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Michael Hernandez, Senior Project Manager, notes, “I am glad to be a part of a team that works with integrity and has an established positive reputation in the community.” Michael joined the Broeren Russo team after gaining 20 years of industry experience in Architecture, Development and Construction Management. His daily responsibilities include on-site project management, communication, and coordination with architects, owners and subcontractors.
Kaelob Capel draws on his past experience as a project engineer and building inspector in fulfilling his responsibilities as a Senior Project Manager. “I enjoy being onsite and collaborating with the subcontractors to achieve the overall goal of exceeding a client’s expectations.” His ability to manage daily on-site project needs and communicate in a diplomatic manner with all parties allows him to guide each project to successful completion.
Austin Hogue rejoined the Broeren-Russo team in 2014 as an Estimator, and is now the Construction Services Manager. Austin notes, “The BR team rallies together to put our best foot forward when preparing estimates through the completion of a project.” As the Construction Services Manager, Austin’s responsibilities include reviewing plans and specs, preparing project schedules, communicating with subcontractors, and coordinating the construction team for each of his projects.
Nathan Steffen is excited to join the Broeren Russo team as a Project Manager. “Broeren Russo is a company with a great family environment where everyone works as a team to provide a successful project within budget and on-time,” he notes. Nathan uses his experience in the architecture and design/build industry to communicate clearly with architects, owners and subcontractors. Nathan’s ability to quickly identify concerns and propose timely solutions allows him to successfully lead his team on each project.
Jacob Scott, Project Manager, decided to join the Broeren Russo team because he wanted to partner with owners to successfully complete projects on time and within budget. Jacob is a 2011 graduate of the Civil Engineering program at the University of Illinois. Through his past experiences as a superintendent, field engineer, and quality control manager, Jacob has developed a strong ability to gather and communicate information that is vital to keeping projects moving forward.
Gokhul Ranganath, Senior Project Engineer, joined the Broeren Russo team after completing a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois. Gokhul appreciates working with highly skilled and motivated individuals each day. His responsibilities include document control, daily progress reports, and subcontractor relations. “Teamwork goes a long way for Broeren Russo and our clients,” Gokhul notes. “It enables us to meet schedule deadlines and handle projects with top quality.”
Nick Schnepper, Project Engineer, brings a wide variety of work and life experiences to the Broeren Russo team. Nick spent several years gaining experience as a general contractor in Chicago. In addition, he brings a unique perspective through his previous labor experience in the construction industry. In his role as Project Engineer, Nick uses his communication and organizational skills to ensure a safe and efficient working environment.
“My experience working at Broeren Russo has been like joining a new family,” states Jaime Jones, Project Engineer at Broeren Russo. “This family is kind and they care about each other and the community, so I get to be a part of that expression.” Jaime coordinated the 40th Anniversary celebration and outreach activities in 2017, and rejoined the team in 2021 to manage out-of-state projects. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a Bachelors in Political Science (2015) and a Masters in Urban Planning (2017).
Dawson DeGroot is excited to join the Broeren Russo team as a Construction Services Project Engineer. “I enjoy learning from the managers on each project, and being a part of this team,” he notes. Dawson supports the project management team through estimating, scheduling, documentation, and material procurement. On a daily basis, Dawson communicates with team members to ensure project success.
Dave Doty is an Assistant Estimator and Project Manager for Broeren Russo. After graduating from Lakeland Community College with an associates degree in architectural technologies, Dave spent the next 26 years performing estimating and project management duties for commercial construction projects. Dave notes, “working for a company with true family values, that supports its team members and mixes in some fun, makes doing what you love to do seem a lot less like work.”
Brandon Cooper is an Assistant Estimator for Broeren Russo. “Working with such an experienced team as Broeren Russo is both amazing and humbling,” he notes. After completing two years in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois, Brandon spent fifteen years in the workforce in management roles. The skills that Brandon developed help him work alongside the project staff to complete tasks promptly and communicate clearly with all individuals on the jobsite.
With over 40 years in the construction business, Gene Lenzi joined the Broeren Russo team in January of 2005, bringing this wealth of construction experience. His typical day includes obtaining plans and specs, working out details with subcontractors, participating in pre-bid meetings, meeting with owners, and ultimately preparing precise estimates. “The Broeren Russo management team’s diverse background and experience would probably surprise most people,” he adds. “We have earned our reputation for great buildings and great relationships.”