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Tim Thureson


Tim Thureson co-founded PIONEER Construction and holds the position of President and Senior Project Manager.  He has over 18 years experience in integrated construction project management.  Prior to PIONEER Construction he was a project manager and estimator for a Savannah general contractor.

As President and Senior Project Manager, Mr. Thureson’s responsibilities include analyzing, bidding and negotiating contracts, preparing project estimates, developing efficiency plans for various aspects of construction and managing and supervising field superintendents and subcontractors.  In addition, he coordinates projects with owners and architects and prepares and performs all project accounting and documentation. Tim oversees the financial operations and directs company policy and procedures for PIONEER Construction.

Previous projects that Tim has managed include St. Anne's Parish Life Center in Richmond Hill, the South University campus development and the Hospice of Savannah renovation and addition.  More recently, Tim has completed the new addtion to the Arboris headquarters, renovations to the downtown branch of Ameris Bank and is currently managing the renovations and addition to Vic's on the River.



Todd Mayo

Vice President

Todd Mayo, Vice President, joined the Pioneer team in 2014, bringing 10 years of construction management experience in the Coastal Empire. Todd has completed numerous significant projects with Gulfstream, SCAD, Memorial Hospital, Ft. Stewart and Historic Savannah buildings.  His experience with high-end residential work has also earned him awards from local magazines and Savannah Preservation.

As Vice President, Todd's responsibilities include bidding and negotiating contracts, project coordination with architects and owners, project job cost accounting and documentation and overseeing the construction process with staff and subcontractors. Todd also plays a key role in Pioneer's business development and marketing.

Todd is a native of Athens, Georgia and a graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University. He and his wife, Jenny, and their two  children, Lara Kate and Will, reside in Savannah.



Barry Fransen

Chief Estimator

Barry Fransen was born and raised in Honduras, Central America. He moved to the United States to attend college at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA where he earned a Bachelor in Science & Technology in Construction Management with a Minor in Business. While going to school he worked in the construction industry mostly in the Downtown Savannah Historic District where he gained experience in quality craftsmanship. After graduating in 2006, Barry joined Pioneer Construction as a Project Manager and Estimator. Barry has estimated and managed various projects for the City of Savannah, Chatham County, the Savannah Airport, Georgia Port Authority and various other private commercial entities.

The Chief Estimator position was awarded to Barry in late 2014. As Chief Estimator, Barry is tasked with obtaining construction bid documents for review and developing estimates within the required deadline. With his vast knowledge of various construction software, Barry is able to develop detailed estimates to ensure all requirements are met and allows for more competitive bids.

Barry resides in Bluffton, SC with his wife Nicole and two sons Kellan and Gabriel.


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Jeffrey Coombe

Senior PM, Estimator

Jeff is a third generation contractor who grew up in the construction business. He has been managing construction projects in the Savannah area for over 20 years and has been in the business for more than 30 years. His experience includes medical, financial, retail and light industrial commercial construction projects as well as historic renovation and high-end residential.

As a Senior Estimator and Project Manager, Jeff handles all aspects of the construction process. From handling preconstruction with clients and estimating to project execution, Jeff plays a key role in the success of Pioneer Construction.

Jeff, a native of Savannah, lives in Effingham County with his wife, Laurie, and their two children, Jesse and Jaime.



Kyle Jordan

Estimator / Project Manager

Pioneer Construction hired Kyle Jordan as an intern in 2014 while he was attending Georgia Southern University.  Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with a minor in business in 2015, he became a full time employee.  His primary responsibilities are estimating and project management.  Kyle's addition to the team will keep the pre-construction department competitive as the construciton industry continues to be driven by advances in takeoff and estimating technology.

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Jeff Wigger

Senior Project Manager

Jeff Wigger joined the Pioneer team in 2016. His 18 years of construction experience have afforded him the opportunity to develop skills in all facets of the construction industry. Jeff was heavily involved in the residential home industry in the Coastal Empire area. His commercial experience began when he was tasked to complete a number of government and military construction contracts. He has continued to expand his true passion for construction, historical renovation and preservation in recent years.

As a vital member of our team, Jeff is involved in all aspects of Pioneer Construction to include business development, estimating and onsite management.

As a Savannah native, Jeff is a graduate of Benedictine Military School and a member of St. John’s Cathedral Parrish. Jeff and his wife, Laura, live on Wilmington Island with their four children, William, Mary Everest, Anna and Campbell.


Candace Forkner

Assistant Project Manager

Candace joined the PIONEER team in 2010 and is involved in many aspects of day to day operations.

Candace is responsible for assisting the project management team and handles Pioneer's plan distribution through the Plan Room on Pioneer's web site.  She assists in estimating and managing small projects as well as in the preparation, maintenance and distribution of Pioneer safety requirements such as manuals, OSHA logs and other important documentation.

Candace received her BS in Marketing from Georgia Southern University and previously worked in the residential construction industry for 6 years.  She lives on Wilmington Island with her husband and two children.



Stephanie Blanchard

Accounting Manager

Stephanie Blanchard, came on board at Pioneer Construction in August of 2015. Although she is new to PCI, Stephanie is not new to the construction industry. She brings with her 10 years of experience in job cost accounting and project accounting management. In her role at Pioneer, her duties will include accounts payable and accounts receivable as well as job cost accounting assisting project managers to track the current status of their costs to complete.

Stephanie was born and raised in Savannah. She and her husband, Steven, have been married for 23 years and have two daughters, Jordan and Jenna.





Linda Jaeger


Linda Jaeger is the former President and Operations Manager of Pioneer Construction, Inc.  She co-founded the company with Tim Thureson in 1995. 

During her role as President, Linda controlled all of Pioneer's financial operations, management of company policy and philosophy as well as public relations.

Now in her role as consultant, she is involved in management of the website and offering support for management/personnel discussion.