Movers and Shakers Week Ending 10.18.19

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Haselden Promotes JJ Rams to COO

JJ Rams

Haselden Construction has promoted JJ Rams to the position of chief operating officer. Rams has worked for Haselden Construction for more than 18 years, most recently as vice president of business development and previously as president of the company’s Wyoming office. In these roles, he focused on securing new business for the Haselden’s healthcare, education, and mountain divisions, as well as creating internal alignment to streamline and enhance relationships with customers during construction.

In August 2019, Haselden appointed Rams as chief operating officer to oversee its business development, preconstruction, operations, and human resources departments. In this role, Rams will expand the company’s strategy of “pursue, plan, execute, and reward” to create alignment across each of the departments he oversees, as well as integrate practices that enhance the customer experience and ensure smooth transitions between each phase of a project from preconstruction through project completion and warranty.

Rams states that his vision is to bring a collaborative “can do” attitude and approach to operations management. “When people come together in a collaborative manner, they become more invested in a project,” Rams notes. “When people are invested, they act as a project advocate, are working at their best and highest potential, are bringing solutions to challenges, and are meeting the needs and demands of the customer.”

With nearly 30 years of industry experience, Rams has held various positions within the operations, preconstruction, and business development fields, and has managed projects totaling more than $1 billion in value. He has created and implemented practices improving staffing and manpower, cost savings techniques, budget and timeline planning, interdepartmental communication, and transparency among customers and partners.

“Demands of the current construction climate in Colorado require more transparency with customers, more robust design collaboration, and earlier allocation of manpower,” Rams adds. “The industry requires companies to be innovative in their delivery methods and communication for a successful outcome.”

“JJ’s understanding of our industry and current market conditions has allowed us to successfully grow our business and customer relationships over the years,” said Byron Haselden, CEO and president of Haselden Construction. “He has worked on some of our largest projects and with some of our longest-standing customers. His collective approach will really support our mantra to be the most proactive, consistent, and innovative contractor anytime or anywhere by 2023.”


Venture Architecture Welcomes New Project Manager James Hart

James Hart

Venture Architecture, a Denver-based firm specializing in discovery-focused design and delivery, recently welcomed James Hart to its architecture and design team.

Hart brings an extensive background in multifamily design, project management and BIM management to Venture Architecture’s diverse design practice. In his new role, he will be responsible for managing commercial design projects from concept through occupancy.

 “James’ passion for creating authentic, meaningful spaces that blend beautiful design, materiality and functionality aligns with Venture’s discovery-focused design approach,” said Martin Goldstein, principal architect at Venture Architecture. “As we continue to grow our portfolio, his particular expertise in multifamily design and track record successfully delivering complex projects of varying scales will serve as valuable assets to our team.”

Hart brings eight years of experience to Venture Architecture. Previously, as a designer and BIM manager at San Francisco and Denver-based Van Meter Williams Pollack, Hart led design projects for multifamily clients including the adaptive reuse of a historic building in Texas into an 85-unit multifamily affordable housing development and supported a number of workforce housing projects in Colorado and along the West Coast.

“As a project manager, I believe that good design can be a catalyst for restoration and positive change within communities,” said James. “Venture Architecture’s team brings a refreshing approach to design that results is high-quality projects that benefit our communities for years to come. I look forward to lending my skills and creativity to this team.” 

Hart earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver as well as a Design-Build Professional™ certification.


Ryan Searle Joins Industrial Team of Drew McManus and Bryan Fry

Ryan Searle

The Denver office of Cushman & Wakefield has hired Ryan Searle, who joins the Industrial team of Drew McManus and Bryan Fry as a director. Ryan brings six years of experience to the team.

“Ryan is a leader and seasoned veteran in industrial real estate and we’re thrilled to have him join the team,” said McManus.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Ryan worked as a vice president at NAI Partners in Houston. During his time at NAI Partners, Ryan specialized in representing landlords and sellers in leasing and selling large industrial space.

Ryan grew up in Castle Rock and holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University. He and his wife, Jessica, have two daughters and enjoy spending time in the mountains skiing and hiking.

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