Leadership

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.

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Todd Korte
President and CEO
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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 firm’s extensive research and development efforts. He ensures clients receive the utmost 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 throughout his career, including Project Engineer, Estimator, Special Services Team member, Project Manager and Vice President. He has dedicated himself to the advancement of The Korte Company as a leading design-build construction firm and in doing so has successfully delivered more than $300 Million in construction volume.

Brent Korte
Chief Operating Officer, Construction DBIA, CPC
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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 Chief Operating Officer, Brent Korte leads The Korte Company’s daily operations including Project Management and Business Development. Brent is responsible for project directives from concept to completion and assumes responsibility for both office and field-based team members. 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 24 years and has nearly 26 years of valuable construction experience. Prior to serving as Executive Vice President, Brent Korte has served The Korte Company as Executive Vice President of Construction, Project Executive, Project Manager, Project Superintendent and as a member of the Quality Assurance Team.

Jane Attaway
Corporate Recruiter
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Bachelor of Science, Millikin University

As Corporate Recruiter Jane’s ultimate goal is to attract and hire top talent. She is also focused on employee engagement, building our brand and a strong talent pipeline.

Jane has a Bachelor’s degree from Millikin University. Prior to joining The Korte Company she has worked in human resources and recruiting in the marketing and pharmaceutical industries.

We’re always looking for good people and Jane would love to connect with you!!

Talent Acquisition
Susan D. Bowman
Chief Financial Officer
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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.

Finance
Derek Brauer
Project Executive
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Bachelor of Science — Construction Management, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

As Project Executive, Derek is ultimately responsible for the success of construction projects from conception to completion. He specializes in Department of Defense construction, managing project resources and ensuring the military’s construction goals are achieved.

Derek joined The Korte Company full-time in 2001 as a project engineer. He has served as project manager and was an integral member of the company’s Preconstruction Services Team before assuming his current role in 2018.

Derek’s resume features nearly three dozen on-time, under-budget deliveries for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Department of Defense
Brandon Burd
Director
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MBA — Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
Master of Architecture— Washington University
DBIA Certified Professional
LEED Accredited Professional Building Design + Construction
(NCARB) National Council of Architectural Registration Boards 

Brandon Burd is the Director of Business Development at The Korte Company. He earned a Master of Architecture from Washington University in 2008 and an MBA from Dartmouth in 2014. He has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2009.

With more than 12 years’ experience in architectural design, Brandon's primary role is focused on new business development. He is also an integral member of the company’s design team, and is responsible for assisting in building and site design, code analysis, consultant coordination, and specification writing.

In addition, Brandon is responsible for all lifecycle cost analyses and financial modeling in support of design decisions. He also coordinates LEED activities for both the design and construction of green projects.

Business Development
Chris Gilliam
Client Relations
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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.

Healthcare
Todd Imming
Chief Marketing Officer
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Master of Business Administration, Washington University
Bachelor of Science — Oceanographic Technology, Florida Institute of Technology 

 As Chief Marketing Office, Todd Imming is responsible for the development and implementation of all communications efforts as well as the formulation of new business strategies across all target areas. He is also responsible for ads, portfolios, internet applications, public relations, direct mail and sales support materials for existing and new business initiatives. He joined the company in 2004. 

Prior to joining The Korte Company, Imming held advertising positions at Artex International and The Puckett Group. His interest in marketing and advertising began during an internship with Expanded Metals in Hartlepool, England. 

Marketing
Barry Kauhl
Chief Information Officer
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Bachelor of Science, Business Administration/Management Information Systems - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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

Barry joined The Korte Company as IT Director in 2012. Prior to joining the company, Barry's 30-plus years of IT experience spanned many industries including food & beverage (Anheuser-Busch, Hazelwood Farms), insurance (Genelco, AllScripts), telecom (Southwestern Bell) and manufacturing (Basler Electric).

Information Technologies
Gary Korte
Executive Vice President
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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 jobsites. As one of The Korte Company’s Project Superintendents, Gary managed about 35 major projects worth more than $98 million.

Field Operations
Greg Korte
President
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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.

Las Vegas
Jay Korte
Project Executive
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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 is the Director of Client Relations with 30 years of experience in the construction industry along with a comprehensive understanding of the building process. He possesses a proven ability to successfully manage projects from concept through completion and 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.

Midwest
Kevin Moorhead
Director
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Kevin develops and manages The Korte Company’s Safety Program, implementing safety procedures, tracking job site incidents and leading educational seminars. In his role, he monitors OSHA requirements and visits active job sites frequently to ensure that The Korte Company is compliant at all times.

Kevin joined The Korte Company’s quality assurance team in 1989 before assuming safety director roles on key projects in the early 1990s (including General Tire in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and NASA in Hunstville, Alabama). He holds Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) and Safety Management Specialist (SMS) certifications.

Kevin has held leadership posts across numerous construction health and safety organizations, including as Vice President and President of the Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CHEST). A proud military veteran, Kevin served in the U.S. Air Force from 1980 to 1988.

Safety
Andy Roe
Director
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Bachelor of Business Administration, Lindenwood University
Master of Business Administration, Lindenwood University

As Director of Preconstruction for Department of Defense projects, Andy leads a team of estimators and schedulers who conduct market research, subcontractor and supplier prequalification, quantity surveys, scope of work delineation, cost estimating, schedule development, value engineering and procurement.

He also manages supplier and contractor relations and monitors costs and schedules after projects move into the construction phase.

Andy joined The Korte Company in 2004 and has devoted his entire tenure to preconstruction. His successful track record includes at least 18 U.S. Department of Defense construction projects.

D.O.D. Pre-Con Services
Darlene Rutkowski-Hanks
Managing Principal
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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.

Korte Design, Inc.
Thomas Schiller
Director
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Associate of Science — Industrial Mechanics, Southwestern Illinois College
Bachelor of Science — Industrial Engineering (Construction Management), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Tom leads The Korte Company’s Diversified Operations Group, a nimble team specializing in managing small- to medium-sized construction projects. In his role, Tom works closely with all project stakeholders to ensure their goals are aligned and that the project standards are met.

Tom joined The Korte Company in 2006. Since then, he has been an estimator, a project engineer and a project superintendent on a wide array of projects in the defense, industrial, commercial and education markets.

Tom previously owned his own construction company and has worked as a heavy equipment operator, crane operator and millwright.

Diversified Operations
Michael Sutton
Director
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Bachelor of Science — Construction Science, Kansas State University

Mike leads a team responsible for a wide range of preconstruction activities including conducting due diligence, estimating and scheduling, buyout and contracting, value engineering, and cost and schedule monitoring.

He joined The Korte Company in 1989 and has devoted his entire tenure to estimating and value engineering. His extensive project resume includes over 70 successful deliveries spanning the distribution center, healthcare and defense markets.

Mike is a Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Certified Professional.

Pre-Con Services
Mike Tubbs
Project Executive V.P.
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Architectural Studies, Washington University
DBIA Certified Professional

As Executive Vice President of Business Development, Mike Tubbs has responsibility for project pursuits, team selection, and proposal generation for all pursuits.

Mike has served The Korte Company for more than three decades with over 100 successful projects in his career with Korte. His previous roles with a design firm, Korte Design, Operations, and Project Management provides valuable insight as a Project Executive of Processing and Distribution Centers and Design-Build projects throughout the country. He is responsible for leading the team through all stages of a project’s lifecycle.

His collaborative efforts lead the business development, preconstruction, project management and field teams to ensure projects are completed within schedule and budget constraints. Additionally, Mike is responsible for managing all contractual and financial aspects of a project and is accountable to both the Owner and The Korte Company.

United States Postal Service
Tyler Unterbrink
Project Executive
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Bachelor of Science — Construction Management, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

As Project Executive, Tyler is ultimately responsible for the success of construction projects from conception to completion. He oversees project management and project teams with a special emphasis on warehouse and distribution center facilities.

Tyler has held project engineer and project manager roles on various construction projects since joining The Korte Company in 2006. He has been an instrumental part of almost three dozen key distribution center projects, but his resume also includes successful deliveries in the healthcare, defense, commercial and education markets.

Distribution Centers
Michael Vaccari
Project Executive
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Bachelor of Science — Civil Engineering Building Science, University of Southern California

As Project Executive, Michael is ultimately responsible for the success of construction projects from conception to completion. He oversees project management and project teams to assure high quality of service.

Michael came to The Korte Company in 2017 with extensive project management experience. He held similar roles at three prior construction companies and has been instrumental in the successful delivery of a wide variety of projects predominantly in the Las Vegas market.

Michael holds a LEED AP Building Design & Construction certification, an advanced credential awarded to professionals with extensive experience with LEED’s rating system and certification process.

Las Vegas Division
Anthony Walker
Director
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Bachelor of Science — Architectural Studies, Southern Illinois University

In his role as Healthcare Director, Anthony is responsible for identifying and pursuing healthcare design and construction opportunities. He is also instrumental to the success of ongoing healthcare construction projects, working closely with owners, designers and construction teams to ensure all project standards are met and goals are achieved.

Anthony joined The Korte Company in 1998, and since then has developed an exceptionally intimate knowledge of healthcare construction and the relationship between our healthcare system and the federal government.

In addition to a long track record of successful healthcare deliveries, Anthony has experience in the defense, distribution center, industrial and retail markets. He is a Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Designated Professional, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and holds an American Hospital Association healthcare construction certificate.

Healthcare
Jason Weiss
Executive Director
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Bachelor of Science — Industrial Technology, Southern Illinois University
Fall Protection Equipment Training — Association of General Contractors
Construction Quality Management for Contractors — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Construction and Operations Safety for Field Supervisors — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
EM 385-1-1 certified — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Safety & Health Training — OSHA
Competent Person Training — OSHA 

As Director of Project Management and a Project Executive for The Korte Company, Jason works closely with customers, designers, subcontractors and construction staff to ensure needs, goals and standards are met on every project.

Jason joined The Korte Company in 2004. Prior to assuming his current role, he was a Project Manager and Client Services Manager. His project experience spans key sectors including military, distribution centers, offices and retail.

Jason holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University and has earned numerous construction industry certifications, including from the FMI Leadership Institute, the American Red Cross, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, OSHA and the AGC.

Project Management