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Our People

We are a team of more than 300, with talents and skills that are unsurpassed in our industry. 
Rockford’s team begins with these fearless leaders:
 

Mike VanGessel
Mike VanGessel
Chief Executive Officer

Founder, innovator, and community builder, Mike has led the Rockford team since it began in 1987, through more than 4,200 projects totaling more than $3.8 billion.

Kurt Hassberger
Kurt Hassberger
Chairman of the Board; President of Rockford Development

First as legal counsel and then as Chief Operating Officer, Kurt manages risk and builds trust. Now, as Chairman, Kurt provides oversight of both Development and Construction.

Julie Towner
Julie Towner
Chief Financial Officer

Julie’s financial savvy keeps Rockford’s Construction, Development, and Property Management groups solid and stable.

Tom McGovern
Tom McGovern
Chief Operating Officer

Tom oversees business operations of Rockford’s full spectrum services. His attention to quality, safety, and efficiency result in high performing teams and exceptional results.

Shane Napper
Shane Napper
President of Construction

A Rockford veteran of nearly 20 years, Shane has a passion for building quality projects and lasting relationships. Through his leadership, Rockford brings innovative solutions that deliver greater value and exceed client expectations. 

616.432.6538

Pete Michell
Pete Michell
Vice President of Construction

Pete builds relationships and ensures client satisfaction, across all markets. He is also champion of Rockford’s innovation program, which delivers new services and processes for our clients.

616.432.6536

Mike Mraz
Mike Mraz
Managing Partner, Real Estate Development

For Rockford Development Group, Mike utilizes his more than 10 years of experience to manage all aspects of the real estate development and investment process including equity & debt financing, leasing, project management, and owner’s representation.

616.432.6448

Jennifer Boezwinkle
Jennifer Boezwinkle
Vice President of Communications

Jennifer implements strategies that support our brand and the client relationship efforts of all market leaders.

616.432.6623

Brad Mathis
Brad Mathis
Community Development Director

Brad leads community engagement strategies, bringing more than 15 years of real estate experience, building sustainable communities that meet the needs of stakeholders while improving the well-being and quality of life for neighborhoods.

616.432.6558

Adam Jones
Adam Jones
Vice President of Multi-Unit Housing

Adam is a leader in the industry for student housing, apartments, hotels, condominiums, and senior living facilities, with a deep understanding of product efficiency for these types of multi-unit projects. Adam also oversees Rockford's preconstruction and planning teams to expand the services and value they bring to our development and construction clients. 

616.432.6443

Dan Buskirk
Dan Buskirk
Project Executive - Education

After more than 20 years in the construction industry, Dan has developed a passion for creating best-in-class learning environments. His oversight of Rockford’s education work will ensure every classroom, laboratory, or gymnasium is open in time for the school year.

616.432.6450

Dan Behler
Dan Behler
Project Executive - Healthcare

An ASHE member with more than 15 years of experience, Dan has successfully managed complex healthcare construction projects like surgical suites and emergency service departments, inpatient rooms, critical care units, clinical offices, outpatient treatment and specialty service rooms. 

616.432.6551

Dan Bailey
Dan Bailey
Vice President of Industrial

With a Six Sigma Black Belt and SQF certification, Dan brings the best of construction practices to food processing, industrial, and major manufacturing clients.

616.432.6455

Ann Zimmer
Ann Zimmer
Project Executive - Retail

From tenant build-outs to big box roll-outs, Ann delivers consistent quality for retailers around the United States.

616.432.6599

Ken Bailey
Ken Bailey
Senior Vice President of Planning

Ken’s planning team provides front-end design and construction services, in addition to design/build services, master planning, and approvals and variances.

616.432.6454