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Christella Xu


Alex Chalkias

Vice President 

John Chalkias

Chief of Design 

Christella has more than 10 years of legal experience in construction compliance and litigation, and 7 years of business management experience in construction industry including work in the commercial, residential, municipal, and institutional facilities. 


Prior to acquiring Elite Builders and Management (“EBM”), Christella successfully managed a high-profile law firm as an Executive Director in New York and Texas. In her capacity, she developed and implemented strategies aiming to promote the organization’s mission and “voice” – “Winning every case, every time…”. By creating innovative business plans for the attainment of goals and objectives set by the senior partners, Christella guided, coached, and built an effective team of leaders, and forged close bonds with firm’s high net worth clients.  


As President to EBM, Christella is the project executive overseeing firm’s ongoing projects from inception. Her skills include expertise in contract negotiations, construction management, and client relations. Christella also leads an in-house consulting team focusing on risk-based advisory, dispute resolution services and strategic communications on complex projects across all construction industries. 

Alex has over 14 years of Construction Management experience working with elite local and national clients.  Alex plans and directs all aspects of construction projects while achieving financial control and attaining profit goals for each client.  

Specifically, Alex is responsible for overseeing all items related to day to day construction operations including staffing assignments, project plan development, cost and schedule analysis, and owner and subcontractor communications and interface. 

As Vice President to EBM, Alex has been a strong leader and hands-on in facilitating, directing, and coordinating various important projects.  He has built and guided a team of experts through each phase of the project including pre-construction, construction, and post-construction services so that goals, client expectations and outcomes are met.  

Alex continues to mentor and coach PM's and project team to ensure their skills and capabilities are being developed by demonstrating and promoting effective relationships throughout the company, with subcontractors, vendors and within the industry.  

John has over 15 years of design and build experience specializing in all types of steel structures.  He holds expert command of industry-standard design tools and guides in-house architects and engineers by synthesizing abstract ideas into concrete design implications.  


John overseas, reviews, and approves all drawings, specifications, and construction documents. John is our clients' go-to person to resolve complex design issues.  He regularly creates innovative and practical solutions by modifying existing plans to fit client and sales needs.   


John improves clients' experiences by delivering high-quality design, and maintaining constant communication with the clients  to ensure the designs are perfected every step of the way.   John also manages a team that compile feasibility reports, determine environmental impact, create project proposals, estimate costs, and determine project timelines.  


His expertise in design and build enables the EBM team to design buildings that are functional, safe, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing.