Southern California’s most experienced decorative and structural concrete team

Concrete Contractors Interstate (CCI) is proud to be trusted by Southern California’s most well respected contractors to bring a vision to life for the region’s most iconic projects. CCI’s sterling reputation attracts the best talent in the industry to Team CCI. Each team member has been individually selected for their unique experience and proven track records in their respective fields. This allows CCI to offer a level of service that’s unmatched.

CCI is a family-owned business headquartered in Southern California. Many of CCI’s team members have been with CCI their entire careers. In fact, CCI’s three project superintendents have a combined 67 years of experience working in concrete construction with CCI. Each team member is a concrete craftsman who brings a wealth of practical field experience and knowledge to each project. In addition to the experts with decades of experience, our team is complemented by gifted, rising stars so that CCI remains at the forefront of the industry with fresh new visions.

Headed by our highly proactive LEED accredited Vice President of Concrete Operations, our dedicated management team is comprised of former general contractors who are experienced in every aspect of a project, from engineering to architecture. CCI’s seasoned estimating, project management, accounting and administrative departments ensure that project execution is seamless for clients. With proven, successful installations as specialists in their respective disciplines, and professional managerial support, Team CCI is a fine-tuned machine ready to achieve the goals of each project.

Learn more about our team below and please call 858-679-5550 or send an email to contacts@seicci.com to find out how you can partner with CCI on your next project.

Russel Baumgartner President/Owner
Russ was taught general engineering, the concrete trades and good business practices by working in his father’s company, Concrete Contractors Interstate of Colorado. Russ’ father started CCI in 1958 in Brighton, CO, and within 17 years turned it into a transit mix corporation, a sand & gravel corporation, and a concrete ready mix plant. In addition to developing a strong work ethic and skill set, Russ inherited a true entrepreneurial spirit from his father. Russ earned a degree with honors from the Civil Engineering School of Colorado State University at the age of 22. By the time he was 26, Russ opened a branch of CCI in San Diego, CA. In 1986, Russ’ branch of Concrete Contractors Interstate began operating as an independent corporation. Over the decades, Russ has evolved CCI into a dynamic business with specialized departments that could each stand alone as an independent company. Always focused on the progression of CCI, Russ ensures the company is always leading the industry by developing proprietary concrete systems and patenting the innovations, while also launching an in-house research and development lab to further establish proprietary-aesthetic concrete systems. From apprentice to project manager and foreman to president, Russ has truly held every position imaginable and is a leader in the concrete construction field.
Russ was taught general engineering, the concrete trades and good business practices by working in his father’s company, Concrete Contractors Interstate of Colorado. Russ’ father started CCI in 1958 in Brighton, CO, and within 17 years turned it into a transit mix corporation, a sand & gravel corporation, and a concrete ready mix plant. In addition to developing a strong work ethic and skill set, Russ inherited a true entrepreneurial spirit from his father. Russ earned a degree with honors from the Civil Engineering School of Colorado State University at the age of 22. By the time he was 26, Russ opened a branch of CCI in San Diego, CA. In 1986, Russ’ branch of Concrete Contractors Interstate began operating as an independent corporation. Over the decades, Russ has evolved CCI into a dynamic business with specialized departments that could each stand alone as an independent company. Always focused on the progression of CCI, Russ ensures the company is always leading the industry by developing proprietary concrete systems and patenting the innovations, while also launching an in-house research and development lab to further establish proprietary-aesthetic concrete systems. From apprentice to project manager and foreman to president, Russ has truly held every position imaginable and is a leader in the concrete construction field.
Rick Vasquez, LEED AP V.P. Operations
Team member since 2002
As a forty year veteran of the construction industry, Rick is in constant contact with project managers, field superintendents, client teams and stakeholders. He reviews job estimates and budgets, schedules manpower, and prioritizes various components of the projects. Rick’s primary focus is client satisfaction, ensuring communication is consistent, schedules are on track and goals are met. Confident as a problem solver, Rick is as comfortable wearing a business suit as he is donning a tool belt.

This third generation San Diegan holds his contracting license, and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Association of General Contractors of America.
Contact Rick Vasquez, LEED AP at rick@seicci.com
JoLynn Trent Controller
Team member since 2000
JoLynn Trent is Concrete Contractors Interstate’s Financial Controller and Office Manager. JoLynn is responsible for managing CCI’s day-to-day financial and operational functions, and directly oversees finance, accounting, human resources, office administration and compliance.

JoLynn brings over 30 years of experience in banking, property management, construction, finance and account management to CCI.
Contact JoLynn Trent at jolynn@seicci.com
Jo Baumgartner Vice President Marketing
Team member since 2000
Born and raised in Rotterdam, Holland, Jo’s career experience includes marketing and communications for a 90 million dollar refurbishment for Hyatt International in Surabaya, Indonesia. Jo brings global marketing experience to CCI, having led initiatives in Sydney, Australia, Antwerp, Belgium and England.
At CCI, Jo designs and produces all mediums on communication in-house, with continued education on software design and implementation throughout Southern California. Jo always had a passion for art, and with concrete as her new medium, she found her niche in “Concrete Art.” In her first two years heading the artistic division of the iCON Wall solution, her creative leadership has earned CCI 1st place for “Art in Concrete” with the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and 2nd place in Concrete Artistry with the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC).
Jo’s life experience, career knowledge and education makes her an integral part of CCI’s team and service offerings. Her natural artistic ability, coupled with years of international marketing, have ingrained in her to drive residential and commercial surroundings into places of beauty.
Jo is a member of Association of General contractors (AGC), American Concrete Council (ACI), Association of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and Building Industry Association (BIA).
Contact Jo Baumgartner at lizzy@seicci.com
Nick Geraldo Estimating
Team member since 2006
Nick Geraldo serves as CCI Lead Estimator and Project Manager. Having been with the company since 2006, he is responsible for all aspects of cost estimation and budgets. Working with the internal CCI team, he prepares construction budgets. Nick continually works with the Project Managers to ensure that the bids, budgets, schedules and time frames are on track. He participates in ongoing project assessments and keeps a close eye on client progress, feedback, concerns with expediency, urgency and accuracy.

Nick is a member of the Association of General Contractors (AGC) and the American Concrete Institute (ACI).
Contact Nick Geraldo at nick@seicci.com
Melissa Tidey Project Coordinator
Team member since 2015
As CCI’s Project Coordinator, Melissa works closely with the project management and estimating teams to ensure that all projects run smooth from beginning to end. An integral part of the CCI team, Melissa is responsible for all aspects of project start-up including processing contracts, insurance, bonds and issuing subcontracts to CCI’s dependable team of subcontractors. She assists the project management team with completing and tracking submittals, RFI’s, change orders, schedules and billings.
Melissa is a seasoned administrative professional with over ten years of relevant experience in the construction industry performing a wide variety of administrative duties including project management of commercial, public works, federal, T.I. and residential projects.
Contact Melissa Tidey at melissa@seicci.com
Tom Shepherd Superintendent
Team member since 1993
Tom Shepherd is a 35 year veteran of the concrete construction industry. As General Superintendent, Tom is an all-around team player who focused on collaboration to get things done. He not only oversees day to day operations, but is also in charge of scheduling client projects, crews and contractors, handling contract issues and change orders. Tom works closely with clients and crew, and serves as a liaison and technical expert when projects need to change course. With an eye on the end result, Tom ensures client projects are done according to contract on schedule, time and budget.
Tom is a licensed contractor and a member of the Association of General Contractors.
Contact Tom Shepherd at tom@seicci.com