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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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    San Diego
    Education
    University of Cincinnati
    Bachelor of Arts Business Administration

    Paul King is responsible for maintaining client relationships, developing the strategy for project pursuits, building strong project pursuit teams, and seeking out new business opportunities in the San Diego region. He brings nearly 13 years of experience in the construction industry.

    In addition to his responsibilities with McCarthy, Paul is a former board member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services Orange County and served as a committee member for Design-Build Institute of America Western Region. He also leads McCarthy’s Heart Hats philanthropic focus in San Diego.

  • Frances Choun

    Frances Choun

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    San Francisco
    Education
    University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu
    Bachelor of Architecture

    As a vice president in McCarthy’s Northern Pacific Division, Frances Choun develops and maintains business relationships with clients throughout the region. Her strong leadership has greatly contributed to the division’s overall growth, and after almost two decades with McCarthy, has helped propel us forward as one of the largest commercial contracting firms in California.

    Frances launched her career in architecture, where she developed an interest in the construction side of the business. Her exposure to the construction industry eventually led to her career transition. As an industry expert, she is regularly called upon by local, trade and national media to address new and projected trend, and is considered a pioneer in advancing women in the construction field. She was recently honored as a “Forever Influential Woman of Influence in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times.

    Having served in many leadership capacities for professional industry groups, Frances is the past president of the Commercial Real Estate Women’s (CREW) San Francisco Chapter, former president of the board for the San Francisco Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, and recent board member of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) San Francisco Chapter. She is currently on the construction management advisory board for the City College of San Francisco.

  • Sam Stiteler

    Sam Stiteler

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    Atlanta
    Education
    Clemson University
    Bachelor of Science Management

    With more than 15 years of industry experience in business development and operations, Sam Stiteler serves as a Director for Business Development for McCarthy in the Southeast. With primary focus on Science & Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Clean Industrial, Marine and Aviation segments, Sam works closely with clients, potential clients and concept/design partners to ensure McCarthy is surpassing expectations.

    Sam has long served both nationally and locally with Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), including currently serving as the National Chairman of ABC Safety Committee, Industrial Steering Committee Chair for the 2017 ABC Users Summit, a Free Enterprise Alliance (FEA) Trustee and a member of the National Business Development Committee. On the local level, Sam has served multiple terms on the ABC Georgia Chapter Board of Directors, including serving as 2014 Chapter Chairman. 

  • 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.

  • Aaron Alhady

    Aaron Alhady

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Sacramento
    Education
    California State University, Chico
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    A 30-year construction veteran, Aaron Alhady is responsible for securing new business and fostering relationships with clients throughout the greater Sacramento region. Aaron joined McCarthy in 1989 where he worked in the operations department for the company's Southern California and Sacramento offices, serving clients in the healthcare, higher education, K-14, parking structure and hospitality, markets.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Tad Lewis

    Tad Lewis

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Houston
    Education
    Texas A&M University
    Bachelor of Science

    Tad Lewis develops and maintains business relationships with clients and partners in the Houston area and throughout the Texas Gulf Coast. With more than 38 years of experience in the construction industry, Lewis offers knowledge of educational and liturgical facilities, retail complexes, healthcare facilities, commercial office buildings, hotels, museum and fine arts, retirement communities and multi-family housing. His extensive experience includes estimating, subcontract negotiations, project administration, cost control and scheduling. 

    A LEED Accredited Professional, Tad has served as a board member of Rice Design Alliance, Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Houston Chapter and AGC Houston. He is also active in NAIOP, CoreNet, USGBC, AGC, CHPS, CEFPI, SMPS and ULI.

  • 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.