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Meet a few of our Menard Group USA Team Members

Chris Barber

Operations Engineer
Menard USA

Chris Barber

The Operations Department relies on Chris to track and analyze our equipment costs, and research cutting-edge machinery and materials that keeps Menard at the top of our game. This self-starter loves learning and takes any chance he can to soak up knowledge of our senior leadership. Chris is known around the office for his sharp wit, and less known for goal tending on his ice hockey team.

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Miranda Slomkowski

Sales Engineer
Menard Group USA

Miranda Slomkowski

Miranda joined Menard in 2016 and is a welcome addition to our Pittsburgh sales team. She works closely with her colleagues to put together estimates and proposals that will knock our client’s socks off. This rising star is already developing a name for herself in the geotechnical engineering field, and we can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.

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John Blackman

Construction Manager
US Wick Drain

John Blackman

John has worked on some of US Wick Drain’s most notable projects, including Port of Gulfport Restoration Program and Louis Armstrong International Airport Expansion. This problem solver anticipates issues and makes sure the superintendent has everything he needs to get the project up and running. John is a well-respected colleague and the superintendents love having him on their team.

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Steve Darnell

Project Manager
Menard Group USA

Steve Darnell

Steve is Menard’s main man for ground improvement projects in the Western United States. Safety and project productivity are always at the forefront of his mind; nothing slips through the cracks with Steve. He’s also in the running for the company record of most idioms used in a given day. To make a long story short, Steve is the best team member since sliced bread!

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Steve Borgmann

Estimating Engineer
Menard Group USA

Steve Borgmann

Steve is based in our Menard Philadelphia office, and is responsible for developing budget estimates and proposals that will blow our clients away! He’s been involved in some of our company’s most notable projects, including NJTA Interchange 14A and ePort Redevelopment. Away from ground improvement, this world traveler has his eye on crossing off a few more countries, like Cuba and Spain, from his bucket list.

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Gretchen Connelly

Marketing Director
Menard Group USA

Gretchen Connelly

Gretchen is the keeper of the Menard brand and creative brains behind our client-driven campaigns. She oversees all external-facing Marketing, including press releases, advertisements, and everything in between. Gretchen always has a funny story to share, and she’s super intuitive about the best strategies to let the rest of the world know how amazing Menard is. We feel lucky to work alongside this marketing guru!

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Rick Hammers

Chief Financial Officer
Menard Group USA

Rick Hammers

Few people know our company better than Rick. He’s been with Menard for more than 14 years, and in addition to being accountable for financial operations, Rick helps to develop our overall economic strategy. He’s a voice of reason and a well-respected colleague who genuinely cares about the company and the well-being of his team members.

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Jason Griffin

Vice President of Sales
Menard Group USA

Jason Griffin

Jason is the Sales Team’s fearless leader and has a special place in Menard history—starting as a Project Engineer in 2004 and working his way up to Vice President of Sales. He’s been a part of many challenging projects, including Essington Avenue and Squantum Gardens. When Jason’s not leading his team by example you can find this Pitmaster perfecting his BBQ and meat-smoking techniques.

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Zack Kovacs

Project Manager
Menard Group USA

Zack Kovacs

Zack is a rock star Project Manager based out of Menard’s Cleveland Office. He coordinates all aspects of the construction process, from managing a project’s budget and schedule, to taking time to thank the field teams for their hard work. Outside of Menard, Zack spends his time working out and rooting for his favorite ice hockey team—the Pittsburgh Penguins!

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Brandon Buschmeier

Engineering Manager
Menard Group USA

Brandon Buschmeier

As Engineering Manager, Brandon is a coach to the engineering team and empowers them to create inventive geotechnical solutions for our clients. Part leader and part practical optimist, Brandon has a reputation around the office for always being willing to lend a hand. But this engineering brainiac does have two weaknesses: a good baseball game and a brightly-colored golf polo.

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Justin LaBrozzi

Contract & Risk Management
Menard Group USA

Justin LaBrozzi

Justin might have the record for most job titles held within the company—starting with Intern and working up to his current role where he reviews and negotiates client contracts. His many hats and levelheaded personality makes Justin the go-to guy for almost all departments. The trick to getting on this jack-of-all-trade's good side is to bring him his favorite donut – chocolate cake.

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Krista Keener

Staff Accountant
Menard Group USA

Krista Keener

Krista works closely with our Operations team and the Assistant Controller to keep our internal equipment costs up to date. She’s a self-starter who thinks one of the coolest perks of working at Menard is getting out in the field to see our ground improvement techniques in action. When she’s not helping to keep the company financially on track, Krista’s planning her next vacation abroad.

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Lorraine Kemmerling

Office Manager
Menard Group USA

Lorraine Kemmerling

Lorraine is Menard’s Office Manager, and a key player to keeping our company running smoothly and efficiently. Her colleagues know that when they need an extra hand, Lorraine will be there with a smile and positive attitude ready to jump in. She’s an organizational expert who takes a genuine interest in the lives of everyone she meets. We count ourselves lucky that she’s a member of our team!

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Todd Springer

Operations Manager
Menard Group USA

Todd Springer

Todd turns challenging projects into successes by supervising the labor force, equipment, and overseeing general repairs when necessary. He’s one of the most humble members of our team, and is one of the best story tellers around. This world traveler has his pilot’s license and regularly takes weekend flying trips with his Pug dog.

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Jim Naples

Sales Engineer
Menard Group USA

Jim Naples

Jim is the Menard Sales Engineer for the Mid-West Region, where he coordinates with clients to create ground improvement solutions that fits their needs. He’s been involved in many different types of Mid-West projects: from large transportation undertakings, to smaller convenience store jobs, to everything in between! In 2017, Jim relocated from Cleveland to Chicago to open a new Menard office—but he will always be a proud Ohio State Buckeye.

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Ian Brake

Project Manager
US Wick Drain

Ian Brake

Ian began his career with US Wick Drain as a laborer, and has since held almost every operations position on his way to becoming a Project Manager. No matter his role, Ian has always enjoyed forming relationships with clients and his team members. He’s a self-described ‘boots-on-the-ground-type’ guy, who knows what it takes to get a project done safely and quickly while meeting client expectations.

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Chris Parinella

Vice President of Operations
Menard Group USA

Chris Parinella

Chris is a manager, leader, and mentor to our Project Managers and Engineers. He’s worked on some of our most recognizable projects, including Prologis Ports Pulaski and Goya Foods Warehouse, and with more than 30 years of experience we’re convinced he’s seen it all. Chris is known for being firm but fair—and for having one of the best sense of humors in the company.

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Maysill Pascal

Business Development Manager
Menard Group USA

Maysill Pascal

Maysill joined the company in 2015 and brings more than 15 years of experience to her role as Business Development Manager for the Texas and Gulf Coast regions. This go-getter’s favorite part of her job is fostering relationships with clients and spreading the word about how awesome Menard is. After work hours, Maysill likes to spend her time volunteering and giving back to the community.

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Dave Sandstrom

Regional Sales Manager
Menard Group USA

Dave Sandstrom

Dave heads up our Pittsburgh Sales Office. He’s been working in geotechnical engineering for over 30 years, and has developed a reputation with the younger engineers for knowing just about every industry player in the Pittsburgh area. When not mentoring his sales team you can catch Dave around the Pittsburgh music scene playing guitar in his swing band.

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Sarah Ramp

Design Engineer
Menard Group USA

Sarah Ramp

Sarah is an ambitious Design Engineer based in our Pittsburgh office. Her unique ground improvement designs are helping her make a name for herself in the geotechnical engineering community. In her free time, this up-and-comer exercises her green thumb and plants all kinds of veggies in her garden. Whatever Sarah puts her mind to, we feel pretty confident that she'll succeed!

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Greg Simmons

Business Development Manager
Menard Group USA

Greg Simmons

Greg is in charge of our Washington, D.C. office and heads up Business Development for Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and the DC-Metro region. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS and MS in Civil Engineering.

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Julian Pearlman

Estimating Engineer
Menard Group USA

Julian Pearlman

Julian joined the Menard family in 2016 and is responsible for searching out new ground improvement opportunities in the southern New York area. Julian is rarely seen without a cup of coffee in his hands, but after work he trades in the mug for a tennis racket so he can practice his backhand on the court. Julian is dedicated to his clients, and we’re excited to have him on our team!

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Zack Leghart

Safety Engineer
Menard Group USA

Zack Leghart

As Menard’s Safety Engineer, Zack coordinates with our Operations Department to develop safe working environments for our team in the shop and the field. Zack learned first-hand as a Menard laborer that we all have a responsibility to make sure everyone goes home safely at the end of each day. This Pittsburgher not only bleeds black and gold, but he’s definitely in the running for best beard/hair combo in the company.

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Brett Rentschler

Purchasing Manager
Menard Group USA

Brett Rentschler

As our Purchasing Manager, the relationships Brett has cultivated with national suppliers are invaluable to the company. He has one of the most upbeat personalities in the office and quickly puts his coworkers at ease. Get Brett talking about his love of cars and you’re sure to win brownie points—or just learn to pronounce his name correctly!

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Todd Risner

Superintendent
Menard Group USA

Todd Risner

As a Superintendent, Todd is responsible for the setup, supervision, and monitoring of our specialty ground improvement projects. With every job he’s coordinating production and equipment, making sure that safety requirements are being met, and ensuring quality control. Todd has a reputation for being able to resolve potential issues like a pro—and for bringing in donuts for his team members!

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