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APRIL 4, 2017

Josh Szymanski named O-A-K's Chief Strategy Officer

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. (O-A-K), local professional construction firm, announces the promotion of Josh Szymanski to Chief Strategy Officer (CSO).

Previously the firm’s Director of Business Development, Szymanski has 16 years of experience in commercial construction and has been with O-A-K since 2014.

In his new role, Szymanski will continue to oversee O-A-K’s business development operations and will also be responsible for developing and executing strategy that ensures the company’s services align with client expectations. The CSO is also responsible for defining strategic internal initiatives necessary for company growth and then implementing strategy to execute that growth.

Specifically, this position will allow Szymanski to guide clients throughout the programming and planning stages of projects, long after the initial partnerships are established. His wide range of experience with complex projects will enhance O-A-K’s full range of services.

“Josh is the perfect fit for this role,” said Frank Stanek, President and CEO, “this position gives him the opportunity to utilize his versatile skill set in a manner that will best serve our clients and O-A-K.”


Born and raised on the east side of the state, Szymanski settled in the Grand Rapids area in 2005. He and his wife, Erin, have three young children. He is an avid skier and outdoorsman and sits on the Board of Directors for the Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association (CCSA) and Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE).

Szymanski holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and his Master’s in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered and licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan and a L.E.E.D. Accredited Professional.

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