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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

Donnie Thomason

CEO

From the intense landscapes of Iraq’s Al Anbar Province to California’s dynamic real estate avenues, Donnie Thomason’s journey is a testament to dedication and ambition. As the CEO of DEVCO, he brings with him a rich tapestry of experiences spanning military service and the real estate world. A proud alumnus of the University of California Riverside with a degree in History, and the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance, Donnie’s educational foundation is as robust as his professional endeavors.

 

During his time with the US Navy from 2000 to 2006, Donnie showcased his commitment and bravery. Serving as a Corpsman, he provided critical medical care in challenging terrains, with his deployment in Iraq being especially notable. This experience was foundational in building his leadership acumen, proving his ability to navigate high-stakes environments.

 

Transitioning to the civilian world, Donnie quickly rose through the ranks of California’s real estate industry. Since 2007, his leadership has seen the successful training and management of over 100 professionals, the opening of six mortgage banking locations, and involvement in over 10,000 real estate transactions. His firm’s exemplary work was recognized in 2013 when it was honored with the “Business of The Year” award in Temecula. Not one to rest on his laurels, Donnie ventured into home-flipping, turning it into a cherished family activity. This passion eventually led to the establishment of his sixth company, focusing on government contracts for development and engineering projects as a disabled-veteran owned business.

 

Donnie holds multiple professional licenses, including a Broker License from the Department of Real Estate in California and affiliations with the National Mortgage Licensing System, spanning licenses across CA, AZ, and TX. Additionally, he’s a recognized member of various esteemed organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Temecula Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Realtors, among others.

 

As he guides DEVCO’s vision, Donnie’s multifaceted background and forward-thinking approach solidify his reputation as a trailblazer in contemporary business leadership.

Chad Decker

COO

Chad Decker serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Devco, where his multifaceted expertise in construction and real estate brokerage shapes the company’s development initiatives. His record of over 1,500 property flips and builds stands testament to his deep understanding of the real estate market and his meticulous approach to the construction and the redevelopment of properties.

Armed with a General Contractor B License in California, complemented by his real estate Brokers license and mortgage loan origination license, Chad is exceptionally equipped to lead a diverse range of development projects from concept to completion. His proficiency in navigating the complexities of the property market complements his hands-on knowledge of building processes, furthering Devco’s reach in both residential and commercial sectors.

With the authority of both, A General Engineering and B General Building licenses, Chad’s leadership at Devco ensures that the company excels in sophisticated engineering feats and innovative building projects. His strategic vision and precise execution set the bar high in every aspect of infrastructure development.

Before embarking on his impressive career in real estate development, Chad was a professional baseball player, drafted by The San Diego Padres in 2005. The competitive edge and strong teamwork ethos honed on the baseball field have translated seamlessly into his role at Devco, where leading teams to success is part of the daily game plan.

Chad is not just part of Devco’s story; he’s actively crafting its legacy through sustainable and forward-thinking development. His broad spectrum of licenses and his visionary approach make him a pillar of expertise for those seeking to collaborate on groundbreaking projects. Chad Decker is the seasoned professional with the acumen and vision to bring transformative developments to fruition.

Faq

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

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.