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.

  • John Buescher

    John Buescher

    Job Title
    President, Central Division
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    Purdue University
    Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
    Washington University, St. Louis
    Master of Business Administration

    As President for McCarthy's Central Division, John Buescher oversees McCarthy operations in 29 states east of the Rockies. With nearly 25 years of experience in the construction industry, he has played an instrumental role in delivering an exceptional experience for clients in a variety of markets including healthcare, laboratory, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and education. Working his way up at McCarthy from assistant project superintendent to project superintendent, project manager, project director and business unit leader prior to assuming his current role, John is a professional mechanical engineer and LEED Accredited Professional with the United States Green Building Council. He also holds a Healthcare Construction Certificate from American Society for Healthcare Engineering. 

  • Jim Contratto

    Jim Contratto

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
    Bachelor of Arts in Design

    Jim leads the business development efforts for the Advanced Technology & Manufacturing business unit of McCarthy.

    Jim has 32 years of experience in the construction industry working on projects across the nation. He has worked on major building projects for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and nationally-recognized institutions including Cornell University, US Department of Agriculture, Washington University in St. Louis, Mercy Hospital System, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, Pfizer and Monsanto. He has served as an architectural project manager, construction project manager, chief estimator and preconstruction director for both small and mega-building contractors.

    Jim serves on the St. Louis County Business Expansion and Retention Committee and is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America, Construction Management Association of America, Associated General Contractors and is a voting member for the Global Lab of the Year Award.  

    Jim has authored or co-authored numerous technical journal articles related to laboratories and other technical facilities as well as presented at professional conferences.

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  • Erin Valentine

    Erin Valentine

    Job Title
    Director
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    St. Louis University
    Bachelor of Arts
    Washington University
    Masters Business Administration

    Since joining McCarthy in 2001, Erin Valentine has worked closely with the firm’s clients and project teams to develop new solutions to enhance project delivery. Erin’s efforts encompass multiple initiatives within McCarthy's Central Region. She actively works within the education and commercial markets for hospitality, housing, office, entertainment and related developments, including leadership of efforts with state and local governments, particularly in the justice sector.

    In addition, Erin is actively involved with numerous industry organizations including US Green Building Council, Construction Management Association of America, Associated General Contractors of America, Commercial Real Estate Women Network, Society of College and University Planning, American Institute of Architects, Missouri Municipal League, Missouri Association of Counties and American Correctional Association.

  • Stacy Robben

    Stacy Robben

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    Illinois
    Education
    Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
    Bachelor of Liberal Studies Mass Communication

    Stacy Robben is responsible for generating building opportunities for McCarthy and developing strong relationships with industry partners throughout a multi-state region. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing and business development in design and construction, she works closely with internal marketing teams to generate awareness of McCarthy's services. In addition, she provides leadership for McCarthy’s Collinsville, Ill., office.

    Stacy is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) accredited professional by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). She is past president of the St. Louis chapter of Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM). In addition, she is a member of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), CityArchRiver2015 Citizen Advisory Committee and former Advisory Board member of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Construction Leadership Institute.

  • Josh Gaghen

    Josh Gaghen

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    Missouri University of Science & Technology
    Master of Science Structural Engineering
    Webster University
    Master of Business Administration
    U.S. Air Force Academy
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

    Josh Gaghen helps manage client relationships within McCarthy's Federal business unit. He also helps integrate design partners on Federal design-build projects. Based in St. Louis, his focus includes the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration and other Federal Agencies. Josh brings a variety of experience to his role including serving as a Civil Engineering Officer in the U.S. Air Force before working as an engineer in the private sector for nearly a decade.

    An active member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Josh serves as the college outreach chair for SAME, Scott Field Post and as treasurer for the Air Force Academy Association of Graduates, Gateway Chapter. 

  • Jennifer Bradshaw

    Jennifer Bradshaw

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    University of Mississippi
    Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing & Information Systems
    Southeast Missouri State University
    Master of Business Administration

    Jennifer Bradshaw is responsible for establishing and maintaining strong relationships with new and existing healthcare industry and community partners. With more than 13 years of construction-related and marketing management experience, she brings this experience to bear for McCarthy's Central Division. Working across a multi-state region, Jennifer works closely with current and potential clients and partners to ensure that McCarthy is surpassing expectations.

    Active in the industry, Jennifer is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and a board member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, St. Louis Chapter.