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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 leadership team is comprised of the following individuals:

Mike VanGessel
Mike VanGessel
Chief Executive Officer

Founder, innovator, and community builder, Mike has led the Rockford Construction team since it began in 1987, through more than 4,500 projects totaling more than $4.3 billion.

Kurt Hassberger
Kurt Hassberger
Chairman of the Board and President of 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. With his leadership, Rockford offers innovative solutions that deliver greater value and exceed client expectations.

616.432.6538
Jennifer Boezwinkle
Jennifer Boezwinkle
Executive Vice President

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

616.432.6623
Matthew Evans
Matthew Evans
Business Development, Project Executive

Matt is a business development project executive. Focused primarily on the Southeast region of Michigan, Matthew will be responsible for business development efforts, fostering client relationships, and increasing new business opportunities.

313.407.4581
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 of 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
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 of 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 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
Ken Bailey
Ken Bailey
Project Executive

Ken offers a broad range of project management, financial management, and architectural design skills. His experience includes overseeing projects ranging from $25,000 - $35 million, specializing in design/build relationships.

616.432.6454
Bradford Mathis
Bradford Mathis
Community Development Director

Bradford leads Rockford's community engagement strategies, offering 15+ years of real estate experience and a focus on building sustainable communities that meet stakeholder needs while improving the well-being and quality of life in local neighborhoods.

616.292.0158
Dave Williamson
Dave Williamson
Project Executive of Meijer

Dave leads Rockford's Meijer Inc. team, rolling out multiple locations across the United States. With 15 years of construction experience, he ensures quality, provides leadership and value to clients.

616.432.6590
Eric Monroe
Eric Monroe
Project Executive of Southeast Region

As Project Executive for Rockford’s Southeast Regional Office, Eric is responsible for business development, fostering client and subcontractor relationships, and supporting Rockford's growing footprint in the region.

239.994.8035
Darren Gort
Darren Gort
Senior Project Manager of Retail

Darren has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry working in 26 different states and 3 countries. His extensive knowledge has proven to be a great asset to Rockford's retail team.

616.432.6441
Kyle Kuipers
Kyle Kuipers
Project Executive of Trades

With a background in both architecture and construction, Kyle is a Project Executive with Rockford, responsible for providing internal direction and market leadership to our trades team.

616.432.6462
Dan Behler
Dan Behler
Project Executive of Healthcare

An ASHE member with more than 17 years of experience, Dan manages complex healthcare construction projects like surgical suites, inpatient rooms, critical care units, clinical offices, outpatient treatment and ER departments.

616.432.6551