JANUARY 16, 2020

O‑A‑K Welcomes Eight New Employees

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI) January 16, 2020 – Owen‑Ames‑Kimball Co. (O‑A‑K), local professional construction firm, announces the additions of Bryce DeYoung, Ryan Bramer, David Matelski, Travis Fairbanks, Jane Leahy, Gregory Park, Jordan Potter, and William Smitley.

Bryce DeYoung, Project Manager, is a West Michigan native with 11 years of construction management experience. Recently moving back to the state, he specializes in educational and mixed-use construction, ranging from $10 million to $100+ million project costs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Ferris State University and is OSHA 30-hour certified. Bryce and his family are eager to reestablish West Michigan roots.

Ryan Bramer, Preconstruction Engineer, is a recent graduate of Michigan State University’s construction management program. Prior to graduation, he served as a full-time intern in O‑A‑K’s preconstruction department. Ryan holds his OSHA 10-hour construction certification.

David Matelski, Project Superintendent, has eight years of commercial construction experience, specializing in community, retail, and healthcare projects. He is OSHA 30-hour certified and is currently on-site at the Michigan State Police Grand Rapids Consolidation Project, in Walker, Michigan. Dave has also served as a volunteer firefighter for over 25 years.

Travis Fairbanks, Project Superintendent, has 25 years of experience in construction. He has a strong background in carpentry and site leadership, and has worked in an array of projects, including commercial, industrial, and educational, and civil. He is also OSHA 10-hour certified.

Jane Leahy, Assistant Project Superintendent, is a recent graduate of Ferris State University’s construction management program. She held multiple internships in northern Michigan, gaining on-site and office experience in both residential and commercial construction. She is also OSHA 10-hour construction certified.

Gregory Park, Assistant Project Superintendent, is a recent graduate of Ferris State University’s construction management program. Greg has held multiple internships with construction management firms, gaining field experience in educational, commercial, and multi-family commercial construction projects. He also holds his OSHA 10-hour construction certification.

Jordan Potter, Carpenter, has three years of carpentry experience, specializing in trim work, millwork, and framing. He has experience in both residential and commercial construction, and is OSHA 10-hour certified. He is currently performing carpentry work at Amway Corporation.

William Smitley, Corporate Recruiter, brings 25 years of experience and holds a master’s degree in human resource management and a bachelor’s degree in sales and marketing. Prior to joining O‑A‑K, William ran his own talent placement firm. He specializes in full-circle recruitment. This new position was developed in response to O‑A‑K’s current and anticipated growth.

ABOUT O‑A‑K

Founded in Grand Rapids in 1891, Owen‑Ames‑Kimball Co. (O‑A‑K) is the longest-standing commercial construction management company in Michigan. We specialize in community-driven construction projects. As a 100% employee-owned company, we provide accurate, intentional, and all-inclusive construction services.

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