Case Studies September 2020

Comico Hadden

When it comes to pulling together construction projects, Comico Hadden got a formidable lesson from two strong-minded women in her life who taught her anything can be achieved with hard work and persistence. She learned that firsthand when her mother and grandmother bought an affordable fixer-upper in northern New Jersey and taught the 8-year-old how […]

David Dickson – Dickson Company

It’s been sent to the so-called dustbin of history, and nobody’s likely to have mourned the demolition of the old King County Youth Services Center in Seattle. Especially with the new Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center having opened late last year to critical acclaim and reflecting a more progressive approach to […]

Donald R. Boyken – DRB Development Solutions

The Windy City isn’t among the easiest places to manage a major construction project, what with its oftentimes confusing politics and—more recently—the perfect storm of COVID-19 and mass protests that have brought so much business to a standstill. Such obstacles notwithstanding, the latest addition to Hilton’s brand of Curio Collection hotels should garner its certificate […]

Duane Boris ‒ Northern Tool + Equipment

During the economic downturn and recession in 2008 and 2009, just before Duane Boris came to work at Northern Tool, the Minnesota-based construction equipment provider faced a choice: Continue as it had or adapt to the changing marketplace. It did the same thing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boris says. “Even though we’ve been […]

Golchehr “Goli” Monjazeb – Carleton University

Coming back to school at Carleton University in Ottawa has been an exciting experience for Golchehr “Goli” Monjazeb. The Carleton graduate, who’s now director of planning, design and construction, brings a lively and humorous approach to overseeing the university’s expansion. Her expertise ranges from architecture to project management and she’s built a career not only […]

Gregg Collison – P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc.

He is ready for the next challenge, confident that his nearly three-year stretch as vice president of facilities and construction at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc., along with 29 years of professional experience, have more than prepared him for whatever the future holds. In the meantime, Gregg Collison can mull options from his Scottsdale, Arizona, […]

Jacob Zervakis – Leebcor Services LLC

Well, some things haven’t changed much since Jacob Zervakis began his career over a decade ago at Leebcor Services LLC in Williamsburg, Virginia. Most of the members of what was then a workforce of fewer than a dozen still report for duty each morning—only now they can be thought of as senior advisers to a […]

Jaime Palmer Walliker – RIU Hotels & Resorts

When Jaime Palmer Walliker joined Spanish-based RIU Hotels & Resorts in 2001 as a mechanical engineer working at the company’s Caribbean properties, he saw it as the logical next step in his career—a way to ready himself for the opportunities ahead. Little did he know, they’d all come under the same roof. Nearly 20 years later, Palmer has become an […]

John Kluber – Halff Associates

The complex sprawls out across 300 acres of grasslands in north Texas; a center of research and learning in computer science, agriculture and microbiology. In order to continue its cutting-edge work, however, the University of North Texas Discovery Park needs some retrofits and upgrades. It also needs to be made more efficient in both its […]

Kathy Makino-Leipsitz ‒ Shelborne Development

Kathy Makino-Leipsitz says she was inspired as a teenager while reading “Nothing Down,” a book about buying real estate with little or no money down. But she admits that she didn’t foresee her business path going the way it did. Makino-Leipsitz bought her first duplex as a college freshman with the $2,500 she saved from […]

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