Movers and Shakers Week Ending 03.18.22
i2 Construction Adds Five New Hires
i2 Construction, a Denver-based full-service commercial general contractor, recently welcomed five new employees to its team: Garrett Luallen as project manager; Bob Parlett as superintendent; Megan Gautreaux as business development coordinator; Megan Bailey as assistant project manager; and Zane Knapp as a project superintendent.
“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.”
In his role as Project Manager, Garrett Luallen will assist superintendents by managing submittals, tracking long leads, obtaining permits, and establishing and maintaining healthy client relationships. Luallen has six years of experience in various positions within the construction industry. He began his career in materials and soil testing and worked his way up to project management. Luallen is experienced in asphalt/paving, concrete, and has worked on some civil engineering projects. He is proud to have served clients such as the City of Denver, Adams County, and CDOT, as well as other general contractors.
Luallen was a member of Martin Marietta Safety Committee in 2018 and 2020 and holds a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Geology/Earth Science from the University of Northern Colorado (2013).
Bob Parlett has 30 years of commercial and residential experience, including ground-up construction and tenant improvements. He also proudly served 10.5 years in the army. He has worked with a variety of clients including Enterprise Holdings, Kroger, Tesla, Loaves and Fishes.
As a Superintendent, Parlett will help direct i2’s field forces, supervise subs, maintain schedules, coordinate weekly meetings, and expedite materials, as well as bring projects to completion with client confidence and the highest level of quality. He received his BBM from Kaplan University and is an ordained minister.
As Business Development Coordinator, Megan Gautreaux works to expand upon existing client relationships while building new connections in the construction industry. She comes to i2 with eight years of marketing and business development experience in the engineering and energy industries. Prior to i2, she worked in marketing for the Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy sectors as well as Construction. Gautreaux is currently a member of CREW, Women’s Energy Network, Accelerent, CoreNet, and Colorado Space Coalition. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Zane Knapp comes from a long line of contractors. He’s been around the business since he was a kid and entered professionally into construction in 2012. He spent the first few years in a handful of different trades before moving into the project management/superintendent side of the business in 2015. As a Project Superintendent at i2, Zane will ensure that the end-user has the best possible experience with i2 by overseeing day-to-day operations of staff and safety on the jobsite. His experience is mostly in residential (including finishes in high-end homes) and outdoor living and landscaping. He has worked with clients such as DR Horton, Lokal, Richmond American Homes, Mosaic Outdoor Living & Landscapes. He is certified in First Aid and OSHA 10. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado Christian University.
Megan Bailey has been hired as an assistant project manager. She has five years of experience as an APM and project engineer working in TI, data centers, and multifamily housing. At i2 she will assist the site superintendent and i2 project manager with managing submittals, tracking long-lead materials, and obtaining permits, all while establishing and maintaining client relationships. Prior to working with i2, Bailey worked with clients including American Airlines, Arizona State University, and NTT Global Data Centers. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science from Texas A&M University.
Denver Commercial Property Services Welcomes Arborist Matt Schovel
Denver Commercial Property Services (DCPS), a leading commercial property services company based in Colorado, is excited to welcome Matt Schovel as general manager of the plant health & tree care segment. As a second-generation certified arborist, Matt brings over 30 years of managerial experience and technical expertise to the organization.
Originally from the New York Hudson River Valley, Matt made the state of Colorado his home in 1982, where he built his own tree care company in Colorado Springs. After selling the company in 1998, he worked for multiple prominent local tree and plant health care companies. Matt has been awarded multiple accolades in his career including being named one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Salespeople in Colorado by Colorado Biz Magazine.
“Matt joins a seasoned leadership team that averages over 25 years of tree and plant health experience. His reputation for growing divisions while building a customer-centric operational infrastructure is exciting, and our customers will benefit from Matt’s expertise and leadership,” said Dale Heims, owner of DCPS.
Matt has a history of streamlining the customer experience, making it easier to do business, which has been a key to his successful career in addition to his expertise and consistently high work standards. For Matt, success comes down to something simple: follow through. Do what you say you will do.
“I am thrilled to join DCPS. Their focus on quality and customer service aligns with my values and standards and reverberates throughout the organization. It is what sets DCPS apart, and I am excited to continue servicing our customers with my industry knowledge and experience,” stated Schovel.
Impact Commercial Adds Two New Brokers
Impact Commercial is pleased to welcome two new brokers to the firm, Jessica Brejcha and Jeff Destache.
Jessica Brejcha joined Impact in early 2022, and quickly made an impression on our team. Jessica has an infectious personality that attracts people from all walks of life and is quickly building her clientele. Jessica started her career in residential real estate in 2014 and migrated to commercial in 2018 with a different company. Jessica will represent clients with the utmost professionalism and capabilities.
Born and raised in Littleton, Jessica attended college at Western State in Gunnison where flip-flops in the winter are common attire. Since moving back to metro Denver, Jess has settled in Parker where she is raising her family. Jessica is a member of the Northwest Douglas County Chamber/EDC and Parker Chamber of Commerce.
Jeff Destache was raised in Omaha, NE before moving to Colorado in 2014. While in Omaha and Colorado, Jeff focused on business and medicine. Jeff is a certified EMT and spent most of his career traveling to different hospitals. When he was not working in healthcare, Jeff often consulted on business structures and cashflow. Jeff has taken his experience in business to ownership too. This is where Jeff realized the lack of representation most business owners have in commercial real estate and decided to change his career and join the commercial real estate community.
When Jeff is not working, he enjoys riding his bike over 50 miles at a time. You can see him on the cherry creek trail. He also enjoys traveling and has been to the UK, Costa Rica, and all over the Caribbean. Jeff is an avid oil painter and is currently developing a book he’d like to write.
Because of Jeff’s skills in medicine and business development, Jeff is an aggressive and creative negotiator and always tries to find a win-win situation; even when that’s an out-of-the-box solution.
Hensel Phelps Announces Promotion
Hensel Phelps announced the promotion of RJ Barron to general superintendent. RJ’s portfolio of work with Hensel Phelps expands over $1.5 billion of work throughout his 22-year career. For three years, RJ supported the Associated General Contractors of Colorado’s Future Leaders Forum by volunteering at their monthly Construction Career Day events.
As general superintendent, RJ will be responsible for project execution, the overall schedule, site logistics, forecasting and managing major obstacles, and ensuring efficiency and safety in the field. In his new role, RJ will be building Meta’s Kuna Data Center project in Kuna, Idaho. RJ earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management at Colorado State University.