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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.

  • 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.

  • Paul King

    Paul King

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    University of Cincinnati
    Bachelor of Arts Business Administration

    Paul King has more than 15 years of business development and marketing experience for the construction industry where he has focused on healthcare, commercial, parking structure, education, and specialty projects. In his role as vice president, business development, he is responsible for overseeing the business development and marketing team in Southern California while maintaining client relationships, developing the strategy for project pursuits, building strong project pursuit teams and seeking out new business opportunities throughout the region.

    In addition to his responsibilities with McCarthy, Paul is a former board member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services Orange County and San Diego County Chapters and served as a committee member for Design-Build Institute of America Western Region. He also has been involved with various philanthropic programs including the Boys and Girls Club, Warrior Foundation Freedom Center, March of Dimes and the American Heart Association along with supporting the philanthropic efforts of McCarthy clients including Sharp Healthcare, Scripps Health and Rady Children’s Hospital.

  • Ryan Molen

    Ryan Molen

    Job Title
    Vice President
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    University of Kansas
    Bachelor of Science Business Administration
    Rockhurst University
    Master of Business Administration Finance

    Ryan Molen serves as the buildings market business unit leader for McCarthy’s Central Region. Ryan specializes in client solutions in the healthcare, education, commercial, and advanced technology and manufacturing sectors. He is a 25-year construction professional experienced in the design and construction of complex facilities for private and public clients as well as federal clients, including Department of Energy, General Services Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs. Ryan has been involved in more than $600 million in projects since joining McCarthy in 2010 and has a focus on collaboration and innovation. He is a LEED AP BD+C accredited professional and a member of Associated General Contractors of America and the Construction Management Association of America.

  • Justin Peterson

    Justin Peterson

    Job Title
    Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Denver
    Education
    Willamette University
    Bachelor of Arts Economics and Mathematics

    Justin Peterson oversees company operations for McCarthy in Colorado. With two decades of industry experience, he has spent the past 14 years helping to deliver more than $875 million in construction solutions for clients across Colorado’s Front Range and Western Slope. Justin’s deep understanding of the Colorado construction marketplace and commitment to developing and maintaining strong relationships with area trade partners have helped him deliver exceptional results for clients in the region.

    Justin began his career with McCarthy in the field as a project engineer, moving up to assistant project superintendent, superintendent, project manager and project director before assuming his current role. His range of experience includes healthcare, solar, commercial office, education and more, with clients including Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, Sisters of Charity Leavenworth, Silicon Ranch and Kaiser Permanente. He holds a Healthcare Construction Certificate from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and McCarthy’s ICC Class A General Contractors licenses. An avid outdoorsman, Justin is also active with Larimer County Boys & Girls Club, Ft Collins Vipers Lacrosse, and NFL Play 60 Flag Football.  

  • Scott Lawrence

    Scott Lawrence

    Job Title
    Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Atlanta
    Education
    University of Wisconsin
    Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

    Scott Lawrence oversees management and operations for McCarthy’s Atlanta office as well as coordinating preconstruction strategy while serving as the client interface. Scott began his McCarthy career 20 years ago working in the field as a project manager in the Southern California Region. He has helped deliver more than $640 million in construction projects for clients across the country.

    Scott has a depth of experience specifically within commercial office and healthcare building with clients including Children’s Hospital Tennessee, UCLA Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and Sunset Bronson Studios. In addition to his role at McCarthy, he is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Design-Build Institute of America.

  • 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.

  • Erin Valentine

    Erin Valentine

    Job Title
    Director of Building Markets
    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 and consistently deliver exceptional experiences to clients in all markets. Erin’s efforts encompass multiple initiatives within McCarthy's Central Region, and she also serves on the national committee for the McCarthy Partnership for Women employee resource group. Erin is actively involved with numerous industry organizations including St. Louis Forum, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), US Green Building Council, Construction Management Association of America, Associated General Contractors of America and Design-Build Institute of America.

  • 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).

  • Mike Gonzalez

    Mike Gonzalez

    Job Title
    Director, Preconstruction
    Located in
    Phoenix
    Education
    Arizona State University
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    Mike Gonzalez oversees McCarthy’s Integrated Design Delivery process in the Southwest, including design integration, constructability and design reviews, dynamic estimating, trend log management and virtual design and construction. During his 25-plus year career, he has worked with clients in a variety of industries including life science, infrastructure, manufacturing, industrial, power, hospitality, healthcare, commercial, parking, high-technology and higher education. His experience also includes more than 20 years as a specialty subcontractor installing process mechanical, HVAC and plumbing systems maximizing prefabrication and modularization of systems.

    Mike has served for more than 28 years as a United States Army Engineer officer, where he is currently a colonel in the Arizona Army National Guard commanding the Regional Training Institute. A LEED Accredited and DBIA Professional, he is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Design-Build Institute of America, Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, and Alliance for Construction Excellence, and serves on the Industry Advisory board for Arizona State University E. Webb School of Construction and Western Maricopa Education Center HVAC program.

  • Lee O'Connell

    Lee O'Connell

    Job Title
    Project Director
    Located in
    Phoenix
    Education
    Arizona State University
    Bachelor of Science Engineering

    With more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry, Lee O’Connell has developed a reputation as someone who forges collaboration with owners, design teams and subcontractors. His leadership in recent years has been instrumental in building the firm’s New Mexico office, where he served as the office Director until 2015.

    Lee joined McCarthy in 2003 and has developed a diversified background of commercial projects including expertise in healthcare. He has held multiple roles throughout his career with McCarthy which give him the ability to understand the project from concept to closeout. In addition to his current McCarthy responsibilities, Lee served as past executive board member of the Associated General Contractors, New Mexico and is current a member of Arizona Chapter of Lean Construction Institute and Central Arizona Society for Healthcare Engineering. He also holds the Healthcare Construction Certificate from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

  • Nick Sandersfeld

    Nick Sandersfeld

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    San Jose
    Education
    Iowa State University
    Bachelor of Science Marketing
    Bachelor of Science Natural Resource Ecology & Management

    Nick Sandersfeld is responsible for pursuing projects and meeting the evolving needs of clients in the greater San Jose area, with a focus on industrial, laboratory, corporate office, parking structure, educational and government facilities. He brings more than a decade of business development and marketing experience in the Santa Clara area construction industry to his role as director of business development at McCarthy. In addition to his responsibilities at McCarthy, Nick is actively involved in NAIOP, CoreNet Global, Urban Land Institute, RECON, SPUR and non-profit organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and Rebuilding Together.

  • Alex Whiteside

    Alex Whiteside

    Job Title
    Manager, Business Development
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    University of Missouri
    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

    Alex Whiteside is responsible for establishing and maintaining strong relationships with new and existing commercial and education partners in McCarthy’s Central Region. With a background in heavy industrial, commercial and bridge construction, Alex brings this experience to the forefront while working closely with current and potential clients and partners to ensure that McCarthy is surpassing expectations. He worked previously as a construction development manager, project manager and project engineer and has done volunteer work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America in the St. Louis region.