ABOUT CISCA CONSTRUCTION
By merging the expertise and experience of renown firms and professionals, The Cisca Group has been able to consistently provide real estate construction and development services like no other.
Whether you are looking for construction and development services in the Florida, or select properties in the North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, our skillful team is ready to help. We take great pride not only in landing planning, design and development projects, but also historic renovation and remodeling projects.
Our staff, hand selected for their knowledge and experience, will walk you through every step of your real estate ownership process and/or construction project, assisting you in opening the doors to your dreams.
Mission / Values
At Cisca Construction, We believe in promoting values that enrich the lives of our customer, our consultants our employees and our community as a whole. You can be sure that the values we build into your projects are as strong as the materials that comprise it.
To be the most sought-after construction company in the business.
We are builders. We exist as a team to provide the highest quality service customers, to provide opportunities and careers for our employees, and to add value to our industry and community.
We walk out talk without excuses. We are known for long-standing principles of fairness and honesty.
We offer respect, honesty. Parity and courtesy to all of our employees, customer and stakeholders.
We are good listeners and communicators. We believe in the synergy of teams.
We add value to our projects through proven and innovations processes.
We are committed to a culture of achievement. Achieving goals and keeping our promises creates significance and enjoyment in our careers.
Successful projects are the result of successful relationships. In today’s ever-evolving construction environment, credibility and trust among all parties are as essential to the building process as superior materials and craftsmanship. This is why Cisca Construction & Development, Inc. is committed to continuously cultivating and maintaining client partnerships grounded in experience, judgement and integrity. For our clients, prospects and partners this means.
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10 Things To Know About - CISCA CONSTRUCTION
Learn how Frank Balleste operates and stays ON TOP of business !
BY ANDREA CARNEIRO
CISCA CONSTRUCTION CEO FRANK BALLESTE has an innate sense for the construction business, working his way up from broom-pushing apprentice to CEO of a multi-million dollar company. His knack for (and experience in) hiring, budgeting, timing and, yes, even interior design has drawn nationwide praise and recognition, but there was one thing that tripped up the businessman for a brief moment in time: naming his company. Originally dubbed “FGF Construction,” Balleste soon realized it wasn’t the best choice for his burgeoning business. “That name was horrific,” says Balleste with a laugh. Today, Miami-based Cisca (renamed for Balleste’s beloved grandmother, Francisca) is making the move back into a residential focus while balancing their commercial clients (think CVS, Walmart and Miami-Dade College).
Here are 10 things to know about Balleste and the Cisca team.
For Balleste, the passion took hold more than two decades ago, propelling him up the ladder and into his ultimate dream of owning his own company. “I love this business. I cherish it,” says Balleste. “I think about it every five seconds of the day.”o a culture of achievement. Achieving goals and keeping our promises creates significance and enjoyment in our careers.
One of the things Balleste is proud of is Cisca’s knack for shaking up industry norms. Rather than subcontract work out to plumbers, roofers and others, Balleste went about getting licenses in each area and then buying out companies to join the already-established Cisca. “I have 90-plus employees, from electricians to drywall to painters,” says Balleste. “Now I’m in control of my schedule and my budget. I don’t sub anything out and I don’t wait on anyone.”
Balleste says being in control (#2) allows Cisca to be more precise than others when it comes to schedules, timelines and budgets… a benefit that he rolled into a (succinct) company motto: “On time, on budget and no b.s.”
Though he started in residential, Balleste’s roster of commercial clients kept him busy in that arena for many years, making Cisca’s refocus on residential even more exciting for the owner. “I love it, I like dealing with the client,” he says. “You put yourself in their shoes and realize that [the home] is like their child. I build like I’m doing for myself.
It’s not all numbers (more on that later) for Balleste and his team; the seasoned builder says he truly enjoys the more creative aspects of his job, whether than means collaborating with owners on a paint color or drapery, or bringing in his in-house architect to find clever solutions to challenges. “That’s just another piece of the puzzle I can give the client,” he says. “We can sit down and see what the needs are, go back and forth. We can bounce ideas off of each other and create solutions.
With clients needs at top of mind, Balleste is most passionate about the people he works with, giving every potential employee a 50-question test at the beginning of the hiring process. Question one? “Can you read a tape measure?” He also values loyalty—citing how many of his employees have been approached by other companies and choose to stay with Cisca. “I want everyone to be happy when they’re driving into work, knowing they have the ability to grow within the company, and that they like their job,” he says. “They know I’ve got their back.”
“Contractors have bad name,” says Balleste, who personally approves every estimate that comes through the company. “They take deposits and never come back or have false insurance. I’ve seen it all. I want to bring a different breed of contracting to people.” That means keeping licenses and documents in order and up-todate (Cisca is a state-certified general contractor) and giving clients straight talk on pricing and timing. “I’m not the cheapest guy or the most expensive guy, but I’m the guy who’s going to do it right the first time,” he says. “Trust me, you would rather pay it once the correct way.”
Balleste takes pride what he calls his “punch-out” team, a three-man operation that thoroughly inspects every job at the close of construction. “They have a 25-to-30 page list,” he says. “They’re looking at everything. Drywall, skimming the wall, cuts of the baseboards… every detail. I’m blessed to have them.”
Not one to forget his beginnings (“When I was starting out I would have changed one shower tile if I had to.”), Balleste says small connections can lead to larger partnerships. He cites ne homeowner in Pinecrest who came to Cisca after four other contractors came through, damaging the bathroom and costing the owner in excess of $40,000. “I’ll never forget it. We did the project in two weeks and cleaned up all the other work that had been done,” he says. “From that little job we’ve gotten millions of dollars in work and referrals.”
Steering back into residential work is also exciting for Balleste and the Cisca team as it opens up various ways to keep the job exciting and inspirational. From interior and exterior renovations to additions, older homes (Balleste says he has done many restorations in Coral Gables) to new construction smart homes, Balleste says he loves every minute. “We do everything from A to Z,” he says. “I’m always pushing myself.”
About Us FRANK BALLESTE
Frank Balleste CEO / Director
Frank Balleste has over 21 years of experience in the planning, design and construction phases of commercial and multi-family development projects in Florida and North Carolina.
More specifically, he has been responsible for multiple projects in excess of 50 stories, containing more than 500 units, and handling construction budgets in excess of $500M. Mr. Balleste is highly regarded in his profession as having unsurpassed qualities in the design, planning and management phases of construction.
President, CEO, and founder of Cisca Construction & Development, Inc. Mr. Balleste continues to impress fellow contractors, and his unmatched combination of knowledge, skill, experience, and customer commitment to every job make him an integral addition to the Cisca Group.