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David Burnes

Managing Director, Engineering Ops, Southeast

David Burnes Managing Director, Engineering Ops, Southeast
Tampa 101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 1500
Tampa, FL 33602

Professional Experience

Dave Burnes is CBRE’s Southeast Managing Director, Engineering Operations, and is an integral part of the company’s Asset Services Group.  Mr. Burnes is responsible for providing technical direction, corporate oversight and operational leadership to the directors of engineering assigned to major market areas in the southeastern U.S.  Dave’s key responsibilities include program management, major capital expenditure projects, technical direction and guidance, due diligence for new properties, preparation of proposals, budgets and capital forecasts, report reviews, building inspections, safety, etc., for CBRE’s commercial office, industrial and retail properties. 

Mr. Burnes has 15 years of executive level leadership and senior business management for construction, engineering and facility management services, spanning across both private & public sectors.  His experience includes a host of civil engineering and construction programs over 26 years with the U.S. Navy, with major operations and recapitalization initiatives across the Navy’s $250B facility portfolio.  In the private sector, Dave’s diverse experiences include construction services for the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE; classified U.S. Government construction and facility management projects, including infrastructure upgrades at the White House and Naval Observatory (VP Residence); and private condominium and commercial construction in South Florida, including the Grove at Grand Bay, Sun Trust Bank, LeParc at Brickell, and parking structures for FIU in Miami-Dade County.

Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Burnes served as chief executive for a construction affiliate based outside Washington, D.C., with regional offices in Miami. 


Professinal Affiliations / Accreditations

  • Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia, License No. 0402024355
  • Society of American Military Engineers – Senior Member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers – Member
  • American College of Healthcare Executives – Member


  • Co-Chair, Regional Conference, Norfolk, VA 2001– Society of American Military Engineers
  • Executive Business Management program, Fuqua School of Business, 2005 – Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Significant Private sector & Federal contractor claim wins – 2010 & 2014


  • Georgia Institute of Technology – Post-graduate degree Civil Engineering
  • Naval War College – Post-graduate degree Strategic Studies, National Security
  • U.S. Naval Academy – Bachelor’s degree Resources Management


  • GLP – Atlanta, GA
  • White House – Washington, DC
  • Terra Group – Miami, FL
  • Florida International University – Miami, FL
  • Sun Trust  – Miami, FL
  • MacDill AFB - Tampa, FL
  • Gensler - Dallas, TX
  • CIA - Langley, VA
  • Canadian Solar – Tokyo, Japan
  • US Naval Academy  – Annapolis, MD
  • KPMG – Singapore, Republic of Singapore
  • Trade Free Zone – Dubai, UAE
  • Mitre Corporation - Washington, DC
  • Raytheon - Arlington, VA
  • O'Neil Development Properties - PA

David Burnes Managing Director, Engineering Ops, Southeast
Tampa 101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 1500
Tampa, FL 33602