Christopher Herr - Principal
After operating as an architect for 20 years, Christopher decided to bring his very unique skillsets to the world of construction and development. Winning architectural awards was nice, and he won many, but after seeing too many buildings botched during their construction phase, his goal was to change the process as best he could. The prospect of seeing a building faithfully constructed according to its plans, while maintaining an eye for detail and value at the same time, fueled his passion into reality.
Christopher holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Florida and a degree in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. An accomplished French horn player and a former performing member of numerous local ensembles, he’s our Renaissance man – the master of many instruments in our metaphorically symphonic building process. His talents characterize what Collaborate stands for – a desire to turn the discordant complexity of construction into a seamless flow of beautiful music.
James Casanova - Principal
James grew up in the Aspen and Glenwood Springs area of Colorado, where the climate is unforgiving, the construction seasons are relentlessly short, and the clients demand perfection. He completed his degrees in architecture at the University of Colorado and then worked designing buildings for several years before returning to his first love of actually making things.
Possessed of a deep well of construction skills from which to draw, James commands a rare mastery of everything that happens on a construction site. As a result, he provides the invaluable base line to our company’s orchestral rhythms. James is unflappable and delivers a sense of calm that’s born out of confidence to those around him throughout the stressful process of getting a building built. In another life, James would be a Top Gun fighter pilot who everyone wants as their wingman!
Dean Thedos - Principal
Dean is a ruthlessly disruptive thinker with a 25-year history of delivering innovation to the organizations he’s been involved with. His long experience in building and development has produced over half a billion dollars of worth of successes, and his keen communication and market instincts help keep us all heading in the same direction.
Dean is the keeper of our visionary flame, our motivational head coach, and the guy who always makes sure we keep score when it comes to our performance. He composes the music from which we perform as a company.
Dean graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Bus Mgt. and Economics.