Our leaders and employees live and serve in the cities they create, beneath the skylines they help shape. A community composed of local people working on regional projects.
Modesty. Restraint. Tenacity. Those three adjectives perfectly epitomize Jack’s persona. Suddenly it becomes even more obvious why Big-D has been named one of the nation’s Top 100 Contractors. Since 1978, Jack’s career has been focused on innovation, team building and growth. You see, it all starts at the top.
It’s been more than four decades since Jack sat on a hand-carved bench in the corner of his grandfather’s construction office, sipping from a frosty-cold can of root beer, and watching intently as the respected contractor belted-out directions to his team of loyal craftsmen. Livingood recalls, “I remember thinking, he’s got the best job in the whole world.”
That job is now Jack’s.
Chief Executive Officer
A company’s persona reflects that of its leadership. If the Big-D persona is one of passion for your project, Rob Moore is the fire that stokes our corporate furnace. It’s a furnace that has grown from $2 million to nearly $1 billion in revenues since Rob joined the company in 1976.
Under Rob’s leadership, the company has expanded from a respectable local contractor to a serious player on the regional and national stage. His gift for inspiring and motivating others continues to spur Big-D’s progress. In fact, the company’s future burns brightly because of Rob’s intense desire to put a satisfied smile on each client’s face.
In 2016, Rob received the Eric W. Ryberg Award from the Associated General Contractors of Utah.
Cory Moore is the President of Big-D Construction Corporation and a member of Big-D’s Board of Directors.
Cory is a 20-year veteran of Big-D Construction. His first construction role shortly after graduating high school was as a laborer. He then continued to work up the ranks in the field from laborer to carpenter, concrete crewmember, and foreman. While attending college at Utah State University, he was the Quality Control Manager on a $100 million healthcare project in Northern Utah.
After college, Cory settled into the Big-D Corporate office where he spent time in Big-D’s estimating, project management, and business development groups. Cory excelled at sales and soon became Big-D’s Vice President of Business Development in 2007. Shortly afterwards, Cory was promoted to VP of Sales & Preconstruction. In this role, Cory was instrumental in helping Big-D achieve unprecedented financial growth. In 2017, Cory was named the Executive Vice President & Managing Director of Big-D’s Regional offices. The following year, he was promoted to President.
Cory is responsible for the development and implementation of both short-term and long‐term company-wide strategies to ensure Big-D’s growth, effectiveness, sustainability, and overall stakeholder ROI. He is passionate about setting goals and metrics that support Big-D mission and success. Since taking charge of Big-D Sales, the construction firm has experienced revenue growth of 300% from $500 million to $1.7 billion.
Cory has been twice named as a 40 Under 40 award recipient, once in Engineering News-Record and once in Utah Business Magazine.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer
Troy S. Thompson began his construction career here in SLC in 1978. Since then, he has spent more than 35 years in the construction and development industry, earning the respect of his owners and colleagues. His many duties from those humble beginnings have included construction carpenter, superintendent, project manager, project director, commercial vice president, senior vice president of operations, executive vice president, and president of a major development company.
Thompson’s education in Construction Management started at Utah Technical College and finished at Arizona State University. Whether researching solutions to maximize value for a specific client, or lecturing to college students and industrial trade organizations, Troy believes in sharing his knowledge with those working in our industry, and those striving to have a successful career. He is persistent and methodical while prosecuting all facets pertaining to construction operations, design oversight and the preconstruction phase.
Thompson will continue to use his unique qualifications to provide executive oversight for day-to-day business operations and strive to help employees advance their careers, create “work-life balance” and to be an integral part of growing the business that he loves. His dedication to the industry, and personal resume of managing more than three billion dollars of commercial building projects, makes him a valuable member of any team.
BLAKE VAN ROOSENDAAL
Chief Financial Officer
Blake Van Roosendaal is Big-D’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to being CFO, Blake worked as the firm’s Controller for the past 16 years. As CFO, Blake oversees all aspects of the company’s finances, including the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements and reporting. He provides executives with timely and accurate financial statements, ongoing cash flow projections, oversight over accounting and finance operations, as well as design and maintenance of the financial reporting structures. He guides the Controller, treasury, shareholder relations, accounting, tax, and internal audit functions to pursue the company’s aggressive growth strategy and meet its clients’ and shareholders’ expectations.
Blake joined Big-D Construction in 2002. He has been a catalyst to the firm’s revenue growth and success. Blake holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from the University of Utah.
President, National Food & Beverage Group
There are two undeniable facts about shortsightedness: 1) It can’t be treated with corrective lenses; and 2) It has no place in Big-D. Good thing Forrest McNabb epitomizes its polar opposite.
His long-view approach to the construction process begins even before the relationship does, and doesn’t end until we have a completed project and an extremely satisfied client. From demanding painstakingly thorough estimates to creatively exploring and recommending more cost-effective alternatives, Forrest’s business philosophy is centered on performance. After all, if a completed project doesn’t result in a positive reference or letter of recommendation, we’ve failed. And failure isn’t a word in Forrest McNabb’s vocabulary.
C.E.O., Johnson Carlier
As 3rd generation and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Carlier, Inc., Chris Johnson has extensive experience in every aspect of the construction industry. He joined the company in 1972 as a carpenter apprentice, then became a Forman, a superintendent, and project manager. He was later promoted to General Manager & Vice President.
In 1979, he became President of Johnson Carlier. In May of 2001, Chris became Chairman and CEO. He is responsible for the leadership and growth of the firm and overall performance of the organization. He believes community involvement should be an integral part of any business and has been actively involved in several civic organizations including the Phoenix Chamber, the Boy Scouts of America, the GPEC Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and the YMCA.
Notable projects during his tenure at Johnson Carlier include the Phoenix Art Museum, the Barrow Neurological Institute, the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant Operations Support Buildings, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Corporate Headquarters.
Sr. Vice President & Managing Director
Tom Harrison has more than 20 years of business development and construction management in Arizona. Aggressive and meticulous, Tom has managed more than 1.2 billion dollars of projects within a variety of delivery methods including Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) and Design-Build. In 2017, Tom became Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Johnson Carlier, Inc.
As a leader, Tom works to motivate team members through empowerment, respect, and guidance during project planning, preconstruction, and construction. Tom is also focused on client service and delivering every project on time and within budget. Tom has expertise in multifamily projects, sports arena construction and renovation, healthcare, and hospitality.
Vice President of Preconstruction
With more than 30 years of experience, Tyler’s extensive knowledge of the construction industry includes expertise in project management, cost control, value engineering, and labor relations/management. Tyler graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and a Business Minor. After graduating, he worked through the ranks as field engineer, estimator, project manager, director and other roles. Through his career, he has successfully led his team building projects across multiple regions and project types.
As our VP of Preconstruction, Tyler is responsible for the delivery of preconstruction services including both conceptual and hard bid estimates, bid packages, qualifications and other deliverables and working with our teams from concept to completion. He is also responsible for sustainable growth of the company through its vision, mission and values.
Ken brings more than 27 years of extensive operations and preconstruction experience, in technically-based process projects, including food processing plants, high-tech and bio-tech facilities, laboratories, university work, high-end office buildings, retail and mixed-use projects. During his years as Project Manager and Project Executive, he has developed ways to build team consensus and solve challenging problems associated with fast-track and Design-Build projects.
Oscar brings more than 25 years of construction and construction estimating experience. His extensive background in all phases of construction enable him to provide a comprehensive and accurate budget estimate of each building system beginning at the conceptual stage. Oscar has been responsible for preconstruction management and estimating efforts on various large commercial buildings, laboratories, public facilities, residential complexes, historical preservation, seismic strengthening of projects, clean rooms, data centers, theme parks, healthcare facilities, warehouse distribution center, food processing facilities, and university campuses.
Greg has more than 30 years of construction experience in all project management phases from pre-job planning to project closeout. Preconstruction experience includes budgeting, scheduling, value engineering, scope development, subcontractor bid analysis, constructability review and subcontract negotiation. Construction phase responsibilities includes scheduling, overall project coordination, subcontract negotiation, invoices, change order quotations, quality control and project closeout. Greg’s experience gives him a broad understanding of what it takes to get the job done.
Senior Vice President
Michael started his construction career with the world’s largest contractor at the time – Morrison Knudson. Then in 1996, Michael joined Robison Construction Group as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer. Michael’s widespread knowledge of the construction industry, coupled with his expertise in finance, assisted him in successfully charting the company’s 733% growth over 9 years, reaching a peak of $425 million in annual completed projects, with more than 1,000 employees in three states, including the Hawaiian Islands. Michael’s resume includes more than $3 billion of completed projects from the Micron chip plant in Lehi, Utah to the Opus Designed Bridgeport Village mixed use shopping center in Bridgeport, Oregon.
Michael developed a keen eye for development projects with great potential and in 2005, started HighMark (HMI) and has invested over $220 million in real estate development. Using his diverse experienced, Michael joined Big-D Construction in 2015 to establish the Big-D Signature Park City office and expand the Mountain Resort market. Under his leadership, the Signature Park City office is working on several projects at locations throughout Utah including The Canyons Mountain Resort and Victory Ranch.
Michael is also active in the community. He served as Board President of the National Ability Center in Park City. He is also an avid mountain biker, skier and upland bird hunter.
Will Hopkins built his construction career on a foundation of hard work and hands-on experience — starting in the industry as a laborer and then as a carpenter apprentice and then superintendent. Will began his time with Big-D in Phoenix, Arizona in 1992 as a senior estimator. With a great spirt and ability to deliver great customer service, Will relocated to the company headquarters, which at the time was in Ogden, Utah.
Will has spent the much of his career focusing his effort on estimating, design management, and preconstruction services. In 2008, he was announced as the Director of Preconstruction services for Big-D Construction. Then in 2017, Will was promoted to Vice President of Big-D’s Signature Group.
Will’s leadership ability on diverse projects and deep roots as a builder allows him to add value at many levels. Some of his most notable projects include the Unified State Lab, the Utah Data Center, the David Eccles Conference Center, and the Utah Natural History Museum. Will builds success through inspiring communication, team motivation, and a passion for customer satisfaction.
In his spare time, Will enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking, biking and spending time with his two dogs Koko and Khloe. Will is an avid photographer and loves searching for and photographing grizzly bears in their native habit in northern Wyoming and southern Montana.
Vice President / Managing Director
With more than 28 years of construction, design-build and construction management experience, Chris Grzybowski offers an extensive knowledge of design and construction systems, including bid/negotiation, design-build, hard-bid, GMP contracts, construction phase management, constructability reviews, estimation scheduling, subcontractor buyout, claims avoidance and construction administration. From inception to completion, Grzybowski will insist on a meticulous approach to your project and will endeavor to reach an absolute understanding of your vision, needs, goals, and future requirements.
Cory Schubert is a well-rounded leader known for his attention to detail and skill identifying subcontractors to meet the specific needs of a project. From field supervision to estimating to project management, Schubert has been involved in every aspect of construction. This involvement makes him a valuable asset during the pre-construction phase of a project. His personal passion is to build and maintain relationships – a passion starts with clients and extends to subcontractors and vendors. Cory earns trust through his actions consistently, which has paved the road to his leadership roles in the organization.
Doug Rowe has been in the construction field for more than 32 years and has a wide variety of experience. His greatest expertise is with concrete, metal building and the food industry. He project manages all of his own work, contracting all of the many subcontractors and the daily coordination of work crews. His attention to detail and effective communication with clients is a major contributing factor to his return to complete projects for repeat clients including Dannon, Barnes Aerospace, Meadow Gold Dairies, Alta Dena and Daily Foods.
With experience in project management, estimation and business development, Rich has worked for more than 22 years in the construction industry, during which he has gained valuable knowledge and skills. His abilities in preconstruction and value engineering sessions set precedence through management of schematic design estimates and project team meetings. Thus allowing each building to be designed to-budget, and managed to completion. Knowledge, proficiency, and integrity enable Rich to assemble and manage qualified teams to deliver timely, accurate, and highly detailed results on commercial construction projects of all shapes and sizes. With an excellent work ethic and experience level, combined with his ability to take a strong leadership role, Big-D considers Rich to be an asset to any project.