Justin Newman joins hardison/downey as VP & COO

Industry veteran Justin Newman has joined hardison/downey construction (h/dc) as Vice President and COO, assuming a leadership position as the company expands its footprint as part of the Kitchell family of companies.

“Justin will be a great addition as we leverage his deep experience to grow our market share,” said h/dc President Pat Downey.

Newman comes to Kitchell from McCarthy, where he grown his career for the past 17 years after graduating from Northern Arizona University, eventually assuming the role of Operations Director. His broad experience ranges from alternative energy and public works to criminal justice and high-end residential projects, located throughout the country. He also brings tremendous industry knowledge and insights to h/dc, as well as marketing, sales, construction and operational experience. 

Newman serves on the NAU Student Advisory Board, the Executive Board of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters and is involved with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce as a Federal Affairs Committee Member. He is a graduate of the Arizona Builders Alliance Advanced Leadership Development Program.

h/dc became part of Kitchell in 2010, and while maintaining its commercial shell and tenant improvement project work, has also expanded its student housing, multifamily and senior living portfolio. The company’s Phoenix location is just up the street from Kitchell’s Phoenix headquarters, where it is home to 75 employees. Kitchell’s other affiliated companies are Kitchell Development Company, Kitchell Contractors Inc., Sacramento-based Kitchell CEM  and American Refrigeration Services.

Build Fore Good nets more than $300k for nonprofits since inception

In its fifth year, the Build Fore Good golf tournament has grown into a fun and unpretentious day for professionals in the building industry, with the side benefit of raising a remarkable amount of money for local nonprofits. This year’s beneficiary is the Foundation for Blind Children, which received a $60,000 contribution from the tournament proceeds, bringing the total dollars raised for local charitable organizations to more than $300,000 since the tournament’s inception.

Held at the beautiful Kierland golf course during November’s prime golfing season, the 2017 tournament hosted 216 golfers on three courses and was produced by 30 volunteers from Kitchell and hardison/downey construction, inc. Foursomes were treated to competitive challenges and diversions peppered throughout the golf course, including massage stations, corn hole, hole-in-one, longest drive and speed hole competitions. The tournament’s title sponsor was Mark-Taylor. Other sponsors were Lockton and American Openings.

“It’s important for us to support organizations to which our employee-owners are connected,” said Kitchell CEO Jim Swanson. “With many of our team members working on the Foundation’s physical expansion and seeing firsthand how expansive their reach is, selecting them as this year’s beneficiary just made sense.”

The Foundation for Blind Children (www.seeitourway.org) serves the blind and visually impaired of all ages, striving to serve as the community resource for blind, visually impaired and multi-handicapped children, adults and their families. The organization has locations in the East Valley, West Valley and Central Phoenix.

The Foundation is one of many nonprofit recipients of Kitchell’s generosity, which has exceeded $500,000 over the past year benefiting communities where Kitchell has offices and operations throughout the country. Support throughout the year has encompassed K-12 schools, Teach for America, Ryan House, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and Desert Mission Food Bank, among others. This year, Kitchell employees, through the Foundation, also contributed more than $34,000 to hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida.