Movers and Shakers Week Ending 05.06.22
Pat Smith Named President of CFC Construction
CFC Construction announced that Pat Smith has been promoted to president of the Colorado-based general contractor. Pat’s 30+ years of construction experience span a range of roles and product types across both domestic and international markets. His wide-ranging experience, alongside his commitment to team development, coaching, and upholding CFC’s field-first, employee-centric culture, make him an ideal choice for directing the firm’s broad capabilities and continued growth.
CFC Founder and Chairman EJ Olbright is looking forward to the energy Pat brings, saying, “Pat has been preparing for this role and is more than ready for it. He is a true builder and brings great enthusiasm and expertise, and has built strong relationships with our clients, subcontractors, and the design community. He is ready for the challenge and excited to guide our path forward.”
Pat joined CFC in 2015 as a construction manager, quickly distinguishing himself as a results-oriented leader and effective team builder. He is a long-standing member of the firm’s leadership team, having been promoted to vice president of operations in 2017. Pat’s path to becoming CFC’s president was set in 2018 as part of the company’s five-year transition plan to its next-generation of leaders.
Pat, who earned his BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a past participant in the Downtown Denver Leadership Program. He spent the first several years of his career working with some of the largest general contractors in the US and abroad. His experience spans numerous construction types, including steel, prefab, tilt-up, cast-in-place concrete and wood frame. His completed projects are in a variety of market sectors: multifamily, senior living, office, industrial, health care, hospitality, tenant finish, and beyond. Pat’s first project in Colorado was the construction of Concourse A at Denver International Airport in 1991. Over the years, he has led dozens of successful projects throughout Colorado, from the plains to the peaks.
New Hire SVN | Denver Commercial
SVN | Denver Commercial, one of Colorado’s top producing real estate investment brokerage firms, is pleased to announce the addition of Bill Henry as a senior advisor.
“Bill brings his extensive experience and skill set in the senior housing and industrial development categories to our firm, and we are excited to welcome him to SVN and our Denver office,” said Managing Director Steve Kawulok. “With this background in development and acquisition, we expect him to quickly become a market leader in the senior housing category across the United States. He has worked with both institutional and private clients which matches well with SVN’s national presence in the market.”
Laramar Group Promotes Annie Korenjak to Director of Talent Engagement
The Laramar Group, a leading national real estate investment and property management company, announced the promotion of Annie Korenjak to director of talent engagement as part of a strategic initiative to expand recruitment and engagement of top talent. The new position is the cornerstone of an expanding Human Resources department that will focus on talent investment throughout the company.
As part of this initiative, Laramar also promoted one employee and hired two others. The employees are based in the company’s Denver office.
Laramar’s footprint includes more than 150 multi-family communities in more than 20 markets from coast to coast. Laramar also invests in the medical office and life sciences sectors through its Laramar Medical Office Fund I. The company has corporate offices in Chicago and Denver.
“Our employees are the foundation of our company and play a critical role in supporting the residents in our properties, as well as our business partners and suppliers across the country,” said Jeffrey Elowe, CEO of Laramar. “We are dedicated to expanding our efforts to recruit, engage, and retain the best talent and build a strong company leadership pipeline for the future.”
In the new role, Ms. Korenjak will manage multiple human resources initiatives that have been added or expanded over the past few years to recognize and support employee achievements, wellness, and diversity. Those programs include: Recognize, Laramar Wellness, the Culture Committee and the Make It Matter Equity and Inclusion program. She was previously HR business partner, a position she held since 2019.
She will also initiate programs that align with feedback from the company’s corporate and property-level employees. “I am excited to be bringing on Annie to this new role at Laramar as we continue to build on the strong, employee-centric culture that has made this a great place to work,” said Amy Pagett, vice president of human resources. “Over the past two years, we have all learned the importance of bringing people together and supporting an engaging culture that benefits our employees and the community.”
Murphy Company Hires Veteran Senior Estimator and Mechanical Engineer
Murphy Company, a mechanical construction contractor that has operated in Colorado for more than 35 years, announced recently that the company hired industry veteran Tim Mesnickow as a senior estimator and Jordan Wood as a mechanical engineer on the Design-Build team.
“As we continue to grow, we look for talent in the industry who can execute at a high level and help drive our mission and values as a company,” said Greg Friess, general manager at Murphy. “Tim and Jordan offer distinct skillsets and perspectives that will enhance Murphy’s offerings to all of our clients. We’re grateful to have them join our team.”
Offering more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Mesnickow joined the estimating team to offer his expertise on a variety of ongoing projects, ranging from plumbing to HVAC wet and dry processes. Mesnickow earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from California State University at Chico. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and rare breed hunting dog, Jäger.
Having worked in the mechanical industry for six years, Wood is an engineering-in-training (EIT) and LEED Green Associate. Wood supports the design process of full HVAC and plumbing systems for permit approval as well as conceptualizing unpermitted construction drawings with basic equipment selections. Outside of his professional life, Jordan is an avid hiker, having once backpacked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine over the course of six months.