Building A Legacy

Clarence and Stella Guerrero founded CG&S in 1957 as a family-run construction business. They spent the following decades raising their eight children within the company, teaching them the trades of carpentry and bookkeeping. Taking a direct, practical approach, the name CG&S was chosen as an acronym to reflect the family business mentality: “Clarence Guerrero and Sons”.

With Clarence’s construction skills and Stella’s managerial savvy, they developed a remodeling company with a solid reputation for both quality and reliability. The very integrity of the enterprise created a client base that grew largely by word of mouth. Clarence was also an extremely hard worker and demanded the same of his sons out in the field. This prodigious work ethic was a crucial element to the company’s success in its early days.

In the 1990s Clarence and Stella sold the company to their children. Billy Guerrero became President and head of sales and estimating, while Dolores Guerrero Davis became General Manager. Her husband Stewart Davis joined the team as an architect in 1994 and established CG&S’ design studio. Initially Stewart’s role was more technical in nature, but that changed as CG&S’ projects began to require more thoughtful design work. It soon became clear that the company was moving towards the design-build process as the best way to complete its projects, and was re-branded CG&S Design-Build. Billy stepped down from CG&S in the summer of 2018 after more than forty years of service, passing majority ownership to Dolores, who now serves as CG&S’ President. Stewart serves as co-owner & Vice President.

Hundreds of projects later, CG&S has perfected its design-build approach, and has been recognized throughout Austin and the nation as an award-winning design-build company—one with the same reputation for quality and reliability that Clarence and Stella Guerrero began with over sixty years ago.

Our whole team under one roof

CG&S is a family business whose lineage can be traced back through three generations of the Guerrero family. These days, we’re a lot more varied than a crew of brothers wielding wheelbarrows; our diverse group of team members come from many walks of life, backgrounds, and life experiences. But CG&S still has a strong culture of family; it’s a part of our DNA. We’re loyal to our employees, and this loyalty extends towards our clients. Loyalty is part of our family legacy, and a key part of how we do business.

Photography by Annie Ray and CG&S Design-Build

  • Dolores Davis UDCP

    Dolores Davis UDCP

    Owner | General Manager

    • Joined CG&S: 1994
    • Education: In college, I studied to become a social worker
    • Interests Outside Of Work: I love cooking for people!
    • Favorite Place On Planet Earth: Cibolo Creek, a resort ranch right outside of Big Bend Ranch State Park
    • What do you want to be when you grow up?: I am grown up. I want to always be me.
    • Baffled By: Electricity. It’s a mystery to me.
    • Life Slogan: From my father, Clarence Guerrero himself: “Everyone has to be somewhere, and here I am!”
  • Stewart Davis AIA

    Stewart Davis AIA

    Owner | Principal Architect

    • Joined CG&S: 1994
    • Experience: Worked in the field since 1983; Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.
    • Past Life: I once was Mr. Express, fastest grocery checker at HEB #8 for several consecutive years, back in the roaring ‘70’s.
    • My Interests Inform My Work By: I value seeking / finding great experiences. This means putting quality and care into the work we do so that others can have memorable and pleasurable experiences.
    • Interests Outside Of Work: I like to travel, and I like good food and wine
    • Chatting In The Breakroom, You Can Usually Find Me Discussing The Finer Points Of: Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    • Baffled By: How to pack a suitcase like my wife Dolores does: absolutely no wasted space! As dense as a neutron star!
    • Life Slogan: Everything in moderation, including moderation!
  • Sara Hadden

    Sara Hadden

    Design Manager

    • Joined CG&S: 2014
    • Experience: Worked in the architecture and design fields since 1998; Bachelor of Art in Architecture from Washington University and a Masters of Architecture from the GSAPP at Columbia University.
    • My Interests Inform My Work By: I like to make things. Architecture and design are another way of ‘making things’, just on a larger scale.
    • Favorite Place In The World: A white sand beach, with crystal clear waters and a slight breeze blowing…
    • Interests Outside Of Work: If I didn’t spend all my time chasing my 3 kids around, my interests would include reading, sewing, cooking, graphic design, and travelling. Not necessarily in that order.
    • Best Vacay: I haven’t taken it yet, but I really want to go to Australia!
    • Dessert choice: red velvet cake
    • Life Slogan: My glass is always half full.
  • Marsha Topham AIA

    Marsha Topham AIA

    Senior Project Architect

    • Joined CG&S: 2006; in the field since 1985
    • In A Past Life: I lived in New England for 10 years, and was fortunate to work on some pretty major renovations of beautiful, historic homes.
    • Interests Outside Of Work: Hiking, kayaking, and gardening. I like to drive around looking at houses for ideas on my own house—I’m constantly scheming on things to add/refine at home.
    • Favorite Place In The World: coastal Maine
    • Inspired By: Nature and quiet moments
    • Dessert: cheesecake
    • Baffled By: Design that looks good but doesn’t work
    • When I Grow Up I Want To Be: A rockstar
  • Gregory Thomas

    Gregory Thomas

    Senior Project Architect, AKBD

    • Joined CG&S: I worked for CG&S for seven years starting in 2007. I relocated to Oregon, and now I've rejoined the team!
    • Experience: I have Bachelor of Architecture, BS in Architectural Engineering, and BFA Visual Art Studies degrees—all from UT Austin—and have an Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer certification from NKBA. I've been a registered architect since 1988.
    • Interests: Dedicated hot yoga enthusiast. Avid cook specializing in seasonal pies. I love landscape photography and watercolor painting. I live part-time in Oregon, and love gardening, hiking, biking, and exploring the landscape. Travis County Master Gardener and volunteer when I'm able.
    • Inspired By: Nature (clouds, trees, plants, wildlife). I think about clouds A LOT. Who knew?
    • Favorite Place In The World: coastal Maine, although Scotland is a close second
    • Fave Dessert: I am a very, very serious pie maker, but my favorite dessert I ever made was a recent Guajillo Chocolate Flan, which was pretty amazing. Chiles + Chocolate = Love
    • Slogan: It's getting better all the time!

  • Kaelee Pearson

    Kaelee Pearson

    Project Designer

    • Joined CG&S: May 2019
    • Educational Background: Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon with additional studies in Fine Arts
    • Experience: practicing architect since 2008
    • Interests: Anything outdoors, lots of traveling, and cooking
    • Favorite Place In The World: Rome!
    • Best Adventure: Hiking the active Volcano Stromboli, one of the Italian Aeolian Islands, and watching it erupt at dusk; four day hike on the Inca Trail
    • Inspired By: Social connections and community; always learning new things and exploring the world we live in
    • Superpower: Teleportation
    • Baffled By: Why there's a half-aisle of frozen Texas toast in the grocery store (and not just in Texas)
  • Justin Quick

    Justin Quick

    Project Designer

    • Joined CG&S: 2010
    • Experience: Bachelor’s in Computer Aided Drafting and Design
    • Past Life: I once worked in IT Management
    • Interests: Music, video games
    • Interests Inform Your Work By: I love science, technology, and art—especially when they all come together in one place.
    • Inspired By: My family and the universe
    • Dessert: Carrot Cake
    • Best Vacay: West Texas
  • Lyndsey Gauthier

    Lyndsey Gauthier

    BIM Specialist / Project Designer

    • Joined CG&S: June 2020
    • Educational Background: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
    • Experience: worked in residential interior remodeling since 2013
    • Interests: My dogs, volunteering & fostering rescue dogs, gardening, finding the perfect piece of furniture to refinish, baking, hiking, & exploring the city
    • Favorite Place In The World: Grand Cayman Islands: the people were wonderful, and the beaches were like nothing I've seen before or since. Miami is second for its colorful architecture.
    • Inspiration: family, my dogs, and Pinterest
    • Fave Dessert: Lemon Chiffon Pie
    • Known For: being detailed & thorough
    • Slogan: Everything always works out how it should

  • Bridgette Grant

    Bridgette Grant

    Interior Designer

    • Started At CG&S: January 2020
    • Experience: been in the interior design field since 2007
    • Interests: hanging out with my husband and our daughters, taking dance classes, and reading—tons of reading!
    • Fave Place: Jamaica: I've never felt an instant connection to a place before in my life. The culture, the people, the food, the energy—Jamaica felt like my long lost friend.
    • Inspired By: God, my family, and my FRamily
    • Fave Dessert: Most combinations of ice cream/warm brownie (currently mint chocolate chip).
    • What do you want to be when you grow up?: fulfilled
    • Slogan: Begin with the end in mind!
  • Madison Mullins

    Madison Mullins

    Interior Designer, Allied ASID

    • Joined CG&S: July 2018; interned with CG&S winter of 2017–2018 and summer of 2017
    • Educational Background: BFA in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art & Design, with a minor in Architectural History
    • Interests: antiques, animals, crime shows, thrifting, Gothic architecture, equality, and women’s rights
    • Fave Music: Fleetwood Mac—Stevie Nicks is my idol! I also love Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Patty Griffin… the list goes on
    • Baffled By: the people that leave shopping carts in parking spaces
    • Spirit Animal: The owl! Quiet, wise, & fiercely protective of loved ones
    • Quote: “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and stars”, from the poem "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann
    • Fave Art: anything by van Gogh
  • James Thurston CR, CRPM

    James Thurston CR, CRPM

    Project Consultant

    • Joined CG&S: June 2017
    • Experience: 22 years in the field
    • Interests: Family, horses, iron work, bird hunting, fishing
    • Best Vacay: A dude ranch in the Arizona White Mountains, riding out with the wranglers in the morning
    • Current Music Kick: Chris Stapleton
    • Party Trick: some pretty epic dance moves
    • Favorite Place In The World: Saint Lucia
  • Bill Totten

    Bill Totten


    • Joined CG&S: January 2017
    • Experience: 16 years in the field
    • Interests: Photography, xeriscaping, & traveling with my wife Jackie
    • Flying or Invisibility: I have a semi-annual dream where I levitate
    • Favorite Dessert: Chocolate on chocolate mixed with chocolate
    • In A Past Life: I made golf club repair videos for Golfsmith
    • Life Slogan: Learn from the past, but forge ahead with optimism
  • Aïda Pollard

    Aïda Pollard

    Controller | HR

    • Joined CG&S: 2000
    • Experience: 30 years in finance, Plan 2 degree from the University of Texas at Austin
    • Fun Life Stuff: pottery, trail running, women's choir, philanthropy, and bluegrass
    • Favorite Place On Earth: Paris
    • Inspired By: light
    • Baffled By: radio waves
    • Slogan For Life: never say never
  • Amaka Ukawoko

    Amaka Ukawoko

    Office Manager

    • Joined CG&S: October 2018
    • Interests: music, hiking, reading, movies, exploring the city...
    • Inspired By: people joining together to do good
    • Fave Dessert: Love ice cream and cake!
    • Superpower: Ability to read, write, and speak any language fluently
    • What I Want To Be When I Grow Up: We hopefully never stop growing, so I'll let you know when I've figured that out :)
    • Slogan: "I did my best, and my best was good enough"

  • Iris Davis-Quick

    Iris Davis-Quick

    Marketing Manager

    • Joined CG&S: 2011
    • Interests Outside Of Work: Film/TV, screenwriting, fashion, rallying
    • Me, In A Sentence: I am an outgoing, confident person who can make friends with anyone.
    • Favorite Vacay: My bestie and I took a random trip to Seattle, WA and spent four glorious days wandering the city by foot. We stayed in the Capital Hill neighborhood with its vibrant community, delicious food and coffee aplenty. The best part for me (besides exploring Discovery Park in an apocalyptic state due to surrounding wildfires in the mountains) was reliving my favorite teen rom-com 10 Things I Hate About You. "I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?" "I think you can in Europe." :)
    • Dessert Choice: NadaMoo vanilla ice cream with pecans and chocolate chips
    • Baffled By: String Theory
    • When I Grow Up I Want To Be: A world traveler.
    • Inspired By: Women’s rights, my daughters, my mother, independent film, and creative architecture.

    Please reach Iris with marketing inquiries at iris.quick@cgsdb.com

  • Ryan Davis

    Ryan Davis

    Marketing Assistant

    • Joined CG&S: 2006
    • Experience: BFA in Studio Art from the UT Austin
    • Interests: painting, keyboard, fermentation, soccer
    • Me, In A Sentence: Always making.
    • Inspired By: Information
    • Favorite Place In The World: Total split between the Swiss alps and northern Iceland.
    • Baffled By: Economics
    • Life Slogan: Keep it simple
  • Nathan Morris

    Nathan Morris

    Production Manager

    • Joined CG&S: 2014
    • In A Past Life: worked in the computer industry and electronic component sales
    • Me, In A Sentence: hardworking and fun-loving!
    • Known To Coworkers As: They call me “19”
    • Inspired By: David Hipple
    • When I Grow Up I Want To Be: Successful and young at heart
    • The Super Power I Wish I had: winning lottery number picker
    • Favorite Place In The World: The national parks of Utah
  • Megan Tarpley

    Megan Tarpley

    Production Assistant

    • Joined CG&S: August 2017
    • Superpower: stopping time to enjoy the good moments
    • Favorite Type Of Music: Queen / hair bands
    • Known For: positive attitude
    • Favorite Place In The World: Grand Cayman
    • Life Slogan: just keep swimming
    • One-Liner: What do you call a funny candy bar? Snickers :)
  • David Bonner

    David Bonner

    Project Coordinator | Accountant

    • Joined CG&S: October 2015
    • Education: Masters in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University
    • Interests Outside Of Work: My daughter, my race car, and hunting
    • Favorite Place In The World: Key West
    • Known Among Co-Workers For: Hard Work, Sarcasm, Humor
    • Life Slogan: What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger
    • Fave Dessert: Chocolate Pie
  • Randy Gray

    Randy Gray

    Construction Manager

    • Joined CG&S: 2004
    • Experience: I’ve been working in the construction industry since 1991
    • Favorite Place In The World: The Grand Tetons
    • Interests Outside Of Work: anything outdoors
    • Inspired By: Honesty and freedom
    • Favorite Vacay: a month-long hiking trip in Utah
    • Life Slogan: A person is only as good as their word.
  • Danny Scott

    Danny Scott

    Project Manager

    • Joined CG&S: 1989
    • Experience: 35 years in the construction industry
    • Fun Life Stuff: God, Gardening, & Golf
    • Favorite Dessert: peach cobbler ` la mode
    • Inspired By: faith, family, & friends
    • Puzzled By: Why anyone would watch a reality TV show
    • The Superpower I Wish I had: flight (The super power I actually have is completing crossword puzzles)
  • Jay Schaefer

    Jay Schaefer

    Project Manager

    • Joined CG&S: 1998
    • Experience: Worked in the construction industry since 1977
    • Inspired By: Family & friends.
    • Favorite Place Ever: Lucca & Orvieto, Italy
    • Dessert Choice: I love them all; never met one I didn’t like.
    • Me, In A Sentence: Extremely handsome, with a sense of humor, and able to stay calm during stressful times.
    • Party Trick: Levitating grapes
  • Justin Cunningham CRPM

    Justin Cunningham CRPM

    Project Manager

    • Joined CG&S: Spring of 2016 
    • Education/Background: I have an AAS Degree in Renewable Energy Technology and an AAS Degree in Architectural & Engineering Computer Aided Design, and was formerly a BIM Technician 
    • Interests Outside Of Work: Family, my dogs, long distance running, & volunteer work—especially with dogs 
    • Favorite Place In The World: Playa Sámara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica 
    • Superpower: the power to heal 
    • When I Grow Up I Want To Be: A game warden
    • Baffled By: the universe

    (art glass backdrop by Dallas-based artist Robin Herndon)

  • John Barba CGR

    John Barba CGR

    Project Manager

    • Joined CG&S: April 2019
    • Experience: I'm a life-long learner who tries to avoid the school of hard knocks. In addition to a law degree, I hold NAHB designations of Certified Graduate Remodeler and Certified Green Builder. I also passed the F2 International Construction Code exam that's required in some jurisdictions of Texas to pull building permits.
    • Interests: Faith, family, friends, travel, golf, the outdoors, good food, good books, building stuff, old trucks, sailing—the list goes on!
    • Favorite Place Visited: Block Island, RI
    • Fave Dessert: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
    • Superpower: time travel
    • Slogan: What if it's good?!

  • Fidel Ramirez

    Fidel Ramirez

    Senior Lead Carpenter

    • Joined CG&S: 1985
    • Me, In A Sentence: Fidel gets along with everyone!
    • Known To Coworkers: The guy who gets stuff done.
    • Inspired By: learning every day
    • Favorite Dessert: cheesecake
    • Favorite Place In The World: Mexico
    • Interests Outside Of Work: cooking outside
    • Baffled By: How airplanes stay in the air
  • Joshua Deets CLC

    Joshua Deets CLC

    Lead Carpenter

    • Joined CG&S: 2006
    • Interests: Hunting, fishing, off-roading, swimming, & my dogs
    • Me, In A Word: Adaptable
    • Best Place In The World: Zilker Park
    • Choice Dessert: Ice Cream
    • Favorite Music Style: classic country & classic rock
    • Super Power I Wish I Had: flight
  • Javier Ruiz

    Javier Ruiz


    • Joined CG&S: 2005
    • Interests: I love to study!
    • Best Vacay: The State of México
    • Inspired By: family
    • Chosen Superpower: healing powers
    • Favorite Musician: Bob Marley
    • Slogan: easy does it!
    • Fave Dessert: cinnamon rolls

  • Clarencio Guerrero

    Clarencio Guerrero


    • Joined CG&S: 2016
    • Educational Background: Tarleton State University
    • Fave Sport: track & field
    • Inspired By: my family
    • Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings trilogy 
    • Described By Coworkers: as a hard worker
    • Wisdom: No matter what you're doing, give it 100%
  • Jonathan Lopez

    Jonathan Lopez


    • Joined CG&S: 2016
    • Interests: sports & being outdoors
    • Myself In A Sentence: I like to keep a positive attitude
    • Favorite Place In The World: San Miguel de Allende
    • Inspired By: learning new things!
    • Chosen Superpower: teleportation
    • Fave Music: Banda
    • Slogan: Enjoy the simple moments of life
    • Fave Dessert: cheesecake

  • David Weinstein-Perez

    David Weinstein-Perez


    • Joined CG&S: 2016
    • Educational Background: Attended Arizona State University
    • Interests: Besides building I enjoy biking around in my free time
    • Fave Place In The World: Any ski mountain
    • Inspired By: How far we've come as a society
    • Best Vacay: Skiing last year at Copper Mountain
    • Fave Dessert: Cheesecake, hands down
    • Superpower: Flight, so I wouldn't have to wait in traffic

  • David Hipple

    David Hipple

    Warranty Manager

    • Joined CG&S: 2011
    • Previously: Auto Painter & Salesman
    • Interests Outside Of Work: Woodworking and airbrushing
    • Favorite Place On Planet Earth: The Grand Canyon
    • Me, In A Word: Perfectionist
    • Best Vacation: Hawaii
    • Baffled By: Water leaks
    • Life Slogan: Strive to be the best you can be!