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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.

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  • Alec Banta

    Alec Banta

    Job Title
    Sr. Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    San Jose
    Education
    California State University, Chico
    Bachelor of Science, Construction Management

    Alec Banta serves as the Senior Vice President and Business Unit Leader of the McCarthy Northern Pacific Region’s San Jose office. He oversees the progress of client projects and team operations to thoroughly integrate McCarthy’s various departments, including preconstruction, design management, scheduling, accounting, safety, quality control, and risk management to ensure immediate and long-term success for all key stakeholders over a project’s lifetime.

    With more than 17 years of industry experience, Alec brings extensive expertise and executive-level oversight to the McCarthy project teams and clients as he continues to demonstrate outstanding leadership and a vast knowledge of project process. Keen on assembling high-performing teams with complimentary skillsets and can-do attitudes, he has guided various McCarthy clients across verticals like life sciences and technology, higher education, parking, and retail, overcoming challenges and delivering projects that exceed client expectations.  

    Since joining McCarthy in 2005, Alec has worked in a variety of highly technical market sectors and has supported over $2 billion dollars of project work, most notably the Westfield Valley Fair Mall Expansion in San Jose that topped the San Jose Construction Projects List.

  • Sarah Carr

    Sarah Carr

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

    As vice president, Sarah Carr is focused on building strong relationships with clients and industry partners in the Southern California education market. Sarah brings more than two decades of field and operations experience to her role, having held a variety of positions including vice president operations, project manager, assistant project manager, senior project engineer and project engineer. Over the course of her career, she has played a key role in more than $1 billion in work in Southern California, including the $615 million Hollywood & Highland Entertainment Retail Complex and $238 million Huntington Beach Union High School District modernization and expansion. Committed to helping other women in the construction industry develop and succeed, Sarah was co-founder of Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS) in 2013 and currently sits on the organization’s board of directors. She also serves on the national committee for the McCarthy Partnership for Women employee resource group. A Designated Design-Build Professional and LEED AP BD+C with the U.S. Green Building Council, Sarah is a board member for the Associated General Contractors of California and is also active with the Coalition for Adequate School Housing and the Design-Build Institute of America.

  • Tony Church

    Tony Church

    Job Title
    Executive Vice President
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    Oregon State University
    Bachelor of Science Construction Engineering Management

    With nearly 25 years of development and construction experience, Tony helps oversee McCarthy’s education market in Southern California to ensure effective execution and strong client relationships. He also is responsible for enhancing and supporting new and emerging markets in the region, including solar, water and McCarthy’s Specialized Solutions group. During his career, Tony has served as a project superintendent, project director, division manager, project manager, regional executive, director of preconstruction. He continues to play a key role in pursuing opportunities that focus on creating an exceptional client experience and challenges for our partners. He holds a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering management from Oregon State University.

  • Ross Edwards

    Ross Edwards

    Job Title
    Sr. Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Las Vegas
    Education
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Bachelor of Science, Building Construction

    Ross Edwards leads our Nevada operations, providing oversight across a diverse portfolio of projects including aviation, civil, commercial, healthcare, higher education, parking, renewable energy, and water/wastewater. With over two decades of operational and leadership experience, he has worked in all facets of the business as both a general contractor and owner’s representative. His extensive knowledge of the construction industry, and regard for leading teams in collaborative environments, has been a key attribute to McCarthy’s growth within the Silver State. Ross’ relationships extend beyond the industry and into the community through his support of the American Heart Association and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. He is also passionate about staying connected with his alma mater, previously serving on the Construction Advisory Board for Georgia Tech.  

  • Mike Gonzalez

    Mike Gonzalez

    Job Title
    Vice President
    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.

  • Nate Jacobs

    Nate Jacobs

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Las Vegas
    Education
    Montana State University, Bozeman
    Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering

    Nate Jacobs is responsible for managing strategic client relationships and market visibility in Nevada. He focuses in both public and private markets, with an emphasis on early project development, project team creation, and design partner integration. In addition to his daily operational responsibilities, he’s also taken on leadership roles in training, recruiting, community outreach, and industry involvement.  

    Nate is active in the National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP), Design-Build Association of America (DBIA), Associated General Contractors (AGC), Nevada Contractors Association, and Henderson Chamber of Commerce. His professional credentials include a LEED AP BD+C and an American Institute of Constructors Associate Constructor

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Doug Mangers

    Doug Mangers

    Job Title
    Sr. Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    University of Illinois
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

    As Sr. Vice President of Operations for McCarthy's Central Region, Doug oversees all healthcare and out-of-town education work. He monitors project performance throughout the lifecycle of a job with a continual focus on client satisfaction. With more than 26 years of experience in the construction industry, he has spent the majority of his career working to develop strong team relationships on complex projects. He began his McCarthy career as a project engineer, also holding positions as a field superintendent, project manager, senior project manager, project director and vice president before assuming his current role. Doug has participated in more than $3 billion of completed construction projects across America. He holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.

  • 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.

  • Andrew Raufi

    Andrew Raufi

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Los Angeles
    Education
    California State University, Long Beach
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

    Andrew Raufi is Vice President, Business Development, focused on cultivating and nurturing account relationships and developing opportunities in the commercial project sector. With more than 26 years of experience in the construction industry, Andrew is a strategy-driven commercial development professional with a proven track record of building long-term relationships with key clients and teammates alike. He has experience in a variety of project types including public private partnerships (P3), entertainment, hospitality, commercial office, parking garages, wastewater treatment, higher education, and healthcare, and has worked on notable multi-million-dollar projects throughout California. 

    Andrew is a member of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Southern California Developer Form (SCDF), Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC).  

  • Nick Sandersfeld

    Nick Sandersfeld

    Job Title
    Vice President, 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.

  • Ryan Sawall

    Ryan Sawall

    Job Title
    Sr. Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Omaha
    Education
    Milwaukee School of Engineering
    Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering

    Ryan Sawall serves as the Business Unit Leader of the Omaha and Kansas City Offices for McCarthy in the Central Region. In this role, Ryan is responsible for overseeing all markets that McCarthy currently services, including Healthcare, Education, Advanced Technology/ Manufacturing, and Commercial. His teams execute on a wide range of project deliveries from Job Order Contracting, CMAR, and Design-Build. Ryan joined McCarthy in 2005 to work on healthcare projects and has since worked in various parts of the region in many field roles and leadership roles prior to assuming his current role in 2014. Ryan’s most recent project is the Omaha Veterans Ambulatory Care Center, ENR’s 2021 National Project of the Year.

    Along with being licensed as a Professional Mechanical Engineer, Ryan is LEED AP BD+C certified through the U.S. Green Building Council and holds a certification as a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) through the National Hospital Association. A strong local community supporter, he is passionate about introducing young adults to possible construction careers and assisting local, small, and diverse construction companies as they grow in the industry.

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  • Dan Stafford

    Dan Stafford

    Job Title
    Sr. Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Los Angeles
    Education
    University of Southern California
    Bachelor of Science Business Administration and Management

    Dan Stafford brings more than 26 years of experience in commercial, higher education, seismic renovations, core and shell development, tenet improvement and other markets to McCarthy’s clients in the greater Los Angeles area. As Senior Vice President of Operations, Dan oversees team assignments, staff development, and project oversight for the McCarthy. Prior to his current role, He has served in several field and leadership positions — beginning his career as a project engineer and served and as project manager prior to his current role. Dan’s experience leading aspects of operations and preconstruction, focus on client goals, and experience building high performing teams ensures exceptional outcomes for all project stakeholders.

  • Erin Valentine

    Erin Valentine

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    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 across McCarthy’s Central Region. As Vice President, Erin leads the building and managing of relationships with clients in the Healthcare, Commercial, Education and Advanced Technology & Manufacturing markets.

    Erin is an active advocate for women in the construction industry and serves on the national committee for the McCarthy Partnership for Women employee resource group. She is also actively involved with numerous industry organizations including the 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 the Design-Build Institute of America.

  • Antonya Williams

    Antonya Williams

    Job Title
    Executive Vice President
    Located in
    Phoenix
    Education
    California State University, Chico
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    As the business unit leader for the Education group in McCarthy’s Southwest Region, Antonya Williams oversees the operations, planning, workforce development and community partnerships for K-12 and higher education construction teams in Arizona. She is also a member of the firm’s Executive Leadership Team, which guides national business strategy, company culture and business practices. Antonya brings more than a decade of experience in the construction industry, including nearly eight years of hands-on project management experience in the field and design management experience on design-build projects. 
     
    In addition to her work at McCarthy, Antonya is actively involved in her community, serving as a chair for the ACE Mentorship program in Arizona, as well as volunteering through Big Brothers Big Sisters and New Pathways for Youth.

  • Jeff Wood

    Jeff Wood

    Job Title
    Executive Vice President
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    Missouri University of Science & Technology
    Bachelor of Science Engineering Management & Industrial Engineering

    With more than two decades of development and construction experience, Jeff Wood provides operational oversight across McCarthy’s Southern Pacific Region centering much of his attention on national and growing markets across Southern California and Nevada. Since joining McCarthy in 2012, he has been instrumental in establishing the company as a builder of choice within the life science, hospitality, gaming, entertainment, parking, water, renewable, and specialty service markets. In addition to overseeing operations, Jeff reinforces our commitment to providing value - integrating McCarthy’s in-house skilled labor to provide innovative building solutions throughout a project’s life cycle. 

    A dedicated member of the community, Jeff has served on various committees for the Associated General Contractors and is an advocate for building stronger partnerships within our workforce. He lends his leadership and talent to support numerous organizations including the American Heart Association and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. His passion for developing teams as well as the construction industry has led to numerous professional achievements from leading award-winning projects teams, and Top Workplace offices to being recognized as an Engineering News-Record Southwest Top 20 Under 40 and Vegas Inc’ 40 under 40 recipient.