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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.



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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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.


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.