Tap To Call

The People of Halford Busby

Seasoned Construction Cost Estimators

Esther HalfordEsther Halford is owner & president - CEO of Halford Busby. – Owner & President -CEO

In 2005, Esther Halford and a partner founded Halford Busby, LLC. Three years later in 2008, she has become the sole owner and tripled the company’s size which now houses a staff of nine employees. Esther has over 30 years experience in business operations, cost estimation, construction and nuclear/utilities industries and possesses the experience and knowledge that allows her to work closely with her cost estimating staff to ensure efficient project completion. She has provided an environment with state-of-the-art equipment and software and staff training to provide Halford Busby clients with a quality product. Ms. Halford is a hands-on leader who gives her all to the company, her clients and her staff. She oversees the day-to-day production activities of the estimating team and has expanded staff to cover all technical disciplines. While her primary responsibilities are company operations, business development, contract negotiations and client meetings for Halford Busby, she continues to assist with project management and estimating services. She stays active in the community and holds numerous professional memberships on both the local and national level.

Our Team

Kyle Emmott, estimator

estimator at Halford Busby

Kyle Emmott joined Halford Busby in July 2023 as an estimator. Prior to joining our organization, Kyle worked in as a Realtor® associate and marketing manager. His passion for real estate and for helping people, coupled with his excellent communication skills, made him a go-to resource for the entire group. Prior to real estate, he developed his attention to detail and sharp organization skills in on-air, production and promotions roles in local radio.

Kyle earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Texas State University. A lifelong Texan, he resides in Tomball, where he enjoys the small-town feel and dynamic growth. When he’s not hard at work, he enjoys basketball, movies, music, video games, the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


Beatriz Garcia, senior estimator

Beatriz Garcia joined Halford Busby in 2019 as an estimator and is currently pursuing her project management professional (PMP) certification. She offers moreBeatriz Garcia, senior estimator than 20 years of experience in the construction field, previously serving as a project manager and construction supervisor with responsibilities over budget control, cost analysis, project analysis and real estate consulting.

In 2014, Beatriz emigrated to the United States, where she received the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in architecture. In 1989, she earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture at the Universidad Autónoma del Noreste in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. While in Mexico, Beatriz successfully led large-scale high-rise construction projects, while five internal departments reported to her. Of special note, Beatriz served as the construction project manager of the Tres Cumbres luxury apartments from its conception through foundation laying. She also served as the supervisor and qualifier of the Bayan Tree Cabo Marqués Hotel in Acapulco, which is an award-winning, luxury resort with an Asian touch that’s built on cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Beatriz ensured the projects secured the needed permits for construction and were completed on time.

Connect with Beatriz on LinkedIn. | Email Beatriz

Josh Harvey, estimator and project coordinatorJosh Harvey, junior estimator

Josh Harvey joined Halford Busby in 2018 as a junior estimator and his attention to detail has proven quite useful. He is tasked with working on estimates, inserting measurements into Microsoft Excel, ensuring the formatting is correct and looking at accounts comprehensively. He says there’s so much to learn in this business.

Luckily, he enjoys constantly learning new things and is always willing to take on a challenge.

Josh loves sports and is an avid Astros fan. His interest in surfing has taken him to some amazing vacation spots.

Email Josh


Samantha Harvey, Chief of OperationsSamantha Harvey, office manager

Samantha “Sam” Harvey joined Halford Busby in 2013 and now serves as the Chief of Operations. She is responsible for all accounting, insurance and general office management. She also helps market the organization through requests for proposals (RFPs) and proposals.

Invested in the family business, Sam is determined to help the company continue succeeding.

Sam is adventurous and loves to travel. She enjoys spending time with her son, husband and extended family.

Email Samantha

Michael Mallet, senior estimator

Mike Mallet joined Halford Busby in 2019 to assist with both the project management and estimating teams. His career spans 24+ years, representing both the general contractor and subcontractor levels. His skills include construction conflict resolution, contract language negotiation, budgeting and value engineering, and schedule and costs analysis. He maintains a current OSHA certification, is TransportationMichael Mallet, senior estimator Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) certified and can assist with motorized mast-climbing scaffolding design and implementation.

Mike’s focus has always been to develop solutions for current and forecasted project challenges through team collaboration to ensure budget, quality and schedule milestones are met consistently and safely. Some of his notable projects include:
• One Park Place in Houston,
• The Residences at the Ritz Carlton Crescent Circle in Dallas, Texas,
• Richard S. Arnold U.S. Courthouse and Post Office in Little Rock, Arkansas,
• The Denver Hyatt Convention Center Hotel,
• along with numerous projects for the Texas Medical Center and state of Texas universities.

Mike is a graduate of University of Houston, earning a bachelor’s degree in construction management with a minor in industrial organization and supervision. In his free time, Mike enjoys saltwater fishing, bird hunting, trap shooting, watching professional sporting events as well as non-fiction and fiction reading.

Salman Shaikh, senior estimator

Salman Shaikh was welcomed to Halford Busby in July 2023 to help with the estimating team. He offers a strong background in project management, estimation, design review, documentation and implementation.

Salman Shaikh

Previously, Salman served as a project estimator at Sincere Builders and Developers, where he interacted with clients about bidding projects and requirements, reviewed plans and performed take-offs, and proposed value engineering options for optimal cost savings. Prior to that, he worked as project engineer for Pavilion Construction in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There he worked on various multi-family luxury apartment developments—one of which was recognized as a LEED Platinum project. He was responsible for creating subcontracts based off negotiations with estimators, conducting project startup, managing sub-tier scopes to identify potential gaps in budget, as well as many other duties.

Salman earned a master’s degree in engineering management – construction project management from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He also has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Gujarat Technological University in Ahmedabad, India.