Balfour Beatty Construction Promotes Leaders in California

OAKLAND, Calif.  – Balfour Beatty Construction announced today that Oakland-based executive Sean Holliday will take on an expanded leadership role as vice president and business unit leader of the company’s Northern California office. The Northern California office is now part of Balfour Beatty’s California Division that includes both Northern and Southern California, as well as Arizona.

In his new role, Holliday will provide direction and oversight for all operations in Northern California, and serve as the top-ranking executive and spokesperson. He will work alongside the newly appointed president of the California Division, Brian Cahill. The California Division team is focused on harnessing its proven ability to consistently deliver high-quality solutions for clients, while maximizing the expanded experience, best practices and knowledge-sharing.

Sean Holliday, Vice President
Holliday’s background includes 18 years of industry experience and 13 years of service with Balfour Beatty Construction since joining the firm as a project manager in 2002. During his tenure, he has held many positions, including project manager and project executive before assuming his current role as vice president and business unit leader.

Sean Holliday
Sean Holliday

Not only has Holliday been a long-standing presence in the local construction market for over a decade, his expertise includes managing all aspects of construction from preconstruction to project close-out and client satisfaction. Holliday’s resume includes overseeing the successful completion of many high-profile projects in the Bay Area including 199 New Montgomery, 428 Alice Street, Jack London Square Market Hall and Ferry Building, 1285 Sutter, and One South Market. He also directed the pursuit, execution and strategy for the 801 Brannon and Transbay Bock 9 projects in San Francisco, as well as the One South Market project in San Jose.

Holliday will continue building on the momentum the office has gained partnering with foundational clients and expanding into new markets, including the education market in which Balfour Beatty Construction is ranked the No. 1 education contractor by Engineering News Record (ENR) California.

“I look forward to further leveraging the expertise of our team across the Southwest to deepen our market reach,” said Holliday. “Our new office space in Oakland has also added a new level of energy and I’m excited to be part of the team that is starting a new chapter for our business.”

Holliday holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Brian Cahill, President, California Division
A 30-year construction industry veteran, Brain Cahill began his career with the company in 1993 as a project superintendent. In the years since, his passion, commitment to the business and strong leadership skills allowed him to quickly climb the ranks within the organization. In 2012, Cahill was promoted to division president of the company’s Southwest Division, overseeing operations throughout Southern California and Arizona.

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Brian Cahill

In 2014, Cahill was named a “Top Influential” by the San Diego Daily Transcript in acknowledgement of his leadership, dedication to the company’s Zero Harm safety culture, and continuous commitment and support of the communities where he builds. The publication also ranks Balfour Beatty Construction as San Diego’s largest general contractor. In 2015, Cahill was named president of the California Division.

In San Diego, Cahill is actively involved in initiatives and endeavors that have a positive impact in the construction industry, as well as in the community. He played a key role in coordinating the effort for Balfour Beatty Construction and its mission-aligned trade contractors to construct the 65,000-square-foot Ronald McDonald House of San Diego for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego at-cost – saving the charity millions of dollars. In addition, is a board member of Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego and Imperial County, and has championed employee recruitment and fund-raising efforts resulting in more than $250,000 raised for the non-profit over the last 10 years.

Cahill has earned a strong reputation as a leader who believes people are a company’s greatest asset. “A people-first mentality is the key to our success,” said Cahill. “We are committed to investing in our teams so we can provide them with state-of-the-art industry tools, training and development. Our employees not only make our client’s dreams come to life, they are fulfilling their own dreams during the process. Whether it be supporting a cause in the community where they are building, or implementing a key time or money saving innovation, they are playing a critical role in our success.”

A Certified Construction Manager and a LEED AP, Cahill holds a degree in Aviation Science from San Diego Mesa College, and served over five years as a U.S. Navy Deep Sea Diver.

About Balfour Beatty Construction US
An industry leader for more than 80 years, Balfour Beatty Construction US provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services for a wide variety of markets, serving clients in both the public and private sectors. The company is the U.S. subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY), a leading international infrastructure group that finances, develops, builds and maintains complex building programs focused on social and commercial buildings, power and utility systems, and transportation. Consistently ranked among the nation’s largest building contractors, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US has been cited as a Top 10 Domestic Building Contractor and Top 10 Green Builder by Engineering News-Record. To learn more, visit or look for BalfourBeattyUS on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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