Sponsor Profile: Tom Shumaker, Cincinnati Commercial Contracting

Tom Shumaker, Director of Business Development, Cincinnati Commercial Contracting

What does your firm do? 

Cincinnati Commercial Contracting (CCC) is a full-service real estate development, general contracting, and construction management company. CCC was founded in 1979 to provide clients with full service commercial construction management and real estate development expertise.  

From retail stores and restaurants to manufacturing facilities and fabrication shops, CCC’s expert construction management team provides thorough preparation, superior craftsmanship, and attention to detail to each project. That is how we have done business for over 40 years. 

How did you get into this field? 

I graduated from UC DAAP in 1985 and started out life as an architect. In the early ‘90s, I was lured to the “dark side” of real estate development, and never looked back. Over my career, I have earned experience in real estate development, design, construction, corporate real estate management, and business development.

How does your firm work with architects? 

For more than 40 years, Cincinnati Commercial Contracting has been able to provide the most value to clients when we are engaged day one as a member of the project team. It really doesn’t matter if CCC or the design firm is the project lead. The important thing is that the client enjoys direct collaborative access to both of our expertise from the outset of the project. We especially thrive in a design assist role, particularly when design professionals seek our expertise with pre-engineered metal building systems. 

What is your favorite building and why? 

Although it might seem trite, I am still a huge fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. And although choosing a “favorite” FLL building is a bit like choosing a favorite child, Falling Water and Taliesin West are hard to surpass. But locally, Union Terminal is it hands down.

When you’re not working, what do you love to do? 

Golf and travel. I’m also a life-long POTUS geek, and read a lot of presidential biographies and U.S. History.

Cincinnati Commercial Contracting is AIA Cincinnati’s newest Title Sponsor. Learn more at cccontracting.com.

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