With a rich history that dates back more than 34 years, Westwood Contractors, Inc. is an award-winning, national general contractor and recognized leader in the retail construction services industry. Originally chartered in 1983 as a local general contractor in Fort Worth, Texas, Westwood’s metamorphosis into a national industry leader began a few years later when chairman and chief executive officer Robert D. Benda took the helm—bringing with him years of national retail experience, a unique focus on specialization and an inherent understanding about what it takes to build great partnerships. He also knew that retailers had the need for consistency in store design, appearance, and contractor performance no matter where in the U.S. they planned to build stores. Under Bob’s leadership Westwood has become registered or licensed to perform work in 48 states within the U.S. (with the exceptions of Hawaii and West Virginia), as well as in the District of Columbia, and it has developed a reputation as a straightforward, dependable and diligent general contractor.
Today, some of the nation’s most iconic retailers rely on Westwood Contractors for innovative construction executed with an uncompromising commitment to quality, safety and value. Brands such as AT&T, bebe, Helzberg Diamonds, H&M, J. Crew, J. Jill, Neiman Marcus, Noah’s Event Venues, Pandora, REEDS Jewelers, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sunrise Detox, Versona, and many others depend on our expertise to build signature designs that provide consumers with exceptional shopping experiences. Whether it is a luxe designer boutique in California or a big box, multi-store retailer in North Carolina, Westwood Contractors has the credentials, talent, experience and innovative skill set to construct distinctive projects anywhere in the continental United States and Alaska.
We have continued to grow along with our partners and thrive in this national retail marketplace. Now, with more than 34 years under our belt we are introspective about the past and look forward to the future with great optimism, confidence and continued passion about everything we do.
As a well-established, financially stable general contractor with 30+ years of proven success, we have extensive experience in interior tenant improvement and freestanding ground-up projects. Over the years, we’ve developed the processes, controls and subcontractor market networks needed to best serve the needs of our retail partners on a national basis. Whether it’s a single flagship finish-out or multiple jobs in diverse locations—each construction project is approached with the goal of being completed on time, on budget and with specified quality. By staying on top of industry trends, leveraging the latest technology and collaborating with our retail partners, our team of experienced and highly trained professionals deliver incomparable quality and value to every project.
Since our inception, Westwood Contractors has carefully built its business on core values that are the heart of our mission. As a company—and as individuals—we are committed to diversity that is welcoming and respectful of all people; innovation that drives excellence; integrity in all our actions; loyalty to our employees, customers and suppliers; quality workmanship and service that exceeds our customers’ expectations; and responsible stewardship of the resources that are entrusted to us. As we begin our fourth decade in business, our commitment to these values is just as strong now as it was the day we were awarded our first contract.
Westwood is an active and founding member of the Retail Contractors Association (RCA), an organization that advocates for ethics, quality, safety and professionalism within our industry. Our chairman and chief executive officer, Robert Benda, has held every executive office on its board—including two terms as president. Mike McBride, Westwood’s President and COO, currently serves on the organization’s board of directors. In addition to RCA, Westwood is also an engaged member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and the Lean Construction Institute (LCI).
Our Blueprint for the Future
Westwood Contractors will continue to build on its success by striving to remain on the forefront of innovative construction technology, techniques and best practices for the building industry. As a trusted go-to resource for discerning clients, we will continue to provide our experienced and highly trained professionals on every job, and work side by side with our partners to ensure a finished product that meets or exceeds their expectations. Just as importantly, we will provide our associates with stable employment, a safe working environments and fulfilling career opportunities now and in the future.
Robert D. Benda – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
A Fort Worth resident for three decades, Bob is a seasoned executive who has successfully led Westwood Contractors, Inc., since 1987. His significant retail experience has been honed directing the dynamic marketing, operations, finance, real estate and organizational development of respected regional, national and international retailers. Prior to joining Westwood, Bob held senior executive positions with several iconic Fort Worth institutions—including president of The Bombay Company and chief operating officer of Edison’s Jewelers. He is a founding member of the Retail Contractors Association (RCA) and holds positions on the boards of several well-respected non-profit and community service organizations. Although he now claims the city of Cowboys and Culture as his home, Bob originally hails from the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”—Minnesota.
Mike McBride – President & Chief Operating Officer
Mike’s hands-on, in-the-trenches experience in the construction industry spans more than 30 years, and has provided him with the insightful 360-degree view required to meet the daily operational demands of Westwood Contractors, Inc. At every juncture of his career—from stints as a drywall foreman, field superintendent and project manager for local contractors building medical facilities, to his tenure as construction manager for retail notables such as Zale Corporation and Payless Shoe Source—Mike has mastered the complicated intricacies of site development and construction for freestanding development and interior finish-out projects in the retail, restaurant, banking and hospitality sectors. Today, he directs all aspects of Westwood’s organizational team, including pre-construction project management field staff, vendor and client relations, budgeting and business development. A Lone Star native who grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Mike joined Westwood in 1994 as director of construction. He holds a B.A. in Management and Marketing from Texas Lutheran College.
We are honored that some of the best-known names in American retail depend on Westwood Contractors to build and renovate their facilities. Our client list includes AT&T, bebe, Helzberg Diamonds, H&M, J. Crew, J. Jill, Neiman Marcus, Noah’s Event Venues, Pandora, REEDS Jewelers, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sunrise Detox, Versona, and many others.