President, D. Stephenson Construction, Inc.
Mr. Sanches is the President of D. Stephenson Construction, Inc., a 25-year old minority owned construction firm specializing in the construction of educational facilities, municipal buildings, multi-family residential, airport and other facilities throughout South Florida.
Prior to joining D. Stephenson Construction Mr. Sanches spent 30 years in various construction and facilities management positions. Most recently Mr. Sanches was the Chief of Support Operations at the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC). While there he managed over 3,000 employees, oversaw more than $2 billion in construction projects and managed 29 million square feet of schools, offices, warehouses and other facilities. Mr. Sanches is largely credited with leading SDPBC’s sustainability focus including developing sustainable policies and procedures which have earned him a place on the National Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council and the SDPBC the designation as a National Green Ribbon School District.
Mr. Sanches previously worked in New York, Atlanta and the U.S. Virgin Islands for some the country’s largest construction and program management firms including Heery International, Tishman Construction and Bovis Lend Lease where he managed the planning, design and construction of malls, hospitals, prisons, multi-family residences, historic structures, government buildings and infrastructure improvements.
Mr. Sanches earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Pratt Institute and an MBA in management from Baruch College. He holds a Florida general contractor’s license and he is a LEED Accredited Professional.
In addition to being on Board of Directors with the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, Mr. Sanches is on the board for the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Pine Jog Environmental Education Center. He is also actively involved in the Minority Builders Coalition, National Forum for Black Public Administrators and several other community organizations.