Meet Construction’s Rising Stars, Movers and Shakers of the Year
Approximately 180 million people work in construction worldwide. To celebrate just a small fraction of the talented and hardworking individuals in the building sector, last month, we launched a call for nominations for 40 Under 40: Construction Champions of 2018.
We’re excited to finally announce our 40 Under 40 list. While many accomplished and up and coming builders were nominated for the program, we believe our list is a glimpse into some of the finest talent emerging from leading construction firms and projects around the world. Read on to learn about some of the biggest disruptors and change makers in construction inspiring us all to build a better industry and world.
The list appears in alphabetical order.
1. Matt Allen
Job Title: Director of Construction Technology
As the Director of Construction Technology at one of the most progressive and largest contractors in the Pacific
Northwest of the U.S., Matt has made an impact on implementing innovations on pilot projects with McKinstry. Initially, starting as an intern at the company, Matt’s vision and commitment to transforming productivity in the construction industry has well-earned him his progression from a project engineer to a project manager, to now leading technology deployment at the company.
“Matt is one of the most visionary self-perform construction professionals I have worked with. He is young and really ready to transform the productivity of the construction industry.”
2. Tanner Andregg
Company: Pogue Construction
Tanner is a forward-thinking superintendent for a Texas-based ENR Top 400 Contractor. Understanding the benefits and power of technology for himself and field teams, he has leveraged his previous experience and has been instrumental in implementing new technology at Pogue Construction.
3. Mike Benike
Company: Benike Construction
Title: Executive Vice President
Mike is a trusted leader in the construction community. His leadership as a professional under 40 has developed very quickly. He demonstrates leadership and integrity by example daily through clear communication, a passion for doing what it right, and delivering on promises. Mike is a self-proclaimed “green building enthusiast,” enjoys working on historic rehabilitation projects and promotes lean construction practices.
“He demonstrates leadership and integrity by example daily through clear communication, a passion for doing what it right and delivering on promises.”
4. Jim Blair, CET, GSC
Company: Collaborative Structures Limited
Title: Director of Construction Operations, Partner
As a Partner with the Ontario-based firm and Director of Construction Operations, Jim oversees the Project Management department executing all construction projects. At CSL, Jim has a proven history of managing teams to deliver institutional, commercial, industrial, municipal, heritage and high rise residential developments exceeding an annual revenue of $130 million. Jim is always looking for new ways to bring better and deeper relationships with his clients which include Maple Lodge Farms, Sofina Foods, Fusion Homes, Spring Mill Distillery, KGR Holdings, The Morgan Group, Stubbe’s Precast and the Province of Ontario, in addition to the countless Municipalities and Post Secondary education institutions CSL delivers for. As an active member of leading professional communities and associations within the industry, he has been instrumental in growing his company and attracting top talent.
5. Leonard “Lenny” Coleman, PE, CCM
Company: Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP
Lenny manages and oversees WRA’s CMI services in the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg Regions. As the associate for construction management services in Northern Virginia, he manages a group of inspectors, construction managers, engineers and also technical specialists on a multitude of projects. Lenny has been a key player on complex and major transportation projects in the Washington D.C. Metro Area, including working closely with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
6. Megan Perzichilli Conrad
Company: Ryan Companies
Title: Director of Virtual Construction
As Director of Virtual Construction at Ryan Companies in the Greater Chicago Area, Megan manages the company’s Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) teams in the North, Midwest and Great Lakes Regions while contributing to business development efforts, community outreach and the cultivation of an environment of innovation. Her mix of talent and experience enables her to provide expert VDC services backed by powerful, relevant insights that are grounded in the realities of the field, from scheduling to operations. Megan has strong expertise in green building initiatives and the ability to strategically think ahead. She works with Ryan’s Innovation Team to incubate construction solutions, beta testing new ideas and applying new technologies and initiatives to real-world scenarios through VDC.
7. Kevin Covate
Company: W.E. O’Neil Construction
Title: Project Superintendent
In a short period of time, Kevin has progressed from being a project engineer fresh out of UCLA to running W.E. O’Neil’s highest profile, most complex projects. In his 10+ years with the company, Kevin has completed over $500 million in ground-up and renovation projects with the organization. Kevin is currently running a $175 million senior living project–Renata Glen in San Juan Capistrano. Upon completion of the project, Kevin will have built over 1,000 living units throughout his career at W.E. O’Neil.
As a Project Engineer, Kevin was an early adopter of field technology. He has become the model for the up and coming Superintendent by combining his fluency in technology with his construction know how. Kevin brings a focus on safety, quality and planning that is executed efficiently by being on the cutting edge of technology and current best construction practices.
“Kevin leads by example and elevates those around him.”
8. Dominic Daughtrey
Job Title: Continuous Improvement Program Manager
Dominic is an innovator and passionate about progressing the construction industry forward as a whole. Most recently, he has been a primary champion on implementing construction technology on a $250 million San Diego International Airport project. His strong focus on learning and knowledge of the array of technologies available has helped position Sundt as an early adopter of construction innovation.
9. Hank Davis
Company: Andersen Construction
Title: Project Manager
Hank has developed in 2018 from an up and coming Project Engineer to a complete Project Manager. He has shown a true commitment to the industry and his community. He is an exceptional leader and his ability to learn has attributed to several successful projects throughout his young career including an $18 million industrial manufacturing plant and a $2.5 million medical clinic. Hank has also worked closely with Boise State University for last couple years to help develop young construction managers. He is willing to go the extra mile to learn new technology and initiate change for not only himself but for the industry as a whole.
“He is willing to go the extra mile to learn new technology and initiate change for not only himself but for the industry as a whole.”
10. Jo-Ann Gamble
Title: Regional Sustainability Manager NSW/ACT
Jo-Ann is a leading sustainability manager based in Sydney, Australia. In her role at Lendlease, she drives sustainability goals across all the projects in the regions from project conversion to delivery. Her work has achieved worldclass results for the company. Jo-Ann has been recognized for outstanding work in numerous accolades including the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) NSW Contribution to Sustainability Award in 2009 and 2017.
11. Derek Gerdes
Company: Metro Electric, Inc.
Derek has been a part of the electrical industry for over 20 years, working his way up in the business. Starting in the warehouse then digging ditches in the field, Derek eventually worked as a purchasing agent overseeing everything from small to large orders for projects. Today, Derek works in the estimating department overseeing a wide range of bids from retail spaces to multi-story medical and government facilities. He also currently handles all marketing, advertising and social media for Metro Electric. Derek has been recognized as an emerging leader by Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and currently serves as an associate member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC).
12. Camille Hardin
Title: Project Manager
Camille is a forward-thinking and high potential leader who leads her Richmond-based organization to adopt new technologies. Throughout her six years in construction, she has worked on a diverse range of significant Bay Area projects, including the Oakland Zoo, low-income housing and healthcare facilities.
“Camille is a forward-thinking high potential leader who pushes her organization to adopt new technologies.”
13. Kristen Heggie
Company: Skanska USA
Title: Project Manager
Kristen has been working at Skanska USA for more than five years as a project manager in its Nashville office. She was the Project Manager for Ascend Amphitheater/Riverfront Park and is currently working on the 5th & Broadway Project. Previously, she worked at the Nashville Convention Center Authority, where she managed construction logistics related to the building of the Music City Center. Kristen has previously received recognition in the industry and was named the rising star at Nashville Business Journal’s Power Leaders in Commercial Real Estate awards in 2017.
14. Mark Herrera
Company: Diversified Interiors
Mark started working in the construction industry at the age of 18 as a laborer. Through his career, he has risen to a plasterer journeyman to a foreman and now to Project Superintendent at Diversified Interiors based in El Paso, Texas. Throughout his career, he hasn’t been afraid to continue to learn and think outside the box. In addition to his dedication to the field, his sharp and innovative mindset has helped push the company forward.
“He’s sharp, innovative and always pushing our company to do better as a newly promoted Superintendent.”
15. Chris Holden
Company: Petri Electric, Inc.
Chris is a forward-thinking superintendent at a Dallas-based electrician who understands the power technology brings to the field.
16. Najwa Jawahar
Title: Senior Structural Engineer
In the short period of almost seven years, Najwa has worked on several high profile residential and commercial buildings with reputed architects and well-known clients. Just in her short career within the construction industry, Najwa has been recognised as a significant talent within the industry at several platforms including a Forward Ladies STEM Leader ’18 in North West, Wales & Ireland; WeAretheCity Rising Star ’18 and a European WICE Young Woman Engineer ’17. Beyond her technical role as a design engineer, Najwa takes pride in inspiring and developing the next generation of engineers through STEM activities.
17. Robert Kipp
Company: Satterfield & Pontikes
Title: Director of Field Operations
Kipp has been the General Superintendent on several of the largest projects in the U.S., which led to him to his current role as Director of Field Operations at the Delta/LGA project a $3.8 Billion redevelopment of the Delta facilities at LaGuardia Airport all while not impacting the current operations. He has a Masters from Columbia, was a Captain in the United States Army and has been an advocate of innovative construction technology to improve productivity in the field.
18. Michael Lambert
Title: VDC/GPS Manager
With 25 years of CAD and 3D modeling experience in multiple fields, Micahel has been using his creativity and knowledge of computer systems to solve complex problems in the industry. He helped lead his company to be one of the first Central Texas companies to roll out GPS technology on all equipment and vehicles in the field.
“Michael has been on the forefront of tech ever since he joined Chasco in 1999.”
19. Michael Levy
Company: Seawood Builders
Title: Senior Project Manager
With the support from his principle’s, Michael has implemented technology solutions across the organization and helped standardize internal systems to maximize efficiencies. With corporate and periodic internal OTJ training sessions, workers at Seawood Builders can now quickly access critical documents and coordinate with owners, design professionals, subcontractors and city officials. Michael has leveraged his talents within the industry and has successfully managed a large range of projects from secondary education facilities to large-scale commercial hotels from renowned brands like IHG and Hilton.
20. Tara Lindholm
Company: Turner Construction Company
Title: Project Engineer
During her career at Turner, one of the largest U.S. contractors, Tara has worked on construction projects for local and high-profile clients such as KeyBank and the Cleveland Clinic. Tara is also active in supporting women within the construction industry. Currently, she is serving on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Cleveland chapter and is a member of Cleveland’s ACE Advisory Council.
21. Dr. Babak Mamaqani
Company: PB&A, Inc.
Title: Project Manager
Dr. Babak Mamaqani is a licensed civil engineer and certified project manager with over 10 years of experience. His expertise includes structural and geotechnical engineering, including earth retention, shoring, and trenchless technologies. He has managed the design of multiple shoring projects during his career across the country including five metro stations at Los Angeles, CA with excavation depths of almost 100 ft. Currently, he works on the design of three trestles to accommodate the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) project. Over the last several years, Dr. Mamaqani has become an inspiring designer, researcher and speaker within his company and the greater building sector.
“He is an inspiring designer, researcher and speaker.”
22. Justin Maryak, LEED AP BD+C
Company: Auld & White Constructors
Title: Division Leader – Commercial
Justin Maryak serves as a Division Leader at Auld & White Constructors, LLC, managing all construction operations for the Jacksonville, Florida-based construction firm’s Commercial Division. He has been instrumental in the success of many projects across the North Florida landscape since joining the firm in 2013. Notable projects throughout his career include Go Fish Georgia Education Center and Fish Hatchery, Albany State University’s Student Center and Student Housing, the Medical Wellness Building and Emergency Center at Baptist Health’s North Campus, Guardian Catholic School, The GreenHouse® Residences and Assisted Living at Bartram Lakes (Brooks Rehabilitation), and the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge at Mayo Clinic.
A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction, Justin is passionate about the construction industry and strives to do what is best for Auld & White’s clients. Through his proven leadership, Justin has quickly risen through the ranks of Auld & White, recently being named Division Leader. With more than 15 years’ experience, he continually explores new ideas and best practices to make his teams more productive. Justin also serves as a mentor for Auld & White’s next generation of project managers.
23. Casey McEndree
Company: Underground Construction Company
Title: Project Manager
After an internship at a local paving company in college, she obtained her BS in civil engineering at Sacramento State and ultimately began her career as a project engineer on one of Caltrans pilot design-build projects. Within four months, she was promoted to project manager and relocated to manage three projects totaling $9 million in revenue. Last year’s project, totaled $25 million and she worked hand in hand with designers, mobile homeowners and landowners to provide safe energy to the residents. While working on the project, she took leadership roles in AGC’s local, state and national CLC board. She also set up and put on lunch and learns for local universities. Lastly, she has led an annual project engineer training course for our new engineers and is currently working on an advanced project engineer course to allow those project engineers to make the next step towards a project manager.
“Casey is trailblazing as a woman in a mostly male dominated industry, and is helping with new mindsets in the industry that women can manage multimillion dollar projects, run construction jobs and wear high heels.”
24. Cody McFatrich
Title: Safety Manager
Cody has made a significant difference in the safety culture at ARCO/Murray in St. Louis, Missouri. Setting high goals to increase total safety audits at his company, his determination and drive has allowed him to push well beyond his initial goal and has improved jobsite safety across the board. Cody was recently honored with a 2018 Safety Council Rising Stars of Safety award.
25. Grace McGregor
Company: McGregor Industries
Title: Director of Strategy and Operations
Grace works in her family’s business that will be celebrating their 100th year in business in 2019. Even with the long legacy, she continues to find ways to enhance crew efficiency and improve how the company operates including turning to construction technology. In 2014, she convinced the company to turn to construction technology to improve coordination between the field crews and detailing team in the office. Grace has helped lead many successful projects including the completion of the Wynn Casino in Boston and 1441 Chestnut, a 52-story high-rise in Philadelphia.
“Grace continues to find ways to enhance crew efficiency and improve how the company operates including turning to construction technology.”
26. J’aime Mitchell
Company: Whole Foods
Title: Project Manager
J’aime is always pushing the construction division at Whole Foods forward with new technology. Currently, she is developing a prototype design and rollout process for the newest offshoot of Whole Foods Market called 365 by Whole Foods Market. She joined the company in 2007 and has worked in store, regional and global positions specializing in sustainable design.
27. Stephanie Morge
Company: Power Design, Inc.
Title: Sr. Operations Training & Development Manager
Stephanie oversees the development and performance of all training initiatives at Power Design, an ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractor based in St. Petersburg, Florida. She works with her team and a variety of subject matter experts to create strategic training and development programs that include classroom instruction, e-learning, and on the job training. She collaborates with executives to align training with business goals and evaluates learning outcomes to ensure enhanced employee performance. Over the course of her 11-year tenure, Stephanie has helped develop fundamental company initiatives including Power Design’s installation Best Practices, Superintendent and Foreman onboarding programs, and field technology training.
28. Paul Morris
Company: Gammon Construction Limited
Title: Head of Innovation
Paul has worked on some of the largest megaprojects across Europe and the Middle East including Crossrail, London 2012, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and Thames Tideway Tunnels. This year, he joined Gammon Construction Limited, a leading general contractor in Hong Kong as the Head of Innovation. His disruptive mindset paired with specialties in sustainable master planning, design management and stakeholder management is an excellent fit for the driving innovation initiatives in the forward-thinking firm.
29. Caroll Moya
Company: Truebeck Construction
Title: Senior Estimator/ Preconstruction
As a Senior Estimator at Truebeck Construction, Caroll manages the preconstruction process with extensive experience in the Bay Area chiefly on Biotech, Health Care and Tenant Improvement Projects. She utilizes her attention to detail and critical analysis to provide detailed conceptual estimates, thorough constructability reviews, optimized value analyses, and drive a comprehensive procurement process to insure complete project success.
30. Sabrina Odah
Company: The Boldt Company
Title: Sr. Continuous Improvement Engineer
Throughout her career, Sabrina has worked on significant healthcare construction projects including St. Luke’s Replacement Hospital and the Sutter Health Hospital at Van Ness and Geary Campus. During her time at Boldt, Sabrina has grown as an expert and thought leader on lean construction principles. She’s continuously sharing her wealth of knowledge with her project teams as well as the larger construction community including attendees of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Congress.
31. Chris Rippingham
Company: DPR Construction
Title: Technology and Innovation Leadership
Chris helps project teams increase productivity and deliver predictable results for building owners through the effective use of technology. He has become an influencer in the AEC technology sector through implementation on notable San Francisco, CA projects that include UCSF Mission Bay and Chinese Hospital along with nation-wide deployment of various strategies, processes and platforms.
“Chris is smart, leading the way and becoming a heavy influencer in the AEC industry.”
32. Justin Robbins
Company: F.L. Crane
Title: Construction Technology Manager
Justin has single-handedly rolled out new technology at a top ENR company and has remained an effective leader in change management. At F.L. Crane, Justin’s team is responsible for implementing technology (BIM and otherwise) as tools to accomplish their business goals. Their focus is on how the BIM process benefits internal processes, customers and projects. Internally, this manifests itself in planning, prefabrication, BIM-enabled hardware and field efficiency.
33. Weston Tanner
Company: The Walsh Group
Title: Director of Construction Technology
Based in Chicago, Weston leads The Walsh Group in the use of construction technologies to help achieve the company’s mission. While his background He currently is the chair of his company’s Construction Technology Forum, a group of tech-savvy staff strategically guiding the adoption of new technologies to improve internal operations, provide more value to clients and stay on top of innovation in the market. Weston also specialized in the architecture field where his area of expertise includes leveraging BIM to sustainably deliver projects more efficiently.
34. Frederick Tull
Company: JE Dunn
Title: Preconstruction Manager
Fred has been bringing excellence to preconstruction for JE Dunn in the greater Atlanta area. In his role, he leads teams that price and plan projects prior to construction and works with design and owner teams to align project goals with budgets. Currently, his focus is on higher education and one of his most recent projects has been the conversion of Turner Field to Georgia State University’s Football Stadium.
35. Jeremy Turi
Company: Valley Interior Systems, Inc.
Title: Senior VP, Northern Operations
Jeremy Turi Company: Valley Interior Systems, Inc. Title: Senior VP, Northern Operations Jeremy has assumed enormous responsibility from the owners of his company in 2018. He was promoted from Senior Project Manager to Senior Vice President. With this promotion, he is now leading both the Columbus, OH and Toledo, OH offices. (the Columbus location has had record-setting years with Jeremy’s leadership). Overseeing the company’s data center work in Ohio, he works directly with major tech companies. Jeremy is extremely dedicated and has been building relationships with partners for his company to meet future growth goals at all of Valley’s locations: Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Toledo, and Lexington.
“Jeremy has sacrificed countless hours in an effort to build relationships with partners in order for Valley Interior Systems to meet our future growth goals.”
36. Anthony Vero
Company: Aurora Contractors, Inc.
Anthony started out as a carpenter with Aurora Contractors in 1999, learning the ropes of the construction industry from the tradesmen and women who are the backbone of this business. As Anthony’s knowledge and passion grew, he successfully climbed the ranks at Aurora Contractors, recently being promoted from Vice President, to President of Aurora Contractors. This consistent pursuit of not only bettering himself, but those around him, continues to speak volumes about both his Construction Management and business ownership abilities.
As President of Aurora Contractors, Anthony is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s day to day operations, while maintaining the important underlying core values that Aurora Contractors upholds to the highest levels. He has a proven track record of successfully delivering numerous high-profile retails, hospitality and industrial construction developments, totaling over $1 billion for clients over the last decade. Anthony brings his work ethic and charm to many organizations. He is a member of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, The Associated General Contractors, The New York Building Congress and many other organizations which have many positive contributions to various communities.
“In this day and age, starting from the bottom and working your way up as Anthony successfully did is not something that many business executives can state they have accomplished, which in my opinion speaks very well for Anthony’s work ethic, and personality. Anthony’s characteristics represent all that is great in our company.”
37. Joanne Verrips
Company: Webcor Builders
Job Title: Project Director
Joanne works on some of the most high profile projects at Webcor Builders in California, including the Hotel Nia in Menlo Park, the Genentech HTA project in South San Francisco, the Oracle Pleasanton Campus and the $1 billion Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco. She has also been recognized as a Top ENR Young Professional.
38. Stephanie Weldon
Company: Cahill Contractors
Job Title: Assistant Project Manager
Stephanie has a civil engineering background but her career has spanned from projects in heavy civil to commercial construction on both the east and west coast of the U.S. As a superintendent on a wastewater treatment plan, she was running field crews for heavy mechanical and piping. During that time, she managed heavy duty work that required significant planning, while also working around intense shutdowns and a high-pressure environment. Notable projects include the Harbor Siphon Project in Brooklyn, New York, Pinole Wastewater Treatment Plan Seismic Retrofit and Transbay Block 6, Affordable housing in San Francisco.
39. Callie Willett-Ussery
Company: Joeris General Contractors
Job Title: Assistant Project Manager
With only a few years of experience under her belt, Callie is already making a significant impact in bringing more efficiency to the industry as a whole. Recently, Callie was nominated to join a “Lean Leadership Committee.” She was selected to be a part of the team to complete a full LEAN-based project within the company. Her team utilized a web-based LEAN project tool, Touchplan, and productivity software, PlanGrid, to bring construction of an elementary school in ahead of schedule. As a result, Callie has brought the tools and principles learned during this project to help other teams who are starting to use the last planner system within the company.
40. Cody Zalk
Company: Howard Hughes Corporation
Title: Development Project Manager
Cody has nimbly managed the transition from architect to developer overseeing the construction of two prominent New York City projects. While at GFI Development, Cody was the on-site project manager and brought the Beekman Hotel and Residences to completion. He delivered 67 condos and 287 hotel guest rooms in addition to the residential amenities and cellar lounge. His unique experience as the interior architect working for Thomas Juul Hansen and pivoting into the developer role was integral to the success of the Beekman. Currently, Cody is working on the build-out of the South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 project which will be a world-class entertainment and food destination.
“One of his biggest strengths has been his ability to integrate construction technology platforms into his projects and to develop buy-in from colleagues, trades and consultants. He hosted various technology workshops for his colleagues and spearheaded the implementation of office and technology standards for his team.”