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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.

  • Randy Highland

    Randy Highland

    Job Title
    President, California Region
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    Bradley University
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

    With a passion for building, Randy Highland brings nearly 32 years of experience in the construction industry to his position as president of the California Region. In this role, Randy oversees all company operations and provides the necessary leadership to maintain McCarthy's established position as the leading community builder in California.

    Randy joined McCarthy in 1988 and has served in a variety of leadership positions including Preconstruction Director, Director of Parking Structures, TQM Director, Project Director, and Executive Vice President, Operations. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as President of McCarthy’s Nevada/Utah Division from 2004-2011.

  • John McRitchie

    John McRitchie

    Job Title
    Executive Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    Stanford University
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
    Master of Science Construction Engineering Management

    John McRitchie oversees McCarthy’s Commercial Services and Education Services Business Units in Southern California. This work includes office, airport/transportation, entertainment, water/wastewater, solar, industrial and correctional facilities, as well as K-12 education, community college and higher education throughout the region.

    John is focused on providing our clients and partners with skilled, collaborative teams who understand and address their needs. He brings extensive experience in technically complex projects, proven design phase and construction expertise, and commitment to an integrated approach to help deliver projects throughout the region. With nearly 25 years of experience in design integration and construction, he is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In addition, John is actively involved in the community, supporting local charities such as CHOC, Ronald McDonald House, and Taller San Jose, a non-profit providing construction career training to disadvantaged youth.

  • Al Carroll

    Al Carroll

    Job Title
    Executive Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    Rutgers University
    Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
    Bachelor of Arts Business Administration

    Alan Carroll is an Executive Vice President for the firm’s Southern California Division, overseeing McCarthy’s Parking Structure Business Unit in the region. Under his guidance, McCarthy has become the leading parking structure builder in the state, delivering parking solutions for healthcare, commercial, education and government clients.

    With nearly 40 years of construction industry experience, Al has spent more than 26 of these with McCarthy, beginning his career as a Preconstruction Director and moving up to his current position. An expert in both traditional general contracting and design-build project delivery, he understands the unique challenges of parking construction projects and brings this expertise to bear on every project.

    In addition to his role with McCarthy, Al is a certified member of the Design-Build Institute of America.

  • Patrick Peterson

    Patrick Peterson

    Job Title
    Sr. Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    Arizona State University
    Bachelor of Science Construction Engineering Management

    As Senior Vice President of Healthcare Services in Southern California, Patrick Peterson oversees all McCarthy healthcare business operations throughout the region. He brings more than 25 years of experience in construction to this role, overseeing a variety of notable healthcare projects including Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and St. Jude Medical Center during his career. An expert in working efficiently with the California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Patrick is committed to collaborating closely with all project team members to deliver an exceptional experience for clients, caregivers, patients and communities.

    Patrick is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design accredited professional by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

  • Jim Madrid

    Jim Madrid

    Job Title
    Executive Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    California State University, Long Beach
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management Engineering

    Jim Madrid has more than 31 years of operations and business development experience for the construction industry including management for industrial, transportation, commercial, advanced technology, life sciences and energy projects. In his role as executive vice president, he is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with clients and partners in McCarthy's Southern California Division with a focus on the commercial group for the Newport Beach office. McCarthy's commercial group delivers work in the transportation, water/wastewater, hospitality, correctional and government markets, as well as commercial building opportunities.

    Jim is an active member of the Coalition of Adequate School Housing (CASH), CMAA and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).

  • Shaun Sleeth

    Shaun Sleeth

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    California Polytechnic State University
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    Shaun Sleeth is responsible for developing and maintaining exceptional client and partner relations and generating new healthcare building opportunities for McCarthy in Southern California. In his 12 years with McCarthy, Shaun has managed large, high profile construction projects including the St. Joseph Hospital Patient Care Center, the Mission Hospital Patient Care Tower and the St. Jude Medical Center Northwest Tower; Central Plant, among others.

    Shaun brings practical field experience to his current role, helping him to better listen and understand the unique needs of healthcare clients. In addition, his experience with a variety of project delivery methods including design-build and integrated project delivery enables him to guide clients considering alternatives to traditional design-bid-build delivery in California.

    He is active in helping lead McCarthy's incorporation of Lean practices into the firm's processes. He serves on the board for the Lean Construction Institute, Los Angeles Community of Practice.

  • Michael Benford

    Michael Benford

    Job Title
    Manager, Business Development
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    University of Southern California
    Bachelor of Science Psychology
    Minor Business Administration & Communication

    Michael Benford is responsible for leading initiatives for the Commercial Business Unit and Parking Structures group in Southern California with a focus on numerous markets including entertainment, transportation, private development and science & technology. Michael has more than five years of experience in the construction industry, in roles ranging from project engineer to business development. In addition to his current responsibilities at McCarthy, he serves as a board member for the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Society of Marketing Professional Services and Design-Build Institute of America.