2016-17 NMU Construction Management Advisory Committee

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Scott Ampe

Mr. Ampe received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Northern Michigan University, and is currently a Superintendent with Turner Construction’s Great Lakes Region, working in Detroit, MI.  Scott returned to NMU to earn his degree after a lengthy career with Closner Construction performing concrete and masonry as a tradesman. Mr. Ampe interned for Turner at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field prior to joining them full-time.  Between stints with Turner, Scott was also a Project Manager with Colasanti Companies and a Superintendent for Walsh Construction.  His background includes commercial construction, water treatment plants, and self-performed general trades work. 

 
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Paul Bentley

Mr. Bentley received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Northern Michigan University, and accepted a position with The Walsh Group in Chicago, IL.  He spent several years working in multiple locations across the United States providing project and fleet management, as well as site supervision to a wide variety of large civil projects.  Mr. Bentley relocated back to the Upper Peninsula, and became the Area Manager for Payne & Dolan, Inc where he is responsible for all facets of the business group operation.  

 
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Kevin Bredeson

Mr. Bredeson received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Northern Michigan University, and is now the Vice President of Virtual Design & Construction at Suffolk Construction.  He lives in Chicago, IL, and has nationwide responsibilities for his division.  Kevin is an expert in the field of Building Information Modeling (BIM), and has earned several credentials in support of his expertise over the last 20 years.  He is an active leader that is deeply engaged with Suffolk’s projects, and provides guidance to assure that the client’s goals are met.

 

Amber Burden

Ms. Burden received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Northern Michigan University, and is now a Project Manager/Estimator for Hallack Contracting in Hart, Mich.  Amber brings to us 15+ years of site/civil construction experience and is responsible for managing all of Hallack Contracting’s municipal and MDOT projects, from bidding to close-out. 

She has also assumed the role of Safety Officer within the company.  Amber developed, and is responsible to implement the company-wide safety training program.

 

Jim Ebli

Mr. Ebli received a Building Construction Degree from Ferris State University, and is currently serving as President of Gundlach Champion, Inc., in Iron Mountain, Mich.  His construction career spans over 34 years.  It started with Blount Brothers Construction Company of Montgomery, Ala. In 1988 he moved his young family back to the Upper Peninsula to take a job with Gundlach Champion. 

 

During the past 25+, years he has worked on many projects throughout the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.  Mr. Ebli has been involved in Civil Trades contract negotiations for the past 8 years.  He currently serves as Management Co-Chair on the Upper Peninsula Construction Council, and is on the Board of Directors for the Associated General Contractor State of Michigan Chapter.

 

Adam Glover

Mr. Glover received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Northern Michigan University, and is a Superintendent with Power Construction in Chicago, IL.  He joined Power in 2008, and highlight projects include the historic renovation of the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago, the Kellogg Building for the Graduate Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  Adam has helped the Power team of Superintendent’s transition to a high-tech approach, as tablets and BIM kiosks have become the tools of choice on their projects over the last five years. 

 

Jim Johnson

Mr. Johnson received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Northern Michigan University, and is now a Project Manager for Closner Construction and Sales.  Upon graduation, Jim was a Project Engineer for a Concrete Structures of the Midwest, and managed all sorts of concrete foundations and concrete pours in Chicago prior to his relocation back to Marquette 2010.

 

Since joining the Closner team, Jim has managed projects at the Humboldt Mill, the Jacobetti Veterans Center, the Landmark Inn and the Upper Peninsula Health Systems replacement hospital.  He is a LEED AP BD&C.  Mr. Johnson has also become part of the ownership team of Closner.

 

Ken Kasten

Mr. Kasten received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Northern Michigan University.  He was a Project Manager and Estimator for Boldt in Appleton, WI after his graduation, and maintains the same role now with Gundlach Champion in Iron Mountain, MI.  Prior to entering Northern, Ken obtained the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army serving as a Military Police officer in Germany, Iraq and Louisiana (Hurricane Katrina).  He has extensive experience with pre-construction, the LEED certification process, productivity tracking, scheduling and integrated lean project delivery.

 

Tom Keranen

Mr. Keranen’s career spans 40+ years between the fields of engineering, project management and construction law.  He maintains active involvement with a variety of organizations and agencies; the American Bar Association, the Associated General Contractors, the Michigan Road Builders Association and the American Arbitration Association.

As both an attorney and arbitrator, Mr. Keranen has built a broad array of relationships.  Notably, he was the legal counsel for the consortium of organizations that created Consensus Docs®, which are contract documents that incorporate a shared risk approach to the construction process for Designers, Constructors and Owners.   

 

Joel Klahn

Mr. Klahn is a Northern Michigan University alum that has applied his talent and leadership as a Senior Project Executive to more than $1 billion worth of construction over the last 25 years, and is currently employed by the Pepper Construction Group in Chicago, IL.  He has actively recruited students from NMU’s Construction Management program to a variety of firms for over a decade.  Mr. Klahn readily shares his passion for continuing education and the Construction Industry with current students, faculty and industry peers.  He is an active presenter at national conferences on the topics of industrial, pharmaceutical and healthcare construction.

 

Jon Nehls

Mr. Nehls received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Northern Michigan University, and is a Field Operations Manager for Mortenson Construction.  Jon is responsible for the overall direction of field forces of Mortenson’s Wisconsin operations. Jon’s years of construction experience include a broad range of projects across the municipal, healthcare, data center, laboratory, corporate, museum, and renewable energy markets.  Jon is a member of the United States Green Building Council, the Milwaukee Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, as well as the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Concrete Institute.  He also serves on the WEPA (Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act) Governance Board.

 

Michael Oswald

Northern Michigan University, and is now the Chief Operating Officer for Hill and Wilkinson in Dallas, TX.  He has taken an active role in the strategic growth of Hill and Wilkinson by building relationships that have helped increase construction sales volume by at least 20% each year for the last five.  His ascent from Project Engineer spans more than a decade, and follows his career as a former MVP and Academic All-American for NMU’s football team.  Mr. Oswald is very active in recruiting talent from across the nation including Northern Michigan University.

 
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Derrick Pass

Mr. Pass received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Northern Michigan University.  After moving from Farmington Hills, MI to pursue his degree goal, Derrick had multiple opportunities to relocate outside the Marquette area.  He opted to stay, in order to own and operate North Pass Builders.  Derrick’s strong background in residential building and remodeling have been a beneficial addition to the market sector.

Additionally, he is the newest member of the faculty team as an adjunct instructor.

 
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Andy Sikkema

Mr. Sikkema split time as an Engineer with both Michigan’s Department of Transportation, or the United States Army Corps of Engineers for 30+ years, while serving 15+ as Area Manager for Engineering, Construction and Maintenance for the five county area in the Northwestern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  He has a broad background in civil and infrastructure construction, as well as a history of effective preconstruction planning.

 

Mr. Sikkema has served a dual role for a number of years.  He has been, and continues to be, an active member of the Advisory Committee.  He is also a valued member of the faculty team for more than a decade.  Additionally, Andy owns Sikkema Construction, which operates throughout the Upper Peninsula.

 

 

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