About Us

Mission Statement

At DEVCO, we are driven by an unwavering passion for spearheading industry advancements. Our commitment to development is not just a business strategy; it’s a calling. We envision ourselves as pioneers, always at the forefront of projects, setting benchmarks, and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

Based in the heart of California, DEVCO is more than just a company – it’s a hub of innovation, precision, and unwavering dedication. Our expertise extends deep into the realms of development and engineering, with a particular passion for Trenchless Technologies, Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), Hydro Excavation, and Hydro Vac services. We view these areas as the future of infrastructural evolution, crucial for minimally invasive and efficient underground utility work.

Holding both a General A Engineering Contractor license and a General Contractor B license, DEVCO stands equipped and ready to tackle a diverse array of challenges. Our commitment to these advanced methodologies allows us to excel in providing efficient, cost-effective solutions across various construction and engineering projects. At DEVCO, we’re not just equipped for the tasks at hand; we’re actively preparing for the future of our industry, ensuring that we stay at the forefront of technology and innovation.

In every project, DEVCO brings a unique blend of expertise, forward-thinking strategy, and a commitment to quality. We are dedicated to reshaping the landscape of development and engineering, ensuring that each project we undertake is a step towards a smarter, more sustainable infrastructural future.

Our status as a Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (DVBE) speaks volumes about our tenacity and commitment. We don’t just operate; we strive for excellence in every endeavor. Our plethora of certifications—including SDVOSB, PDBE, SB-Micro, and SB-PW—aren’t just badges. They’re a reflection of our diverse expertise, our dedication to continuous learning, and our unwavering commitment to meeting and surpassing project demands.

At DEVCO, we don’t just build; we innovate, we evolve, and most importantly, we care about the world we shape.

Our Leadership Team

Nick Rossi

Nick Rossi

Nick Rossi, is a testament to the dynamic leadership and specialized expertise at the core of DEVCO Development & Engineering. With a rich background spanning over two decades in underground utility work, Nick stands as a pivotal figure in the firm’s strategic direction and operational excellence. His profound experience in hydro-vac excavation and directional drilling has been central to defining DEVCO’s innovative approach to construction and engineering.

Before joining DEVCO, Nick refined his industry acumen across a spectrum of positions, each enhancing his skill set and deepening his commitment to the field’s advancement. His ascent through the ranks of the utility and construction sectors endowed him with a nuanced perspective on below-ground construction, which he leverages to drive DEVCO’s mission forward.

In his dual capacity as CEO and COO, Nick orchestrates the company’s strategic initiatives and operational processes, embodying the drive and foresight that propel DEVCO’s growth and market presence. His stewardship is characterized by a keen emphasis on operational efficiency, ensuring the company’s robust response to industry demands and opportunities.

Nick values the power of partnership and trust, advocating for transparent and consistent communication with clients, collaborators, and team members. His leadership ethos, marked by a commitment to integrity and quality, is vital in cementing DEVCO’s reputation as a frontrunner in California’s competitive construction and engineering sectors.

Nick Rossi’s blend of visionary leadership and grounded industry expertise positions him as a transformative figure within DEVCO, steering the company toward new horizons in development and engineering.

Donnie Thomason

Donnie Thomason

From the harrowing environments of Iraq’s Al Anbar Province to the intricate financial landscapes of California, Donnie Thomason’s journey embodies dedication and strategic acumen. As the Chief Financial Officer at DEVCO, he brings an enriched portfolio of experiences from his military service and a profound background in mortgage banking and finance. Donnie graduated with distinction from the University of California Riverside, earning a degree in History, followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Arizona, establishing a solid foundation for his financial expertise.

During his service in the US Navy from 2000 to 2006, Donnie demonstrated unwavering commitment and valor. His role as a Corpsman in challenging and perilous conditions, particularly in Iraq, was foundational in shaping his leadership skills and resilience, attributes he has carried into his civilian career.

Transitioning to the finance sector, Donnie swiftly made his mark in the mortgage banking industry. His leadership from 2007 onwards has been pivotal, overseeing the training and management of over 100 finance professionals, establishing six thriving mortgage banking offices, and being integral to more than 10,000 mortgage and finance transactions. His significant contributions were acknowledged in 2013 when his firm was awarded “Business of The Year” in Temecula.

Donnie’s foray into mortgage banking also extended to family-engaged home flipping, further demonstrating his financial acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. This venture laid the groundwork for his sixth company, which delves into government contracts for development and engineering, benefiting from his status as a disabled veteran.

With multiple professional licenses, including a Broker License from the California Department of Real Estate and affiliations with the National Mortgage Licensing System across CA, AZ, and TX, Donnie’s financial expertise is well-established. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Temecula Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Realtors.

Now, as CFO of DEVCO, Donnie Thomason channels his extensive background in mortgage banking and finance, steering the company’s financial strategies with visionary leadership and a commitment to excellence, ensuring robust financial health and driving the company’s growth.

Chad Decker

Chad Decker serves as the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Devco, where his extensive expertise in construction and real estate brokerage fuels the company’s innovative marketing strategies and technological advancements. His impressive record of over 1,500 property flips and builds underlines his profound understanding of the real estate market and his detailed focus on the construction and redevelopment of properties.

Armed with a General Contractor B License in California, along with his real estate Broker’s license and mortgage loan origination license, Chad is uniquely qualified to spearhead a wide array of development projects, integrating cutting-edge technology and market insights from inception to completion. His ability to navigate the complexities of the property market, paired with his hands-on building knowledge, propels Devco’s presence in the residential and commercial sectors.

Possessing both A General Engineering and B General Building licenses, Chad’s dual role at Devco ensures the company is at the forefront of engineering innovation and building excellence. His strategic vision in marketing and his acumen in technology adoption set high standards in every facet of Devco’s operations.

Before his illustrious career in real estate and technology, Chad was a professional baseball player, drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2005. The competitive spirit and teamwork cultivated on the baseball field have transitioned smoothly into his leadership roles at Devco, guiding teams toward success with a clear focus on innovation and strategic growth.

Chad’s influence at Devco extends beyond daily operations; he is instrumental in shaping its future, leveraging his comprehensive licensure and forward-looking perspectives to foster partnerships on transformative projects. Chad Decker is a pivotal figure at Devco, embodying the expertise and visionary outlook necessary to steer transformative developments and technological advancements in the industry.


Devco is a versatile development and engineering firm with a broad spectrum of services under its belt. We hold both a General A Engineering Contractor license and a General Contractor B license, which empower us to handle a multitude of engineering and building projects. While we excel in all realms of engineering and development, we have a particular expertise in Trenchless Technologies and Directional Drilling. These innovative methods allow us to provide efficient, cost-effective, and minimally disruptive solutions for underground utility installations and repairs. Our comprehensive service range makes us a one-stop solution for a variety of construction, engineering, and underground utility needs.

Yes, Devco is a Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (DVBE) and holds several additional certifications including SDVOSB, PDBE, SB-Micro, and SB-PW, showcasing our diverse expertise and readiness to meet various project demands.

Devco has a rich project history spanning various sectors. Our portfolio includes a variety of development, engineering, and trenchless technology projects. These projects reflect our diverse capabilities and our commitment to excellence across different disciplines. From residential and commercial developments to complex engineering tasks, our hands-on experience is extensive. Our trenchless technology projects, in particular, underscore our innovative approach in minimizing surface disruption while ensuring efficiency and precision in underground utility installations.

In the realm of trenchless technologies, our expertise encompasses Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), pipe bursting, and vacuum excavation among others. Each project we undertake is a testament to our forward-thinking approach, adherence to safety standards, and our ability to meet and exceed client expectations. Our seasoned team of engineers and field professionals employ the latest technology and strategic planning to ensure the successful completion of projects on time and within budget.

Our multidisciplinary project portfolio also extends to infrastructure improvement, environmental solutions, and various site work, always adhering to the industry’s highest standards and regulatory requirements. Through our comprehensive services, we aim to provide holistic solutions that cater to the evolving needs of our clients while contributing positively to the communities we serve.

At Devco, we believe in not only meeting the present-day requirements of our projects but also in envisaging and preparing for future demands. This foresight enables us to deliver solutions that are sustainable, reliable, and geared towards long-term efficacy. Our project portfolio is a clear reflection of our vision to be at the forefront of delivering innovative and impactful solutions in the development, engineering, and trenchless technology sectors.

Safety and quality are paramount at Devco. We adhere to stringent safety protocols and quality standards to ensure every project is completed to the satisfaction of our clients while ensuring the safety of our team and the community. Our comprehensive safety manual is not just a document, but a living, breathing component of our daily operations. Every member of our team is well-versed with the safety protocols outlined in the manual, and it’s a mandate for them to acknowledge and adhere to these guidelines daily.

Before the commencement of any project, our team conducts thorough site hazard assessments to identify and mitigate any potential risks. This proactive approach towards safety helps in foreseeing and averting possible issues, ensuring a safe and conducive working environment. The daily signing by team members serves as a commitment to uphold the safety standards and procedures outlined in our safety manual.

In addition to daily site hazard assessments, we also conduct regular safety audits and training sessions to keep our team updated with the latest safety practices and regulations in the industry. We believe in creating a culture of continuous learning and improvement when it comes to safety, thereby promoting a proactive approach rather than a reactive one.

Our commitment to quality is equally robust. We adopt a meticulous approach to ensure that every project we undertake meets the highest standards of quality and excellence. From the initial planning stages to the final execution, our quality control measures are stringent and uncompromising. Through precise documentation, regular inspections, and a structured feedback mechanism, we ensure that quality is not just maintained but enhanced with every project.

At Devco, the ethos of safety and quality transcends through every level of the organization, reflecting in the superior standards of our completed projects and the consistent satisfaction of our clients. Through this unwavering commitment, we aim to not only meet but exceed the industry standards, fostering a legacy of trust, excellence, and reliability in the development, engineering, and trenchless technology sectors.

Trenchless Technology embodies a range of methods utilized for subsurface construction tasks, making it a preferential choice for handling underground utilities while minimizing surface disruption. Here’s a brief insight into some of the methods under the umbrella of Trenchless Technology:

Trenchless Technologies

Trenchless Technologies offer a set of methods that allow for underground construction work with minimal surface disturbance. These methods are eco-friendly, cost-effective, and significantly reduce the time and resources that would otherwise be required in traditional open-cut methods.

Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP)

CIPP is a rehabilitative method used to repair existing pipelines without the hassle of digging up and replacing the old pipes. A resin-saturated felt tube made of polyester is inserted into the damaged pipe and cured in place, forming a “pipe within a pipe.”

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)

HDD is a trenchless method of installing underground pipes, conduits, or cables along a prescribed bore path by using a surface-launched drilling rig. This method results in minimal impact on the surrounding area and is utilized when trenching or excavating is not practical.

Directional Boring

Also known as horizontal directional drilling, directional boring is used for installing pipelines under rivers, roads, and existing structures with a minimal surface footprint. It’s a preferred method for its less disruptive nature and the ability to cover long distances underground.

Auger Boring

Auger Boring is a method used for the installation of steel casing pipe. A cutting head is attached to auger flights which are then rotated and pushed into the ground, removing the soil while simultaneously installing the casing pipe.

Pipe Bursting

Pipe Bursting is a trenchless method of replacing buried pipelines without the need for a traditional construction trench. Launching and receiving pits replace the trench, and a bursting head is used to break the existing pipe while pulling the new pipe into place.

Pipe Splitting

Similar to pipe bursting, pipe splitting is a method used to replace existing utilities without disturbing the surface. The old pipe is split apart or cut as a new pipe is drawn through.


Potholing, also known as daylighting, is a process used to expose utilities to daylight to confirm their location. This is typically done using vacuum excavation which is a safer alternative to manual or mechanical digging.

Hydro Excavation

Hydro Excavation is a non-destructive method of excavation that utilizes pressurized water and an industrial strength vacuum to quickly and safely expose underground utilities.

Trenchless Sewer Repair

Trenchless Sewer Repair is a method to repair sewer pipes without digging and removing them. Techniques like pipe bursting or CIPP can be used to restore the functionality of sewer lines with minimal disruption.

Each of these trenchless methods comes with its own set of advantages, capable of catering to different subsurface construction needs while emphasizing minimal surface disruption, cost-effectiveness, and eco-friendliness.