Suffolk Update 06/12/24

Suffolk Positioned for Continued Growth and Sector Diversification in South Florida With the Addition of Experienced Leaders Thomas Thrasher as General Manager and Nikki Rao as Director of Business Development

Suffolk, one of the largest and most innovative real estate and construction enterprises in the country, is announcing the addition of respected South Florida leaders Thomas Thrasher as General Manager and Nikki Rao as Director of Business Development, positioning the company as the builder of choice in South Florida. Mr. Thrasher and Ms. Rao share a successful track record of leveraging industry knowledge to build on existing momentum, identify potential in high-growth sectors, and maintain a pulse on clients’ evolving needs. Their collective experience, coupled with Suffolk’s national resources and use of data and technology, combine for an innovative approach to managing even the most complex projects across sectors.

A skilled builder and accomplished senior executive, Mr. Thrasher will be based in Miami and drive operational excellence, leveraging his extensive regional experience and market insight to connect with and serve clients, execute strategy, and ensure the successful delivery of high-quality projects. He will be responsible for the deployment of Suffolk’s industry-leading technologies, processes and data to increase jobsite efficiencies, enhance safety, and provide heightened levels of client service in key industry sectors, including commercial, hospitality, public, transportation and aviation.

“Nikki and I have worked closely together in South Florida for the past several years and both have a passion for building relationships and leading teams, which are the foundations of operational excellence,” said Thrasher. “Our grasp of the market and Suffolk’s incomparable excellence in the field perfectly position the team for impressive future growth.”

Mr. Thrasher joins Suffolk with more than 30 years of experience, including several years at Gilbane, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of its Florida business unit. He is a skilled builder widely recognized for his leadership, dedication to clients, and passion for tailoring unique strategies for increasing efficiency and productivity on projects. His portfolio includes significant work across residential, hospitality, education and healthcare. He will leverage his command of the market and Suffolk’s technology and resources to manage operations and attract exceptional and diverse talent as the team continues to expand to accommodate rapid growth in the region.

With more than a decade of experience in architecture and construction, Ms. Rao has worked in design, project management and business development, and has managed complex projects in the higher education, K-12 and healthcare sectors. Her diverse blend of experience has given her the ability to better understand the needs of clients and provide solutions from project inception to completion in order to achieve project success. Ms. Rao will ensure the seamless integration of Suffolk’s innovation and data in the business development process and educating potential clients on the numerous benefits of technology and transparency throughout the project lifecycle.

The strategic expansion of Suffolk’s Southeast Florida leadership team will help diversify its impressive portfolio, which currently includes sophisticated and complex projects such as the guitar-shaped Seminole Hard Rock Resort and Casino in Hollywood, Florida; the high-end 25-story Bristol in West Palm Beach, Florida; the landmark MiamiCentral Station; the Palm Beach International Airport Concourse; and the Virgin Voyages Terminal V at PortMiami, among others.

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