About Service First Permits

Service First Permits was founded in 2009 by Andrew Fairbairn and has become one of the leading permit management services throughout the United States. SFP oversees every aspect of the building permit process including implementation of a permit management strategy; coordination with the design team for production of submittal information in the proper format and content; submittal to relevant jurisdictions and agencies; and oversight of the review and permit issuance process.

Whether you’re a general contractor, architect, design professional, project manager, developer, business owner, or property manager, our team of experts will save you time and money.

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Our Team

Andrew S. Fairbairn

Andrew S. Fairbairn

Principal and Owner

Andrew’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College in NYC, and a master’s degree in Global Studies from The University of Denver. Working for over 20 years in the landscape design and construction industry, he understands the importance of construction and development for economic growth. Enforcement of International Building Code, and the municipal regulatory review process, is important for public safety and protections. The regulatory review process should be streamlined and made more efficient, allowing the private sector to flourish and innovate. As Principal and Owner of Service First Permits, Mr. Fairbairn has had the opportunity to represent private sector companies through the submittal of construction project proposals, improving the dialogue between the public and private sectors.
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Noelle Mantas

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Noelle has been in the construction industry, overseeing development finance and investment since 2007. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a focus on business and finance. Noelle began her career in Marine Construction Project Management in San Francisco and the East Bay region of Northern California. Her work experience includes consulting services for Fortune 500 companies, city and county municipalities, state and federal agencies and various trade associations. She specializes in developing public/private partnerships which include project development, financial oversight and coordination of construction activities. Her expertise and experience are integral to Service First Permits overall operations.
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Kevin Ritter

Chief of Operations - Colorado Division

Kevin has over 10 years of experience in government operations, specifically in the areas of revenue management, licensing, and permitting. For the two years prior to joining the Service First Permits’ team, Ritter served as a contractor to the City of Centennial, CO building division, assisting contractors and applicants to help meet their building permit and contractor license needs. Before his role in the building division, he worked as a consultant to local government entities in Colorado and Georgia, successfully supporting the incorporation of three new cities. His diverse background in government services has given him the proficiency to effectively navigate the complex regulatory processes, helping expedite complex projects.
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Trina Borja

Operations / Sr. Project Manager

Trina has worked in many capacities with managerial, supervisory, administrative and project coordination duties throughout her career. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Washington State University. She has over 17 years in the Child Care Industry as a Director of centers as well as an Adjunct Faculty member at Guam Community College. Her other work experience includes Director of Operations at a non-profit placement agency; project coordination for a college grant; administrative duties-both in a college health department as well as a staffing agency; and manager in a food & beverage establishment. Her organizational skills are an asset to the growing and thriving Service First Permits.
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Vanessa Long

Vanessa Long

Director of Accounting

Vanessa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Diego. Prior to joining SFP, Vanessa worked for several Fortune 500 companies including DISH Network in sales support and marketing/PR for clients including: Adobe, NetApp, Cisco, and VMware. Vanessa has a demonstrated history of working in the construction and telecommunications industries and is skilled in finance/accounting, marketing, and CRM program management.

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Aaron Gustad

Chief Technical Officer / Senior Project Manager

Aaron quickly began his career path in Denver after graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Journalism and Technical Communication. In the years prior to joining the Service First Permits’ team, Aaron’s experience included producing a Network TV series on RFD-TV, managing a team of oilfield and construction workers, assisting regional airports in obtaining their Wildlife Hazard Assessments (WHA’s), as directed by the F.A.A., being a wedding and events photographer, and helping develop a successful project estimating team for a manufacturing firm. He now leads SFP’s Technology Development Initiatives, with a focus on driving efficiency in the permitting and construction entitlement processes. Aaron’s diverse background has given him the perspective and detail-oriented approach necessary to help clients reach their goals on-time and on-budget.

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Megan Dougherty

Project Manager

Megan is currently completing an Associate’s degree in Construction Management from City College in San Francisco. She has a diverse career that includes customer service, human resource management/talent acquisition, fleet support, business development, and horticulture. Megan is an attentive and thorough project manager.

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Kim Cook

Project Manager

Kim recently joined SFP after spending a few years behind the permit counter at a Denver Metro area municipality gaining insight and knowledge of the ins and outs of the permit submittal process. She obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management from the University of Mississippi and is a certified Permit Technician with the International Code Council. Kim brings with her a solid set of skills and experience to create an efficient and thorough customer experience.

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Raykeat Gentry

Project Manager

Raykeat received his degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University. His background includes 5 years in the field while completing a plethora of different projects. He has a diverse career experience ranging from Residential, Commercial, and Specialized Projects including work at DIA and the Tiny Home Village in Denver. His knowledge across the different sectors in construction makes him an effective Project Manager. He led permitting and preconstruction for 2 years prior to joining SFP.

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Mariano Velasco

Mariano Velasco

Project Manager

Mariano graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business and Industry Studies from the University of Colorado. Prior to this role Mariano spent 2 years in the marketing industry. Afterwards, he found a place in the legal field where he spent 5 years as a paralegal and most recently 6 years with Denver District Court. Wherever he has gone, Mariano’s strong work ethic and multifaceted background has enabled him to connect with an array of clients and always make customer satisfaction his prime concern.

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Joseph Keresey

Joseph Keresey

Project Manager

Joe received his degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. He spent just under 5 years managing subcontractors in the field for a commercial general contractor and has experience with projects ranging from higher education to office to entertainment. While there, he also created and managed a historical cost information database to assist with preconstruction services for owners and developers. Joe enjoys any opportunity to build new and strong relationships, whether with coworkers or clients.

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Leslie Stephens

Leslie Stephens

Project Manager

Leslie comes to SFP from the City and County of Denver, where she served as the Safebuilt Coordinator for the Building Department as well as an intake Permit Technician for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure. Before working for the City and County of Denver, Leslie worked for Children’s Hospital as a Patient Coordinator in specialty clinics. When she is not working, she is spending time with her daughter, Genesis, who is 5years old.

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Paul Stephens

Paul Stephens

Project Manager

Paul has almost 10 years of experience in government operations, specifically in the areas of human services, permitting, and contract compliance. For the 4 years prior to joining the Service First Permits’ team, Paul served as an Associate City Inspector for the City and County of Denver building division, assisting contractors and constituents in meeting Denver Zoning Code requirements as well as assisting homeowners with zoning compliance issues. Also, Paul worked with Denver Economic Development and Opportunity’s accounts payable team coordinating contract compliance with local non-profit organizations. Before working in the City and County of Denver, Paul worked for Denver Public Schools in several roles assisting youths in special education to obtain specific learning goals as well as teaching them life skills to gain independence.

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Adam Clark

Project Manager

Adam joins SFP with 10 years of experience in business and liquor licensing in both the public and private sectors. Before working for legal clients as a paralegal and licensing specialist, Adam was a Licensing Technician for the City and County of Denver Department of Excise and Licenses and prior to that a Liquor Licensing Specialist with the Colorado Department of Revenue.

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Zac Varela

Zac Varela

Project Manager

Zachary comes to SFP with over 15 years of experience with the State of California, where he has seen consistent, measurable success across multiple industries while focusing on construction-related issues. He attended Victor Valley College where he received his Associates degree in Liberal Arts, which propelled him to become a passionate and professional leader with a high attention to detail and excellent communication skills. Zac is dedicated to building businesses up with results-driven strategies and campaigns.

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Denver, CO 80202

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