Facilities Development Services Group was established in 2012 by former public sector executives with over 90 years of collective development, financing, and educational experience. Our approach circumnavigates the funding crisis that many public sector agencies are currently hindered by, creating strong public and private partnerships that help communities grow and move forward.

Founding Partners

Gary Aller, President

Gary Aller is a Founding Partner of Facilities Development Services Group, which he formed in 2012 to leverage his knowledge and experience to solve social needs. Since 2012, the company has grown from the educational market to now include the governmental and healthcare markets and a real estate management company. Since 1996, Mr. Aller has also held the position of President and CEO of Strategic Business Concepts, L.L.C., a firm engaged in the business of strategic planning and consulting in the areas of business and operations management, program/project/construction management, project delivery and public-private partnerships. In 2015, Mr. Aller became the Chairman of the Building Futures Council, a 50+ year old non-profit corporation and think-tank devoted to creating a better future for the built-environment. For twenty-one years, concluding in 2012 Mr. Aller was the Director of the Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) at Arizona State University, an outreach/inreach organization for the design and construction industry. Prior to ACE, Mr. Aller was a Project Executive for the Bechtel Group of Companies and during his 24 year career he managed engineering, procurement, and construction on multi-billion dollar projects. Mr. Aller is considered a subject matter expert in the areas of Alternative Project Delivery Methods, Design Assist, Building Information Modeling, Advanced Integrative Practice, Public-Private Partnerships, Project Lifecycle Management, Renewable Energy and Construction Safety.

Steve Nielsen, Executive Vice President

Steve Nielsen is a Founding Partner in the formation and success of the Facilities Development Services Group. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Nielsen has expertise in large scale project management, public-private partnerships and various financing vehicles instrumental in addressing facility funding issues. From 2003 until October of 2014, Mr. Nielsen has held the position of Assistant Vice President for University Real Estate Development at Arizona State University. During his tenure with the University, Steve led the University in the development of a Comprehensive Development Plan for all four campuses, including the development of the new downtown Phoenix campus. One of the primary objectives of the master planning effort was the conversion of the nation’s largest public university from a commuter school to a residential campus taking ASU from 5,500 beds of student housing to over 13,000 beds. To achieve this growth, Steve was directly involved in the planning, design and construction on ASU’s four campuses utilizing various forms of third party financing and private development models. It is this expertise that provides Mr. Nielsen with unique insight into the various approaches to public-private partnerships in student housing and an opportunity to advance creative and innovative methods to fund University growth needs.
Before being recruited to Arizona State University, Mr. Nielsen served as the Community Development Director for the City of Tempe, Arizona. During his 24 year career with the City, Steve was directly involved with downtown revitalization, the design and implementation of the Tempe Town Lake, and actively involved in neighborhood preservation. This extensive public experience brings to the project a thorough understanding of procurement, entitlement, permitting, and development expertise necessary to construct large scale projects in extremely constrained time frames.

Key Leadership

Neil Calfee, Vice President

For nearly two decades, Neil Calfee has demonstrated his expertise and experience in the cultivation and management of complex development projects, involving partnerships between government entities and the private sector.  Whether located downtown or the heart of campus, these projects have dramatically changed their environments and served as catalysts for new growth and revitalization within the community.  Neil is currently the Vice President for Development at Facilities Development Services Group basing out of Arizona.  He previously served as the Director of Real Estate Development for Arizona State University, and prior to that as the Redevelopment and Revitalization Manager for the City of Tempe in Arizona. Neil has served on numerous municipal boards and trade groups dealing with economic development, corporate real estate and affordable housing.  He received a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and an Executive MBA, both from Arizona State University. He currently bases out of Arizona.

David Pinkerd, Vice President

David Pinkerd joined Facilities Development Services Group as Vice President of Development with over 40 years experience in Public Sector program and project management and bases out of Texas. After an Air Force career where he held positions of increasing responsibility affecting policy and facility programs around the world, David joined Haliburton/Brown & Root to help develop a comprehensive government services business unit. In 1999, David joined Williams, Russell and Johnson in Atlanta where they were pioneering a variety of Public-Private Partnerships. Dave followed that with 15 years building two small businesses in public sector construction services. Throughout his career, he has been involved in creative relationships with public and private entities from military family housing and dormitories, cooperative water and sewage treatment plants to energy retrofits and generation programs. David is an acknowledged expert in alternative project delivery methods and helped develop policy for them for the federal government.

Steve Playford, Vice President

Mr. Playford’s career spans 30 years, serving in key project planning, development and management positions for a diverse portfolio of municipal, state and federal capital projects and public-private partnerships ranging from $30 million to $1.5 billion, including highway, public transportation, water/waste water and sea ports in the United States, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.  Steve is currently the Vice President for Development at Facilities Development Services Group basing out of Tennessee. He served 8 years as Manager of Planning Administration for the Arizona Department of Transportation; 13 years as a Project Manager for Parsons Corporation in various U.S. and foreign locations; 4 years as Director of Planning, Finance and Procurement for Valley Metro Rail in Phoenix, Arizona; 2 years with PGH Wong providing project management oversight for the Federal Transportation Administration; and, 5 years with ARCADIS-US as Associate Vice President for Infrastructure in Arizona.  Steve’s professional experience includes the implementation of alternative project delivery methods, including Construction Manager-at-Risk, Job Order Contracting and Design-Build.  His work in the U.S. included a public-private partnership design-build controlled access toll road in Southern California, a public-private partnership design-build subway in Bangkok, Thailand, and a public-partnership design-build-operate elevated monorail in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.