Over the years, KBI General Contractors have built a solid reputation of stability and integrity. Our staff of professionals draws upon these years of industry experience in order to meet the needs of every client. By integrating strict standards for quality workmanship, the KBI team consistently delivers unparalleled customer satisfaction. By meeting and surpassing our client’s goals, we insure our own growth and success. KBI is committed to providing our Clients with quality projects, constructed by professional craftsman, done in a timely manor, and keeping cost to a minimum. By working with our Clients during the design process or through our “Value Engineering” after the plans have been completed, we can recommend methods and materials that can reduce costs and shorten construction schedules.

Jack Klaer, President
Jack began his career in 1972, with his admission to the Local Carpenters Union #1815 in Santa Ana, California. It was there that he developed a solid background in the largest of the subcontract trades. He rose quickly to the position of foreman, where he supervised carpentry and technical concrete operations on many high rise and commercial projects throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County metropolitan areas.

In 1977 Jack founded his own construction company and completed many restaurants and commercial projects for some of the premier developers in Southern California. In early 1989, the opportunity arose to join California Sonic Drive-in Restaurants, Inc., in developing the Sonic Drive-in Restaurant concept in Southern California. With his knowledge and expertise in fast food restaurant development, he put together the construction and development program that resulted in the entitlement, building, and opening of nine new restaurants.

In 1992 Jack formed Klaer Brittain Inc. (KBI) to specialize in Commercial and Institutional Construction. Under his leadership KBI has completed many large Church Facilities, Shopping Centers, Restaurants, and Office Buildings.

Jack resides in Tustin with his wife Carla and has four children. They are members of Calvary Church in Santa Ana, California.

Mark Norton, Principal
Mark Norton has been involved in the Commercial Construction Industry for over 25 years. Throughout his career he has handled pre-construction services, estimating, project management, business development, and overseeing the entire operations of the company.

Mark began his Construction Career in 1985. After serving as Vice-President for two different commercial general contractors, he started his own company in 1990. He has been involved in over 1 million square feet of commercial construction.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Long Beach State University in 1984. Mark and his wife Sherri live in Fullerton and attend North Hills Church in Brea. They are supporters of orphanages in Kishinev Moldova, Bucharest Romania, Yei Sudan, and a home for street kids in Kisumu Kenya. They are also National Level Masters Bicycle Racers.

Ronald Blanchard, Senior Project Manager
Ronald brings to KBI General Contractors a strong and diverse background of building experience spanning over 50 years. This broad array of industry involvement over the years has prepared Ronald for the tasks at hand from client relations, estimating, and project management and project closeout. Through his hands on experience in the field he has established an eye for detail and quality combined with the needed abilities to deal with field situations as they come up and processes them in a timely and cost effective manner.

Ronald has been involved in the construction of Hotels, Resorts, Custom and Multi Family Dwellings, Medical Facilities, Strip Malls, On Site & Off Site Improvements, Parking Facilities, Schools, Churches, Fueling Stations and Restaurants. Ronald holds his own B1 License along with most Subcontractor supplemental licenses.

Ronald resides in Newport Beach, California with his wife and daughter. In his spare time Ronald enjoys music, flying and reading.

Mike Burton, General Superintendent
Mike has over 28 years of experience in all aspects of general field operations, design/build construction, budget cost controls and project scheduling. Mike joined KBI in 2004 with a background including subcontractor management, plans processing and permit procurement, tenant/owner liaison, and mastery of quality control in all phases of the construction process. Mike’s management style adds value for our Clients through his ability to motivate Subcontractors without alienation and his ability to multi task.

Mike specializes in Ground up Construction, Remodels, and Tenant Improvement Projects. He has completed numerous Shopping Centers, Restaurants, and Hotel Expansions including BJ’s Restaurants (4 locations), Calexico Retail Center, Cummins Cal-Pacific, Acapulco Mexican Restaurants (13 locations), Theo Lacy Correctional Facility, Canyon Crest Food Court, China Lake Retail Facility, and Cold Stone Creameries (3 locations).

Terri Castillo, Controller
Terri has over 20 years of experience in the Commercial Construction Industry. Upon graduating from Valencia High School in Placentia, Terri went into the banking industry and soon became an Operations Officer. From there she entered into the construction field. Terri has taken on many challenges throughout her career. She has worked for various Subcontractors in the Construction Trades.

Terry joined KBI in 2005 and heads up the Accounting Department. She has hands-on experience with all departments and is involved from project bidding to final project turn over. Her experience working in each department has given her the in-sight of controlling each project properly and efficiently.

Terri was born in Santa Ana, California and resides in Lake Elsinore, California with her two children.

Jason Klaer, Project Manager
Jason has over 13 years of experience in the construction industry which started as an apprentice carpenter working with a large framing company. He joined KBI in 2001 and has been actively supervising many medium to large commercial projects. His hands on approach and field experience are a valuable asset in the effective way he approaches his projects.

John Klaer, Estimator
With over 8 years estimating experience that started as KBI’s Bid Coordinator, John’s attention to details and his dedication and commitment to accuracy is displayed on all our proposals to our clients. He is versed in the use of Xactimate software and holds a degree in Construction Management.



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