In-House Experts and the Next Generation
In-House Experts—they've seen it all and done it all. They've logged serious hours shaping our industry and are actively mentoring the next generation of Nicholson. Meet some of the people who make up our company—including our very own experts.
Thomas manages our internal design engineering department. He has almost 20 years of design experience, including working for our parent company abroad for many years. He's a great teacher and mentor to our next generation of design engineers, a talented and experienced design engineer himself, a world traveler and a great colleague who is always willing to lend a hand.
Abby is an Engineering Development Program (EDP) graduate and is currently an Assistant Project Manager. Abby has worked on some of the company's most high-profile and complicated projects, including Wanapum Dam and ECG Crankshaft Press. We're proud to have this rising star on our team, and we can't wait to see what she'll do next.
Assistant Project Manager
Ron has been in the world of geotechnical construction for more than 40 years, buliding and overseeing projects across the country. He's been part of many of Nicholson's Landmark projects, including Port of Miami and Wanapum Dam. Ron is a leader and a mentor to our next generation, and he probably has more frequent flier miles than anyone in the company.
Vice President of Operations, Western Region
As the Vice President of Risk Management, Tom is the Keeper of Contracts, the Champion of Claims and the Decoder of Legalese. He’s a steady hand as a leader, a great colleague and a champion corn hole player.
Vice President of Risk Management
Tommy has a special place in Nicholson's history—he's been overseeing our projects for nearly 20 years all across the country, including World Trade Center, the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore and the Port of Miami. He's a Safety Champion, an all around great teammate and has one of the best laughs in the business hands down. We're a better company with him on board.
Greg is about as calm and collected as they come. With more than 20 years of experience under his belt, Greg brings a steadying hand of leadership to his very successful Colorado-based team. In addition to being a pretty cool guy, Greg is also a scratch golfer—you can catch him swinging the clubs and keeping the mulligans to a minimum.
John takes complex projects like the Norris Cut Tunnel and turns them into successes by carefully managing talent, equipment, quality control and timelines. He puts his tried and true skills into every large project strategy and job site team that Nicholson fields, and he expertly advises on all facets of geotechnical construction including designing, estimating and testing.
John Wise, P.E.
Senior Vice President
Gretchen has been the keeper (and policer) of the Nicholson brand for more than six years. Outside of brand policing, she makes sure the rest of the world knows how amazing our team is and how awesome our work is by putting us front and center in industry publications, at conferences and everywhere in between—and she will never be convinced that silty sand and sandy silt aren't the same thing.
The story of Nicholson could not be written without the help of our talented (and extremely humble) Operations Manager Danny Mirt, who has worked on some of our most recognizable and impressive projects, including Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and the sprawling Epic Systems Campus in Wisconsin. We consider ourselves fortunate to work alongside him.
Ryan has been building some of our biggest and most complicated projects for the last 17 years. As part of our Special Projects group, he's traveled the country, working on notable and challenging projects like US Capitol Visitor's Center, Second Avenue Subway and Central Subway. Ryan is a problem solver, a leader and a teambuilder—and one of the best storytellers around.
Corporate Construction Manager
We're convinced that there is literally no problem that Tom can't figure out. He's our Chief Engineer/Chief Problem Solver—and has found solutions to some of the most challenging geotechnical conundrums out there in his 28-year career with Nicholson. He's a mentor to our design engineering department and if he's not solving problems, you can find this expert skier on the slopes.
Tom Richards, P.E.
Dan has been with Nicholson for 16 successful years. He started with us as a Field Engineer and is now the Vice President of Operations for our Central Region, where he is responsible for securing and successfully building our work. Dan is a great colleague and mentor—and a Michigan State Spartan for life. We feel pretty lucky he's on our team.
Dan Thome, P.E.
Vice President of Central Region
Rob has been the steadying financial hand of Nicholson for the last five years. He was so good at steering our financial ship that he is now responsible for all of the North American companies. Outside of managing the financial fleet, Rob brings a wicked sense of humor to the office every day and is an all-around nice guy to work with.
Chief Financial Officer
For the last ten years, Patty has been working closely with our Safety Manager to make sure that our teams in the field have what they need to build our jobs safely. Patty is a word-processing wizard who can cut through the mysteries of Microsoft Word like nobody's business. We've been a better company for having Patty on our team for the last decade.
Luca is currently responsible for Nicholson's Special Projects group, which tackles our large-scale projects across the country. Luca has been with Nicholson for two decades, helping us to secure and successfully bid some of our biggest projects, including the Port of Miami Tunnel and Second Avenue Subway, and mentoring those around him along the way.
Executive Vice President
With more than 25 years of experience leading successful teams all over the world, including the French West Indies and South East Asia, Stephane brings not only international expertise to Nicholson, but also one of the most positive and optimistic personalities in the business. We consider ourselves “tres chanceux” that Stephane is on our team!
If there was an Engineering Hall of Fame, Rick would be in it. He's the giver of advice, solver of problems and leader of Engineering at Nicholson, not to mention a two-time Annual Cornhole Tournament Champion. Though he's too humble to admit it, Rick is an award-winning contributor to our industry, and we are lucky to call him a colleague.
Rick Deschamps, P.E., PhD
Vice President of Engineering
Jen oversees Human Resources at Nicholson, which means she is the knower of all things, the official corporate referee and the answerer of all questions. Somehow, she manages to tackle listening and refereeing and advising us all with superhero-like patience and a smile on her face—even during Open Enrollment.