About us

We at TDS Construction, Inc. are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality service available. We understand that we are only as good as the last store we build; therefore every store requires the same attention as if it was our first.

Our experienced and knowledgeable project managers are supported by capable and efficient staff, and flourish in a team environment. Each project is handled beginning to end by an assigned team, consisting of a:

Project Manager

Estimate, qualify and buyout projects; oversee superintendent and manage day to day progress to ensure timely completion; maintain excellent client, landlord, building department and subcontractor relations; ensure project is completed within budget and on-time, look for opportunities for cost savings to client; expeditiously complete close out requirements and warranty items.

Robert D. Baker – Vice President of Construction

Specializing in 60,000 sq ft and up Big Box Stores, Grocery Renovations and 5-10,000 sq ft High End Retail Stores

Ron E. Strange – Senior Project Manager

Specializing in Shopping Center Renovations & Buildouts for Developers, Discount Stores and Banks

Chris S. Paynter – Project Manager

Specializing in 10-50,000 sq ft Open Remodels and 10-35,000 sq ft High End Retail Stores

William E. Leeka – Project Manager

Specializing in 2-4,000 High End Retail Stores

William Gentry – Project Manager

Specializing in 40-60,000 sq ft Big Box Stores and 2-4,000 sq ft High End Retail Stores

 

Project Assistant

Process subcontracts, purchase orders, change orders; assist Project Manager in daily tasks and help resolve issues; maintain close communication during Project Manager travel.

Bid Administrator

Procure quality bids, verify cost and availability of specified materials; research building department and landlord rules and requirements; pull permits; ensure timely start up of projects.

Our clients’ needs are of the utmost importance to use and are addressed promptly by contacting any member of your team. We are able to assist our clients twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Project Managers:

DAVID K. SCHERER – President of T D S Construction, Inc., Founded T D S Construction, Inc. in 1987 for the sole purpose of providing construction services to the retail industry throughout the United States.

Although T D S Construction has experienced growth over the last twenty seven years, Mr. Scherer’s commitment to the company’s retail clientele has never wavered. Maintaining his role as the President of T D S Construction and still managing the day to day operations, Mr. Scherer personally over sees all strategic planning for the company, continually looking for ways to maintain T D S Construction’s leading presence in tenant improvement construction, as well as keeping up with the latest trends in the construction, fixturing, merchandising, and technology changes in the retail industries to provide to our clients.

Beyond his day-to-day duties at T D S Construction, Mr. Scherer is an avid donor and participant to many local charities. Boasting Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee as his “pet” charity (13 time Golden Fork Sponsor), T D S Construction also sponsors multiple kids basketball and baseball teams, as well as also supporting many other local area charities including but not limited to: Manatee Children Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Boys & Girls Club, Coastal Conservation Association, and the Coast Guard Foundation.

ROBERT D. BAKER – Vice President of Construction and Project Manager for T D S Construction, Inc.,

Specializing in 60,000 sq ft and up Big Box Stores, Grocery Renovations and 5-10,000 sq ft High End Retail Stores

Bob Baker has over forty years experience in all areas of the construction industry, from field construction to supervision to project management. Some highlights have included the planning, development and coordination of an American Gladiator Arena project in Las Vegas, NV to major retrofitting and additions to the United States Air Force Academy stadium and press box.

As Project Manager for T D S Construction, Inc., Bob has completed projects for:

Armani Exchange
Burlington Coat Factory
Kenneth Cole Productions
Shoe Carnival, Inc.
SuitSupply
Jerry’s Enterprises, Inc. (Save-A-Lot Foods)
McKinley Commercial, Inc.
Office Max
Levi Strauss & Company
HH Gregg
Horizon Group Properties

Bob’s expertise is certainly not limited to accomplishments in box development, but extends into specialized retail, restaurant and ground-up construction as well. Current duties include generating new clientele, estimating, job scheduling, job coordination, sub contract awards and full interaction with architects and owners.

As Vice President of Construction, Bob oversees and collaborates with all Project Managers at T D S Construction in a supervisory role, reviewing all bid submittals, advises superintendent assignments and contract and bid executions.

Bob has been actively expanding T D S Construction’s operations into Puerto Rico with pro-forma bidding, medium-box construction and high-end remodel construction. Development of subcontractors and vendor base relationships along with establishing shipping formats has been a part of the overall process.

RON E. STRANGE – Senior Project Manager for T D S Construction, Inc.,

Specializing in Shopping Center Renovations & Buildouts for Developers, Discount Stores and Banks.

Ron Strange has Twenty Five years experience in construction of retail stores nationwide performing every aspect of construction including estimating, bidding, obtaining permits, awarding of contracts, supervision, working with subcontractors on a professional basis, implementation of safety procedures, scheduling and coordination of the entire project from start up to completion.

As Project Manager, responsible for projects nationwide, including job scheduling for subcontractors, ordering fixtures, coordinating arrival dates for fixtures on the job site and responsible for ten superintendents simultaneously. A few of the clients Ron is currently working for include:

Beall’s, Inc.
Z Gallerie
Dockers San Francisco
Jeffery R. Anderson Real Estate Jewelry Repair Enterprises, Inc.
CB Richard Ellis / Sprint
H.L. Libby Corporation
Madison Marquette
Things Remembered, Inc.
Coldwater Creek
Organized Living
The Paradies Shops
M & I Bank

Served as Vice President of T D S Construction Services, Inc. for a period of five years; experienced in all areas of trim carpentry for retail stores.

Prior to becoming a project manager for T D S Construction, Inc., worked as a project superintendent for a Kentucky based construction firm specializing in site planning survey for development of custom homes on golf courses and for the construction of custom homes from start up to completion.

CHRIS S. PAYNTER – Project Manager for T D S Construction, Inc.

Specializing in 10-50,000 sq ft Open Remodels and 10-35,000 sq ft High End Retail Stores.

Chris Paynter has twenty plus with retail and commercial construction experience. He started his professional career as a licensed electrician in the Northeast and successfully managed several crews on numerous commercial and industrial projects. Chris has advanced in the construction industry from lead foreman to supervisor, to project manager, excelling on every project and demonstrating leadership qualities – a true team player.

Project Manager Responsibilities include estimating, project scheduling, FBO items scheduling, purchasing, liaison for owners / clients / architects/ engineers, and communicating with local building departments. All of the skills to ensure the projects are completed on time, under budget, and to the fullest satisfaction of the client.

As a Project Manager, Chris is currently working with or has completed projects for:

BJ’s Whole Sale Club
Best Buy / Best Buy Mobile
Carter’s & OshKosh
Guitar Center
Lush Cosmetics
Wal-Mart / Sam’s Club
Guess?
Oakley

Chris’s professional experience in retail and general construction speaks for itself. He has earned the loyalty and respect of his clients and his colleagues.

WILLIAM E. LEEKA – Project Manager for T D S Construction, Inc.

Specializing in 2-4,000 sq ft High End Retail Stores

Project Manager for TDS Construction, Inc. has over 30 years of retail and commercial construction experience. Starting in 1978 as a Laborer, Bill has moved up from the field to Foreman, Supervisor, and on to Project Manager proving his dedication to the industry.

He has completed projects from 1,000 to 100,000 square feet. These projects include retail build-outs and high rise commercial projects which require extensive knowledge of day to day operations in the field and a consistent flow of communication.

Project Manager Responsibilities include estimating, project scheduling, FBO items scheduling, purchasing, liaison for owners / clients / architects / engineers and communicating with local building departments. Bill possesses all of the skills to ensure that projects are completed on time, under budget and to the fullest satisfaction of the client.

As Project Manager for TDS Construction, Inc. Bill is currently delivering quality projects for:

White House Black Market
Soma
Kenneth Cole
Chico’s
Toys ‘R’ Us
Stein Mart
Luxottica
Vans
Crabtree & Evelyn
Ghirardelli
RGLA
JC Penney’s

Prior to joining TDS Construction, Bill completed projects for a wide variety of clients which include:

Wal-Mart
Office Max
Claire’s
Afaze
Bakers Shoes
Stride Rite
Zales
Wizards of the Coast
Sunglass Hut
Swatch
JC Penney’s
Price Waterhouse
Scrubs
Vitamin World

Dedication to satisfaction has earned Bill the respect and loyalty of his clients and peers.

WILLIAM GENTRY – Project Manager for T D S Construction, Inc.

Specializing in 40-60,000 sq ft Big Box Stores and 2-4,000 sq ft High End Retail Stores

Project Manager for TDS Construction, Inc. has over 12 years of hands on experience in all aspects of retail construction, from site work to fixturing, to supervision. He has completed a wide variety of commercial projects and retail stores, ranging in size from 500 square feet to 200,000 square feet. Starting with TDS Construction as a superintendent in 2003, Will has always been a team player, learning and understanding the necessary scheduling, communication, and quality needs of TDS Construction’s most demanding clients. He earned the respect of clients and peers alike which aided in his advancement to the Project Manager position.

Project Manager Responsibilities include estimating, permitting, scheduling, subcontractor negotiation, supervision, safety and environmental training and daily coordination of projects.

As Project Manager for TDS Construction, Inc. William is currently working with or has completed quality projects for:

Chico’s
Soma
White House Black Market
Boston Proper
Shoe Carnival
Lane Bryant
Catherine’s
Food Lion

As a superintendent, William completed projects for:

Beall’s Outlet
Babies ‘R’ Us
Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile
Burlington Coat Factory
Chico’s
Family Dollar
Fast Fix Jewelry
Kenneth Cole
Lush Cosmetics
Marshall’s
Swim ‘n Sport
Wal-Mart / Sam’s Club
White House Black Market