John W. Danforth Company

John Samar

Danforth Vice President, John Samar

John Samar

Vice President – Construction Services

As the Vice President of Construction Services, John is responsible for the field operations and construction provided by Danforth. Specifically, John oversees Danforth’s Project Managers, field labor relations, purchasing, and subcontractor relations. He also plays an integral role in coordinating Danforth’s office personnel with construction activities in the field. John offers more than 25 years of construction experience.

He began his career at O’Brien & Gere Engineers Inc., located in Syracuse, New York. From 1988 to 1997, he served the company as a Design Engineer, Project Engineer, and Senior Project Engineer. From there, John moved to Buffalo, New York to join the Danforth Team as a Project Manager. In 2004, John was promoted to Senior Project Manager before accepting his current role as Vice President of Construction Services in March 2010.

John has been involved in several impressive projects in regards to size and complexity since joining the Danforth Team. He has overseen the Buffalo Zoo’s Rainforest and Vet Hospital New Build, Cleveland BioLabs HVAC and Plumbing Systems Retrofit, Erie County Courthouse HVAC and Plumbing Installation, and the Buffalo Public Schools Energy Focused Reconstruction of more than 60 schools.

John received a BS in Civil Engineering from SUNY Buffalo and has been a Certified Professional Engineer since 1992. Additionally, John is LEED GA Certified and has graduated from both the Advanced Leadership Institute of the MCAA and the Babson Executive Education Program.

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