Steve Berlage Appointed President & COO of Sachse Construction

DETROIT, Feb. 20, 2013 – Sachse Construction, a Detroit-based premium commercial construction company, announced today it has hired Steven R. Berlage as president and chief operating officer. Todd Sachse, previously president, will remain the active owner and CEO.

“Steve is a dynamic leader and a construction industry veteran with a proven track record of growing profitable company divisions and expanding into new markets and regions,” said Todd Sachse, CEO, Sachse Construction. “We’ve had record-breaking business volumes over the past few years because of our dedication to project excellence. Our expanded leadership team is necessary not just to help manage our current projects, but to allow us to take another big step forward with added resources and expertise.”

With more than 30 years of experience, Berlage joined Turner Construction Company in 1982 and was most recently vice president and general manager of the company’s Michigan and Toronto offices. He joined the Michigan office in 2002, where he has since managed more than $2 billion in construction volume in the healthcare, higher education, commercial and public market segments. He also established the company’s Toronto office in 2009.

Before leading the Michigan office, Berlage was vice president and operations manager in Chicago where he managed the construction operations and oversaw a professional staff of more than 200. Most notably, he grew the company’s Special Projects Division with a focus on commercial and interiors projects.

Berlage is a member of the Construction Association of Michigan, Associated General Contractors, and the Historic Christ Church of Detroit Building and Grounds Committee. Previously, he held board positions with Detroit Downtown, Inc., Detroit Downtown Partnership and Oakland County Business Roundtable. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Michigan.

Sachse Construction continues to report growth with 2012 revenue at $115.4 million. Recent notable projects include renovations to historic downtown Detroit buildings with client Bedrock/Rock Ventures, the new Whole Foods in Detroit, tenant coordination and landlord construction activities at City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, and the completion of LEED-certified Nike stores across the country.


Sachse Construction is headquartered in Detroit, and provides premium commercial construction services throughout North America from design-build, construction management and general contracting to tenant coordination, ground-up construction, program management and several LEED initiatives.

Todd Sachse formed Sachse Construction in 1991 on the foundation of a systematic approach to project management and the principals of doing the right thing and striving for excellence by constantly raising the bar. The result is more than 20 years of successfully completing millions of square feet of customer projects in health care, education, airport concessions, office, retail, fitness, restaurant and multi-family.

Grant Thornton LLP Welcomes Two New Employees in Detroit

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Nov. 15, 2012 — Grant Thornton LLP’s Detroit office is pleased to welcome a new audit associate as well as a new senior audit associate from its member firm in the Philippines as the company continues to grow its Michigan tax, audit and advisory practice.

Alexis Carlo G. Magsumbol, 25, has joined Grant Thornton as an audit senior associate. He is in Detroit from the Philippines as part of Grant Thornton’s secondment, or exchange, program. Magsumbol previously worked for four years as an audit senior associate at Punongbayan and Araullo, a member firm of Grant Thornton. Magsumbol has his bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Beda College in the Philippines.

Lacie Melasi, 23, of Ferndale, Mich., has joined Grant Thornton as an audit associate. She previously worked at PwC in Detroit as an auditor for internal controls. Melasi has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minor in information technology from Oakland University.


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