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Leadership Team

Brenda Benjamin

President and CEO

Brenda Benjamin

President and CEO

Born in Broken Bow and raised in Kearney, Brenda Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. In 1996, she began her career at BD Construction as the company’s Controller.

 Over the next two decades, Brenda served as Treasurer for the organization and as advisor on business operations, finances and organizational development alongside her husband Mark, then president and CEO. Upon his death in 2015, Brenda stepped into the President’s role. In this position, Brenda is dedicated to preserving and furthering BD Construction’s position as an innovative construction management firm and a trusted business partner to build education, health, commercial, cultural and manufacturing projects.

She is co-owner of several local businesses, and advocate for the Kearney Public Schools Special Education Program and member of Buffalo County Republican Women. Brenda brings a commitment to excellence, an attention to detail and an imaginative vision to all that she does.

Linette Butler

General Manager

Linette Butler

General Manager

Linette Butler joined BD Construction in 1996 working in accounts payable, eventually earning the position of senior accountant and, in 2016, general manager. Linette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Due to Linette’s focus and organizational skills, BD Construction employs an open-book policy and clear cost-plus-work guidelines that enable clients to easily monitor project costs, which are tracked and managed through collaboration with project managers and the estimating department.

Linette’s drive is not limited to the workplace. She has served as president of the Association of General Contractors of America Nebraska Building Chapter Board of Directors – the first woman to hold that position. She also acts as chairperson of the Membership Development committee and participated in the 2010-2011 Construction Leadership Academy. Linette is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Envoys, Buffalo County Relay for Life and is an ardent supporter of area U.S. Military groups. Linette enjoys riding her motorcycle, attending Husker football games, traveling and spending time with her family.

Business Development Team

Mike Kalb

Business Development Director

Mike Kalb

Business Development Director

A native of Kearney, Mike Kalb earned his BS in business administration with emphasis in finance and accounting from Kearney State College (now UNK) in 1991. Following stints as Western Missouri Region Manager for GE Capital Financial Services and as a broker for Morgan Stanley financial services, Mike joined BD construction in 2002.

Mike serves on the Association of General Contractors Nebraska Building Chapter Nebraska Design and Construction Industry Council and participated in the 2010-2011 Construction Leadership Academy. Active in the community, Mike is the co-founder of Kearney Cares, member of the Kearney Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors and vice-president of Kearney Little League. He is also the co-organizer and co-manager of five real estate development companies in the Kearney area.

As business development director, Mike leads the Business Development and Marketing team as well as works with and advises potential clients regarding construction projects.

Mark Lewis

Business Development

Mark Lewis

Business Development

Mark Lewis has held management positions since the beginning of his career. After four years as a social science major at Kearney State College (now UNK), in the early 1980s, Mark spent 10 years with The Buckle as supply manager, followed by positions as the general manager of the Buffalo County Agricultural Association and service manager for Anderson Brothers Electric.

Mark joined BD in 2000 and has specialized in business development ever since. As business development manager, Mark stays abreast of building trends, especially in the areas BD specializes in, such as education, healthcare, retail and agriculture. Mark works with both the private sector and public agencies developing feasibility studies and apprising them of BD’s expertise and capabilities.

Mark volunteers his time as a YMCA coach and with the Kearney Public Schools Foundation Class Act fundraiser.

Dan Schulte

Business Development

Dan Schulte

Business Development

Dan Schulte brings more than thirty years of expertise in manufacturing operations and engineering management to benefit BD Construction clients as they seek profitable growth through new construction or renovation projects. In his previous role, Dan oversaw minor and major facilities renovations and additions including the $40 million addition to Kearney’s Baldwin Filters plant in 2015.

Dan enjoys seeing projects come to life from inception to completion and sharing his operational expertise in manufacturing and facilities to help BD’s customers be successful.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University and is skilled in environmental health and safety, project management and in reducing and eliminating materials and labor waste.  He is involved in his church, Prince of Peace, as a member of the buildings and grounds committee and the choir. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the executive steering committee that raised $10 million to build a new Central Community College-Kearney campus. Warm weather will find Dan outside landscaping or smoking meat. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Lori, and their four daughters, Brittany (Cody Kissel), Morgan, Connor and Tessa, and one grandson, Colin Kissel.

Marsha Wilkerson

Marketing and Community Outreach

Marsha Wilkerson

Marketing and Community Outreach

Marsha Wilkerson observed BD Construction’s work firsthand as a volunteer on a project to update several schools in Kearney. Impressed by the team’s openness, honesty and thoughtful approach to involving the community in the process, Marsha is delighted to be part of the BD Construction crew to assist other great communities.

A Kearney native and graduate of Kearney State College (now UNK), Marsha worked in communications consulting across the nation as well as marketing for healthcare and financial services in Omaha before returning to Kearney as a healthcare marketing and communications professional..

Marsha serves on the Kearney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as a Chamber Envoy and is a member of the Stewardship Board at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She enjoys boating and camping with her family, especially when she can take a good book along.

Project Team

Pre Construction Services and Estimating

Austin Larson

Construction Operations Director/Estimator

Austin Larson

Construction Operations Director/Estimator

Austin Larson was first introduced to construction through his grandfather, an owner of a residential construction company. Following in his footsteps, Austin pursued opportunities to gain experience in the construction industry through Habitat for Humanity, various construction class projects and working for a custom home builder during college. Austin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He first joined BD Construction as an intern and was hired full-time as an estimator upon graduation.

In addition to his work as director of Construction Operations, which encompasses pre-construction services and subcontractor pre-qualifications, Austin also serves as BD Construction’s estimator. Austin is certified as a LEED Green Associate.

Austin participated in the Association of General Contractors Nebraska Building Chapter 2010-2011 Construction Leadership Academy. Outside of work, he is actively involved with his two sons in various sporting activities and events. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, camping and boating with his family and the occasional ride on his motorcycle.

Community Service Activities:

Member of the Industry Advisory Council for the construction management program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney

AGC Education Committee Member

Kearney Little League Board Member (Age Group Coordinator)

Youth Sports – Volunteer Coach

    • Kearney Little League (baseball)
    • Kearney YMCA Flag Football
    • Kearney Titans Orange – Myers Baseball

Project Managers

Kent Cordes, P.E.

Civil Engineer/Project Manager

Kent Cordes, P.E.

Civil Engineer/Project Manager

During his 20 years working as a design engineer and project manager in Kearney, Kent Cordes had frequent opportunities to work with BD Construction as a consultant. He enjoyed working with the BD team and noted the team members’ commitment to their clients, their professionalism and their spirit of cooperation. In 2013, Kent decided to join the BD team and looks forward to the new challenges ahead.

Originally from York, Kent obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1993 and his master’s degree in civil engineering a year later, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A registered Professional Engineer, Kent has extensive experience with surface water drainage and stormwater runoff issues.

Off the job, Kent serves as the congregational chairman at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, participates with his son in Cub Scouts and formerly volunteered as a baseball coach in Riverdale. He is a member of the Nebraska Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association. He enjoys woodworking, fishing, camping and golf.

Dave Mackey

Project Manager

Dave Mackey

Project Manager

Project manager Dave Mackey coordinates the work of all project team members to facilitate an efficient and effective construction process from design to closeout and warranty.

Dave learned construction from the ground up beginning at age 19. He worked as a rough-in carpenter while earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Dave gained additional experience as a service manager and project manager with a home builder in Kansas City for seven years. Upon moving to central Nebraska, Dave worked as an estimator and project manager for a general contractor in Lexington prior to joining BD Construction in 2016.

Dave believes in attention to detail as well as honest and upfront communication with customers, subcontractors, and other team members. He was impressed with BD’s organization and approach to construction operations and appreciates the opportunity to impress customers with a quality finished product.

In his spare time, Dave enjoys reading and woodworking. He and his wife, Sara, have a son, Emmett, and a daughter, Layla.

Jon Mosbarger

Project Manager

Jon Mosbarger

Project Manager

Jon Mosbarger’s early experience in the construction industry led him to pursue a degree in construction management from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. While in school, he completed an internship with BD Construction, and upon graduation, was offered a job to join BD full time.

Born and raised in Kearney, Jon was drawn to BD’s professionalism and camaraderie. Jon’s rigorous classroom education as well as his experience in the field make him a valuable member of the BD team. Jon is a member of the American Concrete Institute, and when not on the job, enjoys hunting, fishing and working on his car.

Field Team

Field Operations

Rick Pettit

Field Operations Director

Rick Pettit

Field Operations Director

Rick Pettit was born and raised in Kearney. Appreciative of the local atmosphere, Rick remained in Kearney to work for BD Construction, joining the company in 1984 after he graduated high school. He began as a basic laborer, was eventually promoted to leadman and then foreman. Throughout his career at BD Construction, Rick has utilized opportunities to expand his industry knowledge through work experience and online classes.

Due to his reliability and motivation, Rick mastered the role of superintendent and was eventually promoted to become BD’s director of Field Operations. Rick’s duties include supervising all construction projects in progress, establishing consistent practices for project oversight, quality and safety, as well as managing scheduling and staffing for jobs.

In addition to his role at BD Construction, Rick is an active member of Faith United Methodist Church and finds time to for boating, fishing and golfing when the weather permits.

Superintendents

Jeff Hoppenstedt

Superintendent

Jeff Hoppenstedt

Superintendent

Jeff Hoppenstedt came by his love of the construction industry naturally; in fact, you might say it’s in his genes. Both his father and grandfather have worked in the construction industry, and, Jeff would visit job sites with his dad as a child. He started working summers for BD when he was 15. All of this has provided Jeff experience beyond his years.

Born in Columbus but raised in Kearney, Jeff is a graduate of Kearney Catholic High School and also attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Jeff enjoys the opportunity to work outdoors as part of a team and takes satisfaction in things he’s built himself. When not on the job site, Jeff enjoys riding four-wheelers on the river, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

Richard Gregg

Superintendent

Richard Gregg

Superintendent

Richard Gregg served in the U.S. Army at Fort Drum, New York, prior to jumping into the construction industry in 1996. He specialized in concrete work and brought his expertise to BD Construction in 2006. Richard loves being outside and working with his hands.

Over the years, BD relied upon Richard’s knowledge of concrete but began to turn to him more and more for other construction skills including steel erection and some finish work. Today, Richard is a superintendent where his responsibilities include regular communication with the project owners, overseeing construction quality and scheduling, as well as coordinating the work of subcontractors on a project site.

Richard went to school in Lexington, Neb. and now lives in Kearney with his wife Maria, who is BD Construction’s receptionist. Together they have two daughters, Josie and Elissa. As a family, they enjoy camping and occasionally fishing (but only when the fish are biting)!

Nate Oberg

Superintendent

Nate Oberg

Superintendent

Nate Oberg began working in the construction industry at the age of 19. Over the past nearly 25 years, Nate has earned increasing levels of responsibility and joined BD Construction in 2017 as a site superintendent. In this role, Nate oversees owner relationships, construction quality and scheduling as well as coordinates the work of subcontractors on a project site.

Nate’s approach to communicating with customers and his attention to detail have earned him repeat clients. He became familiar with BD Construction while working beside BD staff on Kearney High School, and liked the company’s involvement in the community as well as the camaraderie among the BD staff, clients and subcontractors.

 Outside of work, Nate enjoys cooking, especially smoking meats, and his smoked brisket is a favorite. While working as superintendent on the new Kearney High School, Nate befriended the basketball coaches and served as chef to the team before big games. Nate also loves hunting and fishing and is a volunteer for Miles for Heroes, which helps service men and women receive care for PTSD. A native of Hooper, Neb., Nate and his wife, Leila, have three children, Ceara, Madison and Quin. He is a member of Countryside Christian Church and coaches youth sports. 

Mike Christ

Superintendent

Mike Christ

Superintendent

Mike Christ began constructing fences, corrals, cattle working facilities, roping arenas and more around his hometown of North Platte when he was in high school and continued doing so for a while after graduating. One of his projects was building 5,000 head addition to a cattle feed yard. When the time was right for him to attend college, Mike earned a bachelor’s in Biology with a Health Science emphasis from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  During college, he continued to learn the construction business by framing houses.

After college, he had a tough decision to make: pursue his goal of attending medical or veterinary school or remaining close to his family. Mike chose family and stuck to what he knew by opening his own construction business, building custom homes, remodeling buildings and constructing new buildings. Mike and his wife, Cathy, have six children. Mike enjoys hunting and fishing. He is part of the Windmill Foundation, which raises funds for people with depression who cannot afford treatment.

Shad Cooney

Superintendent

Shad Cooney

Superintendent

Shad Cooney learned about BD Construction as a Construction Management student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. When the time was right for him to return to central Nebraska, he joined BD because he appreciated the company’s culture and commitment to developing long-term relationships with customers and subcontractors. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Shad gained construction experience framing homes in high school, roofing summers and serving as a project manager for an architectural precast concrete company. Today he is a site superintendent for BD.

Shad selected construction as a career because he loves seeing how building projects can help a community grow. He enjoys building things and putting his organizational skills to work in a hands-on setting. He brings excellent communication skills to his role, whether the information he has to share is good or bad. He’s the favorite uncle to his nieces and nephew and enjoys golfing and attending sporting events. He loves to take spontaneous road trips to undiscovered destinations, as well as trekking to the mountains for snowmobiling.

Kevin Gustafson

Superintendent

Kevin Gustafson

Superintendent

When Kevin Gustafson was 7, he began learning the construction industry as a tagalong to his step-father, a plumber. From there, he took construction classes in high school where he discovered that he loved teaching as much as doing.

Kevin earned a degree in building construction technology from Southeast Community College, graduating with distinction, and went on to work in commercial and residential construction environments both in his own business and for others. He was Construction Coordinator for Mary Lanning Hospital where he became well versed in life safety code and infection prevention techniques. He is proficient in all phases of construction as well as many construction disciplines. Throughout his career, Kevin continued to be a teacher and mentor. Mary Lanning named Kevin Mentor of the Year in 2017 for his work with Project SEARCH. Today, he is a site superintendent for BD Construction.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys hunting, fishing and racing as well as restoring his home. He has served as a Pheasants Forever youth mentor, Boy Scout volunteer, 4-H judge, volunteer firefighter, motorsport race official and youth trapshooting club volunteer. He and his wife Linda have one son, Reid.

Kent Heisler

Concrete Foreman

Kent Heisler

Concrete Foreman

Kent Heisler brings a broad range of education and expertise to his role as the concrete foreman for BD Construction. While earning his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kent began working in construction and got hooked. He said he loves the reward of finishing a construction project and then watching how it enriches a community for years afterward.

With 20 years of concrete flatwork experience in his own business, Kent has earned a stellar reputation for quality concrete work throughout the region. A Gothenburg native, he enjoys outdoor activities including fishing and hunting along with shooting trap and targets. Kent and his wife Stacy have one daughter, Kynley, and one son, Klay.

Real Estate

Jennifer Yendra

Property Manager

Jennifer Yendra

Property Manager

Raised in Gibbon, Jennifer Yendra earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before returning to Buffalo County with her husband to raise their family. With previous work experience in real estate, combined with more than a decade of management experience at the CHI Health Wellness Center at Good Samaritan, Jennifer blends her strengths with her interests in the Property Manager position.

Jennifer was drawn to the progressive attitude of the team at BD Construction as well as its loyalty to customers and employees. Now that she’s experienced the BD Construction atmosphere firsthand, Jennifer says it is obvious how professional and positive the company is. When she’s not helping renters find a great apartment or storage space, Jennifer and her family enjoy outdoor activities including camping and kayaking.

Accounting Team

Jay Howland

Controller

Jay Howland

Controller

No stranger to a hammer, Jay Howland first performed the construction trade in high school and continued to hone his skills on projects small and large. While working as a controller for a successful automotive manufacturing company, Jay and his wife built the house they live in today, serving as general contractor as well as performing  framing, plumbing, tiling, siding, windows/doors, painting, cabinetry and finish carpentry.

Jay joined BD Construction in 2018 as the controller, where he upholds BD’s unique open book policy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) and completed additional coursework in construction framing at Central Community College. He is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association and attends Kearney’s Evangelical Free Church.  On football Saturdays, you’ll find him at UNK tailgating in support of the Lopers. He and his wife Krisa have two girls, Reese and Ellee, and they enjoy family time boating and wakeboarding when the weather allows.

Tiffany Bridges

Accounting

Tiffany Bridges

Accounting

It’s not often that an accounting student at the top of her class would also possess top-notch construction skills, but Tiffany Bridges does just that. Tiffany, BD’s accountant, can wield a hammer as well as she can run a 10-key. She worked in the construction industry doing home renovations, additions and other construction work prior to earning her degree in accounting.

Tiffany further honed her accounting skills when she worked as general manager for several restaurants. Today, she is the go-to person at BD Construction for payroll and taxes as well as human resources questions in addition to accounts payable and keeping the office organized. She loves how her position at BD Construction keeps her in the construction industry while making use of her education.

Tiffany and her husband, Shaun, have seven children and they enjoy playing cards and board games as a family. She is involved with her children’s activities and schools. Despite a busy family schedule, Tiffany finds time to put her building talents to good use, constructing shelves, shadow boxes, furniture and more.

Administrative Team

Maria Gregg

Receptionist

Maria Gregg

Receptionist

As the first person most people interact with at BD Construction, Maria Gregg exemplifies the warmth and approachable nature of the construction firm. She began honing her customer service skills at age nine with the clients on her newspaper route, and later perfected them as the manager of a Blockbuster store. Maria majored in sports administration at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where she also earned a minor in Industrial Technology.

Maria says, “my husband, Richard, has called this company a family for more than a decade and we both appreciate the family feel BD Construction provides” When she’s not greeting visitors or helping clients, Maria enjoys watching UFC and basketball or working out, especially running and kickboxing. She is also a fabulous cook, and says her cooking habit is why she runs. Her favorite moments are those spent with her two teenage girls.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Mark Benjamin

President and CEO

2002-2015

Mark Benjamin

President and CEO

2002-2015

An energetic and visionary leader, Mark Benjamin’s legacy of professionalism, collaboration and innovation continues to shape BD Construction today. Mark was a leader in the industry and in the Kearney community, and instilled the BD Construction culture with the character, skill and enthusiasm to exceed the expectations of everyone it encounters.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in business from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney) in 1983, Mark Benjamin interviewed with BD Construction in Columbus, Neb. The founders, Gene Bierman and Bill Dreifurst, gave him a chance in commercial sales in the new office they were opening in Kearney.

Their decision paid off. In 1987, Mark was named general manager and, in 2002, he became the majority shareholder, president and CEO of BD Construction, Inc./Kearney. During his tenure, BD Construction has built, and continues to build, many notable projects including schools, banks, retail stores and industrial and healthcare facilities throughout Nebraska, Kansas and the Midwest.

Active in the industry and community, Mark served as a member of the Nebraska Building Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America and was the President of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also served on the Southeast Community College Building Construction Technology Advisory Council, and as a trustee (1 of 16 in the USA) for the national Associated General Contractors Legislative Affairs Committee.

Mark passed away in April 2015. His spirit lives on in the company he shaped and the family and friends who cherish his memory.