We are a family-owned, family-run company, and we see our employees as an extension of our family. Our family tradition continues with our founder’s grandson, John C. Burket, Jr., at the helm as president. At the same time, John’s son Tom Burket and son-in-law Tobin Robeck are ushering in the fourth generation of the company and the future of P.J. Callaghan Construction.
John C. Burket
As grandson of one of the company’s founders, John C. Burket spent his summer breaks as a teenager working at the company and learning the business from the ground up. After graduating from University of Florida’s School of Building Construction in 1974, John started working at the company full-time. By 1981 he became a full partner and executive vice president, and in 1989 he was appointed president. Currently, John is the general contractor representative of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Part of the company’s fourth generation, Tom Burket began with the company as a project superintendent in 2002. In his role as vice president, Tom oversees project management, estimating and client relations. From the bidding process to preconstruction meetings, Tom works with clients throughout the lifespan of a project, conducting regular progress meetings with clients and engineers along the way. His work experience, along with studying engineering, architectural design and construction technology, and holding class “A” general contracting licenses in both Florida and Georgia, has Tom well prepared to help lead P.J. Callaghan into its fourth generation.
Tobin A. Robeck
Senior Vice President, Operations
In his role as vice president, Tobin Robeck manages daily operations including finance, crew allocation and human resources. Prior to joining the company in 2012, Tobin was a Vice President with Regions Bank, where he managed operations for all the bank’s branches across St. Petersburg. His financial and managerial expertise are backed by solid construction experience including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Tobin also stays active in the community as past-president of Sunset Rotary Club, president-elect of Sunset Rotary Foundation, a volunteer with the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, founder of Engage St. Pete, and an alumnus of Leadership St. Pete.
Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Charlie Boyette has been with P.J. Callaghan for an impressive 30+ years, and has had many roles with the company over that time. He typically works on long-term projects and mentions the construction of a 100,000-square-foot motor freight terminal for Southeastern Freight Lines in Jacksonville as one of the most rewarding projects he’s worked on during his tenure. A close friend with John Burket since their Boy Scout days, Charlie is considered family and loves seeing the company welcome in the fourth generation.
While she went to college for forensic science, family ties led to Vita’s entry into construction. Vita joined P.J. Callaghan in 2005 after moving to the area from New York where she had been a project manager working in the transit, waste management and electrical union. She came to Florida to slow down a bit, but grew antsy after a couple of weeks, a mutual friend introduced her to John Burket, he hired her on the spot. Vita’s responsibilities start in the design phase. She sits down with clients to talk about their needs, then works with them through the permitting process and manages the project from groundbreaking to completion.
Also a lifelong friend of the Burkets, Robb worked with P.J. Callaghan in the mid-‘90s before taking a leave-of-absence to follow other opportunities, which included running security for an art exhibition company that took him all over the country. Since his return to P.J. Callaghan in 2007, Robb’s main responsibility has been maintaining a plant facility for a global beverage company. The age of the plant keeps P.J. Callaghan busy with structural upgrades and Robb directs the crew, manages subcontractors, coordinates the work schedule with the plant and ensures compliance with FDA requirements.
Thomas Wells, who joined P.J. Callaghan three years ago, manages all aspects of a project including estimating, permitting and scheduling. In his role, Thomas sometimes travels to manage significant projects around the state. For example, in 2013 Thomas traveled to Jacksonville to act as superintendent on a major project for the company’s largest client. Prior to joining P.J. Callaghan, Thomas ran a real estate business in Costa Rica for four years where he sold large multi-million dollar properties. He is fluent in Spanish.
Sr. Metal Building Foreman
Levi Gray has been with P.J. Callaghan for 17 years. As a senior foreman, Levi is responsible for managing the crew and keeping projects on time and under budget. Levi is a metal buildings specialist, is OSHA certified and holds a number of heavy equipment licenses, including a crane operator’s license. Levi is a proud father and coaches his two daughters’ soccer and softball teams.
As staff architect for P.J. Callaghan, Jim works on design and detail for all projects as well as some client relations. He brings experience in both tilt-wall construction and metal buildings to this role. Previously, Jim spent 12 years at Robinson Green Beretta, working a great deal with Hillsborough County Schools. Jim is a graduate of the University of Florida, is licensed in Florida and Georgia and certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Additionally, he is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute. He is a past president of St. Petersburg Preservation and met Tom Burket while serving together on the building committee of their church.