CCSI Honored by Department of Defense for Support

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Photo from left to right: CCSI Principal, Tony Elias-Calles; CA ESGR Chairman, Jim Combs; CCSI Veterans: Fred Feliciano, John Kim, Matt Murawski, Brent Waters, Craig Denery; CCSI Principal, Joseph Troya; Not shown: Tom Reath. 

SAN CLEMENTE—California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), recently announced Consolidated Contracting Services received the ESGR Pro Patria award—the highest level award that may be bestowed by the California’s ESGR Committee.

“This Pro Patria Award reflects the exceptional support Consolidated Contracting Services has provided their employees who have answered and continue to answer their nation’s call to service as a member of the Guard and Reserve. Consolidated Contracting Services is recognized by the Department of Defense as among the top corporations in the United States,” stated Jim Combs, California Chair of ESGR.

Not only did Consolidated Contracting Services (CCSI) receive the Pro Patria Award, but principals, Joseph Troya and Tony Elias-Calles, each individually received the Patriot Award. This award reflects their individual efforts to support guardsmen and reservists, and their appreciation of the values and unique skills these service members bring to CCSI.

Elias-Calles said of his company’s military support, “It’s a small way in which we try and give a little back for all that is done for us, allowing us to live the lives we do. I am forever grateful for the country we live in and the opportunities it provides. We truly live in the land of the free, because of the brave.”

Born and raised in Cuba in the midst of a corrupt government, both Elias-Calles and Troya, along with their families, left everything behind to establish a new life here in the United States. This experience gave them “respect and appreciation” for the US government, the military, and motivation to support the troops in every way possible. They understand hiring these folks not only helps them but is good for their company, as well.

“If I had to describe the military people we hire, it would come down to one word: Honor. Everything they do, they do it with honor. There’s not much more you could want in an employee,” said Troya.

The company was nominated for the award by United States Marine Corps Reservist Maj. Matthew Murawski. In Murawski’s job interview with the general manager of the firm, retired Marine Corps Colonel Thomas Reath said, “You’re in the Marine Corps Reserve? I know what you can do. You’re hired.”

Since then, the support and respect Murawski continued to receive, as well as others who serve or have served, lead to his nomination of Consolidated Contracting Services for this award.



ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. It also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.


Consolidated Contracting Services is a full-service general contracting firm providing pre-construction, construction and construction management services for commercial development projects throughout the southwest region of the United States. Led by Cuban-born partners and brothers-in-law, Jose “Tony” Elias-Calles and Joseph Troya, the 60-person firm possesses a diversified range of core competencies, including healthcare facilities, corporate offices & interiors, recreation & sports facilities, hospitality, restaurants & retail, industrial & manufacturing, worship facilities & private schools, and other/specialty work. The company is headquartered at 181 Avenida La Pata, Suite 200, San Clemente, Calif.  More information about the firm can be found at


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