- mountain west
- national food beverage
- signature resort residence
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 $2 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 working 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.
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.
Greater Salt Lake City
Sr. VICE PRESIDENT
As an experienced Project Manager, Estimator, Business Development, Rich has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction industry. His verifiable track record 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 empower 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.
Doug Rowe has been in the construction field for over 47 years with 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, Meadow Gold Dairies, Alta Dena Dairy, Daily Foods, Aurora Dairy, Dean Foods, Royal Crest Dairy, Dairy Gold and Jerome Cheese
Gifford Briggs has almost 20 years of construction experience; most of that experience came from working at Big-D Construction. His career in the commercial construction industry has given him experience in financing, scheduling, estimating, project management, marketing, and mechanical HVAC systems design. His responsibilities have varied from Project Engineer, Project Development Manager, to Senior Project Manager and currently as a Vice President for Big-D Construction. Gifford received his LEED® Accredited Professional designation from the Green Building Certification Institute in 2008.
VICE PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Trevor Hunsaker brings more than 15 years of higher education, medical office and commercial office leadership and experience to your project team. His dedication and dependability have been an example to all who have worked with him.
Trevor’s main goals are to ensure customer satisfaction and quality work in all of his tasks. He excels at accuracy and quality work on all projects given to him. He is a team player and an asset to any organization with whom he is affiliated. He is honest in all of his dealings and has a very high work ethic.
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.
VICE PRESIDENT ESTIMATING
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.
VICE PRESIDENT OPERATIONS
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.
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.
Johnson Carlier Construction
JOHNSON CARLIER CEO
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.
JOHNSON CARLIER 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.
JOHNSON CARLIER 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.
Torry Mcalvain, SR.
Torry McAlvain, Sr. serves as CEO and provides strategic direction for McAlvain Companies while continuing to build upon the vision and values maintained within the family business since 1980. Torry Sr. is 2 nd Generation for McAlvain who caught the fire of his parent’s passion for construction and earned his way through the ranks in the family owned business.
Torry began in 1984 and since has served in most roles within the company from laborer to field supervision, safety, estimating, quality control and project management. In 2002, Torry took the role as President and then CEO in 2006. Torry has always been an active participant within the community and has served on many construction and community advisory boards.
Chuck is a licensed Construction Manager within the State of Idaho and has served on many construction and community advisory boards. Chuck is a graduate of the University of Idaho, a local product of Boise and has had the pleasure of working across the US and Western Hemisphere on complex projects for multiple large multi-faceted engineering and construction service-oriented companies throughout his 34-year career.
Torry MCalvain, JR.
Torry Jr. is 3 rd Generation for McAlvain. A graduate of Boise State University, Torry has worked through the corporate ranks and has left his imprint on each department he has worked in including; accounting, estimating, business development, project management and operations. Torry is passionate about developing his team members and delivering superb customer service to his clients.
CEO MARTIN HARRIS
Frank Martin’s experience in the construction industry encompasses more than 40 years and numerous projects throughout the southwest. Frank founded Martin-Harris Construction (MHC) in December 1976 and was licensed by the Nevada State Contractors Board in February 1977. MHC has since been granted General contracting licenses in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
Frank Martin’s industry and community recognition include: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Inland Empire Region (Construction and Real Estate Division); Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Award in Business; the “Lieder Award” from the Lied Institute of Real Estate Studies; the “Pioneer Award” from the Association of General Contractors and the “ Lloyd D. George Family Values Award” by the Las Vegas International Scouting Museum, the “2009 Good Scout Award” from the Las Vegas area Council Boy Scouts, the “Philanthropic Impact” and “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the NAIOP Southern Nevada Chapter and ENR Magazine’s “Legacy Award”.
In 2014 Frank sold MHC to Big-D Construction in Salt Lake City and turned the reins to his son Guy Martin. Currently Frank is the CEO at Martin Harris and serves on the Board of Directors at Big-D as well as heading up their acquisitions and mergers. He is also a private consultant and continues his entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. Mr. Martin serves on the Board of Directors for UNLV Foundation and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) Board of Trustees. He is an Associated General Contractors (AGC) Lifetime Board Member.
Frank has been married to his lovely wife, Bonnie, for over 53 years. They have two sons (Guy and Jerrad) and are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren (two boys and three girls). As a strong Christian, Frank Martin believes in giving back to the community in order to make Southern Nevada a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Guy Martin joined the family business in 1982, working his way up in the field from laborer to Superintendent, then into the office as an Estimator. Guy then took an opportunity to create and lead a Tenant Improvement Group at Martin-Harris’s sister company, M&H Building Specialties, ultimately serving as Vice President of Operations.
After returning to Martin-Harris, Guy expanded his knowledge base by serving as a Director of Business Development and then Director of Preconstruction Services. His first appointment to the Executive Board was as Vice President of Procurement, overseeing the strategic development of Martin-Harris’s business development, estimating and preconstruction programs.
In his current role as President, Guy is responsible for the overall management and success of Martin-Harris’s operations throughout the Southwest U.S. He is on the National Board of Directors of AGC, is the co-chair of the AGC of America Charity Foundation and a NAIOP member.
Chief Operating Officer
Paul Toplak began his career in a small family construction business. In 2000, he joined Martin-Harris as a Project Engineer with an Associate Degree in Building Engineering technology from BCIT. Throughout his tenure in project management, Paul oversaw notable and high-profile projects for our Special Projects Group such as the USA Today Facility for Las Vegas and the Castaways Implosion/Demolition.
These successes preluded his promotion to Director of our Special Projects Group. Paul was instrumental in the strategic direction and growth of this division, dedicated to providing specific interior and specialty construction requirements. His outstanding leadership and communication skills delivered superior Client satisfaction and culminated in a position on the MHC Executive Board as the Vice President of Special Projects, followed by Sr. Vice President of Operations. In his current role as COO, Paul provides corporate oversight on all our projects and is committed to ensuring Client expectations are not only met but exceeded.
Paul is on the Corporate Board of the Southern Nevada National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC).
National Food & Beverage
NATIONAL FOOD & BEVERAGE PRESIDENT
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.
Director of Food, Beverage & Distribution
Mark Glauser has been with Big-D Construction since 1984. Earlier in his career, he had the opportunity to work in several field positions including laborer, carpenter, and field engineer—which all helped him understand each project from a ground level to gain a deep understanding of every aspect that goes into a quality build. For the last 20 years, Mark’s responsibilities have evolved to include more of a high-level project-specific leadership focus, with roles such as project engineer, project manager, and project director.
Working mostly in the Food & Beverage, Low Temperature, and Warehouse & Distribution segments, the majority of Mark’s projects are design-builds with clients like Sysco Foods, Associated Foods, Hershey’s, US Cold Storage, Tyson Foods, and more. He prides himself on building life-long relationships with each of his clients. Mark has a reputation for directing teams built on mutual respect and honesty with trade partners and employees who bring value, teamwork, quality, and safety to every project.
Vice President Preconstruction Manager
Blaine brings nearly 40 years of construction experience to Big-D. He began his career working as a laborer, which allowed him to gain a firm grasp on the ins and outs of successful construction management. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in construction management in 1988, Blaine joined Martin-Harris Construction—which is now an independently owned, wholly operated subsidiary of Big-D Companies.
In 1996, Blaine joined the Big-D Construction family here in Salt Lake, filling several positions and overseeing countless Food & Beverage, Warehouse & Distribution, and Cold Storage project teams over the years. His love of construction runs deep, and Blaine consistently finds himself with some sort of project on his to-do list even outside of work. He enjoys hard work and loves to see the final product.
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, reaching a peak of $425 million in annual completed projects, with more than 1,000 employees in three states.
Michael joined Big-D Construction in 2015 to re-establish the Big-D Resort and Residence Division, with the base office in Park City and sister offices in Jackson, WY and now Bozeman, MT. By bringing together one of the most driven groups of young professionals has resulted in a reputation of executing on the most challenging projects. He is also active in the Park City community. He served as the Board President of the National Ability Center in Park City. He is also an avid mountain biker, skier and upland bird hunter.
Brady started his construction career before his 2nd birthday when he took a hammer to his parents’ freshly poured concrete steps. Since that time, his interest in all things construction has grown into an unrelenting passion for building not only luxury residences but lasting relationships. He measures success not only by an intense standard of quality but also that all parties involved: owners, architects, consultants, and trade partners, have an experience that they would gladly repeat. With over 15 years of experience in the luxury residential industry, Brady is a collaborative manager who understands the four pillars of construction: safety, quality, time & cost, and strives for excellence in each.
When not at work, Brady spends his time instilling in his family his passion for backpacking, fly-fishing, golf, and yes, construction.
Dovetail Construction (Bozeman, Montana)
Dovetail Construction Partner - Vice President
At a young age Tim became enamored with the personal reward that constructing things provides. After college he enjoyed a successful career supervising and managing very large and complex projects in Boston, Hawaii, Alaska and Seattle.
Tim missed the personal connection and care that high end residential homes involves and he helped establish Dovetail Construction in Bozeman, Montana. As a partner in the firm Tim oversees the business and project management operations alongside his
friend Kevin who he has known since they were 5.
Dovetail Construction Partner
The son of a General Contractor, it’s safe to say that building is in Kevin’s blood. From an early age, construction and various forms of building offered an outlet for both sides of his brain. He officially started his career in New York City, working on several heavy civil projects. While learning a great deal, Kevin felt unsatisfied with this type of heavy civil contracting and all the while the mountains were calling.
Always an outdoor enthusiast, Kevin packed his pickup truck and headed West. In Bozeman, Montana, Kevin found his true vocation: fine home building.
Along the way, Kevin reconnected with his lifelong friend Tim Rote, and the also looking to make a lifestyle change himself. The idea of Dovetail Construction was born and quickly became a reality.
The rest they say is history. Kevin’s focus within the company is on field operations where his experience and education are often utilized. Kevin is the proud father of two children. He intends to measure the success of his fatherhood by his children’s lack of interest in anything related to construction.