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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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  • Jeff Bennett

    Jeff Bennett

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    Kansas City
    Education
    University of Northern Colorado
    Bachelor of Science Business Administration

    Jeff builds, nurtures and strengthens relationships with clients and industry partners throughout the Kansas City region. He focuses his efforts on the healthcare, advanced technology and manufacturing markets. With more than 24 years of industry experience, Jeff is known for helping clients achieve their business goals through tailored building solutions. An active supporter of the local community, he has served on the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Real Estate Committee Advisory Board of Directors, the legislative committee of the Civic Council of Kansas City, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Advisory Board of Directors of the Urban Land Institute. Jeff is a LEED accredited professional and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

  • 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.

  • Erik Chessmore

    Erik Chessmore

    Job Title
    Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Los Angeles
    Education
    Loyola Marymount University
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

    Erik Chessmore oversees operations for McCarthy in the Los Angeles area. With more than 17 years of experience, Erik has led the charge on some of the region’s largest and most challenging healthcare projects, including St. John’s Tower, Torrance Memorial Tower and Loma Linda University Medical Center. Erik’s ensures success for clients and project stakeholders through his intense focus on exceptional client experiences, passion for building high-performing teams and perseverance in the face of challenges. He has held a number of field and leadership positions, including serving as a project executive prior to his current role.

  • Suzy Cruden

    Suzy Cruden

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    San Diego
    Education
    University of California, San Diego
    Bachelor of Arts Economics

    Suzy is Vice President of Business Development for the McCarthy Southern California Region based in San Diego. A former design manager, Suzy has worked closely with design and preconstruction teams to bring best value solutions to our clients. With more than a decade of experience in the construction industry and having worked for a large healthcare system prior to joining McCarthy, she brings a unique owner’s perspective to our projects. Her expertise in working with clients and architects in a collaborative environment provides the background helps McCarthy deliver an exceptional experience for clients in San Diego and the Southern California region. A certified DBIA Professional, Suzy is also active in McCarthy Partnership for Women, an employee resource group supporting the recruitment, development and retention of women at McCarthy and in our industry to broaden diversity of perspective.

  • 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.  

  • Paul Erb

    Paul Erb

    Job Title
    Executive Vice President
    Located in
    Los Angeles
    Education
    Manhattan College
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

    As Executive Vice President and Office Leader for McCarthy’s Southern California region, Paul Erb oversees all company services across Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. Having joined McCarthy in 2004 and holding integral roles including vice president of San Jose operations and San Jose Office Leader, Paul brings more than two decades of experience in the building industry to his role.

    Paul has overseen the construction of some of Northern California's marquee projects and worked with a variety of clients including Stanford University, Apple, and the University of California, Berkeley, among others. Paul currently spearheads a leadership team dedicated to growing and supporting the communities of the greater Los Angeles area. Known for his skill as a consensus builder focused on forming strong project teams, he is active in several industry and community organizations and holds a LEED AP BD+C designation from the United States Green Building Council.

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  • Maureen Gilbert

    Maureen Gilbert

    Job Title
    Business Development Manager
    Located in
    Atlanta
    Education
    William Carey University
    Bachelor of Science Marketing

    Maureen uses her diverse experience across the construction, medical and pharmaceutical industries — including time as a small business owner — to lead business development for McCarthy’s Atlanta office. She uses her extensive knowledge of the industry to foster relationships and develop solutions that ensure McCarthy delivers an exceptional client experience. An active member of her community and advocate of construction careers, Maureen serves as Chairperson of the Construction Management Association of America’s Scholarship Foundation South Atlantic Chapter.

  • 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.

  • Simon Gregson

    Simon Gregson

    Job Title
    Vice President Operations, Healthcare
    Located in
    San Francisco
    Education
    University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
    Bachelor of Civil Engineering
    University of San Francisco
    Master of Business Administration

    As Vice President Operations, Simon oversees all McCarthy healthcare operations throughout the Northern Pacific Region. With more than 30 years of industry experience, he has managed and directed a wide range of projects with diverse delivery methods. He has spent the last 13 years as a Project Executive with McCarthy, leading some of the firm’s largest and most challenging projects.

    Over the past 15 years, Simon has focused on the challenge of design, procurement and construction of healthcare projects. His expertise lies in harmonizing the chaos of delivering large, complex projects from inception to operation. He holds an Engineering degree in civil engineering from Manchester University Institute of Science and Technology (UK), an MBA from the University of San Francisco and is a DBIA Designated Design-Build Professional.

  • Preston Hodges

    Preston Hodges

    Job Title
    Sr. Vice President, Houston Business Unit
    Located in
    Houston
    Education
    Texas A&M
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    As Senior Vice President, Business Unit Leader, Preston is responsible for establishing long-lasting relationships with clients and partners as well as leading McCarthy’s commercial operations in Houston and Austin, Texas. He possesses strong ties to the south Texas market and brings a depth of experience in both public and private sectors, including many of the firm’s key markets. 

    Prior to his promotion to Senior Vice President, Preston served as Vice President and led business development and client service efforts in the business unit. Preston has held several different positions over the past decade at McCarthy within operations and business development. 

    In addition to his responsibilities with McCarthy, Preston serves on the board of the AGC of Houston, Construction Career Collaborative (C3), and Champions for Children. He is a member or committee member of the AGC Construction Futures Committee, American Society of Healthcare Engineers, and American Hospital Association. Preston is a licensed Certified Healthcare Constructor and holds a Healthcare Construction Certificate. 

  • 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.

  • Jim Lauer

    Jim Lauer

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Denver
    Education
    University of Missouri, Columbia

    Jim Lauer oversees business development efforts in Denver, including building and maintaining key relationships in Colorado with an emphasis on aviation, mission critical and health market expansion initiatives. Lauer brings more than 35 years of industry experience – from a tradesman to senior project manager to vice president – to the Colorado office. With expertise in a variety of market sectors, Lauer has dedicated his career to delivering exceptional results for clients and partners from early in design phase through final project completion and beyond.

    Lauer studied at the University of Missouri, Columbia, before beginning his work as a tradesman with McCarthy. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Steve Meuschke

    Steve Meuschke

    Job Title
    Vice President Operations
    Located in
    Kansas City
    Education
    Purdue University
    Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering

    As the McCarthy Kansas City office leader, Steve Meuschke is responsible for strategy and near-term opportunities for McCarthy in the Kansas City region. Steve brings nearly two decades of experience in the construction industry to his role, including serving as the project manager on the award-winning Mercy Hospital Joplin replacement facility in Joplin, Mo. He also played integral roles on a variety of other major McCarthy projects, including the Dairy Farmers of America dryer plant and renovation of the Spencer Chemistry and Biological Sciences Building at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Steve holds LEED AP BD + C and OSHA 30-Hour Construction & Health certifications. 

  • 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.

  • Chris Nickle

    Chris Nickle

    Job Title
    Executive Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Phoenix
    Education
    Montana State University
    Bachelor of Science Construction Engineering

    As Senior Vice President of Operations for McCarthy in the Southwest, Chris Nickle is responsible for healthcare, renewable energy, parking and other public projects in the region. Since joining McCarthy in 2000, he has accumulated a wealth of experience in complex construction projects with an emphasis on the healthcare sector and public projects. He has also been instrumental in expanding McCarthy’s solar construction team from a total of 21 MW projects in 2010 to more than 600 MW today.

    Chris is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, Central Arizona Society for Healthcare Engineering and the Arizona Builders Alliance. In addition, he is a board member for East Valley Partnership. Chris was named one of the “Top 20 under 40” professionals in 2014 by Engineering News-Record Southwest.

  • Patrick Peterson

    Patrick Peterson

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

    As Executive Vice President of Healthcare Services in Southern California, Patrick Peterson oversees all McCarthy healthcare business operations throughout the region. He brings more than 25 years of experience in construction to this role, overseeing a variety of notable healthcare projects including Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and St. Jude Medical Center during his career. An expert in working efficiently with the California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Patrick is committed to collaborating closely with all project team members to deliver an exceptional experience for clients, caregivers, patients and communities.

    Patrick is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design accredited professional by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

  • Tyler Richardson

    Tyler Richardson

    Job Title
    Director, Specialized Solutions Group
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    Washington State University
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    With nearly a decade of industry experience, Tyler Richardson serves as a Director of Specialized Solutions Group for McCarthy’s Newport Beach office in Southern California. He is primarily responsible for the healthcare market, where he has managed and provided project leadership his entire career. Tyler’s role includes maintaining a strong relationship with new and existing partners while generating and pursuing future healthcare opportunities. His experience with a variety of project delivery methods, including design-build and integrated project delivery, enable him to guide clients considering alternatives to traditional design-bid-build delivery in California.

  • 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
    Located in
    Omaha
    Education
    Milwaukee School of Engineering
    Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering

    As Senior 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.