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Team Leaders

Great Team Leaders are Teammates First

We approach every project with a true collaborative mentality. Only by adopting a “We, Not I” mindset can we strengthen right partnerships — within our organization and outside of it — to exceed client objectives and strengthen our relationships in the commercial construction industry.

These seasoned leaders are responsible for building and maintaining strong client relationships and for growing capable, reliable teams that improve processes, speed delivery and support all facets of your commercial construction project.

  • Joe Jouvenal

    Joe Jouvenal

    Job Title
    President, Southern Region
    Located in
    Dallas
    Education
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

    Joe is responsible for overseeing all McCarthy operations in the Southern Region. With more than 21 years of experience, he began with McCarthy as a project engineer and has held multiple field and leadership positions including project manager and project director. In his previous role as executive vice president operations for the Southern Region, he led management on projects in the healthcare, corporate and municipal market sectors.  

    An active advocate for the industry and workforce development, he also spends time supporting community organizations including Children’s Health of Dallas. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

  • Charles Buescher

    Charles Buescher

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Dallas
    Education
    University of Kansas
    Bachelor of Architecture
    Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering
    Bachelor of Environmental Design

    With more than three decades of experience, Charlie Buescher leads McCarthy's business development activities and client relationships in Texas, focusing on McCarthy's commercial and healthcare businesses. His deep industry relationships and strength in leading multi-disciplinary internal and external teams makes Buescher a valuable member of McCarthy's Texas team.

    A LEED Accredited Professional, Charlie is a licensed architect in the states of Texas and Missouri. In addition to being an active member of TEXO and the American Institute of Architects, he also serves on the board of directors of Mi Escuelita and the Dallas Regional Chamber Economic Development Taskforce.

  • Michael Benford

    Michael Benford

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    Dallas
    Education
    University of Southern California
    Bachelor of Science Psychology
    Minor Business Administration & Communication

    Michael Benford is responsible for leading specific market initiatives for the Dallas Commercial Business Unit, Civil/Transportation Business Unit and McCarthy’s Southern Region as a whole. His market focuses include aviation, parking structures, civil/transportation and general commercial. Michael has more than 10 years of experience in the construction industry in roles ranging from project engineer to director, business development. In addition to his current responsibilities at McCarthy, he serves on committees for ACE Mentorship and the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).  He is also an active participant in the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

  • Nathan Kowallis

    Nathan Kowallis

    Job Title
    Senior Vice President, Dallas Business Unit
    Located in
    Dallas
    Education
    Brigham Young University
    Bachelor of Science, Construction Management

    Nathan serves as the Dallas Business Unit leader for McCarthy’s Southern Region. He is responsible for the strategy and near-term opportunities for McCarthy in the North Texas area. He began with McCarthy in 2008 as a project engineer and served in a variety of leadership positions in McCarthy’s Las Vegas Office and New Mexico Office before assuming his current role in Dallas. Known for his ability to lead high performing teams, Nathan has a passion for the professional development of his partners. He has been engaged in building and overseeing more than $850M of projects in many diverse market sectors including hospitality, aviation, healthcare and education. Nathan is a LEED AP BD+C accredited professional and sat on the AGC New Mexico board before moving to Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Brigham Young University.