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Division 110 Announces Field Leadership Promotions

[GRAND RAPIDS, MI] – “The biggest opportunity for Division 110 is clear,” shared Executive Vice President Matt Fennema. “It’s empowering the people on our team to take this organization to the next level.”

Fennema and Director of Operations Steve McCoy recently announced comprehensive promotions across Kent Companies’ largest operating division in the Midwest. Fennema continued, “The past few years are marked by two things: incredible growth and the hard-fought victories of our field team. The Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo skylines have several new multi-story buildings. Our field leaders and their crews brought those structures to life, and it’s clear they’re ready to take on more.”

McCoy added, “Every high-performing team has a responsibility to review its own performance carefully. We know where we’re strong and where we have the opportunity to grow.”  McCoy continued, “We’re advancing our team members and clarifying their responsibilities. Doing so creates an incredible opportunity to cultivate talent throughout all ranks on the team.”

Chief Operating Officer Dave Schoonbeck emphasized the importance of collaboration between the field and business operations. “We value all perspectives, so in some cases, we moved members of the field into business roles to help improve our overall operations. No one operates in a vacuum. We need input and on-going communication from everyone to deliver projects safely and profitably. Every member of the team has a stake in the outcome.”

Division 110’s field leadership structure includes the following promotions and associated responsibilities:

General Superintendent

Joe Fedewa assumes the role of General Superintendent. He will work in partnership with Mike VanBemden, Troy Clinger and Randy Bergakker to provide top-level guidance for field operations and to manage the financial performance of assigned jobs.

Field Superintendents

Field Superintendents are accountable for safety and the day-to-day oversight of assigned jobs. They are responsible for two-week look aheads, project schedule and critical milestones.

  • Darryl Charles
  • Ryan Ladner
  • Phil Shafer

Senior Foremen

Senior Foremen lead safety, productivity and quality initiatives for crew(s) or smaller projects as assigned. They help derive and maintain two-week look aheads and are responsible for communicating and measuring each project’s scorecard factors with their team. Senior Foremen embody the RED Code values throughout all day to day activities.

  • Jose Carrillo
  • Bob Despres
  • Mike Garland
  • Mark Hall
  • Adam Hawley
  • Casey Kazemier
  • Jeremiah Kol
  • Kurt McEntaffer
  • Clayton Schlotterbeck  
  • Jake Smit
  • Pat Sullivan

Foremen

Foremen conduct daily job hazard analyses and implement activities defined by two-week look aheads. Foremen embody RED Code values and assist Senior Foremen with meeting customer expectations for safety, productivity, quality and customer service.

  • Dave Cowley
  • Chris Lapekas
  • Saul Martinez
  • Jorge Najera
  • Rick Roenicke
  • Dante Rogers
  • Kevin Westbrook
  • Ben Zemaitis

Project Engineers

Project Engineers assist in the development of estimates and documentation for daily field operations.

  • Jacob Otto
  • Mike Thomas

Fennema continued, “There are a lot of opportunities to grow on our team, and we’ll continue to elevate those who demonstrate our values and deliver on our Four Hallmarks.”

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About Kent Companies:

Kent Companies is a 3rd-generation family-owned business with expertise in commercial and industrial construction, mixed-use construction, multi-family housing, tilt-up concrete, post-tensioned cast in place structures and a full range of concrete-related specialties.

Kent Companies is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has operations in Detroit, Michigan; Dallas and Austin, Texas; central Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina and St. Louis, Missouri. Kent Companies employs over 1,400 concrete construction professionals nationwide, and the organization is ranked in the top 12 concrete contractors nationwide by ENR Magazine. The Kent Companies team has built a reputation as “Leaders in Concrete.”