Movers and Shakers Week Ending 01.21.22

i2 Hires New Superintendent and Preconstruction Manager

Rachel Hottor
Ken Fowler

i2 Construction, a Denver-based full-service commercial general contractor recently welcomed two new professionals to its team: Rachel Hottor as preconstruction manager, and Ken Fowler as superintendent.

Fowler has three decades of experience in the industry, working on historical site remodels, state & federal projects, multifamily, restaurants, T.I., as well as high-end million-dollar residential homes. He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of staff and safety on the construction site. He will also handle project schedules and progress, as well as serve as the link between other managers. Prior to working at i2, Fowler worked with The Rock Community Church, Kiewit, Turner, Saunders, Jordy & Holder. Fowler graduated from BSPM with a Bachelor of Science in Project Management.

Rachel Hottor has eight years of industry experience. Prior to becoming preconstruction manager, she previously served as preconstruction estimator at i2. Rachel will support clients who need to make real-time budgeting decisions during the preconstruction process. Before joining i2, Rachel worked on tenant improvements for offices, schools, showrooms, restaurants, and more. Rachel is an American Society of Plumbing Engineers Board Member. She has a Master’s in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Denver and a BS in Chemistry from Adams State University.

“We are honored and grateful to have added such talented new hires to our team,” said Clint Schmitz, i2 vice president of business development. “Their expertise and background will further enhance the level of service we deliver to our clients and the market as a whole.”  


RiNo Art District Elevates Two Team Members to Leadership Roles

John Deffenbaugh
Alye Sharp

RiNo Art District, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit grassroots arts organization dedicated to fostering a welcoming, creative community where a diversity of artists, residents and businesses thrive, announced the promotions of long-time staff members John Deffenbaugh and Alye Sharp. Deffenbaugh, who has served as projects director for the past three years, is now the art district’s senior director of Strategy and Projects. Sharp has been named deputy director after leading the organization as the Community Outreach Director for the past six years.

“Both Alye and John have put their heart and soul into shaping the character of RiNo Art District,” said Tracy Weil, co-founder and executive director of RiNo Art District. “They have been invaluable in efforts ranging from championing vital infrastructure improvements and bringing our new ArtPark to life to bringing in exciting new programming for creatives of all ages and backgrounds. We look forward to the expanded impact they’ll have in their new leadership roles.”

As Senior Director of Strategy and Projects, Deffenbaugh will continue to oversee key initiatives for the district with a focus on accessibly, equity and sustainability. He will also assume administration of both RiNo’s Business Improvement District and its General Improvement District, which assess commercial and residential property to generate funding for projects, programming, and public infrastructure improvements the five historic neighborhoods that encompass the district. Drawing on more than 18 years of experience leading complex architectural, urban and creative design initiatives in the U.S. and U.K., Deffenbaugh will also lead the development of the second phase of RiNo ArtPark, a new creative hub for innovation, education, small business, and community in the Five Points neighborhood.

As Deputy Director, Sharp will work closely with Weil to lead new and existing strategic partnerships between the district’s broad spectrum of stakeholders including established businesses, entrepreneurs, developers and visitors alike. Leading the organization’s outreach and engagement efforts at the city and state level, Sharp will also help to oversee RiNo’s programs and organizational strategy ensuring each collaboration honors its historic neighborhoods. Sharp brings extensive experience in the nonprofit arts sector, having worked with the Art District on Santa Fe, Centro Inc. and ArtWorks Cincinnati prior to joining RiNo in 2014.

“Building community and connecting people through art is at the heart of what we do at RiNo Art District,” Weil continued. “Alye and John are committed to making sure this creative district continues to thrive, and I couldn’t be prouder to work alongside such talented and passionate leaders.”


Taylor Kohrs Announces New Hires

Mike Carey
Evan Gomez

Taylor Kohrs, a Colorado-based general contractor for nearly 40 years, announced it recently hired Mike Carey as its marketing and business development associate, and Evan Gomez as project engineer.

In his role as marketing and business development associate with Taylor Kohrs, Carey is responsible for connecting with customers and other project stakeholders to understand their needs and communicate how Taylor Kohrs can support those needs. Mike also oversees RFQ and RFP responses, coordinates company events, and generates content for social media.

“Mike is a professional and personable individual who connects well with people, and we are excited that he decided to join the Taylor Kohrs team,” said Brian Cohen, vice president of business development, Taylor Kohrs.

Carey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Gettysburg College.

In his role as a project engineer with Taylor Kohrs, Gomez is responsible for coordination between office and field staff to ensure compliance among all jobsite activities and documentation, including submittals, shop drawings, RFI’s, meeting minutes, as-built records, warranties, and other project documentation. He also works closely with subcontractors and material suppliers to ensure timely deliveries and continuous workflows.

“Evan is a strong addition to the Taylor Kohrs team and our customers enjoy working with him,” said Scott Heasty, vice president of operations, Taylor Kohrs. “He is experienced in a wide range of industries and construction projects.”

Gomez earned a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Ferris State University. His certifications include OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety and Health, and CPR.


Tim Johnson Appointed as Regional Director for GH Phipps in Northern Colorado

Tim Johnson

GH Phipps announced that Tim Johnson has been appointed as the regional director for GH Phipps in Northern Colorado. In his role, Johnson will be responsible for maintaining the high level of service that GH Phipps has become known for throughout Colorado and Wyoming and also supporting the strong base of employees and customers in Northern Colorado.

Mr. Johnson has more than 16 years of experience in the construction industry, managing more than $330 million worth of construction projects for a variety of industries including education, healthcare, office, industrial, entertainment and multifamily projects. He holds a Class A Contractors License and is a certified Construction Risk Insurance Specialist.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity of delivering the added-value, knowledge and relationships that a company with the reputation of GH Phipps can provide to our clients and partners,” said Johnson, who previously held project executive, senior project manager and director of risk management positions. “We’ve had a presence in Northern Colorado, and I’m looking forward to establishing an even greater and more admired role throughout the region. Our team is looking forward to continuing to forge outstanding relationships and achieve the construction goals for all of our clients.”








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