Gareth Holgate attended Rydal Penrhos College in North Wales before earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at the University of Cardiff. He was a former member of the Philippine Volcanoes, the country’s national rugby team. His exceptional play in the Asian 5 Nations rugby tournament earned him a spot in the World Cup in Moscow. After returning to the Philippines, he started working for SDW Construction, a start-up construction company, and became its project manager.
Gareth initially balanced his work and athletic life, but as the firm took off, he began to devote more of his time to growing this recently founded company. With a background in Architecture, Gareth pivoted the business core as a General Contractor and introduced additional design services as part of the company’s capabilities.
Team, environment, planning, partners, and communication. – These are the five guiding concepts to which Gareth Holgate adheres. “The environment is the culture within that team, and the team is the glue that holds the business together. Any project must be planned to be completed successfully and on time, and partners are what make this possible. Effective communication is crucial at all levels and with partners, whether it’s breaking good or bad news. This fundamental aspect of the business is occasionally ignored or missed as a project moves forward.”
As the CEO of SDW Realty & Development Inc., Gareth Holgate aims to make his company the partner of choice for fit-out construction projects in the Philippines as he guides the business toward its objective of maximizing opportunities. He continues to work on developing solutions, whether it be by implementing new automated systems to modernize and streamline internal procedures and operations, or by utilizing cutting-edge construction technology from a practical standpoint.
Brian Tiu has high-level experience in engineering, construction, supervision, and project management, from initiation and execution until project completion. During his 18 years of working for big companies abroad, Brian has acquired knowledge in engineering management, project management, construction management, cost management, tender and bid management, and value engineering management.
As Senior Commercial Manager and Deputy CEO, Brian contributes significantly toward achieving SDW’s objective, mission, and vision.
Stephen Jones has a wealth of knowledge and expertise built over 40 years within the construction industry. Most recently in the Middle East (15 years), he worked within the interiors market leading the operations department on some of the most prestigious turnkey design and build projects, from high-end hospitality to commercial and residential.
Currently, Stephen Jones heads the operations division of SDW Realty & Development Inc. as the Operations Director.
Ever Quirol graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce and a Major in Accounting. She has an MBA Degree from UST Graduate School. For more than 20 years, Ever built her career in General Accounting, Project Controllership, and Cost Controllership, with two of the biggest construction firms in the Philippines – Makati Development Corporation (MDC) and First Balfour, Inc. She also had the privilege of working with multinationals in Bouygues Construction and Dragages Singapore in Ayala Triangle Tower 2, One Ayala, and LRT1 projects, respectively, through the Joint Venture known as MDBI.
Technical skills such as budgeting, forecasting, taxation, effective financial reporting, and strategic mindset are “a must” for all Financial Comptrollers. However, Ever Quirol believes that integrity is the most important of all because this entails trustworthiness. This plus all her skill set is what she brings to SDW as Finance Comptroller.
Leizel Ubalde is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications major in Journalism with 20 years of diverse and extensive experience in the field of marketing, sales, communication, and training working in various industries. Her expertise includes strategic planning, integrated marketing, digital marketing, communication, content creation, social media management, website design & management, event management, and project management.
Currently, Leizel leads SDW’s marketing in promoting the company as the Partner of Choice for design, build, and development projects and the Company of Choice for people looking for a bright opportunity in the construction industry.
Ronald Sangil is an Economics graduate from the University of Alberta, Canada with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry working with companies such as Mount Arayat Development Corp., YATS International, Philippine Sundt Construction, and HMR Group of Companies.
Ron identifies and develops relationships with industry professionals to generate new business opportunities which he does through direct prospecting, networking, attending, and participating in various industry and professional groups along with multiple chamber associations to continually promote company services and facilitate inquiries. He also actively preserves existing accounts to expand those relationships.
Mark Castronuevo is an Electronics and Communication graduate with over 12 years of experience in construction including power plants, oil & gas, infrastructure, and telecommunication. He is an accredited Occupational Safety and Health Practitioner/Manager.
Mark demonstrates an understanding of construction best practices, with high self-initiative, setting own goals and execution, and experience in leading construction safety management.
He is overall in-charge of the full implementation of SDW’s health and safety policies, procedures, and compliance with all reportorial requirements of the occupational safety and health mandated by BWC-DOLE.
Carl Keinson Manalo
Carl Keinson Manalo is a Thomasian engineer with almost 9 years of involvement in the field of construction with project development and execution skills in MEPFS disciplines assigned to High-rise and Mid-rise projects in the Philippines.
As an MPF Head Coordinator with SDW pertaining to Mechanical, Plumbing, and Fire protection works for fit-out projects, his goal is to maintain a good quality of MPF work and good relations with his subordinates, contractors, and the whole team.
Arch. Anthony Federico is a Professional Registered Licensed Architect with 7 years of work experience in interior fit-out design and construction. He started his career with one of the Philippine-based construction companies specializing in interior fit-out of high-end casinos, resorts, and hotels. Anthony is a team player and a site architect who works with lead builders and consultants to deliver projects on time.
For the past 3 years, Anthony Federico managed SDW’s design team in producing drawings and layouts and assisted clients in projects. He constantly monitors worksites to ensure that construction adheres to architectural plans and meets agreed specifications, budgets, and timescales.
Perci Abuel brings with him 16 years of solid design and creative experience ranging from office furniture to interior and architectural design. Many years of his career were dedicated to creative design concepts. His extensive experience in furniture, interior, and architectural designs started from simple office furniture visualization to large-scale interior and exterior concept designs of offices, condominiums, commercial establishments, hotels, and resorts. He has then extended his expertise as an Artist from graphics to 3D concept to photography, videography, and 3d virtual tour.
Perci Abuel is instrumental in delivering creative concept and design study that leads to major client projects of SDW including Transcom, Favor church, Mars Wrigley, Sitel, and Telus.
Allan Jay Carino
Allan Jay Cariño earned a degree in Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Before SDW, he was a designer in charge of retail showroom & booth design for large-scale exhibitions of an international brand. From schematic design concepts to project management, he expanded his skills in handling multiple projects with relatively tight timelines and was eventually mentored by a foreign director. Apart from this, he had the opportunity to work with and collaborate with foreign designers.
Years later, Allan Jay Cariño, became an FFE designer in a multinational design firm and was exposed to doing furniture, lighting, casework design & specs writing for hospitality projects.
Later on, AJ as he is called by his peers, joined SDW as one of the pioneer FFE team members of SDW that execute projects such as We Work, Regus, Ibex, and Pru Life UK to name a few. Now, he is in charge of leading the sourcing of FFE finishes (wall finishes, floor, loose furniture, lighting & the like) for various corporate fit-outs.
AJ is also active in competitive sports like badminton & volleyball which enabled him to develop a mindset of both a leader and team player he continuously renders through his work.