Buffalo Builders, Inc. was born of Russ Negaard’s desire to own and operate his own business.
Their current office is located at 222 E. Cucharras Street and represents a labor of love. Everything within the office was created to reflect the owners and Buffalo Builders. Buffalo Builders continues to grow and support all of the individuals that have helped to make this dream a success. Buffalo Builders continues helping Colorado residents during all of life’s events and catastrophic occurrences.
Meet the Team
Russ Negaard, President/Founder
His expertise is in commercial and residential construction, PEMB/steel building, restoration, mitigation, just to name a few. He continues his education as an Instructor for Construction Defect and Critical Care Environments. He is continually helping his Team(s) grow and believes in fostering his employees’ education.
Russ and his wife, Sandy, have grown their company in Colorado Springs as it is home to them. They stay involved in the community and give back to their community any chance they can. Annually they participate in USA Pro Cycling Challenge, charitable efforts to Red Cross, Ride for Semper Fi, Touch-A-Truck, Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk as well as sending their crews for relief from natural disasters. i.e. hurricanes and fires.
Russ is a humble leader as he juggles LBI in Greeley and BBI in Colorado Springs. When he is not working, he loves spending time with his family. Sandy and Russ are avid sports fans and support all Colorado teams. Their family has a love for soccer and sponsors BBI soccer teams! Russ loves traveling and being able to unwind with his family.
Mike Foster, Estimator
Prior to working with BBI, Mike established his credentials as the Owner of Repeat Enterprises, a Construction Company, Senior Large Loss Licensed Independent Insurance Adjuster and also as a construction company estimator. He also owned and operated several real estate brokerage companies over a 23-year period. Mike is HAAG engineering trained. Licensed Insurance Adjuster, Licensed Real Estate Broker, holds an FCC radio broadcast license and carries many other Industry certifications associated with his position and activities in the restoration industry.
Mike Foster has invested his time into Church and other endeavors serving his community. He served 12 years as the President and Board Member of the Crosby Huffman Chamber of Commerce. Mike also served as a Founder and operator of Crosby Opry, Ordained Minister, and skilled musician. Mike moved from Texas to Elizabeth, Colorado in 2004. He also plays bass guitar for the band of musicians known as Highway 83.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
Chayse Diamond, Estimator and Mitigation Manager
In an area where freezing cold temperatures, wind storms, wildfires, and hail can impact us at any time, experts in catastrophe relief and home restoration are of utmost importance. When those experts are members of our local community and have empathy and understanding that comes from sharing these experiences and conditions, it can bring our community together. BBI is a perfect example of the benefits our company brings to the local community.
Chayse has traveled to catastrophe locations on several occasions to provide relief to those involved in the events including, but not limited to, Hurricane Harvey. There he led several crews performing emergency demolition and mold remediation, which was essential to the health of those living in areas where flood waters had risen as high as the height of doorways and windows.
Chayse enjoys playing piano, snowboarding, and rock climbing in Garden of the Gods and all over the beautiful Front Range.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.Nelson Mandela
Robert J. Gonzales, Project Manager
Robert is currently attending Villanova University in pursuit of his LEAN certification and will soon be preparing for his PMP certification. He has also attended the University of Washington and Cal Poly Pomona. Robert attended Don Bosco Tech High School, majoring in construction and architecture. In the community, Robert has served several non-profits focused on helping children, including the Boys & Girls Club and Early Connection Learning Centers, where he is a current board member and past board chair.
I truly believe working at Buffalo Builders allows me to help my neighbors during their greatest time of need. The Buffalo Builders family goes on to every job site understanding that we can make a difference and impact lives in a positive way. Through expeditiously repairing a home after a disaster or updating a living space to create an environment for new memories Buffalo Builders is here to help.
Robert enjoys spending time with his family, bass-fishing, fly-fishing, camping, hiking, fitness, and gym time.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.Marianne Williamson
At Buffalo Builders, Inc., We Believe in 5 Essential Core Values…
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Green Risk Professional
With a GRP, you are introduced to “green products” at any time, even when there is no green upgrade coverage endorsement. As the world around us “goes greener” and more restoration professionals implement green alternatives, you will want to be sure you have a Green Risk Professional on your side.
Buffalo Builders is adequately trained to provide a superior level of knowledge, experience, and expertise, professionalism, and deliver excellent customer service to property owners, managers, facility directors, and insurers of green buildings. BBI understands the makeup and the products used in green buildings. We understand the rating systems and insurance coverage, as it relates to them. Buffalo Builders, Inc. ensures that if a GRP covered building sustains damage, the building will be restored using the most efficient green products on the market.
The Ride for Semper Fi
A contingent from the Colorado Springs office traveled to American Samoa to assist in relief efforts and help the families. The staff from BBI were met by a strong, loving, resilient and grateful people. The words used to describe the Samoan people are equally understated when calling the efforts of FEMA, the US Army, US Coast Guard and the American Red Cross outstanding and generous.
We would like to compliment the unbelievable efforts provided by the great number of organizations we encountered in American Samoa. Most importantly, while we thank the people of American Samoa for their kindness, we would also like to emphasize the positive impact their strength and faith had on our BBI family. We continue to express our deepest condolences for the families that lost loved ones in the Tsunami.