Chief Executive Officer
Brendon has been passionate about construction for as long as he can remember. He graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Construction Management and has been applying these skills in the industry for the last 20 years. His charismatic leadership style and hands on approach to project delivery has cultivated lasting relationships. He realizes that every relationship matters whether that is with the community, a client, design team member, trade partner or a Fortress team member. He believes the cornerstone of our business is relationships and fostering partnerships throughout the community. Brendon is committed to develop Fortress into a company that he and Vance aspire it to be and hope to leave behind a legacy that future generations will be proud to carry-on. Outside of work, Brendon has been happily married to his college sweetheart, Kiley, for 20 years, together they have two children. He loves music, sports, fishing and outdoor recreation.
Vance Kotal grew up locally in Sisters, Oregon helping his Dad build custom homes with Kotal Construction. He graduated from Sisters High School and went on to earn his degree in Civil Engineering at Oregon State University in 2008. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Kayla, he traveled the country engineering tunnels. Vance then transitioned back to Bend to become Superintendent for commercial buildings. He is currently Superintendent for the Bethlehem Inn project. Vance is a natural leader who excels at leading teams with extreme attention to detail and bringing people together to get the job done. Outside of work, Vance is passionate about motocross, snowboarding, 4 wheeling, obstacle course racing, camping, food, traveling, health and fitness.