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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.

  • Steve Poulin

    Steve Poulin

    Job Title
    Vice President Operations, K-12 Education
    Located in
    Phoenix
    Education
    Arizona State University
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    Steve Poulin provides leadership and vision for education construction opportunities throughout Arizona. He was instrumental in helping McCarthy expand relationships in the community college market and has played a key role in numerous education construction pursuits and projects totaling more than $745 million. In nearly 25 years with McCarthy, Steve has done everything from beginning his career as an intern to working as a project engineer, project manager and project director. He is licensed in LEED AP BD + C and is involved with the Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC), Council of Education Facility Planners International and the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ryan Sawall

    Ryan Sawall

    Job Title
    Vice President
    Located in
    Omaha
    Education
    Milwaukee School of Engineering
    Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering

    As Vice President, Ryan Sawall oversees McCarthy’s work for the Omaha and Kansas City offices, as well as leads business development and client service efforts in the western portion of the McCarthy Central Region. With more than a decade of McCarthy experience, he began as a project engineer, moving up to project superintendent, project manager and project director prior to assuming his current role.

    Along with being licensed as a Professional Mechanical Engineer, Ryan is LEED AP BD+C certified through the U.S. Green Building Council and also holds a certification as a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) through the National Hospital Association. He is a former board member for the Nebraska Society of Healthcare Engineers. 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.

  • 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.

  • Jeff Wood

    Jeff Wood

    Job Title
    Executive Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Las Vegas
    Education
    Missouri University of Science & Technology
    Bachelor of Science Engineering Management & Industrial Engineering

    With 15 years of development and construction experience, Jeff Wood currently oversees McCarthy operations to ensure performance of the company and project teams in Nevada. Since joining McCarthy in 2012, he has helped establish the company as one of Las Vegas’ top gaming, hospitality and entertainment builders, collaborating with clients such as Station Casinos, Hakkasan, Brooklyn Bowl and Top Golf, among others. In addition, Jeff has helped reinforce our commitment to the Rocky Mountain Region overseeing the establishment of a full-service Colorado office.

    Jeff currently serves on various committees with the Associated General Contractors and is a member of the Nevada Contractor’s and Nevada Professional Facilities Manager Association. He lends his leadership and talent to support numerous organizations including the American Heart Association, Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, St Jude’s Ranch in Boulder City, and the School Community Partnership Program with Clark County School District. His commitment to community and the construction industry has led to numerous awards including being named an Engineering News-Record Southwest Top 20 Under 40 in 2015.

  • Nate Jacobs

    Nate Jacobs

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

    With more than 10 years in the construction industry, Nate is responsible for managing our strategic client relationships and market visibility in Nevada. With experience in aviation, infrastructure and K-12/higher education markets, he has assisted in delivering nearly $500 million of projects across the Southwest region by developing key relationships with owners, architects and subcontractor partners. Nate is a LEED Accredited Professional and was named Nevada Contractor Association’s 2017 Member of the Year. He is also active in a number of industry and community organizations, including the National Association of Industrial Office Properties and NCA Young Constructors Forum.

  • Danika Shockley

    Danika Shockley

    Job Title
    Business Development Manager
    Located in
    Denver
    Education
    Colorado State University
    Bachelor of Science, Construction Management

    Danika Shockley is responsible for establishing and maintaining strong relationships with new and existing commercial clients and industry partners in the Southwest Region. Based in Denver, Danika brings a wealth of field industry experience to her role, previously serving as a project engineer, assistant project superintendent and project superintendent. With more than 12 years of experience in parking, healthcare and education construction, she understands the unique challenges and the solutions faced by clients and what it takes to ensure McCarthy delivers an exceptional client experience. A passionate builder and mentor, Danika serves on the national committee for the McCarthy Partnership for Women, an employee-resource group that supports the recruitment and development of women across the company.

  • 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.

  • 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.