O-A-K welcomes seven new employees in West Michigan

June 28, 2017

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI) – Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. (O-A-K), local professional construction firm, announces the additions of Bob Byrne, Kevin Hufnagel, Jennifer Kloosterhouse, Jared Gauss, Michael Schneidt, Garrett Smith, and Gabe Raymer.

Bob Byrne, Project Manager, brings 17 years of commercial construction experience in West Michigan. He specializes in healthcare and industrial facility construction and holds his bachelor’s in construction management from Ferris State University.

Kevin Hufnagel, Estimator, joins the team with 25 years of estimating experience in various market segments. His budgeting experience ranges from high-profile higher education facilities to intricate healthcare renovations. Kevin is also a graduate of Ferris State University and holds his bachelor’s in construction management.

Jennifer Kloosterhouse, Communications Coordinator, joins O-A-K’s marketing team with seven years of professional experience and a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University. Jennifer’s expertise includes employee recruitment and retention, event management, and corporate communications.

Jared Gauss, Project Superintendent, holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Accounting from Davenport University and brings 19 years of construction leadership experience.  Jared is currently overseeing major renovations to Rockford Public Schools’ Lakes Elementary School.

Michael Schneidt, Project Superintendent, is a recent graduate of Ferris State University’s construction management program. He has five years of construction experience and holds certifications in density technology (through MDOT) and aggregate testing. Michael joined the O-A-K team in May, within weeks of graduating and getting married.

Garrett Smith, Project Superintendent, also graduated from Ferris State University’s construction management program in 2017. His interest in construction began in high school, working for a residential builder in the Holland area. Before coming to O-A-K he worked as an intern overseeing K-12 construction projects.

Gabe Raymer, Project Engineer, is our final Ferris State University graduate to join the team this summer. Gabe earned his bachelor’s in construction management earlier this year. His first assignment will be on site at Portage Public Schools, acting as a communication liaison among our management team overseeing several construction projects.