Smithbridge Guam Inc was founded in 1992. Smithbridge has been serving Guam’s private, federal and local government clients with innovative construction solutions for nearly 30 years.
Smithbridge Guam is part of a third-generation family business that has provided construction services throughout Australia and New Zealand since 1963. Founder John Smith’s legacy has continued for almost 50 years with three sons owning and operating construction and crane hire companies in the Pacific region.
Today, John’s son Albert Smith works alongside his daughter and son-in-law Dashelle and Ben, sons Ben and Joseph, and other extended family members. The family owns and operates Universal Cranes in Australia and Auckland Cranes in New Zealand, in addition to Smithbridge Guam. The family also has interests in Albert’s brother Tim’s business, Smith Crane and Construction.
Smithbridge Guam Inc continues to grow as a market leader in Micronesia and other remote island locations.
Vice President / General Manager
Ben has over 10 years’ experience in architectural and civil construction. Ben joined the business in 2007 as a labourer in the group’s precast concrete division. He later worked as an Engineering Draftsman and Project Manager for Smithbridge in Australia. After a four year hiatus as a Development Manager on Lendlease’s flagship Yarrabilba project, Ben relocated to Guam with wife Dashelle to rejoin the family business. Ben brings his experience in construction and property development to lead Smithbridge Guam during a period of rapid growth.
Vice President Construction
Graeme has over 40 years’ experience in mechanical construction and contracts management. Graeme brings 20 years’ experience in the management of his own family business, McKenzie Ridley, a New Zealand based mechanical contractor. Seeking a change, Graeme relocated to Guam from NZ and joined Smithbridge in 2003. He has played a key role in the success of Smithbridge Guam, overseeing delivery of mechanical contracts and providing strategic, business development and leadership to the business for almost 20 years.
Mechanical Contracts Manager
Simon is an experienced engineer and project manager with strong SMP construction and front end design experience, specifically in hydrocarbons. Simon joined the Smithbridge Group in 2012 in Australia, before moving on to Thiess where he gained diverse experience in large scale projects throughout China, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Relocating to Guam in 2016, Simon leads Smithbridge’s mechanical team with 15 years’ experience in mechanical engineering and construction. Simon is a Guam Trades Academy certified Welding Instructor and is passionate about providing apprenticeship opportunities.
Crane & Trucking Manager
Dan has over 20 years’ experience in construction. Dan started his career as a carpenter building residential houses and high-rise buildings in New Zealand. After moving to Australia, Dan joined a specialist tilt-panel construction company where he spent several years working exclusively in precast concrete panel preparation and erection. Having also spent several years in marine and civil construction and ultimately transitioning to crane driving, Dan recently joined Smithbridge Guam to head up the growing Crane Hire division.
Russ has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry. Joining Smithbridge in 1996, Russ has held various roles over the years including overseeing the crane and equipment rental, trucking and transportation and mechanic shop. Most recently, Russ leads the quarry division manufacturing high quality aggregate products. Prior to Smithbridge, Russ also spent several years as a Plant Manager responsible for the management, operation and maintenance of equipment fleets.
Workshop & Fleet Manager
Tony is currently finalizing his transition from General Manager at Universal Minicranes across to the Smithbridge Guam team later this year. Tony is a fitter by trade who has worked in mechanical and civil engineering for 30 years including 10 years owning and operating an excavating and cable laying business. He has been involved in mechanical engineering in mines and civil projects through Asia, USA and Europe. This extensive experience in diverse equipment types and site conditions has well-equipped Tony to lead the management of Smithbridge’s diverse fleet.
Group Support Team
President / Group Managing Director
Albert has 40 years of experience in the crane and construction industry. As a passionate engineer, entrepreneur and crane enthusiast, Albert has led the rapid expansion of the Smithbridge Group throughout the Pacific region. Albert is a dynamic leader and innovative engineer, and has led Smithbridge to deliver several high profile, award winning projects in New Zealand and Guam. With a passion for family business, Albert provides ongoing mentoring and support to the Group’s local owners and operators, splitting his time between the Group’s New Zealand crane operations, Australian crane operations and Guam construction, quarry, and crane hire activity.
Chief Executive Officer
A Chartered Accountant by trade with over 20 years’ experience, Oliver has led the financial management of the Smithbridge Group since 2010 in the role of Chief Financial Officer. Now, as Chief Operations Officer, Oliver leads the development of the group’s strategies, planning and systems. His group wide focus ensures the functions of finance, safety, quality, commercial, marketing, risk, and ICT are managed to best support the diversified group. Having joined the group over 10 years ago, Oliver’s experience across the Group’s operations well positions him as a key advisor to all facets of the operations of the Group.
Smithbridge Guam is governed by the Smithbridge Group advisory board, as part of a long-term governance and succession strategy. The Group’s advisory board is Chaired by Michael Fitzpatrick, working alongside Advisory Members Greg Fokes, Ben Smith, and Dashelle Bailey.