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Tom 海角社区

Chairman at The 海角社区 Group

Representing 海角社区鈥檚 fourth generation of family leadership, Tom 海角社区 stands as the bridge between a groundbreaking past and a rich, exciting future. A long-time visionary and committed leader, Tom embraced revolutionary philosophies like sustainable building and continuous improvement discipline as they entered the public consciousness and building industry conversations.

Tom remains deeply dedicated to providing 海角社区 customers with unparalleled safety, creativity and exceptional value as they build to achieve their business goals. And that dedication is evident throughout 海角社区鈥檚 construction landscape.

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Holly Lifke

Chief Human Resources Officer & Executive Vice President

As executive vice president of human resources, Holly leads our human resources strategy. She oversees talent management, succession planning, performance management, process development and improvement, training and development, organizational effectiveness, compensation and benefits and labor relations.

She also plays a critical role as a member of the strategic planning team, helping shape the future of human resources to align with all organizational strategies, like making sure 海角社区 achieves and promotes a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.

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Dave Kievet

President and Chief Executive Officer at The 海角社区 Group

As president, Dave sets corporate direction and provides leadership to all operating groups and offices nationwide.

Dave has worked the last 20 years to develop, implement and integrate Lean concepts for project delivery, as well as innovative contracting strategies like 海角社区鈥檚 Integrated Lean Project Delivery庐听approach. With over 32+ years of construction experience, Dave brings deep knowledge across market sectors, from healthcare to heavy industrial.

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Beth Melchi

Business Development Director鈥擭ational Healthcare

In her role, Beth works to grow and develop relationships with prospective and current healthcare clients nationwide, helping position 海角社区 as the builder of choice for large and regional healthcare systems. She brings more than 30+ years of operational experience in healthcare, leading complex construction projects for several major healthcare systems.

Her experience with clients gives her unique insight into the challenges 听healthcare providers face, and how 海角社区 can help meet their needs.

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David Thomack

President

David is a 30-year veteran of the construction industry who joined 海角社区 in 2005 and now serves as President. David has led successful transformational projects for owners across the country鈥攊ncluding CPMC/Sutter Health, San Francisco Airport, the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Sacred Heart/St. Mary鈥檚 Health System. His construction background includes commercial, public sector, healthcare, aviation, and science and technology.

David鈥檚 experience with operational excellence, strategic visioning, process implementation and Integrated Lean Project Delivery has made him a leader in creating and managing successful, collaborative teams in the construction industry.

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Stacy Robben

Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President

Stacy leads enterprise business development and marketing initiatives, focusing on client development, brand strategy and positioning. She oversees company strategies, communication and creative marketing efforts to drive innovation and adapt to an ever-changing landscape.

Over the past 30 years, Stacy has held business development and marketing positions at leading professional service firms in the built environment. She has a pulse on the current construction market and knows how to strategically use that insight to build strong relationships and drive growth in 海角社区鈥檚 key market segments.

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Ben Bruns

Vice President of Modular

Ben is responsible for leading the growth of 海角社区鈥檚 modular business geographically and across industry sectors. He leads business development initiatives to promote the distinct advantages of 海角社区鈥檚 innovative modular solutions. This includes the STAAT MOD庐鈥痯refabricated ICU modular building product that is helping to transform the healthcare industry鈥檚 construction projects.

Ben has more than two decades of knowledge and experience in business development, jobsite project management and engineering. He leads with an emphasis on innovation, Lean fundamentals, continuous improvement and an uncompromising focus on safety. Ben is passionate about building long-term relationships with clientele across the country.

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Karen Carr

Business Development Director

Based in 海角社区鈥檚 Sacramento office, Karen works to develop and nurture relationships with clients, partners and suppliers in the greater Sacramento area. The entirety of Karen鈥檚 25+-year career has been in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, covering the construction management, engineering and architectural spheres. This diversity of experience gives her unique insight into the needs of 海角社区鈥檚 clients.

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Jay Grosskopf

General Manager鈥擳echnical Services & Executive Vice President

Jay leads 海角社区 Technical Services, backed by more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry. He leads 海角社区鈥檚 in-house team of architects and engineers, providing design and construction technology services to our operating groups and partners, as well as design, programming and design management services to our clients. Since joining 海角社区 in 1988, Jay has delivered many successful projects with the highest level of client satisfaction.

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Jeff Shipley

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff leads construction operations across 海角社区, bringing a hands-on approach to leadership, disciplined project controls, Lean construction expertise and a passion for people and safety. He serves in an integral role at 海角社区 as the company continues to grow its footprint in the healthcare, power, industrial, education, automotive and commercial markets.

Prior to assuming the role of COO, Shipley led 海角社区鈥檚 San Francisco, Sacramento, Oklahoma City and Detroit offices. Collectively, he has nearly 20 years鈥 experience in the industry. A native of Edmond, Okla., Shipley earned a bachelor鈥檚 degree in construction science from the University of Oklahoma.

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Maribeth Achterberg

Chief Information Officer

Maribeth is a seasoned professional with a stellar track record in IT and leadership. Her active participation in tech community, coupled with her role as a published author and speaker, underscores her multifaceted expertise.

In her role at 海角社区, Maribeth is set to amplify technological innovation, ensuring operational efficiency and effectiveness.

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John Heck

General Manager鈥擭ational Power and Industrial & Executive Vice President

John leads 海角社区鈥檚 National Power and Industrial division, overseeing operations for some of our most technical and specialized projects, nationwide. With more than 35+ years of experience with 海角社区, John brings a depth and diversity of experience in construction, and a strong reputation for promoting internal continuous improvement and achieving consistent client satisfaction.

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Jake Ruatti

Chief Financial Officer

Jake leads all of 海角社区鈥檚 accounting and financial functions. He manages the audit committee, adds oversight for tax & treasury and is a trustee of the retirement plans.

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Doug Dulin

Vice President of Strategy

顿辞耻驳鈥is responsible forshaping and advancing processes that influence The 海角社区 Group鈥檚 short- and long-term strategy. He provides oversight for our Operational Excellence program as well as the continued development of the 海角社区 Business System, which includes our Management System,鈥Operating鈥痑nd People Systems. A multi-talented leader with an exemplarytrack recordin both manufacturing and healthcare industries, Doug enables our operating groups to deliver consistent, high-quality projects with drastically reduced time and material waste over industry standards.

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Jake Garro

President鈥擱eal Estate

Before joining 海角社区, Jake was the director of a national healthcare real estate development firm, where he oversaw all project finance and development activities. Today he brings that wealth of experience to our customers as a leader of 海角社区鈥檚 real estate development group.

At 海角社区, Jake concentrates on project development, business development, strategic planning for our healthcare real estate business and real estate portfolio assessment and analysis. He uses his skill, knowledge and creativity to help clients solve complex problems and create new opportunities through the development and financing of healthcare properties.

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Emily Haupt

Vice President of Talent Strategies

As the Vice President of Talent Strategies, Emily develops 海角社区鈥檚 talent roadmap focused on attracting, developing, and retaining the industry鈥檚 top talent. With a strong business sense, combined with a communication and corporate talent development background, she provides the elevated level of expertise needed to oversee a dynamic and diverse strategic plan. Her unique professional background helps develop a sustainable workplace environment that educates, engages, encourages inclusive behaviors, and motivates 海角社区鈥檚 complex workforce.

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Todd Pingel

Vice President of Information Technology

Since 1981 Todd has helped 海角社区 keep pace with the many developments in digital technology. Over the years, Todd has been responsible for business application analysis development, web application analysis and development, video conferencing technology, cybersecurity, voice and data communications network, and data analytics. Today, Todd partners with all levels of the organization to develop, implement, and execute an organization-wide IT vision and strategy that optimizes employee capabilities, achieves 海角社区鈥檚 strategic objectives, and delivers a competitive advantage.

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Kerry Beck

Business Development Director

Kerry develops and nurtures key relationships with clients, partners and suppliers in the greater Milwaukee/Madison regions and throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

Kerry brings to her role at 海角社区 20+ years of experience generating and building relationships across markets鈥攊ncluding construction, healthcare, industrial, education and commercial. Most recently, Kerry served as the director employer business development for a top-ranked healthcare management services firm.

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Scott Clark

Vice President of Business Development

As Vice President of Business Development for 海角社区鈥檚 National Power and Industrial group, Scott is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of national sales and marketing activities within the industrial, power and manufacturing sectors. As part of the 海角社区 leadership team since 2005, Scott possesses a unique understanding of the business side of construction and design. His expertise includes the exploration and development of key-market growth strategies and understanding emerging technologies as they relate to 海角社区 clients and their opportunities. Through Scott鈥檚 involvement in various industry market sector groups he has developed a keen awareness of owner advocacy issues.

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Mark Nolta

Vice President of Corporate Estimating

Mark joined 海角社区 as Vice President of Corporate Estimating and Preconstruction with 36 years of varied experience in estimating, structural engineering, design coordination, and construction administration. In his current role, he facilitates excellence in estimating and preconstruction services across 海角社区鈥檚 operations. 鈥疶his includes management of a core team of individuals ready to support all Operating Groups.鈥 Mark works with project teams to prepare the deliverables required to set projects up for success. This includes all aspects of construction costs, material availability, document and constructability review, subcontractor scope and experience evaluation, construction schedules and logistics.鈥 He also oversees implementation of all technology used during Preconstruction, especially VDC.

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Jeff Niesen

Executive Vice President of Strategic Projects

Jeff is responsible for overall business leadership, including pre-construction, construction management, value engineering, planning, contract administration and safety programs. He works with the project principal, integrated teams and all areas of his staff to make sure we are delivering projects to maximum satisfaction for each owner.

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Robbie Danko

Business Development Director

As Director of Business Development, Robbie Danko brings a client-focused hospitality background, which includes experience with private real estate development, to grow 海角社区鈥檚 presence in Minnesota and western Wisconsin鈥攁ctivating new customers and cultivating existing relationships.

Robbie has led high-performing teams for 20+ years, from multi-site operations management and sales and marketing leadership to overseeing client relationships for stability and growth. Robbie also develops business strategies to optimize the 海角社区 suite of construction services for clients. This includes focus areas like manufacturing, healthcare, higher education and renewable energy.

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Will Lichtig

Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Vice President

Will is a nationally recognized leader in the Lean and integrated project delivery methods. He has been at the forefront in developing our Integrated Lean Project Delivery (ILPD) process. His drive for innovation and reliable commitment to continuous improvement, lean processes and problem solving make Will a vital member of the 海角社区 team.

Will works with 海角社区 teams to develop and implement Lean processes for target value design, lean production planning and control, built-in quality, lean problem-solving and other innovative approaches to project delivery. Will shares his experience and lean project delivery knowledge to coach 海角社区 project leaders on the skills required to implement these innovative methods.

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Brad VanGorder

Vice President & General Manager

Brad manages the Detroit office construction operations and heads efforts to strengthen existing customer relationships and drive business growth. With over 16 years of experience, Brad is a construction executive who is well-versed in leading teams and managing multi-million-dollar projects. His expertise spans the automotive, technology, commercial, education, municipal and health/senior living construction markets. His credentials, combined with his passion for excellence, fully align with 海角社区鈥檚 commitment to delivering outstanding construction solutions and exceeding customer expectations.

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Colleen Murphy

Business Development Director

As Director of Business Development for the Chicago office, Colleen positions 海角社区 for new opportunities through relationship building, effective networking and strategic partnerships across the Midwest. She is a true client advocate and trusted advisor to professionals throughout the architectural, engineering and construction industry.

As a Chicago native, Colleen has held business development and marketing positions at leading professional service firms in Chicago for 20+ years. She has an extraordinary knack for connecting people to build effective partnerships. Colleen鈥檚 passion for relationship building鈥攃ombined with effective communication skills鈥攄rives her to raise the bar in building trust and integrity across the country.

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Tony Meeuwsen

Director of Business Development

With an impressive background in the construction industry spanning over two decades, Tony Meeuwsen brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role as Business Development Director.

Tony has a proven track record of developing and nurturing client relationships, driving successful business outcomes. His deep understanding of the industry and his ability to identify opportunities allows him to position projects for success. His strong leadership skills and innovative approach contribute to our client-centered culture, fostering trust and integrity. Tony’s passion for business development, combined with his exceptional communication and networking abilities, make him a trusted advisor and a valuable asset to our clients.

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Randy Nance

Vice President & General Manager

Randy manages the construction operations for 海角社区鈥檚 Oklahoma City office where he leads efforts to strengthen customer relationships and drive growth strategies.

Randy brings over 35 years of leadership and expertise in the construction industry to 海角社区. As a Design-Build Institute of America Certified Professional with a bachelor鈥檚 degree in construction management technology, Randy has experience in healthcare, biomedical, education and a plethora of other markets.

His acumen in construction and advocacy in the Oklahoma City community makes him a valuable member to 海角社区鈥檚 leadership team.

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Steve Schultz

Executive Vice President of Special Projects at The 海角社区 Group

Steve鈥檚 role entails coaching and mentoring General Managers new to their positions in 海角社区鈥檚 operating groups. This taps Steve鈥檚 expertise in people development and collaboration including preparing others to perform at the highest level.听

Before assuming this role, Steve most recently led 海角社区鈥檚 operations and office locations in Minnesota and brings 30+ years of construction experience with the company to his work.听听听听

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Linda Rosati

Vice President of Business Development

Linda builds and services relationships in automotive and industrial markets nationwide. Her expertise is in selling and influencing large-scale construction projects that use collaborative delivery methods.

For 25+ years, Linda has been involved in many facets of automotive manufacturing, which gives her a deep understanding of clients鈥 needs. From metal stamping and the body shop to powertrain operations, Linda knows the ins and outs of an automotive plant. Her inquisitive nature and passion for research, coupled with her training and experience in lean manufacturing, gives her an in-road to the new automotive technology space, where she is building new relationships in an ever-expanding market.

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Mark Miller

Director of Project Development

With a foundation in civil engineering and construction management, Mark’s expertise encompasses a wide range of market sectors including dam removals, environmental contamination sites, river restoration, and general contracting for recreational, retail, commercial and institutional facilities. The last decade of his career has been dedicated to the energy sector including transmission/distribution electrical systems, wind farm and solar construction. At 海角社区, Mark’s vision aligns with promoting sustainable energy solutions, championing the transition to EV, biogas, and hydrogen technologies.

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Jonathan Ballmer

Vice President & General Manager

Jonathan brings an empowering and collaborative approach to his leadership to unlock the potential of teams with 20+ years of experience in the industry. He has played an integral role in projects ranging from cleanroom fabrication, to industrial mining, to abuse shelters, to zoo exhibit spaces. This diverse background with custom projects helps him to engage his teams in defining success based on each project鈥檚 owner and parameters.

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Mark Osten

Vice President of Business and Project Development

Mark develops and nurtures key relationships with clients, partners and suppliers in the power and energy sector across the U.S. as part of 海角社区鈥檚 National Power and Industrial division. With 20+ years of experience in the power, energy and renewable energy sector, Mark is a key resource to 海角社区 clients, helping achieve exceptional project experiences, no matter where in the U.S. they are located.

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Casey Demers

Business Development Director

Casey leads our client engagement, sales, and growth initiatives for our central and northern Wisconsin markets. She plays a significant role in our client-centered culture, building strong relationships and partnerships, while engaging as brand ambassador in the communities we serve. Casey helps lead our strategic vision through creativity, innovation and engagement and has spent the majority of her career within the built environment鈥攊ncluding the interior design space. Her experience and insight help her create meaningful engagements with our clients and design partners.

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Klas Berghede

Vice President of Production and Innovation

Klas is a leader in industrialized construction, Integrated Lean Project Delivery听and prefabrication/modular construction. Throughout his 10+-year career with 海角社区, Klas has helped lead the development of our innovative prefabrication manufacturing capability, pushing 海角社区 to the forefront of the industry in prefabrication and modular construction. He works closely with 海角社区 clients and project teams to help develop prefabrication plans that align with the clients鈥 needs, implementing the solutions in the field, and overseeing the prefabrication production.

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Cody Mosley

Director of Business Development

Based in 海角社区鈥檚 Oklahoma office, Cody鈥檚 work centers around creating strategic partnerships and attracting new investment opportunities in and around Oklahoma. His strong background in economic development provides critical insight into a number of client industries. He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and has maintained roles in municipal government, higher education, and nonprofit organizations. He believes 海角社区鈥檚 future in OKC includes supporting the growing aerospace and biotech sectors. Cody is always on the hunt for data that supports business development efforts and innovative design techniques that deliver client success.

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Heidi Matancsi

Vice President of Business Development鈥揜eal Estate

As Director of Business Development for 海角社区鈥檚 healthcare real estate development division, Heidi is responsible for developing and cultivating relationships with current and potential clients, as well as growing the brand nationally. Over the years, she has helped countless healthcare entities enter new markets or add needed services in their communities. Heidi also oversees leasing activities for hospitals and third-party tenants from first contact through move-in.

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Jason Krueger

Vice President and General Manager, Minnesota Operations

Jason leads the operations for 海角社区鈥檚 Minnesota offices in Rochester, Minneapolis and Cloquet as well as its Eau Claire ,Wis. office. He is a seasoned veteran of the construction industry, with an established track record of managing large, complex projects in diverse sectors, from healthcare to heavy industrial. Jason has played a key role in 海角社区鈥檚 introduction to the highly specialized proton therapy market, establishing 海角社区 as a national leader in proton therapy equipment installation.

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Steve Lind

General Manager of Western Operations and Vice President

As Vice President and General Manager for 海角社区鈥檚 western operations, Steve is responsible for the financial success and growth strategies of our Sacramento and San Francisco offices. Since joining 海角社区 in 2006, Steve has held a variety of roles, with including financial management for large, complex projects in the healthcare, higher education, commercial and industrial market sectors. His experience with process implementation and integrated project delivery has made him a leader in establishing successful collaborative teams.

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Trevor Lord

Director of Business Development

Trevor is a natural generator of strategic relationships. Based in our Appleton, Wisconsin, office Trevor is focused on representing 海角社区 within community groups and forming new key business partnerships. He has held positions in strategic planning, innovation, and business development for construction and architecture firms in the Midwest and Boston. He holds a bachelor鈥檚 degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied innovation strategy through Harvard Business School HBX. This unique blend of design education and strategy positions him as an asset to customers looking for a valued partner to solve their business needs.

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Rob Branyan

Vice President of Labor Relations

As Vice President of Labor Relations, Rob directly supervises all aspects of 海角社区鈥檚 labor relations program including planning, developing, coordinating, and implementing labor relations policies and procedures, which include negotiating contracts and achieving bargaining goals. As a strategic business partner for union and workforce development, Rob leads diverse craft staffing initiatives and provides creative solutions where labor relations shortages and challenges exist. Rob鈥檚 experience comes from three decades of collective bargaining on both the contractor and union side as well as previously holding numerous Union positions.

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Melanie Taylor

Vice President of Modular Manufacturing

Melanie holds a key leadership role in furthering 海角社区鈥檚 impact in the industrialized construction space. She leads the modular manufacturing process, ensuring the timeliness, safety, productivity, speed and quality with which 海角社区 delivers industry-leading modular solutions.

Since joining 海角社区 in 2005, Melanie has developed and cemented a reputation as a forward-thinking leader, embracing innovation and promoting collaborative team environments. Having demonstrated strong leadership and mastery of various delivery methods, especially CMAR and IPD, across multiple sectors and geographies, she has shown herself to be a dedicated promoter of Lean construction, a savvy problem solver, and a fierce advocate for clients鈥 goals. These strong suits are well-aligned with the innovative manufacturing practices and environment she leads in modular.

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John Huggett

Vice President 鈥 Central Operations

An exceptional communicator and strategist, John leads project execution and general strategy for 海角社区鈥檚 Central Operations offices in the Madison, Chicago and Milwaukee markets. His vision and construction experience helps create understanding and alignment across both groups. The result is a team that is engaged and aligned toward a single goal 鈥 exceeding expectations. From financial management to on-site safety and quality programs, John helps teams foresee and avoid pitfalls, recognize opportunities, and maintain focus.

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Randy Haak

Chief Legal Officer

As Chief Legal Officer, Randy will lead The 海角社区 Group on all corporate legal matters, including corporate structure, ethics programs, insurance and governance, the 海角社区 ESOP, mergers and acquisitions, risk training, mentoring and licensing.

Randy brings with him a wide range of legal counsel experience with a concentration on construction law, banking and finance law, and employment and discrimination law. He has been lead counsel on more than 25 bank mergers and acquisitions, and advised employers on a wide variety of personnel matters and regulatory compliance issues and has negotiated many employment contracts.

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Nathan Johnson

General Counsel

As General Counsel, Nathan has primary responsibility for legal matters pertaining to the company鈥檚 operations including oversight and support of 海角社区鈥檚 project and commercial contracts, joint ventures, project claims, and litigation matters.

Additionally, he will provide strategic support on various company initiatives related to 海角社区鈥檚 risk management function and other corporate strategic initiatives.

The 海角社区 Group Board of Directors: Tom 海角社区 鈥 Chairman, Bob DeKoch, Randy Haak, Jim Rossmeissl, Dave Kievet