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Leadership


Corporate Officers | Client Services/Business Development | Corporate Services

Corporate Officers


Steven F. Roznowski Steven F. Roznowski, LEED AP
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Olivet College, B.A., Accounting and Finance
Certified Public Accountant, Michigan

Steve leads the overall Christman organization at the executive level, including directing the company's strategic planning efforts. He has also been instrumental in creating and expanding Christman's real estate development services and portfolio development. He joined Christman in 1985 as assistant controller and advanced to controller in 1986. He was soon named secretary and treasurer and appointed to the board of directors. Over the next ten years, he took on increasing operations and business development responsibilities. In 1997, he was promoted to senior vice president. In 2000, Steve was elected to the position of president and chief executive officer of The Christman Company - the fifth president in the company's 117-year history - and in 2008 was named chairman and chief executive officer.


Steven J. Frederickson Steven J. Frederickson, LEED AP
President and Chief Operating Officer
Ferris State University, B.S., Construction Management

As the sixth president of The Christman Company in its 119-year history, Steve is in charge of overall company operations at the executive level, including development, design, operation, and improvement of all Christman construction project delivery systems, and focusing on leading-edge technologies and processes. His expertise lies in management of multiple and complex projects and systems to ensure not only continuity of plan to execution, but in delivery of highest possible value for each client's investment. Steve joined Christman in 1993, and was promoted to senior project director shortly thereafter. In 2001, he moved into executive leadership as vice president and shareholder. He became a member of Christman’s executive committee in 2004, was elected to the board of directors in 2006 and named president and chief operating officer in 2008.


Jay H. Smith Jay H. Smith, LEED AP
Executive Vice President, Construction Operations
Corporate Safety Officer
Central Michigan University, B.S., Industrial Management and Supervision

Jay oversees all construction operations for The Christman Company with responsibility for providing field leadership and maintaining all systems necessary to ensure safety, quality, schedule, and cost control. He also serves as principal in charge of individual projects for a select number of the firm's longest-term clients. He joined the company in 1984 as project engineer and in 1985 advanced to project manager. He was promoted to vice president in 1990, to senior vice president in charge of construction operations in 1997, and to executive vice president in 2012. He was appointed to the board of directors in 1993.


Mike Kettlewell Mike Kettlewell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Christman Constructors, Inc.
Michigan State University, B.S, Civil Engineering

Mike provides executive leadership to Christman Constructors, Inc. (CCI), Christman's self-perform affiliate. He joined Christman in 1995 as a project manager. In 2000, he was appointed president of CCI. His particular strengths lie in project planning/scheduling, estimating, labor relations, cost control, issue resolution, and pre-construction planning. Mike was appointed to Christman's executive committee in 2008.


Matthew T. Chappelle Matthew T. Chappelle
Senior Vice President, Finance/Chief Financial Officer
Central Michigan University, B.S., Business Administration
Walsh College, M.S., Finance

As chief financial officer and treasurer of Christman's board of directors, Matt — a 25-year construction industry veteran - directs all financial operations of Christman and its affiliate companies. His expertise in debt and equity financing are particularly valuable in assisting the company's real estate development group to create sound opportunities for Christman and clients alike. He is also responsible for a wide variety of related areas, including risk management, information systems, benefits administration, and supplier diversity programs. Matt joined Christman in 1999 as controller, was promoted to vice president in 2006 and to senior vice president in 2008.


Jeffey R. Arlington Jeffrey R. Arlington, LEED AP
Vice President, Southeast U.S. Operations
Tri-State University, B.S., Civil Engineering

Jeff serves as the project executive for joint venture and historic preservation projects in the Southeast United States, and has over 20 years of hands-on construction experience. He joined Christman as a project manager in 1992 after working on construction projects as a laborer and project manager, was subsequently promoted to project director and then to project executive in 2006. His strong managerial skills include his aptitude for maintaining tight project controls, his gift for successfully building positive client and partner relationships, and his adept ability to look at a job from the perspective of both the field employees and the client. Jeff has distinguished himself with a long list of successes including national awards for project excellence. In 2008, Jeff was promoted to vice president of southeast U.S. operations.


Angela E. Bailey Angela E. Bailey
Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications
Michigan State University, B.A., Communication Arts and Sciences

Angela is responsible for providing marketing/communication leadership and related systems and support to the Christman organization in a broad variety of areas, including corporate image and branding, internal and external communications, client relationship marketing, and public relations. She is a 28-year veteran of the marketing/communication fields, offering a diverse background of professional management experience in the manufacturing, nonprofit and technology sectors. In 2003, she was awarded the Christman Way Cornerstone Award, the company's highest honor in recognition of employee excellence in representation of its core values. Angela joined Christman in 2001 as marketing services manager, was promoted to director of corporate communications in 2004 and to vice president of marketing and corporate communications in 2008.


John A. Holmstrom, P.E. John A. Holmstrom, P.E., LEED AP
Senior Vice President
Michigan State University, B.S., Civil Engineering

John is currently responsible for oversight of major special projects and strategic initiatives of Christman. He joined Christman in 1987, holding a variety of field positions of increasing responsibility including project engineer, superintendent, project manager, and estimator. He became a full-time estimator and pre-construction planner in 1993 and was promoted to chief estimator in 1994 and vice president in 1999. Under John's leadership, Christman's pre-construction team expanded to dramatically enhance service levels for clients, with a focus on value management and informed decision making. John was promoted to the position of senior vice president in 2008.


Paul C. Jacob, AIA Paul C. Jacob, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD + C
Design Director, Christman Capital Development Company and VicePresident, nexTeam, The Christman Company
University of Notre Dame, B.A., Architecture
Registered Architect, State of Michigan; President, Michigan Chapter of the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA)

 

Paul’s experience in the design and construction industry spans 31 years. He joined The Christman Company in 2005 after serving for 13 years as co-owner and Principal of MayotteJacob Architects of Lansing, MI. The growing momentum of significant change within our industry provided the catalyst for Paul and Christman to join forces. As the leader of Christman’s Project Planning Group from 2006 to 2013, he instilled the importance total value management-early, iterative and accurate cost, schedule and constructability leadership-to enhance project success. This effort was centered on a significant internal transformation to evolve the business mission of estimating from traditional “cost reporting” to one of “cost leadership” to enhance a project’s path to budget/scope alignment from the earliest phases of design. Paul has facilitated integrated value analysis workshops and collaborative, multi-discipline “big room” style planning efforts for many projects. He has also provided the vision and leadership to establish Christman as an industry leader in the application of BIM during planning and construction. In his current role, he is an advocate of rapid change throughout the company for improved processes, innovation and value creation-all to the benefit of our clients and project partners.As Design Director for Christman Capital Development Company’s development projects, Paul assembles and leads design teams and trade partners through the planning and design phases using collaborative principles, including the Target Value Design methodology. Paul has presented at many industry conferences and is actively engaged with owner, design and construction colleagues across Michigan to transform project outcomes across all project delivery platforms.


Scott J. Jones Scott J. Jones, LEED AP
Vice President, Northern Michigan Operations and Special Projects
Purdue University, B.S., Building Construction Management
 

A 28-year construction veteran, Scott serves as vice president and principal in charge of Christman's Northern Michigan business unit, in addition to oversight of major special projects. He came to Christman as a project engineer in 1990 and was later promoted to project manager. In 1998, he was promoted to project director and assigned his own operating unit. In 2001, he was promoted to vice president. Scott  is an expert in fast track scheduling, multi-phased projects, large-scale construction, and managing renovations around owner occupancy.


Brian Kayser Brian Kayser
Vice President, Information Technology
Lansing Community College, A.A., Computer Programming Northwood University, B.A., Information Systems Management

Brian oversees all technology systems for corporate offices and field site offices for Christman and its affiliate companies, including information systems, telecommunications and other technology resources and solutions. He is responsible for establishing and directing the strategic long-term goals, policies and procedures of the information systems team, providing vision and leadership in the development, implementation and support of all technology. His 15-year background as a network analyst/technical consultant afforded him proficiencies in large network design, business continuity planning, technology implementation planning, and computer programming. Brian joined Christman in 2004 as information systems manager, was promoted to director of technology in 2006 and to vice president of information technology in 2008.


Daniel C. LaMore, P.E. Daniel C. LaMore, P.E.
Senior Vice President, West Michigan Operations
Michigan State University, B.S., Civil Engineering

A veteran of nearly 25 years in the construction industry, Dan serves as principal in charge of Christman's West Michigan business unit. He is known for his ability to bring maximum value to each project through his special strengths in pre-construction programming, project coordination, client relations, team leadership, and communications. A strong focus on community, mentoring and diversity is reflected in opportunities created through both his construction projects and volunteerism efforts, which include Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, Grand Rapids Public Schools School of Construction, Blandford Nature Center and others. Dan was promoted to the position of senior vice president in 2008.


John M. O'Toole John M. O'Toole, LEED AP
Vice President, Healthcare Services
Eastern Michigan University, B.S., Industrial Technology — Construction Management

As principal in charge of Christman's healthcare services, John brings to his role extensive experience and knowledge in healthcare facilities programming, with a focus on creating facilities solutions centered on clients' strategic business goals. Prior to joining Christman in 2003 as healthcare services director, John worked for 15 years as director of operations for Centex Rodgers, Inc., where his responsibilities focused exclusively on healthcare pre-construction and construction services delivery. His particular expertise includes the Michigan healthcare marketplace, pre-construction services delivery and medical equipment /telecommunications planning. John was promoted to vice president in 2006.


Anthony A. PecchioAnthony A. Pecchio
Vice President, Christman Capital Development Company
State University of New York at Geneseo, B.A., History
Michigan State University, B.S., Civil Engineering
University of Michigan, M.B.A. 

Anthony provides a broad range of services to Christman's business development and real estate development groups, with expertise in finance models, strategic planning, market assessment, and healthcare facilities planning. His background in engineering and construction management allows him to bring a valuable field operations perspective to the project teams he now assists during feasibility study and planning stages. Anthony joined Christman in 1999 as an intern and was promoted to project engineer shortly thereafter, followed by promotion to project manager in 2004, and to business development manager in 2006, and to vice president in 2011.


Douglas J. Peters, P.E.
Vice President of Operations / Safety Director, Christman Constructors, Inc.
Michigan State University, B.S., Civil Engineering
Northwestern University, M.S., Project Management 

Doug oversees all operations for Christman Constructors, Inc., Christman's self-perform affiliate. In this role, he provides leadership for all of the projects performed, as well as safety leadership in which Christman Constructors, Inc. is generally acknowledged as one of the industry's leaders. Doug joined Christman in 2001 as a project manager, and was promoted to Director of Concrete Operations in 2007 and to Vice President in 2009. Prior to joining Christman, Doug spent four years with the Army Corps of Engineers and was a commissioned officer. After serving with the U.S. Army, he worked for a national concrete construction services firm. Doug is a member of the American Society of Concrete Contractors Safety and Risk Management Council and is an Associate Member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 207-Mass Concrete and ACI Committee 347-Formwork. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan and Virginia.


Ronald D. Staley, FAPT, Hon. AIA Ronald D. Staley, FAPT
Senior Vice President, Southeast Michigan Operations and
Executive Director, National Preservation Group
Michigan Technological University, A.A.S., Civil Engineering Technology; B.S., Business Administration

Ron serves as principal in charge of both Christman's Southeast Michigan business unit and the company's historic preservation unit, having recently returned to Michigan after establishing Christman's Washington, D.C. operations in 2003. Joining Christman as project manager in 1985, Ron was promoted to Christman vice president in 1990. In 1992, he founded Christman's historic preservation group and has since led it to national prominence, directing multiple, highly visible preservation projects to national, state and local awards for teamwork, unique delivery methods and quality. He brings to all his projects a strong background in management systems, understanding of early project planning, pre-construction and design services, and successful construction delivery. In 2000, Ron was honored by AIA Michigan as an Honorary Affiliate Member and in 2005, was appointed as Fellow with the Association of Preservation Technology International (APT). Ron was promoted to the position of senior vice president in 2008.


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Leadership of Our Affiliate, Rentenbach Constructors Incorporated


Donald W. Freeman, P.E.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Rentenbach Constructors Incorporated
Tennessee Technological University, B.S., Civil Engineeringy
University of Tennessee, M.B.A. 

 Don leads the Rentenbach organization at the executive level, leading policy discussions, formulating corporate strategy, coordinating the interaction of the various operating groups, and serving as principal-in-charge on certain key construction projects. He joined Rentenbach in 1972 as a project engineer, was promoted to Project Manager in 1973, Manager of Marketing in 1976, Assistant Vice President in 1978, and Vice President in 1980. Since then, he has been promoted an additional four times to positions of increasing responsibility, including principal in charge of multiple offices for Rentenbach. He became President and CEO in 2005, and played an instrumental leadership role in the 2013 merger/acquisition between Rentenbach and Christman.


Ken D. Norton
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Rentenbach Constructors Incorporated
Texas A & M University, B.S., Building Construction
Texas A & M University, B.S., Environmental Design

 As a graduate in both architecture and construction, Ken brings a blended viewpoint to the design and construction process, focused on exceeding client expectations and producing genuine value through a comprehensive, true team approach. His expertise lies in pre-construction and project management in the retail, higher education, industrial and religious sectors, while building future leaders of competence, chemistry and character. A 33-year veteran of the construction industry, he joined Rentenbach in 1990 as Vice President and Manager of the company's then-Memphis office, and has established and managed multiple offices for the firm since then. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2001, to Executive Vice President in 2010, and to Chief Operating Officer in 2014. 


Tim W. Gray
Senior Vice President and Manager, Greensboro Office
University of Kentucky/Lexington Community College, Assoc. of Science, Civil Engineering Technology
University of Kentucky/Lexington, B.A. Business; University of Kentucky/Lexington, B.S. Economics (AGR); High Point University, Master of Business Administration

Tim's special areas of expertise include pre-construction services for projects such as medical, lab, research facilities, non-profit, and higher education projects. For over two decades, Tim has developed the core principles and approach of a pre-construction program that focuses upon precise early estimates, cost certainty, design collaboration, value options, transparency, and the importance of being a partner with respect to a client's purpose and business goals. Tim joined Rentenbach in 1993 as a Senior Estimator and was promoted to Manager of Estimating in 1995 and to his current role as principal in charge of the Greensboro, North Carolina office in 2007.


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Client Service and Business Development


Anthony A. PecchioAmy J. Baumer
Director of Business Development and Government Affairs Liaison
Michigan State University, B.A., Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy
Michigan State University, Master of Public Administration

 As business development director for Christman, Amy works with clients, project principals and others to create strategic business partnerships and identifies and develops opportunities for growing existing relationships and markets and creating new ones. She brings 20 years of experience in translating complex business needs into transformational outcomes. Passionate about taking ideas from concept to execution and evaluation, Amy is an exceptional communicator with a consultative, problem-solving style and strong skills for aligning vision to action. Her relevant areas of expertise include strategic planning and facilitation, budgeting and forecasting, business metrics measurement and reporting, and contract negotiation.


Anthony A. PecchioRyan J. Anderson, P.E., LEED AP
Project Executive
United States Military Academy at West Point, B.S., Environmental Engineering
University of Missouri at Rolla, M.S., Engineering Management

 Ryan serves as a project executive in Christman's mid-Atlantic office, leading project teams to success in both the public and private sectors. An expert in planning, scheduling, risk management, and coordinating the efforts of all team members, Ryan constantly focuses on finding ways to deliver greater value to clients. As a licensed professional engineer with bachelors and masters degrees in engineering, Ryan has exceptional technical expertise required for the largest and most complex, challenging projects. His experience at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and later in the US Army Corp of Engineers, helped develop him into a leader of character that is dedicated to honoring all commitments with integrity and ensuring that his projects are delivered safely, on-time and within budget, with outstanding results for clients. Ryan joined Christman in 2005 as a project engineer, and was promoted to senior project manager in 2011 and to project executive in 2013. Ryan was also instrumental in the establishment of Christman's federal projects group in 2011.


Anthony A. PecchioBrian C. Crissman, LEED AP, AVS
Project Executive
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, B.S., Civil Engineering

 As project executive in Christman's West Michigan region, Brian is known for the energetic leadership he brings to the projects he directs - particularly large, complex ones, such as the Western Michigan University College of Engineering, Michigan Street Development, Spectrum Health Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, and the Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital expansion. Co-workers and clients alike rely on his strong ability to assess and manage construction risk issues and, under his guidance, project team members collaborate to create highly successful outcomes for the entire team. With his significant expertise in engineering and as both a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) and Associate Value Specialist (AVS), Brian is able to deliver a broad spectrum of added value to our clients' projects. He joined the company in 1995 as an intern, was promoted to project manager in 2000, senior project manager in 2004 and to project executive in 2009.


 

Joseph J. Hooker Joseph J. Hooker
Development Services Manager, Christman Capital Development Company
Wittenburg University, B.A., Economics
University of Michigan, M.B.A.

Joe manages Christman's real estate development activities, bringing strong expertise in the areas of financial analysis, market research and a municipal zoning and approval processes. He assists Christman clients in achieving their real estate goals through an extensive knowledge of the full range of project financing tools and techniques, including tax exempt financing, tax incentive programs, Brownfield tax credits, and historic tax credits. Prior to joining Christman in 2000, Joe was the owner/principal of a full service real estate company that included development, brokerage and property management services.


Anthony A. PecchioMary K. LeFevre
Regional Director of Business Development
Northern Michigan University, B.S., Business Education 

Mary brings nearly 25 years of business development and marketing experience in a variety of construction markets, including healthcare, higher education and commercial facilities. She joined Christman in 2013 after 24 years in similar roles with a large commercial builder in Detroit. Her professional affiliations include Corporate Real Estate for Women (CREW) - Detroit Chapter, Associated General Contractors (AGC), Washtenaw Contractors Association (WCA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD). Mary's high-performance, dynamic style and expertise in relationship building, strategic planning and development of exceptional service standards enable her to confidently and consistently deliver outstanding outcomes for clients. 


Douglas T. Norton, P.E. Douglas T. Norton, P.E., LEED AP, AVS
Project Executive
Michigan State University, B.S., Civil Engineering

Doug's strong administrative, engineering and construction management skills, gained through more than 27 years of diverse and challenging field experiences, make him an ideal team leader, particularly for the largest, most complex projects. His excellent problem-solving and dispute resolution skills are complemented by additional expertise in contract administration, procurement and design review. In 2006, he was awarded the Christman Way Cornerstone Award, the company's highest honor in recognition of employee excellence in representation of its core values. Doug joined Christman in 1990 as project manager, was subsequently promoted to senior project manager and project director and then to project executive in 2006.


Jeffry T. Tomczak, LEED AP BD+C
Project Executive
University of Michigan, B.S., Civil Engineering

As project executive, Jeff takes on the leadership of directing some of Christman's largest, most challenging projects. His civil engineering background gives him a keen eye for the physical details, while his extensive background in significant healthcare, higher education and science and laboratory facilities gives him the large-picture perspective needed to successfully deliver projects with high demands and many moving parts. Jeff is known equally for his integrity, relationship-building skills and passion for helping clients achieve their goals. In 2002, Jeff was awarded the first-ever Christman Way Cornerstone Award, the company's highest honor in recognition of employee excellence in representation of its core values. A 27-year construction veteran, Jeff joined Christman in 1994 as a project manager an estimator, was promoted to senior project manager in 2005, and to project executive in 2012.


Thomas R. Whitmore, LEED AP, AVS
Project Executive and Director of Historic Preservation
University of Michigan, B.A., Architecture

As project executive in Christman's mid-Atlantic office, Tom is responsible for directing both key historic renovation and new construction projects there. His training and experience in design and construction administration make him particularly adept at pre-construction planning services during the early phases of our projects. As a trained architect, LEED-accredited professional and highly-competent construction manager, Tom's broad range of skills have enabled him to bring great added value to our clients' projects. He joined Christman as project manager in 2000 and was promoted to project executive in 2006. In addition to directing historic preservation in the mid-Atlantic region, Tom also heads up the technical resources and training of historic preservation personnel for Christman's national historic preservation group.


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Corporate Services


Anthony A. PecchioAnthony M. Bango, AVS, LEED AP
Director and Principal in Charge of Project Planning
Michigan State University, BLSA (Landscape Architecture)
University of Michigan, M.B.A. 

Anthony is a 30-year veteran of the construction industry, including 18 years as vice president of pre-construction for a large commercial builder in Detroit, Michigan. A nationally recognized leader in value analysis, his specialties include integrated project planning, budget development, project benchmarking, and value management. Bango brings to Christman his strong knowledge of the southeast Michigan market, including many long-term industry relationships there. His affiliate organizations include SAVE International (the society for value methodology), through which he is accredited as an Associated Value Specialist and for whom he served on the board of directors of the Greater Michigan chapter.


Gavin L. Gardi, LEED AP BD + C, CFD, AVS
Retired, Consultant
Former Sustainable Programs Manager
Over 250 credit hours of university education at the following institutions:
University of the Witwatersrand - Johannesburg, South Africa; Boston University; Western Michigan University; Jordan

Gavin provides leadership for Christman's project planning group and our clients in the areas of life cycle costing and construction of sustainable, high-performance buildings. Prior to joining Christman, he founded and operated a facilities consultation and management firm, providing energy studies on 260 schools and 155 municipal and federal buildings. He was also responsible for numerous school construction programs, including construction of the first high-performance school building in Michigan. As a green building advocate, he is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist for industry organizations throughout the country. Gavin formally joined Christman in 2003, after a successful collaborative 10-year relationship with the firm, bringing with him over 30 years of experience in the energy, maintenance, environmental, and construction fields. 


Donald V. Staley Donald V. Staley, LEED AP
Safety Manager
Michigan Technological University, B.S., Civil Engineering

Under Don's proactive, committed leadership, Christman’s award-winning safety programs are helping to keep the bar high in our industry. He works closely with construction planning and operations staff, industry partners, clients and others to provide the technical knowledge and motivation to ensure that safety is the top priority on every Christman job site. His ability to effectively communicate and significant field experience, combined with his engineering background and strong leadership skills, helps to establish a positive team safety culture on Christman projects. Don joined Christman in 1996 as a project manager with an extensive background in industrial and large construction work and was promoted to safety manager in 2002. He was appointed by Governor Granholm in 2005 to Michigan’s Construction Safety Standards Commission, where he is charged with developing, examining and improving safety standards for Michigan’s construction industry. In 2008, he was awarded the Christman Way Cornerstone Award, the company's highest honor in recognition of employee excellence in representation of its core values. In 2014, he was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Michigan Construction Code Commission, where he is representing industrial management and serving the remainder of a four-year term expiring January 31, 2015, replacing Jim Cash of Christman who resigned with his retirement in late 2013.


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