Cardon Development Group projects are truly revolutionary to the communities in which they’re built. That change-making capability is a direct result of the unique and singular vision of its leadership.
Don Cardon, CEO
Don Cardon drives the vision, project initiation, public outreach and capital structure — including public debt and equity—for CDG projects. He is known for his disruptive approach to forging public-private partnerships to enable developments that not only create shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, but also literally change the face of entire communities.
Perhaps most notably, Don’s work on the CityScape development in downtown Phoenix—a $1.2 billion mixed-use project and the largest private investment in the city’s history—truly reshaped the heart of the city.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer took notice of Don’s unique ability to make the impossible possible, and recruited him in 2009 to lead the state’s global economic efforts as the Director of Arizona’s Department of Commerce. Don built the Department of Commerce into a globally competitive powerhouse, and in doing so, helped the state earn the impressive title as the most entrepreneurial business environment in the country by the Kauffman Report. After less than three years of service, Don earned more national attention by transforming the Department of Commerce into a private entity, known today as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA). He served as CEO of the ACA until he returned to the private sector in 2012.
Don has more than 20 years of high-level public administrator experience in addition to his 30+ years of experience driving successful private sector real estate development. He has been named one of the Top 25 CEO’s in Arizona by the Arizona Business Journal for his vision, successes and company cultural values, and he is a frequent author and speaker on building successful public-private partnerships.
Randy Conrad, President
Randy is President of Cardon Development Group and is a member of their executive management team. He has more than 20 years of experience in commercial construction and construction-related industries.
Randy is a skilled professional with extensive vertical project development and operations management experience on projects of varying size and complexities. Because of his strong work background, proven leadership skills and general knowledge of the construction industry, Conrad has the ability to assess, coordinate and provide important value analysis and overall development services and leadership for the numerous Cardon projects.
Conrad attended Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN. He graduated in 1995 with a BS in Organizational Management.
Rick Skumavc, VP Consruction Services
Rick is VP of Construction Services for Cardon Development Group and brings more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry and construction project management.
He is a consummate professional with expertise in seeing multi-million dollar projects to fruition. Rick is well-known for being detail-oriented and has the understanding and skills to work with the stakeholders involved in jobs of all sizes and complexities.
Most recently Rick was instrumental in overseeing the completion of the $70 million Minot International Airport in Minot, North Dakota. Currently he works out of the Cardon Office in Williston, where he is leading the $250 million development for the new Williston Basin International Airport.