The purpose of this letter is to explain briefly the business relationship between Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and Mike Garcia Construction Company (MGC) and the positive experience that resulted from that business relationship.
In December 2006, as the President & CEO of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, I made a verbal agreement for the construction of an office facility on property owned by Mr. Garcia, President & CEO of MGC. On February 9, 2007, we signed a formal agreement to confirm our earlier verbal agreement. On March 23, 2007, we had a groundbreaking ceremony on the construction site and construction began within days thereafter. From that date until December 17, 2007, my staff visited the site weekly, met with the construction supervisor and observed the progress. Within weeks of commencement of construction, MGC forged ahead of schedule. Mr. Garcia appointed his son, Michael, as the site supervisor. The performance of Michael can only be described as totally outstanding. He was always at the site and always fully aware of every aspect of the construction project. Clearly, the quality of the final product and the pace of activity were directly related to a competent, dedicated onscene supervisor.
On December 17, 2007, we held the first building inspection of the new facility which was approximately 95% complete at that point in time. We found only minor issues that needed attention. On January 9, 2008, we made the final inspection and determined that all items identified in December had been corrected. Importantly, MGC had completed the project within the agreed budget and ahead of the scheduled completion date.
Tittoughout the building, MGC incorporated quality additions beyond what is notmally found in an office facility. This special customization transformed the building from an ordinary office facility into an impressive headquarters for a national charity.
The combination of the design and quality construction enables this office facility to contribute positively to the Prince William County master plan for the refurbishment of the Highway #1 corridor through the eastern portion of the county. Most importantly, this facility provides the Foundation staff with a truly high quality work environment which will increase productivity and enhance morale. This translates into a more effective and efficient staff that will be able to provide more responsive and timely support to local Toys for Tots Coordinators, corporate sponsors, donors and supporters. The end result will be a more effective overall nationwide Toys for Tots Program.
From the first meeting to the settlement on January 15, 2008, every aspect of the business partnership reflected professionalism and integrity. I feel strongly that it will be difficult to find a construction company that surpasses MGC in quality of workmanship or overall professionalism. When MGC takes on a project, the entire organization rallies behind Mike Garcia with enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a determination to deliver the highest quality product in the timeliest manner possible. Concisely stated, it was a pleasure doing business with Mike Garcia and his team.
Mike Garcia and his company provide an example that all others should strive to emulate. I would not undertake a future construction project without first consulting with Mike Garcia. I find him a man of the highest sense of honor and a professional of the first order.
I enthusiastically recommend Mike Garcia and his company for any type construction project.