Leadership Changes Position Rockford Construction for Future Growth
Rockford Construction is delighted to announce two senior leadership changes to further our commitment to client service, broaden our leadership team and position us for future growth.
Rockford Development President Kurt Hassberger has been elevated to the newly created role of Chief Counsel, leading overall company initiatives and directly supporting Rockford founder and CEO Mike VanGessel. VanGessel will remain at the helm of the company as Rockford Construction’s visionary and community builder and continue to lead the firm’s drive toward broader geographies and more complex projects. Mike Mraz, managing partner of real estate development, will become president of Rockford Development.
Hassberger’s new position will free him to work even more closely with VanGessel and the leadership team to oversee tactical business objectives and corporate growth. He will also continue to support Mraz with existing real estate development projects.
“This leadership transition allows Rockford Construction to advance our commitment to superior client service by broadening our leadership. We are focused on making Rockford Construction a place where dedicated team members can thrive and grow. I’m very proud to watch two irreplaceable colleagues, Kurt and Mike, step into new roles where they can best serve our company’s strategic initiatives and facilitate progress for the communities we serve.”
Hassberger has been a vital part of Rockford’s growth and development, serving as a senior leader, advisor, legal counsel and development partner for 23 years. He has more than 40 years of experience in zoning, municipal and real estate issues, and maintains an invaluable understanding of Rockford Construction’s business model. Hassberger previously served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Rockford Construction and is currently acting as Chairman of the Board.
“It’s been a joy and a privilege to work for Rockford Construction for the past two decades and I’m excited about this next evolution,” Hassberger said. “I look forward to working even more closely with Mike and the entire leadership team to ensure we remain the premiere provider of real estate development, property management and construction services in the region. This step is only possible because of the leadership of Mike Mraz, and his ability to take our real estate development and property management teams to new heights.”
“Mike began his career with Rockford Construction in 2003 and has been instrumental in many projects including the expansive progress of downtown Grand Rapids and more recently, the West Side,” Hassberger said. “He has helped significantly grow the real estate development and property management teams to what they are today, and I am confident he will continue to drive the same type of results as President for Rockford Development.”
Mraz has led all aspects of the real estate development process including financing, acquisitions, leasing, project management, investor relations and owner’s representation. With more than 16 years of experience in the real estate, construction, and property management industries and an insurmountable amount of knowledge about Rockford Construction, Mraz is uniquely qualified for his new role with Rockford Development.