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Gai Kirkegaard
Gai Kirkegaard

Tamara Ruiz

Controller/Operations Manager

Gai Kirkegaard


Gai's expertise as a production and custom home builder has left a legacy of some of the best homes in the greater Sacramento area. Previously working for national builders as vice president of construction, Gai has managed enormous teams in the development of entire neighborhoods and communities. While managing  the construction of over 6,000 homes during the last 30 years, he understands the importance fo detail, quality construction and customer satisfaction. He has been recognized nationally for his comprehensive industry expertise, leadership and exemplary performance. He is a Certified Green Building Professional and considers himself a "green collar builder." He has extensive experience and knowledge of local municipalities, state and federal regulations, smart building, and value engineering. 

When Tamara joined Gai Kirkegaard she had already accumulated 26 years of experience in the Construction Industry. She came to us from Colafrancesco Framing, where she worked as their General Manager, prior to that she was the Northern California Credit Manager for White Cap Industries. As General Manager for Colafrancesco Framing she ran and controlled company operations for a company of over 300 employees, maintained all job site safety boards, keeping the company in compliance with OSHA regulations, while managing financial, and Human Resource fields, as well as handling all legal claims. Here, at GKC, Tamara makes sure that everything runs smoothly. She has a high regard for the quality of her work as well as the quality of the jobs she bids on. Of her construction experience, over 18 of those years she specialized in accounting, purchasing, and managing. Because of that, she is able to use her extensive knowledge to her advantage. She knows how to detect a good deal when she sees a great product. Being a natural perfectionist, she utilizes that in the work place and all her dealings.  With her overseeing the business you know there won’t be any mistakes.


Mara Walsh

Office Administrator 

Mara Walsh is our office administrator here at Gai Kirkegaard Construction. Mara comes to us with an extensive back ground in customer service. Here at GKC she is in charge of making and sending out contracts, job site schedules, accounts receivable, insurance, social media, and any other secretrial work. She is the first person you see when you come into the office, and is always happy to help in anyway possible. 

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