Longtime builder Tofel Construction has changed its name to Tofel Dent Construction to reflect a management move from the founding brothers to a second generation of leaders.
Steve Tofel and his brother, Rich, will remain as consultants. Jim Tofel – Rich’s son and Steve’s nephew – was named managing member of development Jan. 1. David Dent, who joined the company in 2000 as assistant director of development, is now managing member for operations.
Dent earlier worked as a materials researcher after earning a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Arizona.
The younger Tofel has been with his relatives’ company since 2002 when he became VP of development. Previously, he worked for computer software and information technology companies. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the UA.
“With our founders stepping back into a more consulting role, we all felt this was the proper time to make this change,” Jim Tofel said. “It more accurately reflects where the management of the company has been transitioning for the past couple of years and where those responsibilities will rest moving forward.”
While the leadership has changed, the company plans to continue to grow as a general contracting company specializing in multifamily housing, hotel and commercial construction projects. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Tucson, it is an $85 million company with 67 employees in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Nevada. One of its current projects is converting the Marist College in downtown Tucson into senior housing and a community center.
“Our vision and commitment to delivering the exceptional work we’re known for will not ever change,” said Dent, “but our clients are now seeing an expansion of our services and our capabilities that is tremendously exciting for all of us.”