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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.

  • 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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  • Tuyet Le

    Tuyet Le

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Los Angeles
    Education
    San Diego State University
    Bachelor of Arts, International Business
    Minor in Asian Studies and Japanese

    With over 25 years of experience in business development and marketing, Tuyet is vice president of business development in McCarthy’s Los Angeles office and an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Having previously served as the vice president of business development out of San Francisco, she has secured successful multi-million-dollar healthcare and science & technology projects while directing overall development of strategic relationships with clients and analyzing market assessments across California. Other strengths include marketing plans and analysis, business development strategy and mentoring marketing and project staff on submittals.

  • Joe Brunsman

    Joe Brunsman

    Job Title
    Sr. Vice President, Operations, Water/Wastewater
    Located in
    Phoenix
    Education
    Arizona State University
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    Joe Brunsman serves as the business unit leader of the Infrastructure team for McCarthy in the Southwest. In this role, Joe is responsible for overseeing water and wastewater projects, airport projects and general civil projects within the region. His team offers general contracting, construction management, program management and design-build services for infrastructure projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas.  

    During his nearly 30 years in the construction industry, Joe has managed many of the firm’s largest construction projects. He started his career as an apprentice carpenter and joined McCarthy in 2008 as a project manager. Since then he has become one of the firm’s most experienced managers of large self-perform civil and concrete construction projects, working closely with owners, design teams and trade partners to deliver outstanding quality.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jim Lauer

    Jim Lauer

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

    Jim Lauer leads the Southwest Region’s aviation, mission critical, and healthcare market initiatives. As an industry veteran, Jim has nearly four decades of construction experience, beginning his career with McCarthy in the early 1980s and rising through the ranks from laborer to senior project manager. Jim’s operations background and passion for construction have given him a genuine approach to building strong partnerships with clients and design partners. Today, Jim is based in Phoenix, Arizona and has dedicated his career to delivering exceptional results for clients across the country. He is a member of the Support Sky Harbor Coalition, an Ambassador for New Pathways for Youth, and a Board Member for East Valley Partnership.

  • 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.

  • Jay Yost

    Jay Yost

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Sacramento
    Education
    Sacramento State University
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management
    Minor in Business Administration
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Master of Arts Organizational Leadership

    Jay Yost transitioned to the McCarthy business development team in 2017, bringing along a decade of construction and preconstruction experience from his career with the company. He began with McCarthy as a project engineer and ultimately served as preconstruction director before transitioning into his current role. He now focuses on the principles of stakeholder value and organizational effectiveness to develop and lead high-performing pursuit teams while building strong client relationships to seek out new business opportunities.

    Jay is an active board member with the CREATE Mentoring Program, which focuses on inspiring high school students interested in pursuing careers in the built environment. He also is a general board member for The Center for Fathers and Families.

  • 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.

  • 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.