Ryan Balakas is a general manager of Saunders Construction, overseeing its Saunders Norwood Construction (SNC) business unit based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At SNC, Balakas is responsible for the oversight and management of business operations and administration. His leadership at SNC is an extension of Saunders’ commitment to Colorado communities and dedication to an exceptional client experience.
Balakas started his post-college career at Saunders in 2006 as a project engineer, then working his way up to project manager, construction manager and vice president. With a successful history of managing similar size work programs and implementing business solutions focused on sustainable growth, Balakas brings a qualified approach to providing construction management services in the Pikes Peak region.
With both personal and professional contributions, Balakas places high importance on community involvement. He is actively involved in supporting several local and regional Colorado organizations, participating in programs through the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Denver Metro Leadership Foundation, and Associated General Contractors of Colorado. Additionally, he serves on the board for the Littleton Adventist Hospital Foundation, Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, and University of Colorado Denver Construction Engineering Management advisory board. In 2017, he was named a Top 20 under 40 Design & Construction professional by Engineering News-Record (ENR).