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.

Greg Korte
President - Las Vegas Division
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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.

Alan Schorfheide
Executive Vice President of Business Development
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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
Executive Vice President of Field Operation
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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 job sites. As one of The Korte Company’s Project Superintendents, Gary managed about 35 major projects worth more than $98 million.

Scott Schmidt
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer
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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.

Brent Korte
Executive Vice President of Construction
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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 Executive Vice President of Construction, Brent Korte leads The Korte Company’s Project Management Department as well as all field teams 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 Executive 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
EEO 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.

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.

Jay Korte
Director of Client Relations
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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 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
VP of Healthcare
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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.

Jody Luke
Business Development Director
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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.

Troy Stanford
VP-Business Unit Leader-Distribution Centers, DBIA
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Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1999
DBIA Certified Professional, 2009
LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design & Construction, 2011
S.A. Lewis Construction, 1999 to 2001
The Korte Company, 2001 to Present

As VP of the Distribution Center Sector, Troy Stanford will be responsible for assembling teams of design and construction professions to prepare solutions for the Client.  Mr. Stanford will provide leadership for project goals, budgets, design, construction schedules and proposal documentation.

Troy Stanford has over 18 years of construction experience which has given him intimate knowledge of the construction market.  He has an understanding of the building process and proven ability to successfully manage projects from concept through completion.  He managed many of Korte’s complex and successful projects for the Korte Las Vegas Division and now works in the St. Louis Division.