Chuck was heavily involved in a wide range of Construction Projects early on in his Real Estate Career at The Widewaters Group Inc. Chuck was instrumental in not only leasing space but also seeing the construction projects through to completion. His years of experience allowed him to aid in developing a single source provider system that helped get deals done and aided in limiting cost and time delays.
In 2005 Chuck was one of the founding members of CBD Builders, LLC which offered the same single source approach to design and construction for a wide range of clients including his own. In January of 2009 Chuck along with Courtney Wilson launched CBD Companies which includes a Construction, Brokerage and Development Company.
Though Chuck’s main focus is on the Real Estate Brokerage business he remains instrumental in CBD Construction’s growth and success from a leadership and business development side.
Chuck is a 1987 graduate of Syracuse University and resides in Manlius with his wife Marie and their four children.
Courtney has been involved in the construction industry for most of his life. From an early age he played a role in the management of his father’s residential contracting business where his duties ranged from drafting contracts, organizing jobsites and performing in different trade and labor capacities. Courtney credits a lot of his early success to the hard work and guidance passed on by his father and uncle.
In 1998 after graduating from college Courtney joined The Widewaters Group, Inc. in Dewitt, New York to obtain experience in the commercial construction and real estate development field. In his eight years with the firm he quickly advanced roles from Project Manager to Construction Executive. Courtney oversaw the construction of many fast track construction and development projects in the office, medical and retail sectors. His roles and responsibilities at Widewaters allowed him to wear many different hats including design builder, owner’s representative, general contractor and construction manager.
His years of working for a long term owner and investor have helped develop his vision and approach to design, construction and real estate development. His “build it like you own it attitude” is one of the key ingredients to serving CBD clients needs. Courtney joined CBD Builders, LLC as a partner in 2006 and was appointed President in 2008.
In 2009 Courtney and Chuck Sangster launched CBD Companies which includes a Construction, Brokerage Development company.
Courtney is a 1997 Graduate of Stony Brook University and resides in Manlius with his wife and three daughters.
Gwen Eichorn joined CBD Companies as Controller in 2014. Gwen’s prior experience includes Senior Auditor for a regional CPA firm in Raleigh, NC, a Municipal Accountant for Oklahoma City, and more recently the Finance Director for a health care company in Syracuse.
Gwen is a licensed CPA. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration from Hofstra University and MBA from Empire State College. She resides in Tully with her husband and son.
In 2008 Jared graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Geography – International Business and World Trade. In the same year he joined CBD Construction as an Assistant Project Manager. Prior to joining CBD Construction, Jared worked at Northeast Construction Services, Inc. and The Widewaters Group, Inc. Jared currently resides in Syracuse.
Jason joined CBD in July of 2018 and serves as an Estimator and Pre-construction Manager. As an Estimator, Jason provides cost estimating services for design-build, hard bid, and negotiated construction projects. With over 22 years of experience in construction, Jason’s background includes a strong work history in construction execution, coordination, and building management — allowing him a strategic approach to estimating, as well as ongoing relationships with key subcontractors.
James joined CBD in 2010 and is currently serving as a Project Manager. From design to build, he is the liaison between the owners, architects, engineers, and subcontractors throughout the construction process. James’ industry experience includes healthcare, office, and environmental remediation projects.
Todd rejoined CBD in 2019 and is currently serving as a Project Manager. Previously, Todd previously worked for CBD as an assistant project manager and brings over 30 years of construction experience with him. He has spent a lifetime in and around the construction trades working first as a laborer, then as a carpenter before entering his management role. From design to build, he is the liaison between the owners, architects, engineers, and subcontractors throughout the construction process. Todd’s industry experience includes food processing, healthcare, medical and office projects.
BJ graduated from Augsburg College in 2014 with a degree in Business Management. Right after college BJ worked as a Project Manager for a General Contractor building retail stores inside of malls throughout Midwest. He Joined the CBD Team in 2018 as a Project Manager and brings environmental remediation experience to the team. Previously BJ worked as a Construction Manager at an environmental engineering company and worked on many environmental remediation projects across the country.
Zach joined the CBD team in early 2018 as a Project Engineer. He is a 2014 graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a B.S. in Business Administration. Previously, Zach has worked for CBD in various functions including laborer, intern, and project superintendent. Prior to coming on board at CBD, Zach worked as a Timber Framer for New Energy Works, in Farmington, NY, manufacturing and raising custom timber frame homes throughout the Northeast. He has spent a lifetime in and around the construction trades working closely with his father’s construction company, Chesapeake Builders. His passion for the built world drives him to continue learning and growing within the construction industry.
Alex began at CBD in March 2019 as a Staff Accountant. He is a 2018 graduate of Le Moyne College with a B.S. in Accounting and a 2019 MBA graduate, also from Le Moyne College. He helps primarily with CBD financial statements and property management tasks. Originally from Albany County, Alex brings a solid accounting education and customer service background to the team. He currently resides in the town of Fayetteville.
Sabry Langford joined CBD Companies in the fall of 2015. Sabry studied business administration at Daytona State College. As project coordinator Sabry provides administrative support to the project managers and staff.
Sabry grew up in Florida and relocated to Syracuse in 2011 to be closer to family. Her previous experience in restaurant management honed her skills in supervision, coordination and attention to detail.
Kristin brings construction knowledge from her previous work within the non-profit field. As a recent graduate from Walden University with an MBA in Project Management she is driven to take on new tasks and expand her skill set. Her professional and educational background has provided her a varied set of tools that will help her excel at CBD. She currently resides in Auburn with her husband and two children.
Jessica joined CBD Companies in September 2018 as a Project Coordinator. Jessica brings construction and administrative experience from previous work. Jessica utilizes her skills to help the Project Managers and staff with daily tasks. She is looking forward to learning more and growing with the company. Jessica currently resides in Syracuse with her daughter.
Harry P. Harkaway, Senior Director of Leasing, is responsible for the leasing activity for all in-house and third-party clients for CBD Companies, LLC.
Harkaway has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience. He began his career with JmB Realty of Chicago, IL where he worked in property management in Minneapolis, MN and Syracuse, NY. Later, he acted as area leasing manager in Washington, D.C., where he directed leasing transactions for over one million square feet for seven properties. In 1993, Harry became a partner with the Bell Group of Syracuse, NY, where he served as a tenant representative assisting clients in lease negotiations, site selection, and commercial sales and acquisitions. He provided transaction management for the sale of two of Syracuse’s largest office buildings: One Lincoln Center (305,000 sf) and AXA Towers (600,000 sf). He joined Pioneer in 2004 to oversee a 4.2 million square foot portfolio consisting of 38 office and industrial buildings.
Harry received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael began his career negotiating labor contracts for the Port Authority of NY & NJ. He then became an Assistant Vice President of Asset Management for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In that role he helped operate a portfolio of waterfront assets that generated over $50 million in annual revenue.
Michael then moved home to Syracuse where he became the property manager for a one million sq ft commercial office portfolio. In addition to directly managing the operations of the buildings, Michael also oversaw all construction projects including over $5.5 million in tenant build outs which helped raise occupancy from 75% to 87%. Michael also managed over $4 million in capital projects including upgrades to the roofs, lobbies, cooling towers, and parking lots. This work resulted in a 103% projected IRR for investors.
Since 2018, Michael has served as a Syracuse Common Councilor-At-Large. As a Councilor, Michael is the Chair of the Public Works Committee. Michael also serves on the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO). He lives on the East Side of Syracuse with his wife, Emily.
Michael has a BS from the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations and an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at CUNY Baruch.
Mark has over 40 years of commercial and residential property management experience. After 28 years; he recently left Longley Jones Management Corporation as their Senior Vice President overseeing the management and development of the company’s commercial and apartment portfolio. That diversified portfolio was situated throughout the Upstate New York region.
Mark is certified by the NYS Unified Court System as a Receiver, Property Manager and Broker. He also is a licensed NYS Associate Broker. Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver in Real Estate and Construction Management. Mark resides in Manlius with his wife Cynthia. They have three adult children.
Eric Will III has been with CBD Companies since 2010 working as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and Property Manager. He currently manages over 600,000 SF of Class A office space. Responsibilities include leasing, contract negotiations, vendor management and tenant relations.
Eric is a 2000 graduate of Colgate University and resides in Syracuse with his wife and their two daughters.