Dan Shaffer, Director of Pre-Construction

Professional Summary

  • Relationship focused, during his 10 years’ experience in purchasing and estimating Dan has built long lasting relationships with leading subcontractors in the central Florida area.
  • Strategic approach to estimating, During the bidding phase of the project Dan gathers a deep understanding of the requirements of the project and teams with subs that can deliver the desired level of quality, price and staffing needed to deliver the project on time and on budget
  • Integral part of the construction team, Dan oversees both the bidding and buyout stages of the estimate thus creating a seamless transition with the operations team


  • Ability to professionally communicate with all levels of management and external clients
  • Excellent communication, time management and problem solving skills
  • Proactive, self-starter, fast learner and effective working independently, yet equally comfortable contributing in a team environment
  • Strong reasoning and decision making skills with the ability to deal with multiple issues and details at once
  • Planning & Organization
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Experience with JDE Software, Primavera P6, Prolog Converge, Spitfire

Work History

2015-18           Jordan Brothers Construction, LLC, General Contractor                                 Orlando, FL

Estimating/Purchasing Manager; IT Support

  • Helped grow company from $1-3Mil Revenue per year to $15+Mil per year
  • Responsible for all aspects of the estimating process:
    • Identify projects to pursue
    • Create invitations to bid
    • Identify the total scope of the project and inviting the correct subcontractors to bid
    • Complete material take-offs via PlanSwift software
    • Ability to comprehend plans/contracts in order to put together competitive bids
    • Inquire RFIs to architects and engineers to clarify any conflicts prior to bid submission
    • Attend pre-bid meetings and perform site visits necessary to complete bids
    • De-scope all Subcontractor proposals
    • Construct entire bid packages/presentations needed for clients
    • Create project budgets with correct accounting cost codes prior to project turnover to Operation Team
    • Aid in initial Subcontractor buyout
    • Bid on $120+Mil in public solicitations winning $40+Mil in work
    • Successful bid and won $18+Mil of private work
    • Construct conceptual estimates based on historical unit pricing and market pricing
  • Experience with vertical and horizontal construction estimating
  • Responsible for creating Purchase Orders and Subcontracts
  • Responsible for purchasing and maintaining IT equipment, thereby creating new domain users and email addresses

2013-2015       Cherry Lake Tree Farm DBA LegacyScapes Inc., Landscape Contractor         Groveland, FL

Purchasing/Logistics Manager

  • Responsible for all landscape purchases for all projects
  • Aid in managing 15+ Foremen
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the best price on materials
  • Set up logistics on materials sent to jobsites

2012-2013       Cherry Lake Tree Farm, Wholesaler                                                                Groveland, FL

Production Cost Accountant /Process Improvement

  • Hand-picked by CEO for this position
  • Responsible for analyzing production cost for our material and develop lead indicators that our growers can use to lower their cost and be more efficient
  • Identify and carry out special projects set out by the CEO and CFO
  • Involve in many cross-functional teams where the goal is to identify areas in our organization where we can be more efficient
  • Continue to handle financial reporting for my previous department

2008-2012       Cherry Lake Tree Farm, Wholesaler                                                                 Groveland, FL

Outsourcing & Shipping Manager

  • Manage Outsourcing Division for 1200 Acre Containerized Tree Farm, including 5 staff employees
  • Responsible for financial reporting including maintaining a balance sheet, P&L statements, and projecting
  • Set yearly budget
  • Achieve $12+Mil in Revenue / $2+Mil in Gross Margin during my 4 years as Manager
  • Negotiate competitive priced deals through strategically sourcing materials and leveraging strong vendor relationships
  • Develop the P&L reporting process and integrated into that of the company


University of Florida   Gainesville, FL

Bachelor of Science in Finance, Cum Laude, April 2005