July 11, 2022 – Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP), a national, family-owned construction management and contracting company, has expanded its business development teams in strategic Texas markets. Eric Churchill joins as the new Director of Business Development for Central Texas in the AP Austin office, while Melisa Baune comes on board as a Director of Business Development for North Texas in the AP Dallas office.
Churchill will develop and execute a comprehensive strategy to identify new business, markets and clients in the Central Texas region while ensuring profitable growth and alignment with the company’s strategic goals and mission. Baune will lead similar development efforts in North Texas. Churchill brings the AP team 30 years of professional business development experience, the last 18 in Central Texas. Baune provides 15 years of professional business development experience.
“Eric’s track record demonstrates his accomplishments in business development with more than two dozen years of experience in complex sales, and adding him to the team is a huge boon for our Austin office,” said Will Pender, regional president at AP. “Moreover, Melisa’s extensive experience and reputation for building solid business relationships provides great value and growth opportunities for AP as we continue to implement our business plans throughout the North Texas region.”
A Texas A&M graduate, Churchill currently serves on the Urban Land Institute Austin Advisory Board, ULI Austin Programs Committee and the ULI Austin P3 Local Member Council. He is also affiliated with the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Austin Chapter and the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
“Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s reputation among the construction industry is impeccable,” Churchill said. “It is a privilege to join one of the top construction companies in the nation. AP’s commitment to producing quality projects along with its integrity and innovation makes this an incredible place to plant my flag.”
Baune has worked on multiple business development teams, where she helped firms grow their presence in both new and existing markets, including Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Ohio. Over her career, Baune produced lasting and impactful relationships both within and outside of the firm. The University of Texas at Arlington graduate most recently served as a 2022 Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership Mentor, was a 2021 graduate, and will be co-chairing the Center for Leadership 2023 class.
“Since starting my career in Minnesota where AP is headquartered, I have long admired AP’s solid reputation within the industry, placing the company on my radar over the course of my career,” said Baune. “This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of the next chapter in AP’s history and help continue the forward momentum.”
Notable AP Gulf States projects include PGA of America’s new headquarters in Frisco; VariSpace Coppell and Vari’s headquarters in Coppell; the Arlington ISD Arts and Athletics Complex in Arlington; several education facilities for the University of Texas and Fort Worth ISD; and Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas. In addition, the Central Texas office is working with San Antonio’s Northside ISD on several projects while AP’s Midland-based West Texas office is currently working on Potter County’s District Courts Building in Amarillo.