NOVEMBER 3, 2023

O‑A‑K Welcomes Nine New Employees

(Grand Rapids, MI) November 3, 2023 – Owen‑Ames‑Kimball (O‑A‑K), local professional construction firm welcomes nine new employees, including Brayden Blackburn, Thomas Creg, Mandy Ebels, Craig Eby Jr., Jacob Hitson, Keishawn McCoy, Bruna Ngassa, Megan Wilson, and Timothy Zupancic.

Brayden Blackburn, Billing Specialist, is a graduate of Hope College where he studied Business Administration, Accounting, and Leadership and played collegiate lacrosse. He enjoys the outdoors and spends his time fishing, hunting, and backpacking. During the fall and summertime, you can find him up north at his cabin.

Thomas Creg, Assistant Project Superintendent, is a graduate of Ferris State University and has seven years of construction experience, mostly in the Deep Foundation side of construction. He enjoys problem-solving, learning new things to further his knowledge, and working on vehicles.

Mandy Ebels, Assistant Project Manager, has 15 years of experience in the retail and architecture industry. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Architectural/Mechanical design from ITT Technical Institute. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, and spending time with her family.

Craig Eby Jr., Assistant Project Superintendent, holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University. He has nine years of experience in commercial construction as an electrician and earned his journeyman license in 2019. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors with his wife and kids, geocaching, cooking, and grilling. He is currently working on the Rockford North Middle School Additions and Renovations project.

Jacob Hitson, Benefits Specialist, is a business professional with over fifteen years of front-office experience. He obtained his BBA in Human Resource Management from Grand Valley State University and his MBA in Management from Western Michigan University.

Keishawn McCoy, Laborer, attended Innovation Central High School in Grand Rapids and has two years of construction experience. He is CPR and OSHA Construction Safety Certified. He hopes to one day own a home.

Bruna Ngassa, Marketing Assistant, joins the O‑A‑K team as a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Writing and Advertising/Public Relations. She loves writing stories, antiquing, and playing tennis in her free time.

Megan Wilson, Assistant Project Superintendent, is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Civil Engineering. She started at O‑A‑K as an intern where she worked at Kelloggsville Central Elementary and in the office as an Assistant Project Superintendent for several projects. She is currently working on-site as an Assistant Project Superintendent at Hudsonville High School.

Timothy Zupancic, Assistant Project Superintendent, holds his bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance from the University of Akron. He has 20 years of construction experience with a background in framing and general trades. His hobbies include hunting and fishing with his four brothers along with smoking meats and competing in BBQ competitions.

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