The Christman Company advances next generation of corporate and regional leadership

The Christman Company advances next generation of corporate and regional leadership

The Christman Company has announced the promotion of leaders at the construction management and real estate development firm’s corporate headquarters in Lansing, Michigan and across its regional offices.

The corporate promotions and new titles include: Sean Jagels, vice president, project planning; John O’Toole, senior vice president, healthcare services; Anthony Pecchio, senior vice president; Chad Ross, vice president, finance; Amy (Baumer) Scoby, senior vice president, marketing and business development; and Don Staley, senior vice president and corporate safety director.

The regional promotions and new titles include: Ryan Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, metro Washington, D.C.; Matt Brownell, vice president and general manager, Raleigh, North Carolina; Marty Gibbs, senior vice president and general manager, Knoxville, Tennessee; and Jacob Kulhanek, senior vice president and general manager, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Anderson joined Christman in 2005 after serving in the U.S. Army for seven years following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1998. Anderson, a member of George Mason University’s Civil Engineering Institute Board, which consists of leaders from industry, government and academia who advise and consult the civil engineering department, is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from West Point and a Master of Science in engineering management from University of Missouri-Rolla.

“Versatility and dedication are two key talents for Ryan Anderson as he expands our D.C. metro office,” Christman President and CEO Steve Roznowski said. “Included in his many accomplishments are serving a region that offers a wide variety of project types, including historic preservation and adaptive reuse, as well as new state-of-the-art construction. His passion for mentoring his team and sharing the benefits of an employee-owned organization are just a couple of the reasons he is being recognized with this promotion to senior vice president and general manager in Christman’s D.C. market.”

Brownell started with Christman in 2001 as a project manager in the Michigan region, accepted a relocation assignment and had served as general manager in Raleigh since 2018 before his recent promotion to oversee operations. He played a significant role in the growth of the Triangle region operations, including a multi-million-dollar construction project in the highly targeted biopharma sector. He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in construction management.

“Matt exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit that has been an essential characteristic of our teams,” Roznowski said. “He brings creative ideas, fresh perspectives and a strong commitment to Christman’s partners. Matt consistently uncovers opportunities to grow our service to clients by building strong relationships, providing clear leadership and executing a vision that provides the highest quality.”

Gibbs, who has served in construction management in Knoxville since 1998, started with Rentenbach Constructors Inc., and provided vital leadership in 2013 when the company merged with Christman. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and a construction specialist in higher education, healthcare and other facilities and also is American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) certified and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate. Gibbs earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from UT in 1998 and an Executive MBA in strategic leadership in 2021 from the university’s Haslam College of Business.

“In a region where the depth of your relationships is critical to success, Marty Gibbs shines,” Roznowski said. “His ability to lead among leaders makes him an asset to any collaboration. Recently promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager in Knoxville, Marty is focused on the power of partnerships, the strength of community and the delivery of Christman’s commitments.”

Jagels, who joined Christman in 2014, is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C) certified. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business and an MBA from University of Michigan-Dearborn.

“As a member of our project planning group, Sean expertly leads our team in developing strategies that provide cost leadership even in these challenging economic conditions,” Roznowski said. “His guidance in defining new and creative solutions for construction planning has helped our clients meet their project goals. Sean’s success is based on critical thinking that personifies Christman’s commitment to delivering maximum value to every project.”

Kulhanek joined Christman in 2001 and most recently served as vice president of West Michigan operations, He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and Accredited Tier Designer (ATD). He became the first member of a construction management firm to achieve ATD accreditation in Michigan, which allows Kulhanek to provide an enhanced level of expertise for planning and implementing Uptime Institute Accredited Data Center facilities.

“Born of a strong lineage in construction, Jacob has dedicated his career to continual learning, a deep commitment to organizational core values and leadership,” Roznowski said. “His focus on collaboration, innovation and quality has allowed him to quickly develop and enrich relationships. His approach to partnership leads to high levels of satisfaction and clients who seek his participation, time and time again. His passion for this work will continue in his new role as senior vice president and general manager in West Michigan.”

O’Toole, who joined Christman in 2002, is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and earned a Bachelor of Science in construction management, industrial technology from Eastern Michigan University.

“After two decades dedicated to Christman’s healthcare clients, partners and colleagues, John O’Toole’s promotion from vice president to senior vice president of healthcare services is well earned,” Roznowski said. “John brings extraordinary insight into the unique demands of a healthcare project. His attention to patient safety, facility management and consistent operational excellence makes John a valuable resource across all of our regions.”

Pecchio, who joined the firm in 1997, serves Christman and the Christman Capital Development Company. He assists in financing and partnership structures for federal and state historic preservation tax credits; Brownfield tax credits and tax-increment financing (TIF); and public-private partnerships. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history at State University of New York at Geneseo, Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

“In nearly 25 years with Christman, Anthony has held positions in diverse areas such as construction operations, systems development, strategy and risk management," Roznowski said. “He has also played a key role in some of Christman’s most challenging real estate developments. Throughout his work, he has brought strategic insights and an analytical perspective to complex business challenges for Christman, its clients and partners. As senior vice president, he will continue to lead Christman’s real estate and risk management functions.”

Ross, who joined Christman in 2014, is a licensed CPA in Michigan and Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP). He also is certified as a construction risk and insurance specialist by the International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI). He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from Northwood University.

“Based on the strength of his character and deductive reasoning, Chad has built a reputation for integrity and accuracy,” Roznowski said. “His focus on analytical problem solving and the development of his team is incredibly helpful to the organization. Most importantly, his ability to partner, across the organization, for the benefit of every team member, clearly moves our purpose of uniting great people in great achievement forward.”

Scoby, who joined Christman in 2012, develops relationships and strategic partnerships to ensure client satisfaction, cultivate markets, enhance the company’s visibility in the industry and provide corporate leadership for Christman’s marketing, business development and government relations. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in political theory and constitutional democracy and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Michigan State University.

“Bringing business acumen and a wealth of experience in strategic planning and market insights, Amy has quickly earned her place among Christman’s top leadership, now as the senior vice president of marketing and business development,” Roznowski said. “Her vision and guidance has forged a path to new market opportunities and strengthened partnerships across the company’s geographic reach. Earning recognition as a leader throughout the Central Michigan area, Amy’s capacity to build lasting relationships is essential for the growth and development of the company as well as the communities we serve.”

Staley, who joined Christman in 1996, ensures the company’s award-winning safety programs continue to keep the bar high in the industry. In 2008, he earned the Christman Way Cornerstone Award, the company’s highest honor in recognition of employee excellence in representation of its core values. Staley served a five-year term from 2014-19 on the Michigan Construction Code Commission as an appointee of the governor of Michigan to represent industrial management. He earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.

“At The Christman Company, our safety motto is, ‘Safety: It’s how we live.’ Don is a testament to our commitment that everyone on a Christman project should leave as healthy and whole as the moment they arrived,” Roznowski said. “Don’s expertise is unparalleled as it relates to safe project management equipment, practices and technology – it is a benefit for all who work with him. His leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been instrumental in Christman’s continued success, and he is greatly deserving of his promotion to senior vice president and corporate safety director.”

One of the country’s leading professional construction services firms, The Christman Company offers construction management, general contracting, design/build, program management, real estate development, self-perform and millwork services. In addition to rewarding careers, Christman offers competitive pay, generous benefits program, regular training and professional development. Interested candidates can see open positions and sign up for job alerts at

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