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Chris Vaeth named to ENR’s list of “20 under 40”

January 16, 2019
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Kansas City, MO (January 16,  2019) – ENR Midwest recently named McCownGordon’s Vice President of Kansas City Market, Chris Vaeth, as a 2019 Top Young Professional. ENR Midwest selected 20 individuals based on industry portfolios, accomplishments, philanthropy, innovative ideas and track record fostering the growth of design and construction technology. 

Currently, Chris is a member of the Executive Leadership team at McCownGordon where he plays an instrumental role in McCownGordon’s overall construction operations, including business development efforts and propelling its rapid growth.  Chris focuses on creating value for clients, offering cost-effective solutions and collaborative delivery methods. His experience encompasses projects at numerous marquee projects in the Kansas City marketplace,  including Garmin Global Headquarters expansion, , University of Missouri – Kansas City, Church of the Resurrection, State Street Data Center and many more. Chris’s projects have received numerous awards, including several “Project of the Year” finalist recognitions from Associated General Contractors of America. Best Institutional Project for two projects from DBIA Mid-America Region, the Governors Energy Efficiency award from the state of Kansas, and more than 20 other awards from national and international entities. 

“A member of the McCownGordon team almost since its inception, Chris had played a critical role in our early years in the construction operations side and representing the company in the Kansas City community. He continues to serve as a key driver of our ongoing success,” said Ramin Cherafat, chief executive officer of McCownGordon Construction. “We are excited and proud to see him honored by ENR as a top young professional, recognizing him for his work in this region and our industry.”

At McCownGordon, Chris serves as a guide and mentor for all company associates. Employees appreciate his sharp wit and sense of humor. Chris expanded his leadership skills through participating in and playing a pivotal role in numerous leadership programs, including the City of Overland Park Leadership O.P. where he spent a year on the programs Steering committee. He is also a graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions leadership program. Additionally, Chris serves on the board of the Wyandotte County Economic Development Corporation where he acts as a catalyst for the economic development taking place in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. 

Chris embodies the McCownGordon philosophy of giving back to the community. He co-founded and serves as Vice President of the Board for Give Hope Back, as well as on the Red Shoe Shindig committee, which is the largest fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. 

About McCownGordon
McCownGordon Construction is recognized as one of the region’s largest construction managers with offices in both Missouri and Kansas. Focused on core values of integrity, relationships and performance, McCownGordon is committed to building collaborative partnerships and specializes in construction management, design-build, sustainable construction and general contracting. With strong experience and expertise in a variety of market sectors, the company is 100 percent employee owned and has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Kansas City by the Kansas City Business Journal for the past 14 years and ranks as a Fortune 2018 top 20 best mid-size company to work for. More information about McCownGordon is available at 


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