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Steve Sanderson


With over 20 years of experience in the Retail and Commercial Construction industry, Steve has been vital in enabling Near-Cal to adapt to the everchanging construction culture. He joined Near-Cal as a Project Engineer in 1997 after several years of managing the production of Kmart supercenters. Steve’s roles have been expansive, from Senior Project Manager to Vice President and, as of June 2019, he was named the President of Near-Cal Corporation. His Master’s in Business Administration and experience working in each level of the company, have given him a comprehensive perspective on how projects come together from start to finish. Steve excels in high-quality vision implementation, evidenced by the exclusive projects Near-Cal has completed and the launch of the Near-Cal’s Telecom Division in 2010. His passion for the industry and his employees is what drives his success.

Affiliations and Certifications

  • Licensed General Contractor – California
  • Licensed General Contractor – Nevada
  • Licensed General Contractor – Arizona
  • Licensed Electrical Contractor – California
  • ACRE (Association of Commercial Real Estate Executives)
  • AGC (Association of General Contractors)
  • ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers)
  • ULI (Urban Land Institute)
  • USGB
  • LEED AP BD+C – Green Building Construction
  • CPESC (Certified Professional Erosion and Sediment Control)
  • QSD (Qualified SWPPP Developer)
  • QSP (Qualified SWPPP Practitioner)
  • AQMD certified
  • OSHA certified
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John Jacobs

Vice President of Operations

Affiliations and Certifications

  • OSHA 30
  • CPR certified
  • RF certified

Carl Johnson, PE

Director of Sales and Preconstruction

Carl has been with Near-Cal since its inception back in 1964, his father, Hap, was the founder. His history and strong connection with the company augments his commitment to producing the best outcome possible. Carl has a 50 year background in the construction industry as well as a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Civil Engineering under his belt. He has recently transitioned from President to CEO, where he focuses on business development and plays a key role in the preconstruction and estimating process. Carl is known by past clients as a critical ally throughout the building process for his integrity and wisdom on all things construction.

Affiliations & Certifications

  • Licensed General Contractor – California
  • American Society of Civil Engineering
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Associated General Contractors of CA, Building Division – State Board Director
  • Associated General Contractors of CA, Orange County District – Past Chairman
  • Associated General Contractors of CA, Riverside / San Bernardino District – Past Chairman
  • Rotary International – Past President Lake Elsinore Club
  • Construction Institute
  • Architectural Engineering Institute
  • ULI (Urban Land Institute)
  • CMA (Construction Management Association)
  • USGBC (US Green Building Council)
  • LEED AP – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
  • Registered Civil Engineer RCE #36655 (1983)
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Dwight Johnson

Dwight Johnson, who retired from Near-Cal in 2014, was an integral part of the ownership team, serving as a partner with his younger brother Carl Johnson. Before Dwight entered the construction industry, he served in the Coast Guard as part of a search and rescue crew. He then went on to be a union carpenter and received his Associates degree in Small Business from Call State Fullerton. Devoting 42 years to Near-Cal, Dwight served as a superintendent and project manager before retiring as Executive Vice President.


We are a team of professionals committed to putting it together as defined by our clients. In our client, subcontractor and associate relationships, we are committed to project scope, quality, time and cost management. From project conception through warranty, we strive to ensure the client gets the most for their money, which is a project that comes together on time.


Deliver exceptional construction projects, solving problems and staying client-focused.

Core Values

Take responsibility for every aspect of the building process

Ensure client expectations are exceeded at conclusion

Timely completion of the project