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Team

All Board of Directors Leadership Team
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.

Nathan Plohasz
SUPERINTENDENT
Nathan 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

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.

Carter Vargo
VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE
Carter Vargo
VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I love that I get to work with such a broad spectrum of great clients. Whether it be a charter school for the deaf or an accounting firm, there is always something unique about our projects.

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

The easiest solution is not always the best solution. Using creative and unique approaches to some of our day to day challenges can help our clients receive the best value for their projects.

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

In my college days, I was a co-owner of a record label that produced and recorded two records for local bands.

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.

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

Being part of team and working together to get the job done.

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

There is always something new to learn.

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

I was born in Italy and speak fluent Italian.

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.

Jodi Kilian
HR/PAYROLL ADMINISTRATOR
Jodi Kilian
HR/PAYROLL ADMINISTRATOR
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?

I enjoy weekends at the lake fishing with family.

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.

Ted Beckman
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Ted Beckman
SENIOR VICE 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.

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.

Samantha StoneHyde
PROJECT MANAGER
Samantha StoneHyde
PROJECT MANAGER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy being a part of a team and company that is committed to what they do. It inspires a person to continue to try harder and harder.

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

The challenge of finding new ways to solve problems and deliver a successful project requires a team, not just one talented individual.

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

I can recite the entire “Sorting Hat” song from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by HEART.

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

I enjoy the collaborative team atmosphere. Not only do we enjoy working together, but we enjoy each others’ company outside of work as well.

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

I’ve learned that THE NUMBER ALWAYS MATTERS!

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

My educated 18-year-old self got a tattoo of my initials. It happens to be the same initials of the company I work for.

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

I enjoy working as a team to creatively solve problems. Each project has unique challenges and insurmountable obstacles can be overcome with cooperation.

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

I’ve learned the value of a relationship. Whether it be with an owner, architect or subcontractor, simply making an effort can go a long way in building trust.

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

My pet peeve is dawdlers. These are minutes of your life people!

Robin Peterson
DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Robin Peterson
DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I love working with everyone at RJM. In my role I have the opportunity to meet and interact with everyone. RJM is truly a family so when we solve a problem is a win all the way around!

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

The construction industry is always changing. The evolution is fascinating and I love being a part of the experience.

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

I grew up on a dairy farm in Taylors Falls, Minnesota.

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.

Katie King
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Katie King
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
What project are you currently working on?

Gateway Place Phase 1 multifamily apartments in West St Paul.

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

I love that RJM does not shy away from challenging projects. I love the collaboration and the support; being part of a team.

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

I love construction and seeing the physical representation of what you pour your heart and soul into. In the last two decades I have learned, it is more about the people – teammates, clients, other stakeholders – that make a project successful and fun.

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

In 4th grade I was the Sun Valley Elementary School handball champion. It was very controversial.

Maria Manske
MARKETING MANAGER
Maria Manske
MARKETING MANAGER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Contributing ideas and collaborating with our diverse and talented team members.

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

The expertise and dedication involved to ensure successful projects and client satisfaction is truly a team effort!

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

I am an illustrator, writer, and former Anglophile (I lived in London for nearly 10 years).

Mary Harshman
PROPOSAL AND MARKETING SPECIALIST
Mary Harshman
PROPOSAL AND MARKETING SPECIALIST
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

How collaborative and inclusive RJM is as a whole. When I started, everyone made it a point to say hello and introduce themselves.

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

Every project is different and needs each team member’s talents to make it successful.

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

My first job was at a small bakery where I grew up, and I was the only other person who was allowed to do any of the baking besides the owner in the 40 years that he owned it.

Simon Mark
PROJECT MANAGER
Simon Mark
PROJECT MANAGER
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.

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

Working closely with the client. Turning problems into solutions.

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

It is a people business. Clients need to know that we care more about them than ourselves.

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

I have been blessed with my wife, 15 children and 28 grandkids. They are the joy of our lives!

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.

Sara Holt
ACCOUNTING MANAGER
Sara Holt
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.

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.

Curtis Blank
SUPERINTENDENT
Curtis Blank
SUPERINTENDENT
Tom Carlson
SUPERINTENDENT
Tom Carlson
SUPERINTENDENT
Jeff Norling
SUPERINTENDENT
Jeff Norling
SUPERINTENDENT
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.

Justin King
SR. CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTANT
Justin King
SR. 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 Hooyer
PROJECT ENGINEER
Aaron Hooyer
PROJECT ENGINEER
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.

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.

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.

Mike Johnson
DIRECTOR, QUALITY CONTROL
Mike Johnson
DIRECTOR, 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.

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.

Jedidiah Field
DIRECTOR OF MEP
Jedidiah Field
DIRECTOR OF MEP
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Collaborative and critical thinking culture.

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

The overall goal is always to provide best value solutions for the client. Critical thinking and collaboration with all team members, subcontractors and suppliers from the concept phase of a project through occupancy is what makes this possible.

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.

Darcy Futrell
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Darcy Futrell
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy meeting and getting to know new people and helping them find the best solution for their construction projects.

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

It is a very dynamic industry, and the only thing that is constant is change.

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

I have been competing in inline skating marathons for 20 years.

Tom Druk
PROJECT MANAGER
Tom Druk
PROJECT MANAGER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy that each day brings on a new set of challenges, and that each day is never like the one that went before.

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

I’ve learned that connecting with people on a personal level, whether that be subcontractors, architects or owners, makes our job more enjoyable and often allows many of our projects to run smoother.

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

My parents build new residential homes and I lived in about 15 different houses growing up.

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

The challenges each project brings and the people I get to work with.

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

Treat everyone fairly. You never know when you will need their help in the future.

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

I took out my first loan from the bank when I was 10 years old to buy a lawn tractor to start my lawn care business. By the time I graduated High School I had 34 clients.

Wayne Peterson
SUPERINTENDENT
Wayne Peterson
SUPERINTENDENT
Eric Olson
VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTHCARE
Eric Olson
VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTHCARE
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

The diversity of construction projects that I am involved with on a daily basis.

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

Understanding and reducing variability is the most important factor in successful project planning.

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

Four children keep me busy. I love football, rugby, ice fishing, the cabin in Nisswa, and Sanibel Island.

Justin Lee
PROJECT MANAGER
Justin Lee
PROJECT MANAGER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

It’s very collaborative at RJM, and there are a lot of opportunities to help shape the organization.

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

Never assume anything, stay open-minded, and maintain a questioning attitude. Construction is filled with problems and there are multiple ways to solve them!

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

I had a short stint as a DJ in San Francisco

Curtis Sell Jr
PROJECT MANAGER
Curtis Sell Jr
PROJECT MANAGER
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.

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.

Brian Recker
PRESIDENT
Brian Recker
PRESIDENT
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.

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.

Blake Manning
Estimator
Blake Manning
Estimator
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.

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

It is great to work in a job where things come up daily that challenge your knowledge and allow you to utilize the lessons learned over many years in this industry.

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

Construction is not a good choice for the weak hearted.

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

I really enjoy gardening as a way to escape the daily grind.

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

I enjoy working with clients and user groups while exceeding their expectations by delivering a quality product in an efficient manner. Leaving a client meeting with smiles on faces makes for a good day! Having the craftsmen mentality and caring about what I do is what keeps me going.

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

Means and methods on how we operate in the construction industry are ever-changing but one point stands above all and that is there is always a way to get difficult tasks completed by thinking outside the normal methods. Nothing is impossible; it just may take some critical thinking and planning to complete.

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

There is no television in my home. I skijor with 1, 2, and 3 dogs weekly when we have a winter with good snow conditions.

Skyler Jensen
IT ASSISTANT
Skyler Jensen
IT ASSISTANT
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.

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.

Mike Milles
SUPERINTENDENT
Mike Milles
SUPERINTENDENT
Don Parrish
SUPERINTENDENT
Don Parrish
SUPERINTENDENT
Justin Rice
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Justin Rice
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy the problem-solving aspect of my role here at RJM.  Working to find a solution that balances the needs of the owner with the technical requirements of the designers while being fiscally responsible always provides a challenge.

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

One thing that I’ve learned is that often the quickest way to resolve an issue or answer a question is to gather everyone in a room and talk through the issue.

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

I carried the Olympic torch in the relay for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.  While it was a great source of pride for a young high schooler to represent my country, it was also vindication for the younger me who was told that nothing good can come from running around with a stick that is on fire.

David Mellang
SERVICE MANAGER
David Mellang
SERVICE MANAGER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Working with a variety of different clients to guide them through the construction process and bring their vision to life in the real world.

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

Everything is constantly growing and changing and we must learn to adapt to the environment and situations as they change and develop.

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

I am an artist in my free time and have sold paintings to customers all over the world. Australia, Europe, and throughout the United States.

Robert Jossart
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Robert Jossart
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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

John Boben
FIELD SAFETY COORDINATOR
John Boben
FIELD SAFETY COORDINATOR
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

Being able to teach younger people what I know about construction and safety.

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

When someone yells run…RUN!

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

I’m actually a nice person.

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

I enjoy getting involved in the beginning stages of a project and building a relationship with the owner and architect as the project continues to evolve.

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

I’ve come to find that you learn something new every day in the construction industry. No two days are the same, which keeps things interesting.

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

I’m a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan!

Paul Wade
VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE
Paul Wade
VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy working with all levels of the organization and the personal and trusted relationships I’ve built with others.

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

Every project is unique and each takes a special skill set to create. As a non-construction professional, it’s easy to think that buildings are all just the same.

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

My wife and I are huge Eric Clapton fans. Our first wedding dance was Wonderful Tonight, our first dog’s name was Layla and we have seen his last four concerts in the Twin Cities.

Bryce Kamenick
PROJECT ENGINEER II
Bryce Kamenick
PROJECT ENGINEER 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!

Marlee Gartner
PROJECT ENGINEER III
Marlee Gartner
PROJECT ENGINEER III
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy the team atmosphere and fun culture at RJM. I also love that at the end of a project, you can physically see the hard work you’ve put in!

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

There is always something more to learn.

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

I love gnomes

Cora Rose Nelson
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Cora Rose Nelson
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy working with my co-workers.

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

I’ve learned how much teamwork goes into a public bid.

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

Most people don’t know that I played the violin for twelve years.

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.

Rodney Hintz
VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTHCARE
Rodney Hintz
VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTHCARE
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

It’s a rewarding experience to be involved with new technology and healthcare services that have such a big impact the lives of so many, including my personal family members.

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

We really become entrenched in the everyday business of our clients and the patients they serve, which offers rewarding experiences. There are a lot of great people in the industry that I have had the opportunity to work with and develop long-term friendships.

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

I worked on the family tobacco farm in central Minnesota, Eden Valley, as a kid. Yes, they used to grow tobacco in Minnesota, and my grandparents had the largest tobacco farm in the upper Midwest. They retired in 1990.

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

I enjoy the variety each day, never a dull moment.

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

There is more to construction than meets the eye.

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

The first apartment my husband and I rented had a ghost in it and it got so violent we had to break our lease and move out.

Sarah Schulz
PROJECT ENGINEER
Sarah Schulz
PROJECT ENGINEER
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.

Steven Nickell
PROJECT MANAGER
Steven Nickell
PROJECT MANAGER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

It’s always a new challenge because no two projects are the same. This keeps my days interesting and rewarding.

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

It’s important to maintain consistent communication with the project team. Knowing how to effectively work with others as a team makes life significantly easier for everyone involved.

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

My wife and I love camping and backpacking. Our goal is to visit all of the National Parks so almost every vacation we take has at least one National Park visit on the agenda. So far my top recommendation is Acadia National Park, with Zion as a close second.

Joe Maddy
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Joe Maddy
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
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.

Riley Gardner
CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTANT
Riley Gardner
CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTANT
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I really enjoy the team aspect of each job we work on. It is really neat to watch how a new team can be assembled for a job, but yet everyone works together towards the same goal.

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

I have learned to be flexible and how to problem solve in a more creative fashion. I have also learned how much planning goes into a job, even on the accounting side.

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

I am kind of a metal-head and really enjoy going to concerts on the weekends.

Kelly Nickell
PROJECT MANAGER
Kelly Nickell
PROJECT MANAGER
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

The people make RJM what it is. I don’t think I could find a more helpful and fun group of coworkers anywhere else.

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

The construction industry is very fast paced and keeps you on your toes! Each day I am learning something new.

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

I’ve had 22 teeth pulled… I still have a few left though.

Brenda Tresco
ACCOUNTING CLERK
Brenda Tresco
ACCOUNTING CLERK
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I like the variety of subs and suppliers that I work with. I also enjoy my co-workers, never a dull moment.

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

Nothing is black and white. I am always learning something new. Be very careful how you communicate to others, people tend to hear what they want to hear.

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

I love to out-fish my husband.

Josh Arbogast
PROJECT ENGINEER
Josh Arbogast
PROJECT ENGINEER
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!

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

I enjoy solving the day-to-day challenges that come up.

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

I have learned that you can get more accomplished when a team works together to solve any problem that comes up.

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

I love to get out fishing.

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.

Grant Mongin
IT BUSINESS ANAYLST
Grant Mongin
IT BUSINESS ANAYLST
What is one thing you enjoy about your role or working for RJM?

I enjoy interacting with people here. We have a lot of employees that are willing to adopt new technology. It makes my job really fun!

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

It takes a lot of different people to make a project come together. From the office to the field everyone plays a unique and critical role in make sure the job gets done right.

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

In my less than 8 years in the industry I have worked as an Estimator, a Site Safety representative, QA/AC for several projects, a Mechanical Engineer and now I work in IT. I did all of this at 1 company.

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.

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).

Laura Barmore
HR COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
Laura Barmore
HR COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
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.

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?

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