Press Release: 08.08.2017

Omaha Office Leadership Team Takes Shape

Headshots of Omaha Leadership Team for McCarthy Building Companies

The leadership team for the Omaha Office of McCarthy is taking shape thanks to a promotion, relocation and the addition of a well-known business development professional. Longtime McCarthy employee Ryan Felton, is a Project Director relocating back to his hometown in Nebraska from Kansas City; Ryan Sawall, who has been with McCarthy for more than a decade, has been promoted to Project Director; and joining the team in a newly created position of Director of Business Development is Amy Thompson.

“Building a strong leadership team in Omaha is critical to delivering exceptional experiences and continuing our commitment of being a trusted partner to our clients,” said McCarthy Central Division President John Buescher. “Ryan Felton and Ryan Sawall both have proven track records overseeing complex, high-profile projects in the area and over the years have earned the respect of many clients and business partners. We are excited to have Amy join us in a business development role. Her industry knowledge, local connections and vast network in the Midwest will help build our healthcare and education portfolio while expanding into other highly technical markets in Nebraska and Iowa.”

About Ryan Felton, LEED® GA

As Project Director, Ryan Felton has overall responsibility for McCarthy’s services. He coordinates and integrates estimating, scheduling, value analysis, construc­tion planning and subcontracting during the project’s preconstruction phase. Felton is involved throughout the entire lifespan of a project, attending key project team meetings during construction and supervising the on-site project staff.

Much of Felton’s 16-year career has been spent building healthcare facilities. Notably, he led efforts to rebuild the $345 million, 890,000-square-foot Mercy Hospital Joplin, Mo., after it was destroyed by a tornado. Mercy Vice President of Planning, Design & Construction John Farnen stated, “I am very confident a project of that size and speed would not have had much of a chance if it were not for Ryan’s leadership to the team and entire project.”

In 2016, Felton was honored as one of the top up-and-coming industry leaders by Engineering News-Record’s Mountain States Edition. Across the country, nearly 800 future leaders were nominated for the honor. Winners were chosen based on their career experience, industry leadership and community service.

About Ryan Sawall, LEED AP BD+C, P.E., CHC

As Project Director, Ryan Sawall currently oversees a variety of projects for clients out of McCarthy’s Omaha office, specializing in healthcare and education. He began at McCarthy as a project engineer, moving up to assistant project superintendent, assistant project manager, project engineer and project manager prior to assuming his current role.

Along with being licensed as a Professional Mechanical Engineer, Sawall active with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), holds a certification as a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) through the National Hospital Association and 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. Sawall was instrumental in the creation of the new Omaha Chapter of ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program and currently serves on the board.

About Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson is Director of Business Development for McCarthy’s Central Division based in Omaha, Neb. In this role, she is responsible for developing new and maintaining existing client relationships in Nebraska and western Iowa.

Thompson brings more than 12 years AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) experience, connecting clients, designers and contractors. In her previous roles at two of the largest AE firms in Omaha, She was instrumental in growing DLR Group’s national collegiate sports design practice and Leo A Daly’s Midwest healthcare portfolio.

In 2016, Thompson was chosen for Building Design & Construction’s 40 Under 40 Award, honoring top professionals in the industry. A Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Sarpy graduate, she is active in the community, serving on several local boards including the Nebraska Society of Healthcare Engineers and the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) in Omaha. Amy also founded a networking group called the Omaha Business Development Friday Afternoon Club, a formal network of AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) professionals and owners.

About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 15th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2017). With approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Omaha, Neb.; Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas; Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif., McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

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