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At The Korte Company, innovation and collaboration drive the development of our company and the success of every project we take on. Since 1958, we’ve built our company on the strength of a forward-thinking team and mastery of the latest construction methods. Today, our tradition of building smart is alive and well. We’re guided by an innovative, experienced team that keeps The Korte Company at the forefront of construction and design.

Todd Korte

Todd Korte
President and CEO

Greg Korte

Greg Korte
President — Las Vegas Division

Alan Schorfheide

Alan Schorfheide
Executive Vice President of Business Development

Gary Korte

Gary Korte
Executive Vice President of Field Operation

Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Jason Mantle

Jason Mantle
Chief Operating Officer

Brent Korte

Brent Korte
Vice President

Susan D. Bowman

Susan D. Bowman
EEO Officer

Darlene Rutkowski-Hanks

Darlene Rutkowski-Hanks
Managing Principal

Jay Korte

Jay Korte
Director of Client Relations

Chris Gilliam

Chris Gilliam
VP of Healthcare

Tom Mertz
Vice President

Jody Luke — Business Development Director

Jody Luke
Business Development Director

Todd Korte

Todd Korte
President and CEO

Todd.Korte@korteco.com

Master of Business Administration, Washington University
Bachelor of Science — Construction Science, Kansas State University

Todd Korte is responsible for the overall production, marketing and control of The Korte Company as well as The Korte Company’s extensive research and development efforts. He ensures clients receive the proper attention from The Korte Company’s Design, Preconstruction, Project Management, Quality Assurance and Safety teams.

With more than 31 years of experience in the construction industry, Todd has performed a variety of duties, including Project Engineer, Estimator, Special Services Team member, Project Manager, Vice President, and currently President and CEO. As President and CEO, he is responsible for overall production, marketing and control of The Korte Company. He has dedicated himself to the advancement of Korte Construction as a prominent leader in the construction industry and in doing so has successfully completed $200-$300 Million Dollar worth of projects.

Todd Korte took over the reins as president and CEO of The Korte Company from Vern Eardley in January 2001 and provides direction and support to 200 corporate employees and has dedicated himself to the advancement of The Korte Company as a prominent leader in the construction industry, while ensuring that each client receives the proper attention from the company’s design, pre-construction, project management, quality assurance and safety teams.

Greg Korte

Greg Korte
President — Las Vegas Division

Greg.Korte@korteco.com

Bachelor of Science — Construction Science, Kansas State University

As President of the Las Vegas Division, Greg Korte is responsible for the overall operations of the Las Vegas offices. His more than 27 years of experience in Las Vegas has given him intimate knowledge of the area’s construction market, specifically the Valley’s construction subcontracting and material vending communities. Greg stays abreast of each project, frequenting coordination meetings from the design and conceptual stages through completion.

Greg makes it a point to be available to any client, subcontractor, vendor or architect who may feel the need to elevate important issues to a higher level. Greg’s proven commitment to client satisfaction and ethical business practices gives The Korte Company’s Las Vegas clients peace of mind that they’re in good hands.

Alan Schorfheide

Alan Schorfheide
Executive Vice President of Business Development

Alan.Schorfheide@korteco.com

Master of Business Administration, Washington University
Bachelor of Science — Civil Engineering, University of Illinois 

Alan Schorfheide assists the President and Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for business development pursuits. He has experience in business development, project management, preconstruction, and he has previously served as The Korte Company's Chief Operating Officer.

Gary Korte

Gary Korte
Executive Vice President of Field Operation

Gary.Korte@korteco.com

Construction Studies - Southwestern Illinois College
Four year Carpenter Apprentice School 
American Concrete Institute Tilt-Up Supervisor 
American Concrete Institute Tilt-Up Technician 

Gary Korte is Executive Vice President of Field Operations and is accountable for instructing and guiding The Korte Company’s field personnel as well as ensuring the highest quality for clients. He is responsible for all field operations, including the assignment, supervision, and training of superintendents, quality control managers, site safety & health officers, field engineers and craftsmen.

Gary manages the operations of the Quality Assurance Team, Special Services Team, Survey Team, Korte Interiors staff, and Warehouse and Support staff. He negotiates all union contracts and special project agreements for The Korte Company.

Gary is responsible for ensuring all projects effectively meet The Korte Company’s Quality Assurance Standards and visits all projects on a regular basis to guarantee The Korte Company’s standards are incorporated into each project.

Gary has been with The Korte Company since 1979 and is a Korte Team veteran with more than 36 years of experience in the construction industry. He has a broad base of experience from his role as Superintendent on many different projects. He was a carpenter for three years before being promoted to Project Superintendent, where he managed safety, quality, production, motivation, and morale issues on numerous job sites. As one of The Korte Company’s Project Superintendents, Gary managed about 35 major projects worth more than $98 million.

Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Scott.Schmidt@korteco.com

Masters of Business Administration, Southern Illinois University
Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science Degree, University of Illinois

Scott Schmidt is responsible for The Korte Company's research and development activities. His team oversees The Korte Company's technological reach and helps align The Korte Company's technology investments with company strategy.

Scott joined The Korte Company as a carpenter in 1979. Since joining the team, he has served as Assistant Superintendent, Estimator, Assistant Project Manager and CIO.

Jason Mantle

Jason Mantle
Chief Operating Officer

Jason.Mantle@korteco.com

Master of Science – Civil Engineering (Construction Management), University of Illinois
Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering (Structural), University of Illinois
Professional Engineer, State of Illinois (062.059490)

Jason has more than 28 years of experience in the construction industry and has previously served as a Concrete Finisher, Estimator, Project Manager and Quality Assurance Team Manager.

As Chief Operating Officer, Jason is responsible for the development, design, operation and improvement of the day-to-day functions of The Korte Company. He works closely with Preconstruction, Design, Project Management and Field Personnel to ensure operations are running efficiently and effectively, making certain projects remain on task, on schedule and on budget.

Jason provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the The Korte Company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively provide clients with the best service, product and price. In other words, he makes certain that each project, regardless of size and scope, delivers the caliber of quality our clients expect.

Brent Korte

Brent Korte
Vice President

Brent.Korte@korteco.com

Bachelor of Science — Construction Science, Kansas State University
DBIA Certified Professional
LEED Accredited Professional
Certified Professional Constructor, American Institute of Constructors

In his role as Vice President, Brent Korte leads The Korte Company’s Project Management Department and has complete responsibility for projects from concept to completion. Brent assumes responsibility for both project management and the project team. He maintains consistent communication with all team members and is accountable to owners and to The Korte Company. Ultimate responsibility for the quality of services lies in his hands.

Brent Korte has been part of The Korte Company for 19 years and has nearly 22 years of valuable construction experience. Prior to serving as Vice President, Brent Korte has served The Korte Company as Project Executive, Project Manager, Project Superintendent and as a member of the Quality Assurance Team.

Susan D. Bowman

Susan D. Bowman
EEO Officer

Susan.Bowman@korteco.com

Bachelor of Science — Accountancy, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Certified Public Accountant

Susan Bowman is responsible for the financial functions of The Korte Company and oversees the accounting department. Her responsibilities include managing The Korte Company’s accounts payable, accounts receivable, job cost, payroll, cash management and fixed asset management accounting functions. Her additional financial duties include expense review, subcontract execution, bank reconciliations, general ledger review and account analysis, budgeting, and financial statement preparation.

Susan has more than 32 years of experience in the accounting industry, with 30 of them spent in the construction industry. She received her Certified Public Accountant qualification immediately after graduating from college in 1983 and began her career at one of the ‘big eight’ national accounting firms.   

Throughout the years, Susan has served in a variety of roles, including Accounting Clerk, Staff Accountant and Senior Accountant. She has dedicated herself to the accuracy and integrity of The Korte Company’s financial reporting.

Susan is the Treasurer of the Ralph and Donna Korte Family Charitable Fund and currently holds the role of Treasurer on both the Faith Countryside and Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois boards. 

Darlene Rutkowski-Hanks

Darlene Rutkowski-Hanks
Managing Principal

Darlene.Hanks@korteco.com

Bachelor of Science — Architecture, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Associate of Applied Science — Architecture, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

NCARB Certified
DBIA Certified Professional
LEED Accredited Professional BD+C
Member AIA Registered Project Architect: IL, MO, AL, CO, CT, FL, IN, KS, LA, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, TX, WA, and WI.

As Managing Principal, Darlene Rutkowski-Hanks oversees all design and management aspects of the three offices located in St. Louis, Missouri; Highland, Illinois and Las Vegas, Nevada. Her primary focus is business development, contract negotiation, schematic design, team management and technology advancement.

Darlene has more than 27 years of experience in the architectural field. She has successfully managed complex design on numerous project types throughout the United States, including warehouses and distribution centers, governmental facilities, child care facilities, recreational facilities, apartments, dormitories, senior living centers, health care facilities, banks, commercial businesses, and churches. 

Jay Korte

Jay Korte
Director of Client Relations

Jay.Korte@korteco.com

Bachelor of Science — Civil Engineering - Construction Management, University of Illinois
DBIA Certified Professional

Certified Professional Constructor, American Institute of Constructors
Licensed Contractor — 16 states

Jay Korte has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction industry. With an understanding of the building process and a proven ability to successfully manage projects from concept through completion, he is able to define the parameters of any given project to help owners better identify and assess their building needs.

As Jay knows, every project is unique. Regardless of size or scope, each has its own set of challenges that must be analyzed and addressed. Jay’s expertise in guiding owners through this sometimes complex decision process has provided our clients with a solid decision-making strategy and helped them choose the most efficient project delivery method as well as optimize cost and schedule targets.

Chris Gilliam

Chris Gilliam
VP of Healthcare

Chris.Gilliam@korteco.com

Chris possesses more than 25 years of construction supervision and project management experience. He has overseen a wide range of large-scale healthcare projects across the U.S. For the past 25 years, he has served in leadership roles for Lend Lease, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with healthcare owners, overseeing its healthcare construction projects and growing its healthcare construction business. Under his leadership, Lend Lease completed more than 330 projects totaling $2.5 billion.

Chris has a proven track record of coordinating and assigning personnel, providing technical resources support and monitoring documentation, project controls and quality control guidelines. One of his most important functions is serving as liaison between all project parties to guarantee communication remains open throughout construction and all parties are aware of all project developments. Chris has presided over all aspects of construction projects, and his extensive healthcare construction expertise extends to value engineering, contract management, cost management and more.

Chris has completed professional training at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, the CCI building Technologies program in San Angelo Texas and the Lend Lease Leadership Development Program.He is ASHE Certified and is a member of the Association of General Contractors and the Association of Builders and Contractors. Chris is also a former Nashville Healthcare Council member.

Tom Mertz
Vice President

Master in Business Administration – Washington University
BS Civil Engineering – University of New Mexico
DBIA Certified Professional
US Navy Veteran

Tom leads our federal government business and oversees the entire life cycle of those projects. He has been involved in the planning and delivery of more than $1.4 billion in federal government contracts. 

Tom is accountable for business unit leadership, strategic planning, and performance, overseeing all functional areas — Business Development, Preconstruction/Estimating, Project Management and The Korte Company's safety-focused, quality-conscious construction effort. Tom works collaboratively across the organization to maximize communication and ensure each project is delivered in a manner befitting The Korte Company's humble roots and build-smart ethos.

Tom is actively involved with the Associated Generral Contractor’s Heavy and Federal Division to ensure The Korte Company maintains an up-to-date knowledge of the regulatory issues, policy initiatives and goals of the senior leadership of various government agencies. Tom started as a Structural Engineer and steadily progressed through project management into key leadership positions. 

Tom is a former Board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Phoenix.

Jody Luke — Business Development Director

Jody Luke
Business Development Director

Bachelor of Arts — Westminster College

As Business Development Director for The Korte Company, Jody's primary focus will be Business Development for Distribution Center construction. She has an extensive network of clients, including owners, developers, architects, engineers, and brokers. Through her diverse business planning and commitment to client satisfaction, Jody works alongside the management and operations teams to ensure projects meet budgetary goals as well as high safety and quality standards.

Jody brings more than 14 years of construction experience to The Korte Company, working with some of the nation’s top developers and commercial real estate professionals. She is devoted to serving clients as true partners and helps The Korte Company remain one of the most trusted names in the construction industry.

 

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