Burnett also serves as president of the Valley of the Sun Construction Finance Managers Association (CFMA), vice chairman of the YMCA of Southern Arizona and a member of the board of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO).

Sundt Reception

Sundt Reception Honors Longtime Employees, ex-CEO

For 121 years, Sundt has believed that its people make the difference, considering them vital to the company’s past, present and future successes. The employee-owned construction company, which has received many “Best Place to Work” accolades and industry awards, began recognizing its former longtime employees in a new way on March 29.

That  afternoon, Sundt hosted a lunch reception to honor approximately 200 former employees who spent 20 years or more working for Sundt. With approximately 130 in attendance, the lunch reception featured a special ceremony that unveiled a new “Years of Service” display outside the general contractor’s Tempe office. The display, designed by Phoenix-based Lisa Ranzenberger, features the names of former employees who met or surpassed 20 years of service with the construction company.

“At Sundt, valuing our employees is and has always been integral to our culture. We believe that good things happen with good people,” said Richard Condit, chief administrative officer for Sundt. “We also understand that people’s most valuable asset is their time, and these folks have given more than 20 years of their lives to our company. We felt it would be most appropriate to honor and thank them for their service.”

Sundt President and CEO Dave Crawford served as the event’s master of ceremonies, welcoming everyone and sharing stories about people, projects and successes of the company. The reception included a video presentation of the company’s history, lunch, the unveiling of the “Years of Service” display, cake, as well as optional tours of the Tempe office hosted by current employees.

Condit led the development of the Years of Service display, which got underway last year. The construction company conducted internal research to identify those former employees who reached the 20-year milestone across all locations, and then hired Ranzenberger to design the display, which features a series of six pillars. The first and second pillars explain the display’s purpose and state Sundt’s vision, mission and core values, respectively. The remaining four are inscribed with the names of the honorees, starting with the company’s founder, M.M. Sundt. On an annual basis, Sundt will hold a ceremonial luncheon to honor additional past employees whose names are to be added to the display.

The pillars are located at the entrance to the Tempe headquarters, a building named for Sundt’s recently retired CEO, J. Doug Pruitt. The official naming of the J. Doug Pruitt Building was also part of the March 29 luncheon. Pruitt, who retired in September 2011 after 45 years but remains active as the company’s chairman, is credited with being the driving force behind Sundt’s success in recent years.