Why You Should Pick a Commercial Construction Contractor Like Smartland

As the leading local commercial remodeling and design-build company in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, we combine proven experience with progressive thinking to deliver the highest quality, most professional, and most dedicated services on the market. Our only concern is your best interests; we want to help you achieve your goals and dreams for your business. Our mission is to develop a life-long relationship with you and to deliver a product that will last that lifetime. It is an honor to be invited into your business for casework, remodeling, or a design-build project and we take that honor very seriously. We communicate clear timelines throughout the project, are always open to your feedback, and keep your office as clean as possible while we’re working. Our team is involved every step of the way, from conception to completion, always keeping your budget and vision in focus. The Smartland team, listed below, have over 70 years of combined experience in the commercial remodeling and custom design-build industry, helping clients like you achieve enduring results.

Jake Fugett

Commercial Marketing

Jake is the marketing assistant for the commercial construction side of Smartland. His passion is audio/video production and photography which he has over 4 years of experience in. He also manages the commercial website and social media. He has a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Media/Communications and a minor in writing. He loves telling stories and inspiring awe through his work with videos and photographs. Personally, he loves playing music, gaming, and going for runs.

Matthew Fritz

Marketing Director

Matt is oversees all marketing efforts within Smartland. Matt collaborates with all divisions of the Smartland team to convey our company’s mission through web advertising and various media outlets. He uses competitive analysis to integrate effective marketing concepts and oversees marketing campaigns within the local community once areas of growth potential are identified. Matt wears many hats and has experience in almost every department of the company. Personally, Matt is a newlywed and enjoys watching and coaching baseball. Matt has a BA in sports management with minors in marketing & coaching from Notre Dame College while playing varsity baseball all 4 years.

Matt Kovacevic

Construction Estimator

Matt Kovacevic works with potential and existing clients who are requesting commercial property renovations and reviews the space they wish to remodel. He then meets with the client to create a scope of work and present an estimate. After confirming the project, Matt works with the in-house design team to develop the remodel plans and assists the project manager with the construction process. He will then visit the construction sites regularly to ensure the projects will be completed on time and within the client’s budget requirements. Matt has been with Smartland for two years and has previous experience in general construction.

Viki Wade

Accounting Representative

Viki works with all Smartland departments to ensure all payments are processed accurately. She performs daily accounting tasks, daily cash flow, maintain financial databases and reconcile vendor & bank statements, reconciliation of tenant bills. Viki has 15 years of general accounting experience & payroll processing I enjoy hiking, sports activities with my family & reading. Proud of my Slovenian heritage & excited to see new development happening in Cleveland that focuses on the diversity of its residents.

Darin Smith

Commercial & Residential Construction Estimator

Darin is responsible for supervising the Design Department and all its functions. He oversees project site documentation, design creation and development, virtual realistic 3D renderings and presentations, production of construction documents, continued design support for projects during construction, and training of computer-aided drafting (CAD) technicians. Darin has also spent time as a Construction Estimator at Smartland giving him a greater awareness of the processes associated with that part of the industry. Darin has over 30 years experience in residential and commercial design and over 20 years of project oversight in the field.

Eric Gesis

Creative Designer & Construction Project Manager

Eric has been a fundamental part of the Smartland team for five years as the Creative Designer and Construction Coordinator for renovation projects. In this role, Eric oversees the entire production process and is responsible for the scheduling, logistics, subcontracting, and staffing needs associated with these projects. In order to accurately estimate costs and set quality standards, Eric is involved in all phases of production from conception to completion. He is also accountable for the creative design aspects of kitchen and bathroom layouts including visionary architecture, color schemes, and concepts. Eric earned an engineering degree from Odessa College in Ukraine.

Steven Gesis

Executive Vice President, Sales

Steven is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of all teams within Smartland. As EVP Steven is the catalyst for all department directors to ensure the Smartland vision and Smartland standards are being implemented and adhered to. Prior to joining Smartland, Steven was an Operations Administrator at Cleveland Clinic, where he was the instrumental in the implementation of new strategies and efficiencies. Steven holds an MBA from CSU Monte Ahuja School of Business as well as a Bachelors from The Ohio State University. Steven and his wife are both blessed and very busy with 3 children under 4 years old.