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Team

All Board of Directors Leadership Team
Michelle Kainz
CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTANT/PAYROLL
Michelle Kainz
CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTANT/PAYROLL
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

It takes hard work and tenacity to build something from nothing.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

The people!

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I have visited 32 states and have lived in 11 of them.

Scott Gilbertson
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Scott Gilbertson
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Rolling with the punches is key.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or a fun fact?

I’ve been on stage with Don Rickles in Las Vegas.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

To get out in the community and talk to people who are planning & designing structures and get to see them come to life in 3D form is very rewarding for me.

Drew Suggs
PROJECT MANAGER I
Drew Suggs
PROJECT MANAGER I
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

There is always more than one way to overcome an obstacle in the field.  I’ve learned to really rely on the knowledge and experience of others and work together to come up with creative solutions to unique challenges.

What is one thing you look forward to about your role or working for RJM?

I love the collaboration and collective efforts of all the people it takes to bring a project from concept to creation.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I recently completed a frame-up restoration of a 1983 Jeep CJ7.  It took me way longer than I thought it would, but it was worth it!

Jeff Norling
SUPERINTENDENT
Jeff Norling
SUPERINTENDENT
Amy Halasz
OFFICE MANAGER
Amy Halasz
OFFICE MANAGER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

To have been part of the growth since RJM was first founded.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

You don’t know what the day will bring. Always evolving and interesting.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

Married on the 1980’s Olympic rink in Lake Placid (for those of you who are hockey fans).

Jake Fisher
VIRTUAL DESIGN LEAD
Jake Fisher
VIRTUAL DESIGN LEAD
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy the opportunity to solve problems with new and creative solutions.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

People and connections are the most important aspect of the industry. It truly is a team environment. We all have specialties, but we need everyone to construct these buildings.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I co-founded a charity golf tournament to raise funds for Hope, Inc. They help mobility challenged children receive specialized sporting equipment.

Sarah Schulz
PROJECT MANAGER I
Sarah Schulz
PROJECT MANAGER I
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy collaborating with a team to bring a set of plans to life. Seeing the tangible results of hard work is extremely satisfying.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Documentation is critical.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or a fun fact?

I aspire to one day have an aquarium full of seahorses.

Keith Bruestle
SUPERINTENDENT
Keith Bruestle
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

The fast pace and variety of work to do. Every day is different. If you like problem-solving, it is a good place for you.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

RJM does work as a team.  Some companies say they do,  RJM practices it. There is a proverb that says “in the multitude of counselors there is success”.  I believe in that.  No one knows everything.  It is good to use to your advantage multiple points of view when necessary. RJM is a good place to work.  It is refreshing to be in a company that wants to grow.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact

I enjoy watching horse racing with my 3 daughters.

Stacy Arnold
DIRECTOR OF SAFETY
Stacy Arnold
DIRECTOR OF SAFETY
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Every day I have the opportunity to work with new people on new projects. No job is ever the same and I enjoy the challenge of having the opportunity to work through that with my clients.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

One thing I’ve learned since being in the construction industry is that you never know everything. This industry is constantly changing and evolving, and there is never just one way to get it done.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I spent the first half of my professional life in architectural design.

Justin King
SENIOR CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTANT
Justin King
SENIOR CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTANT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

My role allows me to interact with all departments here at RJM.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

That there is a constant change. All jobs have their own set of requirements.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I grew up racing motocross.

Aaron Chappuis
PROJECT MANAGER I
Aaron Chappuis
PROJECT MANAGER I
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

You can not be successful without being surrounded by a good team.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I am addicted to sour candy.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy meeting and working with different people and trade partners. I am excited to see what I can learn and accomplish working with RJM.

John Warner
SERVICE PROJECT ENGINEER
John Warner
SERVICE PROJECT ENGINEER
Sara Garcia
PROJECT MANAGEMENT INTERN
Sara Garcia
PROJECT MANAGEMENT INTERN
What are your career goals?

My career goals are focused on gaining new experiences that will lead me to be an experienced professional, developing new skills based on the field needs, and at the same time, giving something back to the community.

What has been your favorite class so far?

Project Management and Quality Engineering.

What are you looking forward to most about this internship?

I want to learn as much as I can and contribute to RJM’s goals. While at the same time building a good network that contributes to my professional development.

Gerald Domeier
SUPERINTENDENT
Gerald Domeier
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

From the office staff to the field crew, I really enjoy working with the team here at RJM.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Safety. It has become the way of life at the job site which brings us home to enjoy our families every day.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I like farming. Like construction, they both have challenges, but there is nothing more I’d rather do then be in the field in the spring and fall.

Scott Beckrich
SUPERINTENDENT
Scott Beckrich
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I like working with the people at RJM, it’s a great organization. I also like the diversity of projects.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

I have learned there are many ways of doing things to obtain the same outcome. Doing as much as you can today will help with the curveballs that come at you tomorrow.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I love to go to swap meets and garage sales early on the weekends, even if I don’t buy anything. I’m in constant search of the rare finds.

Sam Beedle
PROJECT ENGINEER II
Sam Beedle
PROJECT ENGINEER II
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Everything happens for a reason and it will all work out in the end.

What is one thing you look forward to about your role or working for RJM?

I am looking forward to working on larger projects.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I’m a Green Bay Packers fan.

Jarrek Linden
PROJECT ENGINEER III
Jarrek Linden
PROJECT ENGINEER III
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Communication is everything. It can turn a hostile situation good and a good situation hostile. It’s your choice.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

Growing up I always wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Although I have not started working with RJM quite yet, I enjoy the learning experience. Everyday there is something new to learn and improve on. The construction industry never stops evolving and it makes everyday different. I am excited to learn and grow with this company.

Tyler Chaika-Gennow
PROJECT ENGINEER III
Tyler Chaika-Gennow
PROJECT ENGINEER III
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

With the current industry conditions, it is critical that communication is clear and upheld. Unplanned shortages and backorders can be expected. Vigilance is key.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

There is a 22-year gap in age between myself and my youngest sibling… I’ll probably be grey-headed by the time they attend college.

Kristen Jacobs
MARKETING MANAGER
Kristen Jacobs
MARKETING MANAGER
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

That I never want to leave it ????! There’s something so gratifying about being a part of bringing someone’s vision to fruition while improving the communities in which we live, work, and play.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to help mentor marketers early in their careers again. It’s one of the most satisfying parts of my job to watch others grow professionally!

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I’m originally from the south – Mobile, AL. I moved to Minnesota in third grade.

Cindy Luoma
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Cindy Luoma
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
What is one thing you’ve learned about since being in the construction industry?

After being in industrial/commercial construction for 10 years of my career, I learned that the people who work in construction can make any idea a reality. They are some of the hardest working, creative people I know.

What is one thing you look forward to about your role or working for RJM?

Human resources is a constantly changing field with a variety of areas to develop within and it is rarely the same day twice, which makes the work exciting. The people I’ve met, relationships developed along the way never cease to amaze me, I learn so much from others.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?
I have visited all but 12 of the continental US states. I would like to complete the remaining within 5 years and begin thinking about other countries I’ve always wanted to visit.
Mike Johnson
DIRECTOR OF QUALITY CONTROL
Mike Johnson
DIRECTOR OF QUALITY CONTROL
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy interacting with all of project teams and helping them plan successful projects. Then seeing customers be amazed at what our teams do.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

If you do not lead people they will fail you every time. If you help them you will have successful projects.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

A bucket list item is to hike across Isle Royale, short or long way just to get to the island would be great.

Jack St. George
PROJECT MANAGEMENT INTERN
Jack St. George
PROJECT MANAGEMENT INTERN
What are your career goals?

My current career goals are to find what place in the industry I fit in best and where my skills fit the best. Long term, I would like to be part of a team where I make a difference and be able to look back at the projects I was a part of and be proud of them.

What has been your favorite class so far?

Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Construction

What are you looking forward to most about this internship?

I am most excited to be able to see how things work in the industry outside of a classroom setting. I also hope to develop both soft and hard skills to help me become a successful construction professional.

Christopher Cohoe
SUPERINTENDENT
Christopher Cohoe
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Every day is a new challenge. I started as a carpenter and now I’m running our biggest project to date. Our whole staff sees the importance of completing a project as fast and as perfect as we can.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Always have a plan and then three more. So when the first blows up in your face you have another for backup.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I have three daughters and am a bee keeper.

Tony Howard
GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT
Tony Howard
GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy working and getting to know different clients throughout the process and then walking through a finished project with them. It is very rewarding to see how they appreciate our hard work.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

I’ve learned how much preconstruction can come into play, and help deliver a successful project.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

My wife and I have four boys at four different schools: UW-LaCrosse, Hudson High School, Shattuck St. Mary’s, and Hudson Middle School. All four also play hockey.

Sara Holt
SENIOR ACCOUNTING MANAGER
Sara Holt
SENIOR ACCOUNTING MANAGER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

The days are always interesting – something new to learn all the time.

 

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

A great team working together makes all the difference.

 

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I have hiked a fourteener and winter camped in Colorado.

Kris Hahn
PROJECT EXECUTIVE
Kris Hahn
PROJECT EXECUTIVE
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy the atmosphere and genuine camaraderie in the office and also the strong long-term client relationships that RJM has created over the years. Some of my most enjoyable memories have been through work relationships and activities.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

I’ve learned to never make assumptions on anything related to a construction project and always plan ahead and follow-up with detailed commitments.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

In High School, I rode my bicycle 10 miles each way to football practice every day and after practice, unloaded bags of pickles, handpicked during the day, for processing at a local farm until late in the evening as my first job.

Sam Sheehan
PROJECT EXECUTIVE
Sam Sheehan
PROJECT EXECUTIVE
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

There is always more to learn, and learning to trust (and utilize) your resources is critical to success.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or a fun fact?

Go Hornets! Born and raised Cake Eater!

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Working as a team to identify solutions that bring the most value to a project/process is what regularly excited me. Doing it with great people makes it even more rewarding!

Hunter Koesters
PROJECT MANAGER I
Hunter Koesters
PROJECT MANAGER I
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

I have learned that communication and proper planning are the most important components to completing a successful project.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or a fun fact?

I was born in Iowa and have been an Iowa State Cyclones fan for my whole life.

Matthew Buggi
DIRECTOR OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Matthew Buggi
DIRECTOR OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

What drew me to RJM was the culture. The “team first” attitude, inclusivity, embracing of technology, and the overall desire to be better each day from the entire team make it easy to go to work each day.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

We are in the “people” business, we just happen to build things. If you keep people at the forefront of what you do, the parts and pieces that make up a building go together much easier.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

Although I don’t get to go as often as I like, I really enjoy checking out art museums and architecture. Also, I like heavy metal music and college football.

Jarad Schuller
SUPERINTENDENT
Jarad Schuller
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

One thing I like about my role at RJM is working with the trades to get where we need to be on time and have a quality product at the end.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

I think the biggest thing that I’ve learned in this industry is that other trades are quick to tell you what you want to hear.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

Something people don’t know about me, I’ve seen Metallica live in concert eight times.

Brian Recker
CEO / COO
Brian Recker
CEO / COO
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy the working with our employees as they grow in their career and opportunities to provide insights from the myriad of my personal lessons learned.

 

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

True success in our industry is most often derived from hard work, coupled with solid, trusted relationships.

 

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

During my high school years in Tennessee I worked part-time atop horseback for cattle ranchers.

Curt Sell
GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT
Curt Sell
GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

One of the things I like the most about working at RJM is the variety of work that we perform. My first job at RJM was to build a sports dome; nothing like anything I had done before but I was up to the challenge.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

One thing I’ve learned since being in the construction industry is don’t assume anything. Make sure you are communicating your ideas and expectations with everyone involved.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I started my career as an Aircraft Powerplant and Airframe Mechanic working on business jets and helicopters.

Blake Manning
ESTIMATOR II
Blake Manning
ESTIMATOR II
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy the fast paced collaborative effort preconstruction requires, not one project is the same and all need different attention.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Say what you mean, mean what you say, don’t be mean when you say it.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or a fun fact?

I enjoy all things to do with aquatics, from a day on the lake too maintaining my fish tanks.

Matt Lennartson
SENIOR ESTIMATOR
Matt Lennartson
SENIOR ESTIMATOR
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy the collaboration between the different departments and team members in achieving our common goals.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

The keys to all successful projects are teamwork, communication, and honesty between the contractor, owner, architect, and subcontractors.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I have started learning guitar during the state’s stay-at-home restrictions.

Laura Barmore
INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS LEAD
Laura Barmore
INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS LEAD
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy the culture and team here. RJM has been very intentional about investing in our employees and their futures which I really appreciate.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Each project has a story to tell. Creativity and collaboration is key to successfully communicate those stories.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

While in Africa I went cage diving with sharks and went on a four-day camping safari.

Curtis Sell Jr
PROJECT EXECUTIVE
Curtis Sell Jr
PROJECT EXECUTIVE
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Having the opportunity to collaborate and work with great clients and team members.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Communication and teamwork is key to succeed on projects.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I enjoy lawncare and gardening. I strive to have the best lawn in the neighborhood.

Scott Anderson
SUPERINTENDENT
Scott Anderson
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Respect is the most important thing to understand and to give in this industry.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy the positive atmosphere.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

We have 2 healthy and very active twin toddler grandsons.

Don Parrish
SUPERINTENDENT
Don Parrish
SUPERINTENDENT
Simon Midtbo
ESTIMATOR II
Simon Midtbo
ESTIMATOR II
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

The key to success to any portion of a project is good communication. Good communication will help you solve the constantly changing challenges of day to day work.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I love that I get to work with so many people internally and externally. It is amazing how important relationships are in my role.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I am very passionate about filmmaking and love to analyze how movies are made.

Robert Jossart
CO-FOUNDER
Robert Jossart
CO-FOUNDER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Participating in the growth of the team which has led to the growth of the business, both in depth and project complexity. I marvel at where we are today and the team we have.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

As the general contractor we are responsible for everything that happens over the life of a project. We must be vigilant in our decision making process to make sure every detail is done correctly.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I grew up in a small town in west central Minnesota; lived in town but my friends were all farmers. I can milk a cow by hand and drive a 1949 combine

Bryce Kamenick
PROJECT MANAGER II
Bryce Kamenick
PROJECT MANAGER II
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

The people at RJM are what make it a great company to work for. I appreciate the collaborative, team-oriented approach we use to manage our projects. My favorite part of being a project engineer is digging into the plans and knowing the project inside and out. I enjoy the challenging, fast-paced nature of project management. Seeing the end user’s eyes light up when they see the product in progress and following up with them to see how much they enjoy the finished product make all the struggles of the project worthwhile.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

My experience at RJM has taught me so many lessons and I continue to gain knowledge and grow personally & professionally every day. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that each and every person is vitally important to the success of a project. Every role is always dependent on another and getting complete buy-in from everyone involved is extremely important. We all have to row the boat in the same direction.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I married my high school sweetheart last October. I like playing acoustic guitar in my free time. I also like woodworking, building anything and everything I can (furniture, crafts, etc.) I will play any sport and I am very competitive when I play no matter how bad I am. (I hate losing!)

Emily Krautkremer
PROJECT COORDINATOR
Emily Krautkremer
PROJECT COORDINATOR
John McKenzie
SUPERINTENDENT
John McKenzie
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Working in the field, I get to meet many different people and how you need to adapt quickly to all the different personalities to make a project work smoothly.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Every task is an opportunity. Not a problem.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

Most people don’t know I like model railroading (trains). I have a large model railroad layout under construction in my basement.

Ai Yang
PROJECT COORDINATOR
Ai Yang
PROJECT COORDINATOR
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy working and being a part of a team that creates and helps build something that lasts for generations.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Everyone, no matter big or small has a role in completing a successful day.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I enjoy event planning and creating gift baskets.

Alexus Jackson
PROJECT ENGINEER II
Alexus Jackson
PROJECT ENGINEER II
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Nothing ever goes as planned so you need to learn how to be quick on your feet and adaptable and be able to blow out the flame when things get hot!

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or a fun fact?

A lot of people don’t know that I am left-handed.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Every single person that I have had the privilege to work with has been so understanding and helpful whenever I have a question. Everyone I have met is so nice and they really seem like they care about you as an individual.

Isaac Lindberg
ESTIMATOR II
Isaac Lindberg
ESTIMATOR II
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

One thing I have learned is that you never know everything and you need to keep adapting to the change going on around you.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or a fun fact?

I eat and write left-handed because I broke my right arm when I was younger but pretty much everything else I do right-handed.

Deonna Anderson
ESTIMATING COORDINATOR
Deonna Anderson
ESTIMATING COORDINATOR
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy talking with people at all levels inside and outside the organization and have built many good relationships.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

The construction industry is both very large and very small at the same time. A lot of people move around and come back around.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I’ve been to Sturgis 26 times.

Kristen Haines
PROJECT COORDINATOR
Kristen Haines
PROJECT COORDINATOR
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Always make sure the underground plumbing is completed before laying the basement floor.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

It takes a village to build structures. At RJM, we work as a team to help each other out.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I have yet to meet a dog that doesn’t like me.

 

 

Matt Manders
FIELD ENGINEER
Matt Manders
FIELD ENGINEER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy the camaraderie between our teams.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

I have learned that spending extra effort and time on preconstruction makes a job more successful.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I have many outdoor hobbies. My favorites are during the winter: snowmobiling and hockey.

Chris Thurnbeck
PROJECT ENGINEER II
Chris Thurnbeck
PROJECT ENGINEER II
What is one thing you look forward to about your role or working for RJM?

The versatility of the position.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?
I have broken a total of 7 bones in my life time resulting in three surgeries.
Justin Johnson
DIRECTOR OF PRECONSTRUCTION
Justin Johnson
DIRECTOR OF PRECONSTRUCTION
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I love the people at RJM . In preconstruction I enjoy all the various project types I have worked on throughout the years.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

The construction industry is a smaller group than I realized. It is great to build relationships with our industry partners, get to know them, and work through all of the project fun!

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

In college I worked at Mariucci Arena as a Zamboni driver.

Joe Maddy
CO-FOUNDER
Joe Maddy
CO-FOUNDER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I really enjoy the team interaction at RJM. Simply a great group of people to work with.

 

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

I have learned that you never stop learning.

 

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

In a much younger life, I was a weatherman on an aircraft carrier in the US Navy.

Gary Wikenheiser
SUPERINTENDENT
Gary Wikenheiser
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

While working on large projects it’s nice to meet all the people from different trades.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

After being in the construction industry for over 40 years, every morning things are still changing.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

One of my hobbies is raising honeybees.

Brian Pogalz
CHIEF ESTIMATOR
Brian Pogalz
CHIEF ESTIMATOR
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

This industry is full of great people and great companies, having the opportunity to be around both has been a blessing.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Helping a client achieve a successful project that meets their mission, vision and budget is very rewarding, being part of those teams in a high honor

Abby Hunsaker
CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTANT
Abby Hunsaker
CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTANT
Brad Barickman
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY
Brad Barickman
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

The number one reason I enjoy working at RJM is the people. We have a great group of enthusiastic, hardworking people, all with the same goal in mind. This makes it fun to come to work.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Success and failure in this business is all based on communication. Good communication leads to success and poor or lack of communication results in failure. It’s all about communication.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

In 1991 I was the International Karting Federation Grand National Champion for 8-11 year old’s in the United States. Many of the competitors went on to careers in NASCAR, Indy Car, and other professional forms of motorsports.

Tim Ryan
PROJECT EXECUTIVE
Tim Ryan
PROJECT EXECUTIVE
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy sharing work experiences with the younger generation of RJM’ers, while at the same time learning a few things about construction techniques native to Minnesota in return.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Pre-planning, communication, and organization is a must in our industry. But there’s nothing more vital than to be adaptable in your projects when curveballs are thrown your way, because they will come.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I played both football and baseball at Cornell University and got my name forever immortalized in Cooperstown. It’s on a commemorative brick, but that still counts, right?

Simon Mark
PROJECT MANAGER II
Simon Mark
PROJECT MANAGER II
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy the fact that I get to do a little bit of everything in my role, and I appreciate the people. Everyone is willing to work toward the betterment of the company as a team and we all have fun along the way.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

I have learned the importance of being flexible as everyday something changes.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I enjoy riding just about anything with a motor.

Seth Strudthoff
IT ASSISTANT
Seth Strudthoff
IT ASSISTANT
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

I have not worked in the construction industry before, but I am excited to learn about the technology that is used at RJM!

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I like to beatbox. I was the beatboxer for an acapella group in college.

Jeff Mauder
SUPERINTENDENT
Jeff Mauder
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy working with the RJM project team.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Every day is a new set of challenges; take it one day at a time.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I enjoy working on classic cars.

Christine Hendrickson
BUSINESS SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
Christine Hendrickson
BUSINESS SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

This is my first position within the construction industry. No matter what industry you are a part of, if your focus is on what is best for the customer, best for the company, best for the team, and then best for yourself, your priorities will determine the next steps.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Working in an environment that is fast-paced and focused on people.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I have a twin sister, but many say you can’t even see a sibling resemblance.

Jodi Kilian
HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST II
Jodi Kilian
HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST II
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

My role gives me the opportunity to be a resource and help others. There are so many ways this can be done which is what I enjoy most.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

I’ve learned there are many hands that assist in the office and on the jobsite taking a project from start to finish.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

Sweet drinks and desserts are my favorites! I’m also a fan of sprinkles and believe they really do make everything taste better

Avery Wade
MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Avery Wade
MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I love all of my coworkers and getting able to dive right into big projects from the get-go.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

It is a very fast-paced environment, but no two projects are alike. You are able to constantly be learning something new no matter how long you’ve been in the industry.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or a fun fact?

I attended 3 different colleges/universities. University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Anoka Ramsey Community College, and Bethel University AND still graduated in four years!

 

Aaron Hooyer
PROJECT MANAGER I
Aaron Hooyer
PROJECT MANAGER I
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

When working on construction projects, there are no two projects that are exactly the same. Working at RJM our team-oriented atmosphere helps make taking on a project’s different challenges rewarding.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Good communication is essential to a project’s success. Communication helps the project team work well together to efficiently complete a project.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I have an identical twin brother that lives in California.

Ryan Simpson
SUPERINTENDENT
Ryan Simpson
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I appreciate that RJM is extremely customer-driven. For me there nothing more important than a customer being satisfied with their finished product.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Construction is the only type of work I have ever done. During my twenty-five year career, the most important thing I have learned is that regardless of whom you are dealing with whether it be the client, sub-contractors, or the employee sweeping the job site, treat them as you would like to be treated.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I am a sports enthusiast, now mostly coaching or watching. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending a lot of time with my family.

Juan Lopez
PROJECT MANAGER I
Juan Lopez
PROJECT MANAGER I
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

RJM truly puts family first, I appreciate the work/personal life balance.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

To be fluid and able to adapt to changes quickly. Things hardly go as planned so having the ability to work with the changes is key.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or a fun fact?

I’m a huge marvel fan, I’ve seen all the marvel superhero movies countless times.

Blake Herdina
PROJECT MANAGER I
Blake Herdina
PROJECT MANAGER I
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Strong communication is key to success. Communication will ensure everyone involved is moving in the same direction to complete the project and exceed objectives.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I most enjoy collaborating with those on our team and the various connections made on every project. These relationships can contribute to one’s efficiency, and provide resources and outside perspectives to any given situation.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I’ve never broken a bone in my lifetime.

Ted Beckman
PRESIDENT
Ted Beckman
PRESIDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

The people are the best part about this business. I’m lucky to have such great co-workers and clients.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Always push yourself outside of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

When I was in high school, I spent the summers traveling through rural Wisconsin searching for antique gas pumps and gas station memorabilia, just like the show American Pickers. I bought and sold over 100 gas pumps and I saved up enough money to pay for my first two years of college.

Jim Lockhart
GENERAL COUNSEL, VICE PRESIDENT, RISK MANAGEMENT
Jim Lockhart
GENERAL COUNSEL, VICE PRESIDENT, RISK MANAGEMENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I get to work with so many bright and hard-working people every day.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Risk management is a 24/7 mindset.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

In 1980 I spent the summer working as a laborer 30+ floors above Michigan Avenue in Chicago for a subcontractor doing concrete formwork on a condominium tower project.

Alec Schwab
SUPERINTENDENT
Alec Schwab
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you’ve learned about since being in the construction industry?

You never know what the day will bring and more than likely you will learn something every day.

What is one thing enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

RJM has really challenged and pushed me to be where I am today. A company that is willing to challenge you is a benefit as they want to see their employees succeed.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I was a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and my wife and I enjoy trying new places to hike.

Nate Plohasz
SUPERINTENDENT
Nate Plohasz
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy working with all the different teams.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Plan, schedule, plan!

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I enjoy hunting, fishing and all outdoor activities

David Larson
SUPERINTENDENT
David Larson
SUPERINTENDENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

The satisfaction of completing a successful project and being asked to do another project for the same client.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Patience.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

My mancave is the one place I don’t have to explain anything.

Josh Arbogast
PROJECT MANAGER I
Josh Arbogast
PROJECT MANAGER I
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy being part of such a collaborative and forward-thinking culture. Everyone at RJM shares the same vision and is dedicated to bringing those visions to life.

What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

Always keep a positive attitude, a smile on your face, and don’t be afraid of hard work.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I love spending time on the lake!

Trent Peper
PROJECT ENGINEER II
Trent Peper
PROJECT ENGINEER II
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

You will always be learning something new.

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

I’m basically blind in my right eye.

Ryan Potocnik
PROJECT MANAGER II
Ryan Potocnik
PROJECT MANAGER II
What is one thing you’ve learned since being in the construction industry?

For every problem there is always a solution! Construction projects will always have hurdles to work through and the ability to problem solve and work together as a team will surely allow for the end goal to be met.

What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Being able to see a project from conception to completion knowing how much time and effort is put in from numerous groups of people and being able to turn the keys over to someone’s vision or to provide a better experience for the end user is what puts a smile on my face!

What is something most people don’t know about you? Or fun fact?

With little to no preparation I have ran a marathon and hiked to Machu Picchu!

John Schram
SAFETY ENGINEER
John Schram
SAFETY ENGINEER
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