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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.

  • Kurt Knebel

    Kurt Knebel

    Job Title
    Executive Vice President, Operations
    Located in
    Dallas
    Education
    Texas A&M University
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

    Kurt Knebel is Executive Vice President for McCarthy's Southern Region, overseeing the firm’s Civil business unit in Texas. With more than 30 years of experience working on infrastructure construction in Texas, he is responsible for all McCarthy civil, transportation and marine projects throughout the state.

    Kurt has spent his entire career in the heavy civil construction industry collaborating with a variety of state and federal agencies including the Texas Department of Transportation, North Texas Tollway Authority, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Army Corps of Engineers, along with various municipalities and private entities. This depth of industry knowledge, together with his understanding of the unique quality, safety and environmental, construction and project delivery requirements of these projects, has helped firmly establish McCarthy as a builder of choice in the Texas civil construction market.

    In addition to his role with McCarthy, Kurt is a member of the AGC of Texas, serving as a member of the Alternate Delivery Task Force, and chairing the AGC/CTRMA task force.

  • Mike Schulte

    Mike Schulte

    Job Title
    Sr. Vice President
    Located in
    Houston
    Education
    University of Miami
    Master of Business Administration
    University of Southern Indiana
    Bachelor of Science Finance
    Bachelor of Science Economics

    Mike Schulte oversees McCarthy’s Marine & Industrial business in the Southern Region. In his role, Mike is responsible for all port, petrochemical, and oil and gas clients across the Gulf Coast with a vigilant focus on safety, client-focused delivery and operational excellence. Prior to assuming this role, Mike helped transform the McCarthy Southern Region into a high-performing business as the financial leader of the region. 

    With extensive experience in various roles and industries, Mike’s background includes leadership roles with financial, marketing, research and development, and operations teams. This experience, as well as his previous focus on mergers and acquisitions, allows him to bring a diverse skill set to our Marine & Industrial business. Mike serves on the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) board in Houston and is also active in the Life Message charity organization in Dallas.

  • Preston Hodges

    Preston Hodges

    Job Title
    Vice President
    Located in
    Houston
    Education
    Texas A&M
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    As Vice President in Houston, Preston Hodges leads business development and client service efforts in the region. He joined McCarthy as a Project Manager, moving up to Senior Project Manager before being named Project Director in 2016. During this time, Preston was instrumental in launching the McCarthy Specialized Solutions Group in 2014, serving the specific project needs of the Texas Medical Center and surrounding institutions.

    In addition to his responsibilities with McCarthy, Preston is an active member of the AGC of Houston, AGC Construction Futures Committee, American Society of Healthcare Engineers, American Hospital Association, served on the AGC Construction Leadership Council Board and is currently serving on the Champions for Children Texas Children’s Cancer Center board. Volunteer projects include working with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Texas Children’s Hospital and the American Heart Association. Preston is a licensed Certified Healthcare Constructor and holds a Healthcare Construction Certificate.

  • Aaron Lich

    Aaron Lich

    Job Title
    Vice President
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Bachelor of Architecture

    As vice president of the Industrial market of the Central Region, Aaron works closely with the firm’s industrial clients in the region and oversees the strategy and growth for the firm’s regional industrial portfolio. He joined McCarthy’s preconstruction team in 2012, eventually moving to lead the industrial preconstruction team before being named vice president. Today he brings two decades of experience to help industrial clients achieve outstanding project results. Prior to joining McCarthy, Aaron worked in the mechanical contracting industry on both the preconstruction and field execution sides in the Midwest.