Our Team

Grand Canyon Development Partners

is a construction and real estate development management company that offers a full spectrum of services to facilitate all processes for our clients’ projects including, but not limited to: real estate development, construction, project and program management services, and LEED Certification studies. The company has offices throughout the Southwest.

The success and experience of Grand Canyon Development Partners spans a wide variety of market segments, including hospitality/entertainment, gaming, education, retail/tenant improvements, commercial, nonprofit, and food/beverage.

Sam Nicholson

President

Nicholson is the president/founder of Grand Canyon Development Partners. With more than 35 years of civil and building construction experience ranging from manufacturing ready-mix concrete and asphalt paving, to the construction of water and amusement parks, hotel casinos, sports facilities, sports arenas, retail and entertainment venues. Some of the notable projects he and his team have been associated with include the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Grand Bazaar Shops of Las Vegas, Paris Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel, Caesars Coliseum, Trump International Hotel, Green Valley Ranch, Marriott Renaissance, Hyatt Regency, Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Arena, Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Stadium, and the Phoenix Suns Basketball Arena. Grand Canyon has performed pro-bono work for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Southern Nevada Children First, Noah’s Animal House, and many other organizations in Nevada, assisting in the development and construction of new projects, or the repair and remodel of current facilities.

Vincent Tatum

Exec Vice President

Tatum is an experienced professional in the development industry with more than 13 years of successful management in commercial construction, project management, construction sourcing and procurement, capital investment management, financial cost and controls, risk management, and logistics. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a minor in Japanese at Old Dominion University, and is also a veteran of the U.S. Army. His past positions include director, design and construction strategic sourcing for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, senior project manager of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and project manager of Gemstone Development.

Katie Mulryan

Senior Project Manager

With more than 10 years of experience in commercial and residential construction projects, Mulryan works closely with all phases of development, from entitlements through project closeout. Mulryan obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture at the University of Minnesota, and with her strong background in architecture, she works closely with designers, engineers, municipalities and general contractors. Her project experience includes Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, Grand Bazaar Shops Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and the Manhattan West condominiums in Las Vegas.

Michael S. Colarusso

Senior Design Manager

With 30 plus years of experience, Colarusso has directed and managed design consultants, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, vendors, and on-site project work crews of more than 100 men. Colarusso is a highly skilled professional with extensive experience in managing project design, and construction, with an emphasis in design-build projects. He has completed several impressive projects including McCarran International Airport, MGM City Center, Crystals City Center, and Bridgeport Detention Center.

Bing O'Peek

Vice President of Finance

With over 15 years of success in construction accounting and capital investment management. Bing has experience in effectively integrating budgets and internal financial control policies and procedures. He specializes in establishing hotel and casino systems from construction to operation opening, including: LMS, InfoGenesis, IGT Gaming systems and more. O’Peek’s acute attention to detail and innovative approach to problem solving make him a valuable asset to any project.

Tim Lockett

Vice President of Construction

Tim began his career in 1991 at the Nevada Test Site working for Reynolds Electrical & Engineering Company (REECo). He started as an Engineer I and worked on numerous projects for the DOE and the research labs on the test site in support of the nuclear testing program. After several years working for REECo, the contract for the work at the Nevada Test Site was awarded to Bechtel Nevada. While at Bechtel Nevada, Tim was promoted to Engineering Supervisor.
In 1998, Tim joined the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV) as a Project Manager. Tim was assigned to oversee many different types of projects, both in size and complexity. During his tenure at UNLV, Tim worked his way through the ranks to Director of Construction. Tim managed a staff of Projects Managers and was responsible for numerous projects throughout the campus. During the 20 year career at UNLV, Tim oversaw the delivery of 27 new facilities on the campus and well as hundreds of major renovations and remodels over his 20-year career at UNLV.

Tony Cosentino

Project Executive

With over 43 years of experience, Tony’s working knowledge and experience as an architect allows him to approach matters with unique insight. He has excellent problem-solving capabilities and examines unique ways to accomplish complex tasks. He has collaborated with and managed high profile consultants such as Thornton Tomasetti, HOK Sports, Parsons Transportation, Consentini Consulting, HKS and KPF to name a few. Tony has extensive experience working with subcontractors, suppliers, vendors, owners representatives, and project staff as well.