Our Team

Ruben S. Torres

Principal

Ruben brings over 15 years of construction and development experience to the C4 Builders team.

With over five million square feet of projects completed and dollar values in the hundreds of millions, his experience includes heavy retail, base building construction, Class A office interiors, mission critical facilities, data centers, building renovation, restaurants and multi-family development. Ruben graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and earned his Masters of Business Administration with a finance concentration from The McColl School at Queens University of Charlotte.

James F. Downs

Principal

James brings over 25 years of commercial development experience to the C4 Builders team.  Prior to joining C4 Builders in 2019 as Principal and Co-operating Partner, James was one of the founding partners of both Crosland Southeast and C4 Builders.  During his tenure at Crosland Southeast he was responsible for generating new retail and mixed-use development opportunities throughout North Carolina and Virginia, including oversight of site selection, entitlements and anchor tenant procurement.  Prior to the formation of Crosland Southeast, James was Vice President of Crosland's retail division.  Having spent the vast majority of his career on the owner/developer side of construction projects, James brings a unique perspective to C4 Builders where the utmost attention is placed on exceeding expectations in terms of budget, schedule and communication.

AFFILIATIONS, ACCREDITATIONS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • International Council of Shopping Centers
    • Past North Carolina/South Carolina State Director
    • Past North Carolina Operations Chairman
    • Past Chairman – ICSC Carolinas Idea Exchange Convention
    • Senior Certified Leasing Specialist (SCLS)
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker – North Carolina and South Carolina
  • Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors (CRCBR)
    • Top Broker for Retail Development Award Recipient
    • Multimillion Dollar Award Recipient
  • North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
    • Past Board Trustee
    • Past Chairman, Corporate Partners Capital Campaign
  • Levine Museum of the New South
    • Past Board Member
  • Furman University
    • President’s Advisory Council (2016 – present)

EDUCATION

  • B.A., Political Science, Furman University

James Dickinson

Vice President of Operations

James Dickinson

Vice President of Operations

James brings over 32 years of construction experience to the C4 Builders team. With hundreds of millions of dollars in completed projects under his belt, James provides the depth and experience to overcome any challenge. His experience includes heavy retail, base building construction, Class A office interiors, data centers, building renovation, restaurants and multi-family construction. James graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance. James is a licensed general contractor as well as a licensed real estate broker in the State of North Carolina.

Stephanie Repak

Director of Finance

Stephanie Repak

Director of Finance

As the Director of Finance & Accounting Stephanie is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company’s financial organization. Prior to joining C4 Builders, Stephanie served as Vice President – Finance at Crosland Southeast where she assisted the CFO with a wide variety of financial modeling, analysis and reporting as well as collaborating on real estate financings and dispositions. Before that she managed the internal budgeting, forecasting and financial reporting functions for ProLogis Trust, a $7 billion publicly traded REIT.

AFFILIATIONS & ACCREDITATIONS

  • Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society

EDUCATION

  • B.S., Accounting, University of Texas at El Paso, Magna Cum Laude

Liz Garofalo

Construction Project Coordinator

Liz Garofalo

Construction Project Coordinator

As Project Coordination Manager for C4 Builders, Liz is responsible for the administrative portion of all construction projects which includes estimating and permitting, issuing contracts, processing pay applications, and completing project closeout. Liz has been in the commercial general construction industry for over eight years. She is a current member of CREW Charlotte and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Michael Caswell

Assistant Project Manager

Michael Caswell

Assistant Project Manager

As Assistant Project Manager, Michael is responsible for overseeing projects from conception to completion.  His responsibilities include planning, design consultation, budget management and resource allocation.  Michael has been involved in the commercial construction industry for ten years, initially starting out as a general carpenter prior to being elevated to superintendent and eventually project manager.  Michael spent four years away from the industry teaching high school history which helped bolster his communication and time management skills.  Michael graduated from Guilford College with Bachelor degrees in History and German.

Barbara Ewert

Project Accountant

Dennis Caswell

Lead Superintendent
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