Meet the Team

Building more than buildings.

Constructing dreams daily.

When you love what you do, you find inspiration in everything. You find passion in your work so giving anything less than “everything” isn’t an option. In this business, the right team doesn’t focus on challenges — it anticipates them. The right team is right here.

While we may pour concrete and erect steel, our real asset isn’t material at all. It’s our people. We’re all about working hard, having fun, and delivering right from the start. Serving our clients’ needs is at the forefront. It’s a way of life around here. It doesn’t take long to see why so many of our clients continue to work with us, time and time again.

Culture

At McCownGordon, we have created a culture based on trust, inclusivity, work ethic, and a genuine passion for what we do.

Values

Our values are woven into the fabric of our carefully crafted team and create a vital foundation in offering the industry an unmatched experience.

Customer Engagement

Our team embraces a people-first way of doing business where we emphasize a high level of involvement, engaged communication and a problem-solving approach.

Employee Owners

Andy’s innovative problem solving makes him the right man for any job. He is a solutions-focused leader and fosters camaraderie with his project teams. Some think he gets his quick thinking and genius inspirations from his favorite childhood TV show, MacGyver.

Andy Dalbom

Superintendent

With Lincoln Logs as her favorite childhood toy, it’s no wonder she ended up in construction. As a safety engineer on site, Angela’s favorite part of the job is the satisfaction of seeing workers go home safely after a hard day’s work...and we’re grateful for that.

Angela Cloud

Safety Engineer

Anwar has been a part of a wide array of projects in multiple markets, but he has extensive experience working with research and development clients. He is a Jayhawk through and through, but it never stops him from working with all the Wildcats in our office.

Anwar Garcia

Senior Project Manager

Brandi is not your typical HR Director. She’s fun, easy to talk to, and goes above and beyond to make McCownGordon a best place to work. Leading our Wellbeing, Inclusion, and Women in Leadership committees, Brandi empowers our associates to live healthy lifestyles.

Brandi Riggs

Director, Human Resources

A relationship-builder from the Wichita area, Brent lives by our core values. He uses them at work, home, and on the soccer field. Brent coaches his kid’s team, and even won a gold medal in the Junior Olympics when he was 14!

Brent Castillo

Director, Project Development

As co-founder, Brett’s vision of a construction company founded on the core values of integrity, relationships and performance set the stage for what McCownGordon has become. Even though he lives in Kansas, he loves to snow ski and scuba dive.

Brett Gordon

Chairman of the Board

Brian's favorite movie is Rambo, and we’re pretty sure it’s because he himself is a real-life hero having served as an officer in the US Army. Now Brian is responsible for a whole team of project management troops who provide unmatched customer service.

Brian Fuemmeler

Project Executive

Brian is directly responsible for McCownGordon’s overall safety and health program. Our firm believes safety is of the utmost importance and we’re proud to have Brian at the helm. In his free time, Brian serves on the school board for Lone Jack School District.

Brian Schrader

Director, Risk Management

Bridget has risen through the ranks from general laborer to managing tough projects as lead superintendent. On the job, Bridget doesn’t shy away from hard work. In construction for most of her adult life, she really enjoys her role and actually thinks it’s fun.

Bridget Johnson

Superintendent

Guided by a sincere passion for excellence, Chris lends experience and wisdom to project teams across the company. Working with Chris, you’ll never talk about challenges. To him, a challenge is just another great opportunity to exceed expectations.

Chris Hess

Project Executive

Chris provides results-driven leadership on his projects and is a dedicated project team member. This self-proclaimed outdoorsman has a passion for teaching his own kids about the outdoors and the value of hard work.

Chris Marquart

Senior Superintendent

Chris works to provide our clients guidance and budget management during the design phase. In his free time, he serves on the Builder’s Association Board of Directors and can be found with his family at the lake or biking around town.

Chris Stanton

Vice President, Preconstruction

Even though Chris won’t ride on one of the motorized downtown scooters, this KC midtown-dweller still explores Kansas City and knows it like the back of his hand. He is a top-notch leader and provides innovative solutions to help meet clients’ needs.

Chris Vaeth

Vice President, Business Unit Leader

Leading our team of quality experts Clyde helps ensure quality is at its highest for long-lasting facilities for our clients. After work, you’ll find Clyde in our gym jammin’ to some tunes and lifting weights. His genre of choice? Pop Billboard Hits!

Clyde Rowe

QA/QC Executive

Coleman grew up driving construction trucks: Tonka trucks that is! The rest is history. Coleman believes in always being proactive and staying one step ahead on the project site. He is an excellent project leader on jobsites for our Manhattan office.

Coleman Henry

Superintendent

Daniel is a hard worker and full of camaraderie. This dedicated project engineer also has one of the best personal trivia facts. Daniel grew up in Kenya, in walking distance from a hotel known for its tallest residents: giraffes!

Daniel Karanja

Project Engineer

One of our favorite things about Daniel? His ability to build trust is often accentuated by a good joke. He leads our healthcare, higher ed. and science and tech markets. A client-focused leader, he has the experience and skills to oversee these complex projects.

Daniel Lacy

Vice President, Business Unit Leader

With many years of experience working in public education, Darin is familiar with rural communities and their importance. A little-known fact about Darin: his basement got a makeover by the TLC TV-show MAKING IT HOME.

Darin Headrick

Director, Project Development

A tech-lover from day one, Dave couldn’t help but make his way from project manager to the world of virtual design and construction. He helps project teams solve challenges through 3D modeling. Interesting fact about Dave, he hasn’t cleanly shaved in 11 years.

Dave Dalbey

Virtual Design and Construction Manager

Debi’s experience at McCownGordon is second to none. She’s been with the company for almost as long as it’s been around. If you ever need a bowling partner Debi is your gal. Just make sure to bring dish soap; she’s gotten her fingers stuck in the ball before.

Debi Barrows

Accounts Payable Clerk

Derek leads the healthcare market for McCownGordon. His work portfolio includes projects for some of the region’s notable healthcare providers. His other portfolio includes his art, including many different wildlife drawings.

Derek Kautio

Project Executive

Dustin is always looking for innovative ways to make our team more efficient. He’s ingrained a technology culture at McCownGordon from day one and continues to lead the industry with the latest construction tech. Funny thing, though - he’s super low-tech at home.

Dustin Burns

Director, IT

Emily is a project executive turned learning and development guru. Developing our team as leaders – both professionally and personally – is her jam (along with all things procedures, management software, cross-training, and our internship program).

Emily Brown

Director, Talent Development

Whether she’s working out the details of a mechanical system or working out on our Peloton bike, Emily is a dedicated hard worker. She leads our engineering services department, specializing in MEP and structural services.

Emily Tilgner

Director, Engineering Services

Erin strategically positions our teams to pursue and win work. In her opinion, Wichita is the perfect blend of big and small cities - it offers everything you need with little traffic. She’s excited to see the city and McCownGordon evolve over the next 20 years.

Erin Seghers

Marketing Manager

Freddy’s experience working in the office and field gives him a unique perspective when working closely with project managers, estimators and superintendents. When he’s not working, Freddy’s probably sharing gardening tips or the latest microbrewery he’s visited.

Freddy Allison

Director, Field Management

Ian manages with a client-first approach, ensuring he fully understands the client’s project goals before putting a construction plan in place. Ian’s experience transfers over to his life outside work by remodeling his home for his wife and four children.

Ian Wood

General Superintendent

With extensive experience in financial planning, Jeff assists in evaluating strategic direction for the entire company. Most mornings, this workout buff can be found in our gym, but sometimes his routine appears to involve drinking coffee and watching the news.

Jeff Placek

Chief Financial Officer

Jessica helps our team stay up and running, assisting with all our construction technology and general IT needs. She supports our virtual networks, user accounts, security and more. If she’s not at a computer, she’s probably nestled up reading a good book.

Jessica Sevilla-Pullido

Technology Administrator

Jorge has a responsibility for each person on the jobsite and is passionate about sending everyone home safe each day. He not only cares about his team, but through his work with local nonprofits you can tell he cares about the community he lives in.

Jorge De La Torre

Safety Manager

Originally hired as an intern, Julia had sharp-shooter estimating skills. Then we found out she is in fact a sharp-shooter; competing with her sister in scholastic trap shooting. Julia excels at pulling together a budget and is a proven asset to our team.

Julia Blank

Estimator

Kenneth’s depth of experience in a variety of markets is second to none. Clients respect his can-do attitude while finding his sense of humor refreshing. During the summer months, you’ll find this proud grandpa boating on the lake with his family.

Kenneth Bonin

Construction Operations Manager

When visiting our Manhattan office, you’ll be greeted by Kourtney’s smile and outgoing personality. Next time you’re in town, make sure you stop by and say hi, and she can tell you about the time she ate a chocolate-covered cricket.

Kourtney Goss

Receptionist/Project Coordinator

From building Legos as a child to his first job at age 13 in construction, Luke’s passion for building never stopped. As husband to an elementary school teacher and father of four, Luke truly understands the K-12 clients, teachers and students he partners with.

Luke Deets

Project Executive

Melanie doesn’t back down from a challenge, making her perfectly suited for the role of project engineer. We bet her determination comes from working on the family farm. It probably came in handy during competitive rowing for the University of Kansas, too.

Melanie Luthi

Senior Project Engineer

Michael transitioned to construction from a finance background, giving him a unique perspective that helps him understand his clients better. Meeting him for lunch? Make sure there’s chicken fingers and grilled cheeses; he has the taste of a 5-year-old.

Michael Reardon

Project Executive

This outgoing, energetic and motivated Kansas-native leads our office in Wichita, Kansas. Mitch’s favorite day on the job is attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and he is especially excited about the ribbon cutting for Derby High School (his own alma-mater)!

Mitch Binns

Market Leader

Nancy is a true innovator when it comes to talent management, leadership development, associate relations, and organizational development. When she’s not working, you can find Nancy boating on the lake with her family.

Nancy Whitworth

Chief People Officer

Encouraging progress and development both at work and in the KC community, Pat serves on various boards and brings a wealth of experience to help our region thrive. In a previous life, Pat served as a U.S. diplomat and ran for statewide office.

Pat Contreras

Director, Project Development

Pegah’s been part of an array of projects from new construction to renovations for corporate offices, sports facilities and educational spaces. Even though she’s often on site, the office loves when she brings in her famous bacon wrapped dates and Persian cooking.

Pegah Karstens

Project Manager

Ramin plays an integral role in establishing McCownGordon as a leader in delivering client-focused construction management services. When he’s not busy with CEO duties, this avid photographer might be framing a perfect shot or kicking back with his wife and kids.

Ramin Cherafat

Chief Executive Officer

Ryan brings a valuable and unique perspective to the team as both a licensed architect and attorney. While Ryan says he is all business and doesn’t need a fun fact, in his spare time you’ll find him planning for his next vacation adventure with his wife and kids.

Ryan Manies

Vice President and General Counsel

Originally from Northwest Kansas, Scott has a straightforward, get-it-done management style. His attention to detail and focus on communication allow his teams to work effectively together, resulting in highly successful projects for all team members.

Scott Richards

Project Executive

Sheri leads the overall marketing strategy and implementation, building our brand and setting us up well for strategic growth. Outside of work, Sheri spends her time watching college football or on the hunt for the best burger in KC with her husband and two sons.

Sheri Johnson

Vice President, Marketing

Staphanie helps our project teams stay organized and works closely with our trade partners. It is easy to work with Staphanie thanks to her client-focus and adaptability. You’ll want to become her friend if you’re not already – she throws great dinner parties.

Staphanie Newsom

Project Coordinator

Steve provides support to ensure your project runs smoothly. He also leads our field operations, self-perform, warehouse/logistics, QA/QC and scheduling teams. What keeps this Jamaica-native relaxed through the week? Working out and being with his family and dogs.

Steve Levy

Senior Vice President, Construction Operations

Tiffany works with a wide array of people as she supports the estimating team. When she isn’t helping pull together a bidder’s list, she and her family are out and about having fun. They love to attend sports events together, especially her own kids’ sports!

Tiffany Kirkwood

Senior Estimating Coordinator

Todd leads the firm’s offices in Kansas. His distinctive approach creates an entrepreneurial atmosphere and a never give-up attitude to client service. We think he gets his motivation from his favorite movies: Rudy, Hoosiers and other classic sports movies.

Todd Knight

Vice President, Business Unit Leader

Tom takes our core value of relationships to heart when leading business development efforts. This family-man is big on community engagement…and he’s also a music lover. Tom may or may not respond to you if you call him by his college moniker “DJ Tommy Roxx.”

Tom Mitchell

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Being detail-oriented and competitive gives Travis the drive to continually improve. It also explains why he spends his time competing in BBQ and officiating football. Travis has a wide array of experience, including as a QAQC manager and a site superintendent.

Travis Huffman

Senior Project Manager

Zach was a natural fit coming from the company who handles McCownGordon’s audit/tax services. Being a CPA, we knew he was good at counting numbers, but didn’t realize he could also count cards until our Christmas party when he walked away with all the prizes.

Zach Lang

Controller

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McCownGordon offers associates the chance to be part of building and impacting some of the most challenging and exciting projects in the region. Join our team to see what makes us a one-of-a-kind construction company.

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